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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Houndstooth and Herringbone: A Wedding Theme

Some fabric patterns are a thing of the past. Maybe tweed and chintz make you think of upholstered chairs and gentlemen’s jackets, but some designs never die. Chevron has made its comeback (and how!) and now we’re ready to take on the new pattern craze- houndstooth and herringbone.

Houndstooth is a classic look that cropped up in the 1950s and 1960s, with Lucille Ball and Audrey Hepburn sporting the style. From capes to coats to cocktail dresses, this formal pattern can dress up any wardrobe and is fun to play with.

Herringbone is another design we love that has been named the sweetheart of style for a long time. Traditionally seen as the detail on tweed suits and pencil skirts, this is a great look for a modern wedding dying to borrow from vintage wardrobes. Herringbone is a repetitive pattern that borrows its aesthetic from the chevron style, with layered zigzags crossing over its creative canvas.

Here are some inspirations we’re excited to show you to spark your interest in playing with these timeless designs:

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Are you convinced yet? Does this look suit your every need? Good! Send us pictures! For other wedding inspiration articles and etiquette blogs for wedding guests and planning, find our site here at Invitations By Ajalon.

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Inspire My Wedding: Asian Fusion Flowers

Flowers are a big part of your wedding day details and often the most difficult to manage. There are endless options to choose from and if you don’t have a natural eye for arrangements, then picking and assembling blooms for bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces can be a real drag. One of the great ways to direct your energy and creativity is to select a theme for your big day.

A beautiful theme for your wedding is an Asian-fusion celebration. The classic flowers included in Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese weddings (to name a few countries) are orchids, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, and lotuses. Other fragrant plants are jasmine, orange blossoms, and marigolds.

Here are a few glimpses at the incredible arrangements and details implementing the Asian-fusion theme to tie together a beautiful wedding:

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Don’t get overwhelmed! These are wonderful ways to jump start your flower arrangements! Find what is local and seasonal and go from there. Your colors and cultural fusion inspiration will guide you to find your perfect floral accents for your big day.

We have many more floral wedding invitation designs. Visit us here to see more colors and motifs to include at your ceremony and reception!

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Fall Wedding Inspiration for the Bride and Groom

We love fall, plain and simple. There’s every reason to go gaga over this incredible season! The food, the weather, the cute clothes. Autumn really packs a punch and we’re excited to celebrate it. So for all those lucky guys and gals tying the knot in the golden months, we’re rooting you on!

We’ve put together some of our favorite looks for the season. Apples and cinnamon, candles and natural light, oranges and golds. This is a cozy time of year so get comfy and take a gander at these gorgeous wedding styles.

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Aren’t you just in dream land now? All this can be yours, and more! Don’t forget to check out our other Pinterest inspiration boards for more ideas on how to dress up your autumn wedding. Happy decorating!

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Weddings From Around the World: The Netherlands

The Netherlands-land of tulips, windmills, and canals. This progressive culture in the ways of romance and courtship has established some of the world’s most common wedding traditions. The matrimonial celebration is adorned with flowers and foliage and the modern ceremony is split into many different occasions for many different guests. These parties sound spirited and full of fun moments shared with friends and family.

The bridal shower actually originated in the Netherlands, believe it or not. Traditionally, a dowry was gifted to the bride from her family. The dowry gifts were intended to aid the bride’s new life away from an established household. If the father disapproved of his daughter’s fiance, he would refuse to pay the dowry. The bride’s friends would then gather together for a small party and give the woman the dowry gifts her father would not supply. This evolved over time to be a common party thrown for the bride no matter how much the family supported the upcoming marriage.

The wedding day is split into many different events. There is a light breakfast of coffee, tea, and pastries and often photographs are taken. A mid morning civil ceremony takes place at a courthouse, followed by a religious ceremony, which can take time. The bride is not escorted down the aisle by her father, nor is there a wedding party of bridesmaids or groomsmen. The bride and groom sit by the pastor in front of the congregation during the ceremony and a friend or family member will make a short speech at the ceremony.

Often, the bride and groom wear wooden clogs at their wedding. This classic shoe is displayed to honor the old tradition of Dutch courting. A proposal in the Netherlands began with the suitor carving an ornate pair of wooden clogs for his beau. He would then leave the shoes on her porch in the middle of the night. If he returned the following day and she was wearing them, it means she accepted the proposal and they would move on from there.

These first intimate stages of the wedding are frequented only by the closest of friends and family members. This is to keep the cost down and involve people who feel emotionally connected with the bride and groom and feel that seeing these stages of the wedding are personally meaningful to them.

After the church ceremony, the couple hosts a cocktail party with toasts, appetizers, and the cutting of the wedding cake. This includes a larger number of guests. The wedding dinner is held and then the party, which includes and open bar and a dance floor, is open to all guests. At this final reception party, there is a ‘wish tree’ displayed at a table near the newlyweds’ seating. Paper leaves with colorful ribbons are placed around the party seating for the guests to write on. This is a place to wish the couple well and give them advice. At the couple’s home later, they will read the leaves and display them on their wish tree.

Throughout the whole ceremony and reception, the bride and groom are seated underneath a bough of evergreen branches. The tree symbolizes everlasting love in Holland and adorn everything. Gifts are given during the party and unwrapped instantly. The gift-givers are immediately and personally thanked.

A few days after the wedding, the couple plant a ring of lily-of-the valley flowers around their home. The flowers symbolize the “return of happiness” again and again, since the plants bloom year after year in beautiful, fragrant flowers.

Oh the Netherlands, what a dreamy dreamy country. Wonderful wedding destinations like Amsterdam, the Leiden canals, and Hoge Veluwe Park are picturesque locations for a gathering of friends and family during your special day. Not getting hitched? Make friends with a foreigner! You don’t want to miss a Dutch wedding!

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An Indian Wedding with a Splash of Silver

Wedding planning can’t begin to take flight until the bride and groom have settled on a color theme. As arbitrary as this might seem to some couples, a theme is important to aid a reigned-in creative process. Limits need to be set to help the shape of the wedding take form.

Indian wedding are extremely fun to plan for, and the beautiful details included in any traditional ceremony shine with the direction given by a color scheme. Red and gold are classic colors to use for a good old fashioned ceremony. However, if you’re interested in switching up the look of the evening, try going with beautiful and cool silver. Here are some suggestions for a flashy silver wedding:

 

There’s much more inspiration for your silver wedding. For more reception looks, visit our Pinterest color page here.

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Wedding Registry with LGBTQ-Friendly Companies

Marriage is a beautiful thing, isn’t it, and the wedding preparation is a good prelude for what is to come- tears, laughter, surprising twists and turns, and,  unfortunately, politics. So maybe there aren’t liberal-versus-conservative arguments regarding which wallpaper to pick or what style of pizza you should order (thin crust!), but there are life decisions that should reflect the healthy choices you want to make to support thriving happiness.

One of the ways to start out a happy marriage is to register for wedding gifts with companies that are gay-friendly. It is important to spend money where businesses are not only supporting gay marriage with marketing but are treating their gay employees and their domestic partners with the same benefits as legally married couples.

There are many local vendors that are LGBTQ friendly that are available for wedding registry. These businesses can be tracked down through Rainbow Wedding Network and Equally Wed. The vendor lists are extensive and include businesses of all kinds to offer everything from kitchenware to artwork to hobbyist pieces.

More major companies are coming forward with full support of gay marriage. This allows engaged couples to navigate through wedding registry acrobatics with ease. Here are a few of the popular companies that will be a joy to register with:

Amazon is the greatest place to register, hands down. You can find anything you want on their and the site is easy to navigate and understand. Anything from dishes to electronics can be purchased through the site and shipping is cheap!

West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel are also fantastic businesses to frequent. Home goods and decor are found here and the looks span from modern and chic to homey and familiar. If you’re looking to furnish a new home through your registry, these are great companies to use.

If you’re looking for gift cards from apparel shops with good taste and gay-friendly politics, you might try these brands. Coach, Kenneth Cole, and Ralph Lauren are positive places to spend a buck without worrying about supporting discrimination.

Don’t be discouraged. There are a lot of businesses out there with positive messages and supportive stances to champion gay marriage. Don’t forget to check locally for more options and congratulations! Have fun getting hitched!

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How to Word Your Accommodation Cards

What is an accommodation card? Wedding stationery can get pretty confusing. Thankfully, we have the answers for you to help steer your guests to comfortable lodging. They’ll be relieved and you’ll have more space at the house to lounge around without a tidal wave of people using your bathroom for five hours or spilling wine on the carpets.

Often, the engaged couple finds a nearby hotel and rents out a block of rooms. What this means is they will secure a certain number of rooms through the hotel that can be rented for a discounted price by the wedding guests. The rooms will only be held by the staff until a certain date. The accommodation card lets the guests know where the block of rooms is located and when the date the rooms will no longer be available through the discount.

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The best way to word an accommodation card is by being straightforward:

For your comfort and convenience

a block of rooms has been set aside at

The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

200 Marina Blvd

Berkeley, California 94710

(510) 548-7920

Please reference the

Suzuki/Tanaka wedding

to reserve the special rate

by April 23, 2015

This wording leaves no room for mistakes or misunderstandings. If there are more than one hotels, you may list those hotel names with the addresses and numbers in the same fashion.

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Good luck with your scheduling and we hope you the best of luck!

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The Decor You’ve All Been Waiting For: Centerpieces

You’ve already picked your wedding date, venue, invitations, and celebration theme. You know whether or not you’re going to DIY or leave the work up to the professionals. The day of the wedding approaches and the reality is gripping you and the ones you love. You’ve been day dreaming about, obsessing over, and terrified of the details of the reception you just can’t ignore: table centerpieces.

If nothing else, you want a little extra pizazz mixed in with the seating arrangements. It’s so nice to give your guests something to look at or play with during the down time between toasts, dancing, and noshing. Table centerpieces are a great way to express your creativity and honor your wedding theme, favorite colors, and time of year. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks that are both beautiful to look at and easy to assemble in case you’re DIYing your own wedding.

We hope you love these as much as we do. There are so many looks here: summer, winter, floral, rustic, and romantic. We’d love to know what kind of wedding you’re looking to throw and what inspiration you need!

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