Fun stuff for guest to do at your reception

Fun stuff for guest to do at your reception!

With all the different things that go into planning a wedding have you ever thought of what you can do to enhance your guest experience?  We have some fun ideas to entertain your guests and have them talking about your wedding for years to come.

 

The Crossword Puzzle:
This is so witty; that’s why it’s my first pick. This is sure to have your guest talking and enjoying some fun facts about the bride and groom.

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My second pick is “The Story”. This couple used the back of their menu to tell the story of how they met; their journey from beginning to the day he pop the question and she said “Yes”! If your guest didn’t know all the cute facts of how you fell in love they will now. What a great personal way to share your life with your loved ones.

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The Cootie Catcher:
My third pick is “The Cootie Catcher”.  This reminded me of being a kid playing with my friends to see what our fortune would be. I love this one because who wouldn't want to pick it up and start playing with it immediately. It’s a great way for young and old to be entertained!

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2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

We’ve seen this trend all year “Lace” and it is showing up everywhere from the clothes we wear to the decor we buy for our homes. At Ann Elizabeth we are privileged to create beautiful pieces of art thru our invitations and lace has been, and continues to be, a soft yet elegant way for our clients to express themselves on paper. We also love seeing how other vendors in the wedding industry are using lace so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

The first invitation set is Reaback-Sutton. This is a beautiful combination where textured and metallic papers meet letterpress printing and complete the look with a lace paper overlay along with a lace band to hold the reply card giving this invitation an extra touch of elegance.

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This lovely bouquet was made by Calie Rose Floral and Event Design. Their bride Mandie Maughan-Krause is featured with her bouquet in the Utah Valley Bride Magazine and was on the cover of the Spring 2013 issue. Calie Rose did an amazing job designing her bouquet taking her colors of blush, cream and light mocha then adding the soft touch of lace complementing the lace bodice of her wedding gown (purchased from Veronica Michaels). Kristina Curtis Photography really captures Mandie’s romantic vintage theme throughout her wedding and you can see more pictures from Kristina in Utah Valley Bride Magazine.

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We had the pleasure of being invited to create the invitation suite for Utah Bride Blog fall editorial shoot in 2012. So I wanted to share how Ann came up with the creation of the “Leather and Lace” invitation and how last fall her inspiration was already setting the lace trend for 2013! After a couple days of brainstorming ideas Ann woke in the middle of the night with the thought of “Leather and Lace” and quickly sketched out a horse head idea with lace behind it.  When creativity hits you write it down so you can remember it later!

Using straps of leather tied around an invitation with a lace layer and a horse head monogram applied directly to leather gave this unique invitation a “balance between hard and soft elements.” Keeping the flow of the theme she added a lace envelope liner for the RSVP. Then to remind guest of the invitation she used a touch of lace, and a horse head tag tied with leather on the menu completing this invitation suite!

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To see more of this amazing Equestrian shoot from Utah Bride Blog Click Here. We can't end without giving a big shout out to everyone that contributed to make this shoot so unique and beautiful:

Concept/Design/Planning: Utah Bride Blog & Culinary Crafts
Photography: Pepper Nix
Venue: Red Cliff Ranch
Floral artistry: Studio Stems
Culinary & Staging decor: Culinary Crafts
Groomal Fashion: Mr Mac
Jewelry: Goldsmith Jewelers
Rentals: Diamond Rental

See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of vendors we've mentioned:

Featured bouquet:Utah Valley Bride Magazine
Flowers-bouquet: Calie Rose
Mandie’s Dress Veronica Michaels
Photography: Kristina Curtis Photography

 

 

 

 


Kid Parties: Part 2

This week we continue the topic of kid parties and I’m starting with the “PIRATE THEME!”

Let’s face it... pirate parties aren’t just for little boys anymore. Girls don't need to be afraid to cross the gender line into the pirate theme when you add accents like stripes and swirls into the mix and choose a show stopping color like hot pink. The metallic pink envelope has an envelope icing piece that wraps around the side endge so that there is design on the front and back of the envelopes. This is a great way to introduce your theme right from the start. Once you pull the invitation out of the envelope the first thing you see is a skull and crossbones pirate with a bright pink jewel on it’s hat saying “AHOY THERE ladies of the sea!”  Once opened the theme keeps flowing onto the invitation with printed patterns of skull and crossbones, bold pink colors and clever wording as to what the guest of honor “THE FIERCE CAPTAIN RILEY” will be planning for her fellow princess pirates. Lastly the RSVP details are hidden in a four-fold wrap on the right side that has to be opened up to see what's inside. We thought this would be fun to have a hidden element within a pirate and treasure chest invitation.

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Our next two invitations are a girls version and a boys version of a "ticket" invitation. We've taken the familiar shape of a ticket but made it really big - like 6 x 9" big and the ticket becomes an oversized invitation. With both invitations shown the giant ticket sits in a metallic pocket. A band wraps around the pocket and a round sticker is placed front a center over the band. All of the pieces are, of course, made to match the theme of the party.  The pocket is also great for holding extra pieces like the reply card you see in the pink carnival invitation. This fun idea of giving your guest a ticket to your themed party is just another great creative way to get everyone excited! We also printed an adorable thank you card that was made to match the carnival themed party. Remembering to thank you guest for attending is always a great way to show your gratitude!

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I have to admit the next two invitations are my favorites. The invitation on the left is for a girl's “spa party!” and let's be honest who wouldn’t jump at a chance to attend this party. The invitation is a die cut of an eye mask on metallic paper with details printed on each side of the mask. A ribbon is glued through the middle so that the eye mask can actually be tied around little heads and played with.  I love the simplicity of this invitation and how the design was able to say it all without saying a lot. The great color pallet along with the stripes and polka dots set the feel for a spa day and the envelope liner gave it that extra pop to complete this invitation!

The invitation on the right is a little boys “Dinosaur” themed party. We added thickness and style to the envelopes by adding a printed layer for addressing. The front of the folded  invitation is decorated in the lower corner with a metallic layered piece designed with the dinosaur theme and big dino footprints. The pops of blue and red added to the green dino theme make this invitation just adorable. Opening it up the layers of metallic blue with the printed invite on top mirrors the flow of layering throughout this whole invitation.

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The last one we're sharing today is another example of using design on the envelopes to set the tone for this themed birthday. The first thing you see when taking the invitation out of the envelope is the design card with a chief’s headdress declaring it’s “MAX’S birthday”. We used a metallic green three-panel pocket to hold the invite and added a dark blue backer behind the invitation to really set the colors off. A details card in the pocket gives the guests (and their moms) all of the details for this little boys “POW WOW” themed birthday party.

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With all the different themes to choose from it becomes an endless sea of creativity that keeps the team at Ann Elizabeth on the cutting edge of custom printing and design! So if you're looking for something unique that will have your guest talking about your party let us help you in creating the perfect invitations for you event!

 

And if you missed our Kid Parties: Part 1 you can check it out here: http://annelizabeth.com/blog/?p=2011

 


Congratulations Jenae Jackson-West our August Bride of the Month!

 

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August 2013: Jenae Jackson-West!

We’d like to congratulate Jenae on her recent marriage and are excited to feature her this month as our Bride of the Month! Jenae has such a down to earth personality and it shows from her invitations to all the details that brought her dream wedding to life.

Interviewer: Now that your big day is all through, have you recuperated?
Jenae: Jason (my husband) and I moved to Texas for the summer less than a week after we got married with our honeymoon in between. It was very exciting but I still don’t know how we did it. Now that things are slowing down and we are getting into our life together I am definitely recuperating. I do have some days when I wake up in the morning and my heart is racing because I think I forgot to call the caterers, check my email, or make some appointment, so it might be a few more weeks before I can totally get the wedding planning out of my head!

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Interviewer: We felt that the striking grey ink paired with the soft green you chose for your invitation was so complimentary and we especially liked the envelope wrapping. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Jenae: I knew I wanted something that people would remember, something that would catch their attention right from the start, but not because it was bold or brightly colored. I have always been a girl that loves the natural beauty of the outdoors, which is what inspired my entire wedding. With that in mind I knew for the most part the colors of ink I would want to use and what kind of paper. It was working with Ann through the design process that brought all my ideas together. Once we got down to my final three proofs, it was an easy decision because we had created exactly what I wanted.

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Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Jenae: I loved my envelopes. I loved how it caught my guests’ attention right when they opened their mailbox. The envelopes definitely expressed the theme of my wedding before they even opened it by making a subtle statement. The way the invitation was held together with the graphite pocket envelope as well made it very fun to unwrap and unfold.

Interviewer: What feature of your invitations have the most people complimented you on and did anyone mention the unique look of your envelopes?
Jenae: Several people complimented me on how well the theme flowed through out the entire invitation. From the envelope, to the main invitation, to insert cards, the invitations really did express the garden feel of my wedding. Many guests told me that they were the prettiest invitations they had ever received. One of my guests told me that she had given the invitation to her daughter to hold on to as an example for when her little girls plan their weddings.

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Interviewer: Have you taken any elements from your invitation to use throughout your wedding decor?
Jenae: Yes, my mother and I made a rosemary/peppermint lip balm as wedding favors for our wedding guests. The labels, which we placed on the tins, included the same monogram, date, and leaf design that was on the monogram cards that we had attached to the graphite pocket envelopes. I have also noticed as I look back on my invitations, that the flower image that we used throughout the invitation was very similar to the flowers and greenery I had in my bouquet as well as the other arrangements my florist put together.

Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Jenae: Very much so. I feel like before people came to our wedding they had an idea as to what to except, that it would be very natural looking and have a garden feel that definitely came across in the design of my invitations.

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Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Jenae: Look at your entire wedding as a whole. You want all of the little details and pieces of your wedding to fit together and your invitations are what your guests are going to be seeing first. Make your guests anticipate what your upcoming wedding events might be like.

Interviewer: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Jenae: Create something that you love and feel expresses you as a couple. Don’t settle for something less than what you have in mind because you think it isn’t an option or possible.

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Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?
Jenae: I absolutely loved working with Ann and Ruth! I remember telling my mom as we left our first consult that I wanted to work at Ann Elizabeth’s or start a business like it because it was so much fun! I had checked a couple other invitation places before I went to Ann Elizabeth and always felt restricted. As I went through all the possibilities and production process with Ann, she had a way of creating and putting together what I had envisioned. Ann and I were able to create something that not only expressed the theme of my wedding, but me and my style as well.

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Interviewer: Jenae thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your wedding!

See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Jenae’s vendors:

Ceremony: LDS Bountiful UT Temple
Family Dinner (night before): Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Reception: The Rose House at Red Butte Gardens
Catering: Have Party Will Travel
Dress: Mary's Bridal
Veil: Bridal Image
Grooms attire: Men's Warehouse
Flowers: Stems for All Occasions -Heather Ellefsen
Cake: Granite's Bakery
Bride and Grooms rings: Fadel's Jewelry
Photography: Jordan Goodrich (formals by Ciara Richardson Ciara Richardson Facebook)
Videography: Jared Fadel Jenae and Jason's wedding video!

 


Kid Parties: Part 1

This week I’m excited to share some of the more elaborate invitations we've designed for kid's parties. We recently were challenged to create an interactive invitation in a Candyland Theme. The design got started with the idea of recreating the Candyland board as the invitation itself.  When you open the invitation the first thing you see is CANDYLAND in big bold letters and a three dimensional pop out detail map of candy land full of all the amazing things to expect at this candy extravaganza party! We figured out a unique hand fold that allowed the board game to pop out when the card was opened and then fold back up into a neat square when closed.

Metallic pinks, blues, greens and candy hues graced this fun invitation. We searched high and low for a striped baker's twine in the right shade of blue and we were really glad when we found the perfect blue at the last minute.

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Take a peek at the incredible cake that Julie at Layers Cake created to match our Candyland invitation. I’m always so excited to see what she will come up with and once again she has taken this theme and knocked it out of the park! If you are planning a party or celebration you should really consider using Layers Cake.

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Next we have our Alice in Wonderland themed invitation. Alice in Wonderland is a really fun theme to work with because you can work mystery and intrigue into the design. We printed stacked tea cups right on the envelope so that guests were give a little hint of what was going to be inside the envelope. We thought "Open Me!" on the front of the invitation was a clever way of keeping the theme going and getting guests curious to see what is inside!  When he three panel wrap is fully opened you can see how we made custom slits in the folds so that the diamond pattern bands could would be visible as part of the design of the inside of the invitation as well as the outside. The birthday party was a "tea party" and we referred to the birthday girl as the "Queen of Hearts"  to keep everything in the Alice in Wonderland theme. The "Eat Me!" tags were used to give an extra touch to the favor bags of candy that were given to the party guests.

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Last, but definitely not least, is our adorable Ladybug Paisley invitation. This invitation really has it all: a 3 panel wrap with a pocket, a details card, a belly band, envelope icing, and monogram card for this little girls party. The paisley band with it’s layered monogram card that says “Polka-dots and little black spots, that’s what ladybugs are made of” immediately conveys to guests that this is a sweet invitation for a young girl. When open the invite and details card give the guests all of the details of what's to come! The final touch of this invitation set is the matching thank you card. What a great way to follow up  with guests with your appreciation for attending the party!

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It's fun when we have the opportunity to change it up from wedding invitations and create fun, themed party invitation - especially when it’s making a little kids birthday that more exciting!