100 Letterpress Invitations Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Fressia Aguilar! You are our winner!

Fressia is the winner of this autumn’s Pinterest giveaway! She and her finance have won 100 letterpress invitations and blank envelopes for their wonderful wedding! A design of her choice from our invitation gallery in one beautiful ink color of her choosing will be in the works soon! Here at Invitations By Ajalon, we can’t wait to see what she’ll pick!

All our contestants sent us incredible Pinterest boards. A random number generator helped us pick the winning contestant, otherwise we wouldn’t of been able to choose! All the wedding inspirations we saw were beautiful and well thought out.

For all the wonderful people who entered our 100 Letterpress Invitations Giveaway, we have a very special gift for you! Be sure to request your free sample pack, worth $15 in store credit! The winner and contestants should all email us here at ajalon@ajalon.com and include the link to your Pinterest board. And keep your eyes open for more contests in the near future!

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Etsy Grab Bag Goodies For Sale!

We are dealing a heavy hand in goodies land with our current Etsy deal! Here at Invitations By Ajalon, we’re very excited to bring these wonderful paper goods to you. We are cleaning house here for the new year and are giving our customers a chance to select their favorite pieces from our overstock! These high quality invitation envelopes and pocket folders are must haves, and these products are now available at incredibly low prices!

Our offerings come as is and the price is right! The colors, shapes, and sizes of these fabulous pieces are unique and fun and we know you’ll enjoy them for your celebration. Are you having a wedding? Throwing a party? Is there a birthday or event you would love to make extra special? Check our Etsy clearance sale for your perfect and affordable stationery customizations.

Contact us at Invitations By Ajalon with any questions or comments about our services. Feeling like you need some inspiration? Our Pinterest boards have over 100 themes for you to find a look that really speaks to you! Happy hunting and snag those deals!

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Table Settings and Favors for an Asian Wedding

Are you excited about setting up the wedding reception for an extravagant evening of beauty and elegance? Whether Indian, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, you’ll find a look here that will lead you in the right direction. Our Thai, Filipino, and Vietnamese color schemes are details you won’t want to miss. Find your style here with our favorite wedding looks.

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We hope you were able to find some inspiration for your upcoming wedding. The color combinations, floral arrangements, atmosphere, and favors are all fantastic looks for your big day. Celebrate in style with a unique look that you’ll never forget.

For more samples of our letterpress or digital wedding day items, contact us at Invitations By Ajalon and we’ll help you find the right design for your wedding. We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

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How to Word the Directions Card for Your Wedding

Your wedding ceremony or reception is at a location a little hard to find. Perhaps you’re getting hitched on a mountain side and your techy family can’t get cell reception for their GPS. What are going going to do? A great way to remedy the situation is to provide a directions card with the wedding invitation.

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Directions are trickier to write than you might think. It takes a special someone to give directions that balance the cold, technical side of maps with the visual, landmark-laden list of twists and turns to help the guests find their way to your big day. Let’s face it, if you haven’t seen a street yet while on your way to a party, without visual queues you might be sweating a little under the collar.

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Keep in mind that there are many ways to get to one place. People will most likely be coming from many directions. Make sure that you have the different options listed to cover all possibilities of arrival. Also, the shortest way might not be the best. Find a route that takes as little amount of turns as possible. If you’re planning on listing two or more different ways to reach the venue, you want to cut down on the wording.

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Many times, a venue already has a list of directions for their own purposes. You are welcome to use those and make your life easier. Our recommendation is to have a friend or family member unfamiliar with the venue drive the route and report back stating how easy or difficult it was to find. Still hard to navigate? Try adding a map card for further explanation.

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Good luck with your writing and congratulations! Please feel free to contact us at Invitation By Ajalon with any more questions and we’ll be happy to help you!

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A Modern Greek Fusion Wedding Celebration

Stark white linens, tables filled with olives and honey-laden breads, boisterous toasts and laughter. These are just a few of the many details found at a traditional Greek wedding. The ancient European island has influenced wedding culture significantly, and what we don’t already know about this lavish celebration is sought after to further inspire details for the big day.

Greek brides have a lot of fun, and enjoy a little bit of confection too! On the day of the wedding, the lucky lady places a lump of sugar in her glove to bring about sweetness in her marriage.

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Her wedding favors are koufeta, white Jordan almonds wrapped up in tulle. The candy represents the bitterness and sweetness of life and are always served in odd numbers so they can’t be divided, just like the newlyweds.

During the reception, the bride writes the names of her guests who are single women on the bottom of her shoes. After a night of dancing, whoever’s name remains is said to be the next woman to get married.

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The groom has interesting traditions of his own. His godfather is often asked to be the koumbaros, or the best man. Together they work to build plans for a bachelor party and financially secure entertainment and treats for the reception. Also, the groom will cut up his tie at the reception and sell the pieces to his guests in exchange for honeymoon funds. Some celebrations have the groomsmen cut their ties too.

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During the ceremony, the bride and groom wear floral crowns. These represent the couple’s blessing by the powers that be. The crowns are tied together by a long ribbon to show the bride and groom’s bond that will be unbreakable.

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The wedding reception is a sight to behold. Dancing is prominent at this party and there are classics that will be happily incorporated by the newlyweds and guests alike. The bride and groom dance together holding on to a white handkerchief. Slowly, the party guests will join together on the dance floor, surrounding the newlyweds in a circle, called a kalamantianos. There is also plate smashing for good luck and a huge spread of food to enjoy with friends.

The celebration is a lively one, and wonderful to incorporate into your fusion wedding. Dancing, celebrating, sharing, and joining in with bountiful happiness are all things you can’t live without. Try planning your wedding with the beautiful island of Greece in mind, and enjoy!

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For more inspiration for your unique wedding, visit our many boards on our Invitations By Ajalon’s Pinterest. Do you need a bilingual wedding invitation for your Greek family or your destination wedding? We have that option available! We’re available to assist you in anyway possible, just ask!

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Pantone, Reporting For Duty!

A few days ago, our cutting edge fashion team here at Invitations By Ajalon bustled in with our coffee cups and favorite pastries and sat down for an hour long seminar with east coast’s world renowned Pantone. The color moguls of international fame were broadcasting their trend forecasts for 2015/2016 and we were there to drink it all in. After our session with this business giant, here’s what we’re excited about Pantone’s predictions:

Butterflies are going to be used more and more as color and pattern inspiration. The combinations of oranges and black, yellows and browns, greens and yellows. Look for butterfly tea sets, butterfly jewelry, and butterfly button ups for your main man.

Retro prints will be in full swing. The art scene of the 1960s is back and adorning your furniture, your wedding invites, and your cakes.  Look for bright reds and olive greens.

The groom is going to be a man’s man with this switch to machismo. To offset the feminine qualities of natural based color combinations and delicate dresses, masculinity is coming back in full force. Sure, there are mustaches everywhere to be seen, so expect the muscle man look to come along with them.

White shoes and blasts of color are the looks we’re going to see for the upcoming winters. Don’t be afraid to play with these previous no-no’s. Dare to go Pantone for your wedding.

A small aside: We decided that for the Pantone seminar, our team would dress in our favorite Pantone colors. This was the turnout that morning:

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The Tradition of Dancing Till You Drop: An Indian Wedding

We love Indian weddings. The colors are incredible, the traditional clothes for the bride and groom are breath taking, and the beautifully moving ceremony is unlike anything else. There are a lot of aspects of the Hindu celebrations were can’t live without, but there’s one thing in particular that truly stands out: the dancing.

Indian weddings can go on for days. In fact, it’s not just the wedding and reception that book end the big day. There are mehndi parties, Sangeet parties, and parades that the guests are at-dancing, singing, and sharing moments. Often, the wedding couple and their friends will choreograph a massive dance and perform to popular Bollywood songs for the entertainment of their guests.

This is something that is unique to Indian weddings, although the modern American wedding is trying to tap into this wild spirit. Here are some wonderful pictures of the moments of joy that can only be experienced at the peak of Indian wedding dance parties.

This bonus video really sums up the incredible fun that these families have joining two people together. This video (thanks to Bollywood Shaadis), made by not only the couple but the entire wedding party and guests, shows how this is 100% party.

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An Asian Inspired Autumn Wedding

Planning a year in advance for your wedding is a smart move. While making the decisions for venues, dresses, and menu options, it’s great to be enveloped by the spirit of the season. And what better season than fall?! The gold and yellow colors of the trees, the spiced drinks, the crisp in the air? Yes ma’am, autumn is the season for weddings.

It’s important too, however, to have a theme you feel wildly passionate about. This will offer guidance while you decide which cake, what colors, whose input will be incorporated into the big celebration. And why not pick something you are going gaga over?

Asian inspired weddings are special events and if this is the right look for you then you’re in luck. There are so many incredible ceremonies, themes, traditions, and ideas you can borrow from the culture you love best. We had a ball looking at these Japanese wedding photos and we know you’ll love these fall-themed Asian inspiration pictures.

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The colors found in these inspirational pictures are perfect for an autumn wedding. The dreamy, sultry moods from this traditional wedding culture is a great way to settle into a new life and survive the stormy winter. What looks will you choose?

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DIY Your Wedding Invitation Addresses

Wedding invitations are all about personalizing stationery for your friends and family. Letting your loved ones know that they are cordially invited to your big celebration is a serious deal. With physical letters getting more and more rare, an invitation in the mail is a special event.

So why not finish off your wedding invites with a closing gesture that will add an extra flourish? While writing on your stack of stationery, play with your return mailing address. One of the fun parts of getting married is sharing your name. While some couples celebrate with monogrammed socks or custom cake toppers, you might like to buy a stamp or embosser with your new name and address.

A paper embosser is a beautiful and elegant way to display your address for RSVPs and wedding gifts. While you might choose to pen your guests’  names with calligraphy, this embosser is a classy way to display your home address. Customize your embosser with almost any of the block fonts we have available on our website. This tool is a wonderful way to detail your wedding items and can be used far in the future for more letters and parties you choose to celebrate.

Another option, and just as fun, is a personalized rubber stamp for your return address. Once again, you are able to choose fonts from our list of options to find the right mood for your wedding theme. Remember, the choice of ink colors is up to you too, so get creative!

What will you choose to personalize your invitations? We can’t wait to see! Contact us at Invitations By Ajalon for questions, comments, orders, and inspiration!

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Wedding Etiquette: A Dry Reception

We’ve  all seen the movies and we’ve all heard the stories. Weddings are about being single, knocking back a few drinks, and getting your groove on while your best friends tie the knot. There’s nothing like a little champagne to improve those socializing skills, am I right?

Well, what if you’re hosting the wedding and you’re actually not that interested in serving booze? In fact, you’re rather against it. Is this a major wedding etiquette faux pas? Most wedding blogs and manners articles say that your guests deserve liquor. Some people claim they won’t even show up to a wedding without free alcohol or any at all. Percentages and pie charts are presented to you telling you to let the beer flow.

However, these statistics shouldn’t scare you. This is a sensitive subject for the bride and groom, and a valid one . If there is an inkling that alcohol is not wanted at the wedding reception, then that is a good enough reason to not provide it. Dry weddings are wonderful and fun celebrations and the happy couple shouldn’t feel pressure to serve beer and wine to their guests.

One major question that comes up is whether or not the bride and groom should mention the dry wedding on the announcements. It is not important to tell people what you’re not providing to the guests. If you’re still worried, you can mention to your parents and wedding party that there will be no alcohol and word will get out naturally.

What do you do instead? Have fun! You will need to provide beverages at the wedding anyway, so come up with fun and delicious drinks to have at the reception. Try ginger beer, mocktails, home brewed soda, or coffee and tea. These are all tasty alternatives to alcohol that are affordable and memorable.

The most important thing to remember? Your guests will be thrilled to be at your wedding no matter what. No one will make a stink about the lack of alcohol at your reception. If they do, they’ll quickly realize just how silly they sound and the fit will extinguish itself.

Congratulations on your engagement and good luck with your planning. Remember to be yourself and plan the way you want to celebrate your big day. For more etiquette, planning suggestions, and wedding inspiration, find our blog here at Invitations By Ajalon.

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