Friday, December 12, 2008

Be your own stationery designer- or Tough Times 101

Are things a bit tight right now? Well join the club. My closet is calling out that it needs new additions to make it happy. Especially this right here. But oh well, my closet is just going to have to learn to live with disappointment. But why should you? Here is way to be your own designer and still have the personal touches that I spoke about in my previous post on using illustrations in your wedding. And all it involves is notebook paper and a marker.
I just wrote the bride and grooms initials on a piece of notebook paper ala 4th grade. Pick any background you like to attach the paper to. I chose my bulletin board and arranged a picture of the couple, some fabric flowers, and a clipping from a magazine. Presto! A fun and original engagement announcement!
The web is full of printing services. Upload your photo on to any number of products. I think this would be a great post card. I just made sure that my photo was standard postcard size (4.25 by 6 inches). I recommend MOO, a great printing site based out of the UK. They're a little pricier then some of the other online printers out there but they are quick, helpful, with a great product line. Simply follow the steps on their site, upload your photo, and type in the text you would like on the back.
And a word of warning on online printing. Do your research! For example, DO NOT be swayed but the over advertised and cheap Vista! If you ever want to read printing horror stories google their name. Scary!
Moral of this story- Originality does not have to be expensive.

New Bride- Marissa

Actually this is a portrait I did a little while ago and completely forgot to post about!
Marissa chose a marker illustration which many brides do to get that authentic designer created look. I just love the boldness of markers. The colors pop!
The photo you see on the left is a cropped version of the one taken by wedding photographer Faith Dugan.
Faith is based out of beautiful Newport, RI ( my home state. I'm a little biased).
And let me tell you, her portfolio is impressive. Faith describes her style as " a mix of photojournalism, art and fashion-inspired portraiture". Having seen countless wedding photographers work through the weddings I've been a part of ( I've been a bridesmaid 6 TIMES. And no, I did not keep all the dresses) I can tell you that I have been underwhelmed.
It's the art school snob in me.
I would love to show you more of Faiths work BUT blogger is acting up right now and will not let me upload pictures. So more to come!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Using art to create individual touches

A lovely reader, Rachel, just wrote me to ask where the corgi and bride illustration was from shown in the previous post. It was an illustration I used for a clients engagement party invite. That started me thinking of how using art can give a unique individual touch to the over all look of a wedding.

Sometimes, picking a look or an illustration for stationery in a wedding can be a daunting task. But there are a few simple things to keep in mind that I guarantee will help you.

1) What colors do you like?

Or rather what are the colors you are using in your wedding? Even if you don't have your full color scheme pick there is usually at least one color that is a for sure choice. On that note, don't panic if you don't have all the "Big" decisions, like colors, made for your wedding at once. It's a process! And it should be fun. Let it happen organically. For my client, all she knew was that robins egg blue would be in the wedding in some form.

And that was my only direction. I used vintage Dick and Jane books as my inspiration and a robins egg blue color theme. The client loved the little kid versions of the couple and especially the heart with their initial on the black board. Another thing to keep in mind when you pick stationery is-

2) What do both of you love? Or just you even!

For this bride and groom it was the brides corgi. Also by this time to bride knew that ivory and light pinks would be used in her color scheme too.

So obviously for the clients shower invite a corgi was a must! And to continue the theme from the last invite, a little girl bride made an appearance again with a similar color theme.
And finally-

3) When in doubt let your past choices be a guide for your future ones.

You don't know what you want for flowers? Give your florist the items you've already picked for the wedding and tell him or her to show you the choices that would best fit the colors you already have. There are 5 million linen choices and you can't decide? See what motif goes best with your invitations that have already been sent out. Husband to be and you want a theme but can't decide on one? You remember to fabulous invite you had made with your initials written on a chalk board and carry it over to your menu cards, thank you notes and favors.
Your wedding is going to be easy.

Wedding Playlist

It's been a while but here is my second installment of "Wedding Playlists that does not involve Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, or the Electric Slide". That being said, at all of my family weddings one of the biggest controversies has been the group dance songs.
My family is VERY pro group dance song.
The electric slide and Hava Nagila being two must haves...did I mention that we're not jewish? But my grandmother must have Hava Nagila!
At the one wedding that it was banned by a well meaning cousin, my grandmother got her Hava Nagila on to JT's "Sexy Back". I'll leave you with that mental picture. Enjoy Shannon's playlist.

Shannon's Playlist
Get Me To the Church On Time -Frank Sinatra,Sinatra at the Sands
Only You - Joshua Radin
Like u Crazy - Mates Of State
September- Earth, Wind, and Fire
You're So Cool - Hans Zimmer, True Romance Soundtrack
Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups
You're The First, The Last, My Everything- Barry White
One Way Or Another- Blondie
The Story- Brandi Carlile
You Belong To Me- Dean Martin, Dean Martin: Greatest Hits
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Today - Joshua Radin
I'm Shipping Up to Boston- Dropkick Murphys
You Can't Hurry Love- Phil Collins
Everyday Is A Holiday -Esthero
Who Loves You- Four Seasons
History Of Lovers- Iron And Wine
Dream A Little Dream Of Me- Michael Buble
I Could Not Ask for More - Sara Evan
Can't Take My Eyes Off You- Frankie Valli
When the Saints Go Marching In- Fats Domino
The Rainbow Connection- Kermit the Frog

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Untraditional/Fabulous Dress

My friend Ronnie has been putting a lot of thought into her impending wedding. They're having it at a venue that won't allow you to book it until March of that year. It's a gamble what day you're going to get so it's not like she can plan what dress she wants based on the season.
NOT that she would let the season dictate her dress so she tells me.
Ronnie has a love/hate relationship with traditionalism. She sees the point of it but doesn't like going along with it. Ronnie dances to the beat of her own samba band and wants what she wants.
She does not want to spend over 500 dollars, she would like to be eco friendly, and is can take or leave the color white. Above are some of the dresses that she is considering from a great site called
I haven't had the opportunity to illustrate a non traditional/totally fabulous dress for a bride yet but I'm really looking forward to it.
What about you out there in former bride and soon to be bride land? What did you look for in your dress? Any great stories?