Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Marry You Me Empire State Building Wedding Picks

The annual Empire State Building Valentine’s Day Contest is fast approaching! Couples can submit a creative proposal by December 5th detailing their personal love story for the chance to have their dream wedding at the iconic building itself. RedEnvelope and Pro Flowers have been asked to lead the design team for the three winning weddings. RedEnvelope asked me to pick five of my favorite items from their wedding gifts selection as inspiration for their designers. Being a lover of An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle, weddings and romance in general, I jumped at the chance! There were so many great gifts that it was hard to narrow it down to just five items, but here are my picks below. I went for a mix of modern and classic traditional for a touch of glamour:

A canvas timeline of your important milestones as a couple.

LOVE the glow and the luxe golden look these give off - so romantic!

First off, it's a steal at $27.95! A touch of classic typography wood art to hang at the wedding and later at your home.

So chic, and a great way to remember a loved one or the one you are about to marry :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Inspiration Board: Cranberry + Gold

Hello again! There will be some exciting changes happening to this site in the very near future as I re-vamp the site to add information about my wedding planning services, a portfolio of past weddings I've done and more. But most importantly the blog will still be here! I wanted to share this inspiration board I did that felt very fall/winterish. The deep cranberry color matched with a warm gold is just so season-perfect. It's a palette that's moody yet light, deep and elegant, playful and classy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Shoesday

It's been far too long since I paired some pretty shoes with lovely wedding related eye candy. The colors in this bouquet are soft but have an unexpected pop of color coming from that coral pink garden rose. It reminded me of pairing a white or ivory wedding dress with an unexpected burst of color from your shoes, or the soles of your shoes in this case, which (bonus!) you will be able to wear again more often than white or ivory shoes.

Photo credits: Christian Louboutin shoes photo by Cooper Carras Photography via Style Me Pretty, bouquet photo by Lane Dittoe 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Palm Springs Love

I'm starting the new year off right with a new post! Using this yellow + white Bold Stripes invitation from Flock Press for Minted as my inspiration, I put together this board based on a mid-century modern themed Palm Springs fete. The Parker Hotel is the perfect venue for this glam meets sunny Southern California event, with its yellow and white awnings, mid-century architectural details and lush gardens. Gold glitter bow pumps and a beaded cap sleeve dress are playful touches, as are the Shirley Temple cocktails. Bouquets of lush white, yellow, pink and red peonies and bridesmaids in pink dresses round out the theme nicely.
Palm Springs Love by Annie, see more modern Minted wedding invitations
                                     Palm Springs Love board by Annie. See more modern Minted wedding invitations

Photo credits, clockwise: Bold Stripes invitation by Flock Press for Minted, bridesmaid bouquet photo by Tonhya Kae Photography via Style Me Pretty, gold shoes and grass photo via Erin Ever After, bride and groom by Nicole Gerulat via Style Me Pretty, shirley temple photo by Nicole Gerulat via Marry You Me, bride and groom photo by Nicole Gerulat via Style Me Pretty

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Years Inspiration + Free Downloads

It's almost 2013, and it's high time I posted something. 2012 has had its ups and downs for me personally, and I can't remember a time when I've looked forward to a fresh start as much as I am looking forward to 2013. I even sent out New Years cards this year instead of Christmas cards! But enough waxing poetic, and on to the pretty New Years inspiration :) These lovelies make me wish I was having a New Years party, but alas I will be busy working on finishing a school project and thinking positive thoughts about the coming year. Happy new years to all my readers xo Annie

Free invitation, label, resolution card and message flag downloads via Phillis Hoffman Celebrate

 Petit fours with edible gold sugar and adorable free message flag downloads via Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate

Champagne and rock candy - I picked up some rock candy swizzle sticks at Trader Joe's for $2.69 to try this trick out on NYE! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thank You Note Etiquette from Wedding Paper Divas

As I've discussed on Twitter before, thank you cards are a sticking point with me. As anyone who has attended a wedding, given a gift, and then received no thank you card in the mail can tell you, thank you cards are important. They let the giver know that you received the gift and you appreciate it. A personal, handwritten note goes a long way in our digital age, and some people will remember a well-written thank you note forever (I still get comments from some people four years later!). They'll also always remember not getting a thank you note, or getting a very delayed (six months, a year later) thank you note. So write them early, write them often, and have fun with it. Here's some tips on thank you notes from the invitation and stationery experts at Wedding Paper Divas

Response time:
The number one question is “When should they be sent?” Brides and grooms should wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the ceremony to send their wedding thank you cards, but of course the sooner the better! As some planners and I discussed on Twitter recently, the 6 months to a year "rule" that gets bandied about is just plain wrong. 6-8 weeks is the new three months. :)
If you receive gifts before the wedding, send the thank you cards out as soon as you get receive the gift. Order a different set of pre-wedding thank you notes if you plan on sending out a thank yous with pictures from your wedding later on. If you have over 100 guests attending your wedding you can imagine how much time this will take so get ahead! It also helps to make a goal and send out so many thank you cards a day.
Another tip for speeding this process up is to order your thank you cards when you order your wedding invitationsThey don’t need to match, but if you purchase them with your wedding suite it will present a more cohesive look and you won’t need to go back later to order them.

The contents:
Sometimes this can be a daunting task for couples but make sure to greet the guest, express your gratitude, be specific about the gift, and thank them for attending (or for thinking of you if they couldn’t make it).
It is also nice to make specific examples of their gift and tell them how you use it. For example, “I love making my coffee every morning in the machine you got us!”
Make sure you spell their names correctly and are including the right gift for the right person.
For monetary gifts, it is not necessary to mention the specific amount but simply say “thank you for your generosity.”
Make sure to also send thank you gifts to people who attended but did not bring a gift and also always remember to send thank you cards to your vendors for helping with your beautiful event.

Addressing and Sending:
For families, address the envelope to Mr. And Mrs. If you are close with them, you can use their first names inside the card or if you are not that close use the same salutation inside. 
Make sure to hand stamp every note as prepaid postage techniques are too impersonal.
Once you follow these basic etiquette tips sending out thank you cards should be a breeze.

Make sure to browse the amazing selection of thank you cards from Wedding Paper Divas!
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