Every bride wants to shine on her wedding day. Typically the first thing on every brides to-do list is to find their dream dress. For some this is the easy part. If you’re like me, you’ve dreamed of the perfect dress since you were a little girl. For others, finding the ideal dress can be a long and stressful journey. However, don’t think your shopping days are over once you’ve found THE DRESS…you still need to accessorize!
Lets talk shoes…
These crystal-encrusted pumps are sure to wow! The red bottoms add a surprising pop of color and will make a statement against your white or off-white wedding gown.
Still looking for that “something blue” for your big day? These stunning sapphire blue, sateen, peep-toe pumps are a great way to check an item off your list and wow your guests!
Go big or go home, right? These gorgeous gold high-heel sandals are embellished with iridescent green crystals and are sure to stun. Pair these with an elaborately embroidered lehenga and be ready to shine.
Are you interested in a simpler option for your walk down the aisle? These elegant gold sandals with delicate crystal accents are perfect for an outdoor wedding. These are also a great option for the bride who wants to party the night away on the dance floor.
A new trend in bridal footwear is the barefoot sandal. These ingenious “shoes” are perfect for a beach wedding, as they allow you to feel the sand between your toes while still sporting a little bling on your big day.
Interested in checking out more wedding day footwear? Visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration!
This week we are happy to introduce Amethyst Orchid, another member of the exclusive Fall 2015 Pantone list. This soft and elegant shade of purple would be perfect for your spring garden gathering or for your fall festivities. The richness of this color allows it to stand alone as part of a stunning monochromatic color palette. Want to mix in another pop of color? This vibrant shade of purple pairs beautifully with lime green and light blue.
“Indicative of our affection for color, Amethyst Orchid is the jewel in the crown. Intriguing, vibrant and somewhat sensual, the enigmatic Amethyst Orchid is an extraordinary hue that is unique, bold, creative and exciting.” – Pantone Fall 2015 Color Report
Congratulations to Rebecca and Michael, our 2015 Valentine’s proposal contest winners!!!
For our second contest of the 2015, we were seeking out couples to share with us their sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day proposals. All the stories we received were a joy to read, so thank you to everyone who entered. To choose our winner, we turned to a trusted friend (also known as the Random Number Generator). This was our winner of 100 letterpress invitations…
“Michael got up on the morning of our 1 year anniversary and went downstairs and talked to the kids. He asked each one of them if it was ok to marry me. After he got all their approval (and my dads a couple weeks earlier) he asked me to make coffee. This isn’t unusual because he likes it better when I make coffee instead of when he does. While I was making coffee I got a text from him asking me to meet him at the front door. He started by saying “this is where I first kissed you” and me being the nerd I am had to correct him. He didn’t kiss me at the front door he kissed me by the kitchen counter. So after I totally threw him off his game he managed to get back on track. He took both my hands and got down on his knee and said that he was glad that our paths had crossed again and that he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he said, “will you marry me?” At that moment, my phone got a text message and he told me to check it. It was a picture of the ring he had ordered but hadn’t arrived in time. He had the girls wait and text it to me at the right moment. Once I said “yes” the girls went running around the house saying “you’re finally going to be my real sister!” Then my daughter Maddi jumped into his arms and said “I’m finally gonna have a dad”.” – Rebecca
After contacting Rebecca to congratulate her, I asked her for a small favor. I asked her to share with us their love story. We already how Michael popped the question, but how did it all begin? Who are Rebecca and Michael as a couple? Well this is what she wrote:
“So Michael and I grew up down the road from each other. We saw each other often and he even played ball with my brother. We played in band together and at one time I had a huge crush on his best friend. When we graduated from high school, life took us both in different directions. The long and the short of it is that two marriages later and both fed up with dating we found ourselves on the same dating website. I was ready to call it quits and was about to delete my account when I saw one last email in my inbox. I thought I would be kind and tell them I wasn’t interested but as fate would have it, I found myself captivated by the pictureless profile of someone in my small town. We spent a couple weeks talking via email and text and finally decided to meet. The moment he and his girls walked in my door my heart felt so full. I knew before that night was over that I had finally found what I had been missing. Everything else is history.” – Rebecca
Congratulation again to Rebecca, Michael and their blended family from all of us here at Invitations by Ajalon. We are thrilled to be able to help in making their 4th of July wedding day as special and memorable as their engagement.
If you’ve entered any of our recent contests and didn’t walk away with free letterpress, don’t be deterred. Keep up with our blog and maybe you can be our next grand prize winner!
This week I am thrilled to introduce my favorite of the Fall 2015 Pantone picks – Biscay Bay. This rich shade of teal radiates both a masculine and feminine feel and is perfect for a multicultural party or wedding. Combine with another cool color such a purple or violet for your fun and vibrant summer wedding or with warm shades of red, orange, and gold for your traditional Hindu ceremony.
A lush and elegant teal, Biscay Bay splashes up against more heated tones with its cool touch. Combining the serene qualities of blue with the invigorating aspects of green, the cool and confident Biscay Bay inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters, taking us to a place that is pleasant and inviting. – Pantone Fall 2015 Color Report
Are you looking for affordable wedding invitations for your late spring or summer nuptials? We are currently offering a special on digitally printed invitation cards! Order before May 31, 2015 and get 100 invitation sets for only $350! Remember, invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks before your event date, so place your order now and give yourself plenty of time.
Invitation sets consist of a one color, 5×7 or 5×5 invitation, rsvp card or enclosure card, and blank outer envelope. Need a different quantity or additional items? No problem, you can add whatever you need to your base invitation set. (For an additional fee, of course!)
Here’s the fine print: You can purchase 10 additional one-color invitation sets for $16. No further discount available for quantities under 100. Both cards must be printed in the same ink color. Plus shipping and any applicable sales tax.
Structures such as chuppahs and mandaps have been used in wedding ceremonies for centuries. Though originally seen only as a part of Indian and Jewish weddings, the inclusion of a canopy, arch, arbor, altar or gazebo, is no longer so exclusive. In recent years, brides of all religions and backgrounds have started to incorporate these architectural beauties into their big day. One of the main reason for this growing trend is to add a focal point that frames the happy couple as they say their “I do’s”.
The options are endless when it comes to finding the perfect structure for your big day. You can chose to go simple and rustic by making or purchasing an arch of twigs, branches and other natural elements, or you can chose a more regal and opulent option with a canopy draped in fabric and covered in blossoming roses and hanging crystals. It’s just one more way to carry through the theme of your wedding day.
Feeling inspired? Head to our Pinterest board and see more backdrop options and find one that’s right for your big day.
The Pantone party continues with the addition of Oak Buff. This golden yellow hue will bring both a pop of color and a feeling of warmth to your wedding day. This sophisticated shade is perfect for fall, as it brings to mind the ever changing leaves of the season. The golden undertone adds a level of rustic elegance and differs dramatically when compared to the bright and bold yellows of summer. This color is most often seen coupled with a mix of deep reds and creams. However, you could easily pair Oak Buff with a vibrant orange or purple for your multicultural gathering, or with a shade of grey like last week’s color Stormy Weather.
Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting and warming shade that brings good feelings. Another one of nature’s illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort. – Pantone Fall 2015 Color Report
Springtime is known for its stunning flowers in every shade imaginable, which makes choosing your wedding day color scheme all the more fun. The endless options can make an eye-catching statement on your big day if combined just right. Create a stunning and vibrant color pallet by picking a few of your favorite colors or by mixing different shades of the same color.
This bride chose to work strictly with pinks. By mixing bright and muted pinks, you can create a stunning and eye-catching monochromatic reception space. The addition of the silver vases and beaded chargers add an element of elegance.
Add height to your tables by elevating your centerpieces. Not only does this allow your guests to talk more freely and an unobstructed view, but it also adds visual interest. This bride chose you mix orange, peach, cream, green and shades of pink to her floral arrangements. The addition of tall and short candles adds to the romance of this reception space.
The decor of this table is perfect for a bridal shower brunch. By mixing elements of pink with touches of orange, yellow and blue, you can create a soft and welcoming space for you and your guests. Mimosa anyone?
This tablescape differs drastically from the others in its boldness. No soft or muted shades here. This combination of vibrant yellow and hot pink screams springtime and the addition of the chevron print table runner adds a fun and modern twist.
Looking for some more ideas for your springtime wedding? Check out our Pinterest board for some seasonal inspiration.
The parade of Pantone continues this week with Stormy Weather. This shade of dark blue-grey is perfect for a fall or winter wedding. It is an elegant and modern alternative to the traditional and expected black. Pair this color with shades of coral, purple or cream for your cool weather wedding or add contrast to your spring or summer gathering by mixing it with vibrant yellows or greens. The choices are endless when it comes to integrating this Fall 2015 Pantone pick into your big day.
If you’re planning your wedding or hosting a party or event, you know that one of the largest costs is food. Whether your event is in the morning, afternoon or evening, your guests are typically going to expect to be fed. Catering costs can range anywhere from $30-$350 or more per person and that may not include service fees and taxes. The three most popular options for brides and party hosts alike are buffet, family style or a plated multi-course meal. However, those are not the only options.
In recent years, food trucks have grown in popularity and created a rather unique and cost-effective trend by catering weddings and parties as well as corporate and business functions. There are several reasons why food trucks are better on the budget than your typical caterer. The first is the amount of staff required. When hiring a caterer, not only are you paying for the chef, but also for the kitchen staff (dishwashers and prep cooks), as well as wait staff. By hiring a food truck, you are only paying for the chef.
Part of the appeal of a food truck is that the options are endless. Do you and your hubby-to-be have a favorite taco truck? Or maybe you’re more of a fan of an Asian or BBQ style food truck? Talk to some of your favorites and see if they’d be willing to host your cocktail hour, reception or even just roll in for a late night snack to feed your guests that are working up an appetite on the dance floor.
Feeling parched? The truck craze isn’t limited just to food. There are several options out there for drinks as well. Hosting a fall or winter wedding and want to offer your guests a way to warm up? Hire a coffee or hot cocoa truck to cater your outdoor ceremony or reception. Enjoying a warm spring or summer wedding? Provide your guests a plethora of ways to cool down with a beer truck with a multitude of ales on tap.
Looking for a sweet treat? Dessert trucks are also on a rise in popularity, and I’m not just talking about ice cream. There is a variety of options to choose from. Interested in cupcakes or donuts? How about gelato or parfaits? Search your city and you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.