Best Wedding Blog - Wedding Fashion & Inspiration | Grey Likes Weddings » Stationery http://www.greylikesweddings.com A Wedding Blog by Grey Likes. Love Well Styled. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:48:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 How to Use a Mood Board http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/how-to-use-a-mood-board/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/how-to-use-a-mood-board/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:13:27 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=54539 Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design... Read More

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Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:

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1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.

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2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!

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The American Wedding Marketplace http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/the-american-wedding-marketplace/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/the-american-wedding-marketplace/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:59:31 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=53048 With new designs that roll in each week, we thought we’d take the chance to share a little more of our favorite Modern Wedding Invitation finds from The American Wedding. One thing we love in particular about their website, is the ability to order not only a full stationery suite (including affordable letterpress invitations and pocket... Read More

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With new designs that roll in each week, we thought we’d take the chance to share a little more of our favorite Modern Wedding Invitation finds from The American Wedding. One thing we love in particular about their website, is the ability to order not only a full stationery suite (including affordable letterpress invitations and pocket wedding invitations), but also full matching sets of every wedding detail you can imagine! For example, here are just a few of the fun things you can nab with the Hearts & Arrows series, such as wine glasses, coasters, napkins, and wedding toasting glasses:

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Also, we often hear about how a bride’s parents want a formal invitation, but the bride wants something more fun and creative.  When you can’t reach a compromise on a design, American Wedding usually suggests that the bride pick out a save-the-date and wedding day stationery that are more her style and to select an invitation that is more indicative of the formality of the event.  They can be different designs completely, but work really beautifully together by using the same paper, ink and font choices throughout. For example, here is a combo of the Laurel Monogram Invitation with the Better Together series.

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The American Wedding is currently offering 40% Off All Wedding Invitations*, Shower and Rehearsal Dinner Invites.  The offer applies to the invitations, not the accessory pieces.  Code: WED40  Offer expires March 9th, 2015.

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MaeMae & Co http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/maemae-co/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/maemae-co/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:16:17 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=51729 Our dearest friend and crazy favorite designer, MaeMae & Co. has been busy introducing new “characters” to their collection of wedding stationery suites and we are so excited to share three of our favorites to you today! Each set of photos includes a snap of the inspiration board that they used for designing each suite,... Read More

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Our dearest friend and crazy favorite designer, MaeMae & Co. has been busy introducing new “characters” to their collection of wedding stationery suites and we are so excited to share three of our favorites to you today! Each set of photos includes a snap of the inspiration board that they used for designing each suite, and it’s so fun to see that inspiration come to life! Are you serious? We are in love.

(Side note: how fun that you can always mix and match colors of any suite. So each one takes on a new persona when you dress him/her up in a new wardrobe. I mean….)

First up, meet Beau:

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As if that wasn’t enough, meet Charles:

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And then there was the ever so lovely Beverly:

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Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/wes-anderson-inspired-stationery/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/wes-anderson-inspired-stationery/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:31 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=46266 Our dear friend, and paper contributor, Megan, from MaeMae Paperie, recently put together a stationery suite for a “West Anderson in the desert wearing Missoni” wedding. We had to giggle at that description, but when we saw how the designs turned out–well, we’re not surprised it’s pretty spot on! We’ll let MaeMae take over with... Read More

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Our dear friend, and paper contributor, Megan, from MaeMae Paperie, recently put together a stationery suite for a “West Anderson in the desert wearing Missoni” wedding. We had to giggle at that description, but when we saw how the designs turned out–well, we’re not surprised it’s pretty spot on! We’ll let MaeMae take over with her images and tell you more of the story below!

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from MaeMae:

The theme for B&B’s wedding was Wes Anderson in the Desert Wearing Missoni. I mean. Enough said. (Check instagram for Beau and Arrow’s hashtags on that…) Collaborating with Brianna, Buzz, and the fab Beau and Arrow ladies was such a treat. We started with the Maximus suite we created for Martha Stewart Weddings and then added in some personalized details. For the save the date we created a back to school vibe and then carried some of those illustrations into their suite. (see a full photo of the save the date in this post). All of the guest envelopes were addressed with a typewriter to keep it authentic throw back.

We also made these amazing hotel keys for escort cards in a variety of colors (see more colors here). All of the signage was displayed at the wedding in these amazing layered frames over marbled paper. All of the guests were treated in their hotel rooms to these custom wrapped Mast Bro chocolate bars. It was very difficult to make it through the wrapping process without digging into them… To stay cool at the Palm Springs celebration the programs were made into handy little fans.

Thank you, Buzz and Brianna, for being the coolest clients. Wishing you both lots of love!!

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Laser Cut Wedding Invitations http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/laser-cut-wedding-invitations/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/laser-cut-wedding-invitations/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:00:48 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=45763 Laser cut wedding invitations feature the most extravagant and detailed designs that you can’t get from standard printing. We are totally in love with the intricate designs that we’ve spied from Invitations by Dawn (which, of course, you can easily customize online with color, font, and wording!). So dang unique, right? From the friendliest, most... Read More

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Laser cut wedding invitations feature the most extravagant and detailed designs that you can’t get from standard printing. We are totally in love with the intricate designs that we’ve spied from Invitations by Dawn (which, of course, you can easily customize online with color, font, and wording!). So dang unique, right?

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From the friendliest, most knowledgeable consultants in the industry to etiquette tips and assembly guides, Invitations by Dawn makes the selection, customization, and ordering process super easy! They want their customers to be in LOVE with their invitations and it’s pretty obvious why they try so darn hard!

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We also appreciate that there’s a price for every bride. From high-end letterpress to affordable seal and sends, Invitations by Dawn will help you find the perfect invitations at a price you can afford!

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Luckily, we’ve got a special offer for our GREY LIKES WEDDINGS readers – Get 25% off your wedding invitations with code GREYLIKES25. Exclude Disney Invitations. Offer valid through 8/31/2014.

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Wedding Paper Divas http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/wedding-paper-divas-2/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/wedding-paper-divas-2/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:15:16 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=45249 One of our favorite parts about weekends is following our friends’ wedding hashtags on Instagram. Sounds crazy, but it’s so fun to see everything leading up to the events of the big day, and then finally all the highlights captured by wedding guests on the big day! We really love the idea of sharing your... Read More

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One of our favorite parts about weekends is following our friends’ wedding hashtags on Instagram. Sounds crazy, but it’s so fun to see everything leading up to the events of the big day, and then finally all the highlights captured by wedding guests on the big day! We really love the idea of sharing your custom “wedding hashtag” with guests. Wedding Paper Divas has helped put together for us some perfect “Social Media Tips” for how to communicate with guests your social media preferences. To share or not to share? Here are some ways to beautifully get the message across!

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1. Include a mini enclosure card with your invitation to share a hashtag or wedding website you would like your guests to post to. (Or better yet…communicate your wedding hashtag early by including it in your save-the-dates. Family and friends can follow along with your planning process!)

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2. Create a special section on your wedding website to provide guests with your social wishes for the big day.

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3. Post signs at the wedding ceremony and reception with your hashtag to make it easy for guests to remember when uploading their photos to social media.

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4. Include a special section in your wedding program to convey any social etiquette you would like your guests to follow.

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Tell us what you think? Do you have a wedding hashtag? Or are you keeping things under wraps? How are you communicating your wishes to guests?

*Post is sponsored by Wedding Paper Divas. Opinions are blogger’s own.

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Urban Crowns by Kate Weinstein Photo http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/urban-crowns-by-kate-weinstein-photo/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/urban-crowns-by-kate-weinstein-photo/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:13:30 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=45160 Shot in downtown Milwaukee, this shoot combines the romance of organic elements, with the architecture and masculinity of the city. Very special thanks to Kate Weinstein Photo for such beautiful images. Don’t you adore the invites and calligraphy, by Layers of Loveliness and that simple, organic cake by A Splendid Occasion? Vendors: Photography + crown: Kate Weinstein... Read More

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Shot in downtown Milwaukee, this shoot combines the romance of organic elements, with the architecture and masculinity of the city. Very special thanks to Kate Weinstein Photo for such beautiful images. Don’t you adore the invites and calligraphy, by Layers of Loveliness and that simple, organic cake by A Splendid Occasion?

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Vendors: Photography + crown: Kate Weinstein Photo // Invitation suite and calligraphy: Layers of Loveliness // Greenery on the cake: A Splendid Occasion // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Model: Chelsea Smith

 

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Stationery Spotlight: Alisa Bobzien http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/stationery-spotlight-alisa-bobzien/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/stationery-spotlight-alisa-bobzien/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:59:49 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=44406 You guys. Get ready. Because we are transporting you to absolute paper heaven today! Designer Alisa Bobzien just became a member of our Grey Collective and we are beyond honored because dang, this girl’s got style. She’s officially on our pin board, and we know you’ll love her as much as we do. Just imagine... Read More

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You guys. Get ready. Because we are transporting you to absolute paper heaven today! Designer Alisa Bobzien just became a member of our Grey Collective and we are beyond honored because dang, this girl’s got style. She’s officially on our pin board, and we know you’ll love her as much as we do. Just imagine sending out something as pretty as these two paper suites to all your wedding guests. Le sigh. Yes, please.

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We chatted with Alisa and learned about the best part of her offerings: “I’m thrilled to be able to offer clients this new online collection,” she said. “It was born out of my desire to provide highly personalized wedding stationery that offers the flexibility of custom design while allowing clients to sidestep the overwhelming number of decisions and expense required by the custom design process.”

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These lovelies are customizable, easy to order, and absolute gorg. Win-win, no?

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Vendor Spotlight: Ancticipate Invitations http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/vendor-spotlight-anticipate-invitations/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/vendor-spotlight-anticipate-invitations/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=43950 Anticipate Invitations is one of our newest Grey Collective members, and one of the reasons we chose them is their unique approach to stationery. First off, in order to keep things as custom as possible without sacrificing your wallet is limiting their designs to just 25 purchases before they are discontinued! So each invite is... Read More

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Anticipate Invitations is one of our newest Grey Collective members, and one of the reasons we chose them is their unique approach to stationery. First off, in order to keep things as custom as possible without sacrificing your wallet is limiting their designs to just 25 purchases before they are discontinued! So each invite is a limited edition, which makes it much more exclusive. You won’t have to worry about picking the same stationery as someone else!

In addition to that, Anticipate Invitations donates a portion of the proceeds to love146, a charity dedicated to ending child-trafficking and exploitation. With a company that is so design savvy AND passionate about giving back, how could we not adore them?

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Vintage-Themed Wedding Invitations http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/vintage-themed-weddings-invitations/ http://www.greylikesweddings.com/the-archive/wedding-stationery-and-paper/vintage-themed-weddings-invitations/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 20:29:50 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=43582 You know we absolutely hate to sacrifice style when it comes pretty much anything, but what is a gal to do when she’s got a budget that just can’t fit it all in (because who does, really?). We’ve recently been introduced to Ann’s Bridal Bargain, where they offer quality stationery at brag-worthy prices! While their... Read More

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You know we absolutely hate to sacrifice style when it comes pretty much anything, but what is a gal to do when she’s got a budget that just can’t fit it all in (because who does, really?). We’ve recently been introduced to Ann’s Bridal Bargain, where they offer quality stationery at brag-worthy prices! While their selections are totally easy on the wallet, you would absolutely never know, based on their quality of designs, printing, and paper. Customers are always surprised by how well their paper quality and print quality compares to today’s top wedding invitation retailers. They even offer free samples so you can see before you purchase!

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Ann’s Bridal Bargains is passionate about staying up-to-date the latest trends in weddings. Their most popular style this season, hands-down, is “Vintage” and they feature some amazing options! There are so many ways to make the Vintage style fit your taste. With designs that include delicate lace details (choose a wood grain combo for a rustic feel), chalkboard for a vintage, yet modern look, and typography inspired layouts as well! Remember, each design is customizable online! Choose your color and create your own unique wording. You can even add a photo to several designs.

 

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Ann’s Bridal Bargains is not in the business of “good enough” or “just getting by.” They work hard to exceed your expectations by offering quality wedding invitations for an affordable price and providing you with reliable and friendly customer service you can trust. They also understand how easily wedding expenses can add up, and that today’s couples want nothing more than to make their wedding day an expression of who they are. Is it possible to stay on budget and plan a wedding that’s uniquely you? Yes! And they’re dedicated to helping you make that happen.
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As special offer for Grey Likes readers  –  Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code GREY15. That’s a deal on top of a bargain! Offer valid through 8/31/2014.

*Ann’s Bridal Bargains is a sponsor of Grey Likes. All opinions are blogger’s own.


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