Summery Inspiration

Today, I'm really excited to share with you an inspiration photo shoot, photographed and styled by the lovely Jessica White of Jessica White Photography.

Jessica asked us to design the printed pieces for this gorgeous shoot, and we gladly accepted. We love the pastel ombre palette paired with bolder blooms. It's the perfect marriage of soft and summery, shabby and chic! We hope you enjoy this inspiration board as much as we do.

Please feel free to share with your friends via facebook, twitter, and pinterest!


Ann Elizabeth is feeling krafty

Happy Tuesday!

Today, I am ecstatic to share with you yet another fabulous inspiration board surrounding:

Kraft!

Love, love, love this paper! For those of you unfamiliar with kraft, it's known as a more casual paper, but as of late has risen to more semi-formal occasions. It's typically a brown, natural-looking paper with little darker flecks in it. Kraft can be bleached to be (almost) white, but the most popular form is brown.

Prepare to be amazed by what you're about to see. Really. You'll see how the casual nature of kraft is transformed to be something completely different. Kraft can be so versatile: from cutesy and informal to natural and elegant.

There is one way to dress up kraft that we absolutely love here at Ann Elizabeth... and that is lace. Lace is (in our humble opinion) such a gorgeous way to "pretty up" the comfort of kraft. See for yourself in our inspiration board below!

Whether kraft is the star of your wedding invitation ensemble or if there's simply a kiss of kraft, it's sure to be a success.

Are you thinking of using kraft as part of your wedding, party, or other celebration? Tell us about it in the comments below. We love to hear how everyone uses kraft in such diverse ways.

That's all for today- thanks for stopping by.

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Image credits (from left to right, top to bottom):

Ann Elizabeth

Cut and Paste

Fellow Fellow

Oh So Beautiful Paper

Jupiter and Juno

Jupiter and Juno

Cut and Paste


Demolition Therapy: Bigger is better!

Have you ever wanted to take a sledge hammer to a wall?

We did... Check us out! 

Ann, showing us how it's done!

Ruth, ya gotta keep your eye on the prize! Good work, though.

The demo is always messier on the other side...

Dave, our handy-dandy demo man.

We are smack-dab in the middle of a killer remodel project here at Ann Elizabeth.

If you've been to our studio, you'll remember our meeting space being right there as you come in the door. No more! It will now be around the corner where Ruth's reception area was. We're swapping those two spaces, and knocking out a wall that stood behind Ruth's desk in order to make room for... (drumroll, please!)

OUR FABULOUS NEW SHOWROOM!

We are SO excited for this new space we're creating! It will be the perfect area for showcasing our collection of invitations and meeting with our clients. We hope our new showroom will inspire our brides to create the invitation ensemble of their dreams.

Estimated completion date is in a few weeks. We'll send sneak-peeks, don't worry.

Did we mention how ecstatic we are about this project?? We hope you are, too.

In fact, we'd love your opinions on what to include in our showroom! Conversation area? Mini bar? Please weigh in and leave a comment below! We're here to please.

Here's to demolition and new creative spaces!


The Factor That Can Make or Break Your Wedding

It is no secret that I am a huge believer in the impact color has on us. It's everywhere!

And believe it or not, others (businesses, especially) are using color to influence you.

Sounds like a conspiracy theory, I know.

But truly, color has a remarkable ability to transform the way you interpret things. I could talk for days about how our world of color impacts us, so for today I'll keep it to the color palette you choose for your wedding.

Your color palette will set the tone for your event, so choose wisely. No pressure, right?? It will create the mood and set the tone for your event. When you think about it, you've got a lot of control over what your guests might feel at your event. It's cool to think that you have a say in the finest details of your event, right down to the mood and ambiance your guests interpret. Love it!

With today's post, I hope to help you with 2 things:

1) Provide for you a simple, easy-to-understand crash course on color psychology to help minimize confusion and fear of color.

2) Help you understand the importance of color and how it can make or break your event.

I realize there's a chance you simply like a few colors and want those as your wedding colors. No problem! You can use this post to check the meanings of the colors you've chosen.

Take a look at the following infographic, courtesy of yours truly, containing the ingenius content from mywedding.com. Not every color in the book is listed here, but you'll get a good idea for the symbolism color has, and the affect it'll have on your event.

 

Hopefully this gave you a better idea about color and how it can make your event even more fabulous.

Until next week, feel free to share this post with your friends! Pin it, tweet it, FB it!

 

If you're interested in learning more, here are some more great color psychology sources:

http://www.sashasouzaevents.com/publish/psychology-of-color-7a236/

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Solving the "Adults Only" dilemma

You're engaged to the love of your life, and you've started to plan your big day.

You've got ideas for colors, centerpieces, flowers, favors, and more. Your pinterest account is overflowing with wedding inspiration boards. It's all you think about, day and night.

Everyone you ever knew (and lots of people you don't) will be at your reception. This is huge, and you're starting to feel the gravity of it all. This is your first day together as a married couple, and you want to start it off just right: with a gorgeous reception. Only kicker is- you have loads of people you would like to be there... just not their children. Nothing against kids or anything; it's just that you know you (and you're mother in-law alike) will have a heart attack at the sight of little Tommy dipping his fingers in the cake. We don't blame you!

We love kids, but a lot of times weddings aren't the best place for them to play.

If you're in this boat, you're probably concerned at what others will think of your decision to not have children at your wedding/reception. Some will support you in it, but some will have strong opinions against it (and won't hesitate one bit to share them with you). You'll have to be ready for that.

So the question is, how do you break the news that the little dears aren't invited?

This is a concern for many brides, and I'm happy to clear this up for you.

You'll be glad to hear that there are a few different ways this can be accomplished while maintaining formality and respect. Both good!

Go the traditional route

Traditionally, those who are addressed on the inner envelopes are those who are invited to the event. A problem with that is that tradition is slowly diminishing over time, and many brides these days don't have inners envelopes- just outers. And you and I both know that a lot of people disregard who an envelope is precisely addressed to. It's a piece of mail, and they're anxious to open it; the envelope ends up in the trash.

It's all in the wording

Many brides are concerned that it's tacky to mention "Adults Only" anywhere on your main invitation. Our answer to that is: it all depends on how you say it. If you were to flat out say, "Adults only," you can bet your boots that will come off as offensive to many, so make sure to check out our examples below.

RSVP round up

Check out these examples from a couple invitations we did recently. These are options we recommend to make it clear, without question, that only a limited number of guests are anticipated.

Examples

 

 

Consider this...

If leaving the kids out is out of the question, but you're still concerned they'll be a nuisance, an option is to offer a babysitting service at your reception. Plan fun activities to occupy the children's hands and minds, like a photobooth, crafts (so many great kids' crafts can be found on Pinterest), etc. The Knot has some great suggestions in this article for some ways to keep the kiddos busy.

There are various options for every event; if your event happens to be formal enough that kids would be a distraction, by all means, feel free to request that they stay at home.

Keep in mind that a great wedding maintains the balance between the comfort of the guests and the wants of the bride and groom. You know better than anyone how the event should go, so make it happen!

What's next?

You're most likely wondering what to do next. If you're still undecided, I would suggest doing some more research on options for you. Each wedding is different, so you have to be the one to really do some feeling around and see what's right for your event.

Chances are you're not quite sure whether or not your guests would cringe at the idea of a children-free event (or visa versa). Ask them! Don't hesitate to get feedback from a few choice people you trust. Visit with your spouse-to-be and see what they think. You two will decide together, and between you and me, your guests will deal.

Last, but certainly not least, don't stress! Your day will turn out great, and you'll look back on it with fond memories. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!

-- Dana and The Ann Elizabeth Team

PS, make sure to share this with your friends! We know you know someone who could benefit from this.