All the details that go into planning a wedding can often overshadow what comes shortly after…the honeymoon! While your wedding day will undoubtedly be the best day of your life, it can often be equally as draining – physically and emotionally – and there is no better remedy for wedding exhaustion than escaping to a tropical paradise or winter wonderland for a rejuvenating getaway. But, as we mentioned, it’s awfully easy to forget about preparations for the honeymoon when there are still unchecked items on your wedding to-do list. Today, we’re bringing you our best tips for honeymoon packing, starting with the most important: get started ASAP!
There’s nothing better than forming lasting relationships with vendors-turned-amazing-friends, so today, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to our sweet friend Jessica Stalnaker of Empress Stationery! A one-woman show, Jessica does it all – from invitation design to stationery to custom monograms and more. Hot on the heels of launching her 2017 Wedding Collection (SWOON), Jessica is still welcoming 2017 brides with open arms. Are you looking for an invitation design contact? We know a girl.
You’ve probably heard us say it before: our team is all about details, details, details! And if there’s one element of your wedding planning in which to implement gorgeous, to-die-for details, trust us – it’s your wedding invitation. Your wedding paper suite (including save-the-date cards, your actual invitation, place cards, thank-you notes and more) gives your guests an indication of the style, level of formality and look-and-feel of your big day. Our best advice? Do it the right way by giving it the attention it deserves! Below, we answer a handful of your biggest questions regarding your wedding invitation paper using the advice of the most talented design and calligraphy experts around.
It’s the perfect day to introduce you to our beautiful and brilliant friend, Sarah Ingram! We can’t help but swoon when we see her work, whether it’s her poignant photography, superb styling skills or classic calligraphy. (Watch out – she’s a triple threat!) Her services intermingle well together, cater to clients of all tastes and, ultimately, provide a tailor-made look-and-feel for each bride’s big day. Learn more about Sarah, what inspires her and how she helps brides stylize their weddings through photography and pretty paper.
It’s our pleasure to introduce our readers to the incredibly talented ladies of Irrelephant Blog. Molly Stilley and Joanna Ballentine, besties and co-entrepreneurs, are experts in styling all things organic, romantic and dreamy. As licensed cosmetologists, they are also masters in creating picture-perfect bridal hair and makeup according to each client’s unique vision. We couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Invision Blog today. Take a look at their gorgeous work – we promise you’ll leave inspired!
There’s nothing we love more than getting glammed up for an Alabama wedding! From makeup to hair to donning a sundress, trendy jumpsuit or ballgown, weddings are the ultimate opportunity to look and feel your best. However, we know the confusion that seems to far too often accompany the dress code – if an invitation even specifies. Whether you’re determining the guest attire for your own upcoming wedding or simply attending, we’re here to break down the wedding dress code. Wardrobe not included.
Most women will be a bridesmaid more than once in their lifetimes. Receiving the same gifts time after time can get old. There are only so many monogrammed robes that a girl needs before it gets a little excessive. Here are a few of my favorite ideas of gifts to give your bridesmaids. They are all unique and they all can still be used after the wedding is over. Enjoy!
1. Tory Burch Jewelry Case A little break from the jewelry cases you see given a lot. So cute and stylish! 2. Wine Bottle Koozie Keep your pinot grigio chilled on your way to the party. A great gift to give at a bachelorette party! 3. Clutch How about giving your girls a cute clutch to go along with their wedding day ensemble? What’s more useful and chic than that? 4. J. Crew Earrings I love these as simple wedding day jewelry options. Maybe include them in the jewelry case? 5. Initial Necklace It isn’t something you’d want them wearing on the wedding day, but a simple reminder on a daily basis that they mean a lot to you. Would also look great in that jewelry case 🙂
So, I really hate the cold weather….a lot. I was born in the winter, but I am a summer girl by heart. However, winter weddings are some of my favorites. They are elegant, beautiful and just all around classy. So many people have spring and summer weddings. A gorgeous winter wedding is something that will definitely stand out. Winter white is fantastic! Here are a few of my favorite winter wedding fashion trends.
1. Christian Louboutin ‘Alta Rita’ Slingbacks – These Louboutin slingbacks will be sure to keep you from “getting cold feet”. The whimsical design and crystals are perfect foot candy for a winter wedding. Perfection. 2. Headpiece – I’m a huge fan of headpieces of all kinds. When else is it socially acceptable to wear headpieces and not look a little bit ridiculous? Well, unless you are in England maybe. This vintage blossom comb and birdcage are fantastic. 3. Capulet – This faux-fur “capulet” is affordable and stylish. It’s sure to keep you warm if you are taking pictures outside in the freezing temperatures. Another plus is that this is extremely affordable. You can find it at David’s Bridal for under $100! 4. Fur Muff – This fur muff is absolutely perfect for those great outdoor photos. It will definitely keep your hands nice and cozy in between holding your bouquet and your love’s hands. This accessory is also under $100, which is a steal.
If you have an engaged person or couple on your Christmas gift list, you might be thankful or you could be scratching your head even further. Does it make it easier to buy their gift knowing that they have several registries listed or do you just have more questions? Quite honestly, it would be hard to go wrong here. Especially if you include a gift receipt. So, don’t stress. But, after some thought and discussion amongst Invision folks, here are our top 5 Christmas gifts for the engaged person on your list.
5. Anything from their registry. This is a no brainer. Just go to the department store or jewelry store or where ever they have registered and get an appropriate gift. Make sure that you note through the system that it has been bought and it will mark it out of their “needs” category. Still, include a gift receipt. Without fail, people register for things that they don’t really need. Not that they do it on purpose. They usually realize it after the wedding is over and see what they actually use. So, gift receipts are good. Avoid the impersonal gift card. Yes, it is a nice way for them to get what they want. But, when you get a Christmas present, you want to actually unwrap something. At least I do. I’m a little bit of a child…..
4. Christmas ornament for their first Christmas together. It is such a sweet gift to get an ornament that makes you remember a certain time and place. Ornaments are kept forever and talked about every year. This is a super special gift. The picture below is from an Etsy shop monicalasich. I thought this porcelain ornament was perfect.
3. Spa gift cards. I know I just said no gift cards. That was just for general retail things. Spa gift cards are like gold. And I don’t know any girl who goes to the spa too much. Especially a bride. Think about any of the beauty items that she will need/be doing for her wedding day. She can either use it leading up to the wedding or use it to go towards the costs of her wedding day. Make sure you know what the bride’s personal favorite spa is or who is on her beauty team. It makes it that much more useable.
2. Honeymoon gifts. This is the delayed gratification gift. If a couple has already picked out their honeymoon destination spot, call the spa and order a couples massage. Or, arrange for an excursion for them. Or, have a special dinner arranged for them. It requires a bit more legwork. But, a couple will definitely thank you later.
1. Joint gifts. If you know the couple (not just one of them) really well, try to get something that corresponds to their hobbies together. Are they foodies? How about some gourmet cookware? Are they traveling folks? Maybe some really pretty luggage accessories. Do they love a certain sports team (let’s hope they are on the same side)? Then how about some tailgate gear? The point is to make sure they can enjoy it together. Here’s a very personal tip: buy a scented travel candle. Instruct them to only use it when they are in a new place. Then, when they get home and smell that scent again, they will remember their travels together. Sense of smell is amazing. My pick is Votivo’s Red Currant. I am addicted.
So, while you are running about with your other holiday items, don’t forget your engaged couples! It is easy to lump them into more wedding gifts, but you can make it personal with just a little bit of work.
Until next time… XOXO, Julie