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 To Rachel Littlefield, June's Bride of the Month!

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June 2013: Rachel Francis-Littlefield!

Rachel is our June Bride of the Month and we are so excited to share her unique Art Deco invitation suite along with some beautiful pictures of her big day held at St. Regis Deer Valley! She is stunning in her dress designed by Enzoani and purchased along with her accessories from Alta Moda Bridal. Calie Rose made her gorgeous bouquet and Chantel Marie captured it all with her amazing photography.

Our Invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Rachel recently to talk about her wedding and the process that we walked Rachel through as we designed her invitations.

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Ruth: Initially when we met you talked a lot about France and Europe and how you wanted an Art Deco look. Tell me about that inspiration and what led you to want that in your invitations?

Rachel: I wanted to incorporate France because we actually go engaged in Paris. The Art Deco part of the equation came in because is an aesthetic that I'm drawn to and I thought it would pair well with France.  As we progressed through the design process the Art Deco part softened a little and the overall look turned more into my style and my personality coming through as a big mash up of everything. I think it turned out beautifully. I felt like I had all these ideas and you all understood them and made it so easy to put together.

Ruth: What is your favorite thing about your invitations?

Rachel: I love how personal the design process was and how my one idea was able to be turned into the brand of the entire wedding. I also loved that it was more than just the one piece of paper. The thickness and the tactile feel of the invitations set the tone for what people could expect of the whole wedding and all because of the Paper!

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Ruth: How did your guest react to your invitations and paper goods you used?

Rachel: Everyone loved the feel of the paper from the invites to the welcome notes and the ceremony card it was really amazing how much people reacted to it all. My mom loved how well they turned out and she carried it in her purse showing people all the way up to the wedding day. A guest asked me if they really needed to send the RSVP card back. I firmly told them “Yes you need to mail it to me because I need to know who is coming so that you'll be on my seating chart and we'll plan a place card for you an a meal.” That guest was really surprised that so many details were going into my wedding. In fact, I think some of my family members haven’t been to a wedding like mine where I had everything organized down to the last detail.

Another part of my paper goods that everyone loved was the itinerary. It was a fun way for me to give the girls and the guys all of the information that they needed to know for activities and we had planned for the weekend - and I didn't have to keep retelling those guys and girls where to meet and when. They had their itineraries and they just knew! It was also fun to see that even the groomsmen loved the welcome bag tags you made for all the gifts that said touch, smell, feel, taste. Those small details really made a difference and my guest noticed!

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Ruth: What would be your advise to other brides when planning their own invitations?

Rachel: I would say, “don’t be scared to be different”. I think a lot of girls want to love everything they select for their wedding even thirty years from now and so they end up going a little more bland than they would have otherwise.  The truth is that regardless of what you select it's going to look out dated at some point. So stay true to who you are now and reflect that in your wedding and your selection is my advise. I’m sure that years from now I’ll look back at my invitations and laugh at my choices but at least I’ll know it was 100% who I was at that time in my life. 

Ruth: Wasn’t there a funny joke that related to the welcome pocket saying: “Lost? Hungry? Forgot your Pants? Please call anyone but the bride!”

Rachel: Yes! My mom came up on Saturday and brought the welcome bags for all the wedding party and when it came time for the rehearsal dinner my mom realized she had forgotten her clothes! So we had a good laugh about the fact she actually forgot her pants and had to drive back to Salt Lake.

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Ruth: Tell me a little bit about the big day?

Rachel: I can’t describe it as one day because it truly was a whole weekend and every day was filled with so much fun! I did feel some stress because with any wedding I think emotions are always running high. We had a small group of sixty close family members and I was worried a bit that without a lot of guests that maybe some family members wouldn’t mesh well. Luckily I was wrong and everyone was awesome and had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate with our families. Spa day with the girls was amazing and it was such a great way to unwind from all the wedding planning. It was a great feeling to sit back and relax knowing that all I had left to do was just enjoy the events to come. Everything went so well and on Saturday morning it was blue skies and 74 degrees in Park City, which was amazing for April and perfect for a wedding!

Ruth: Rachel it was so much fun working with you in creating you invitation suite and I’m so excited you’re our Bride of the Month!

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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 Rachel's vendors:

Dress Designer: Enzoani

Accessories and veil: Alta Moda Bridal

Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley

Florist: Calie Rose

Photographer: Chantel Marie

 


Bridal Shower Etiquette

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Bridal Shower Etiquette - “Who should host the party?”
Traditionally, the maid or matron of honor hosts the party. In some cases family members, bride’s maids or close girl friends will do the hosting so make sure the communication is there. Never let the bride host her own party!

“What should be included on a bridal shower invitation?”

  • Bride's full name (and sometimes Groom's)
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • RSVP name and number
  • Date to RSVP by
  • Short description of any food details
  • Registry

“What time frame is proper etiquette for hosting a bridal shower?”
Most would say anywhere from a two month to two weeks before the wedding. When mailing invitations you will need to do it no less than a month prior to the bridal shower so guests have time to respond to the RSVP.

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[/one-half-first][one-half]When choosing a theme for the wedding shower, select one that reflects the personality and interests of the bride. Here are some examples we’ve done for our bridal shower invitations from top to bottom.

Jennifer Vigor-Kalm’s goldfish bridal shower invitation was themed after brides name Melissa Fisher and grooms Jon Goldman. She also had a menu themed after the bridal invitation for the restaurant where the bridal shower was held with choices of what entrees they could choose from!

Hailey Kandell’s sushi themed invitation for Sara Little makes a bold yet chic announcement. This invitation has it all! With a full color two-sided pocket that holds the RSVP reply card and envelope. Even the envelopes are tastefully printed from the flower design on the main envelope to the reply envelope with chopsticks. Not only is this theme colorful and youthful, it’s the very essence of femininity.

Julian McKeon's Fiesta theme relayed a relaxed get together with a southwestern buffet lunch.

Ann Jager’s invitation for Alyson Garff was a traditional themed invite focused on incorporating her wedding colors keeping a flow throughout her invitation suite.

Kimberlee Sirstins' invitation is a great example where multiple family members come together to host the bridal shower. The details of layers and clean lines make for a beautiful classy invitation![/one-half][one-half-first]Hailey Kandell’s invitation for Sarah Klothorr indicates a more formal dinner party with her details for cocktail attire. The invitation itself is gorgeous down to the last detail. With the layering on an elegant wrap and champagne ribbon, it really captures the mood for the occasion.

Rachel Francis' invites for Kate Feinstein is a fun and more modern invitation with an additional teaser of the upcoming Bachelorette party. Fun side note: Rachel has gone from bridesmaid to one of our current brides!

With a few good guidelines you can create the perfect bridal shower for your bride to be![/one-half-first][one-half]bridal shower 3[/one-half]bridal shower 5


Congratulations to Amber Harper-Camomile, March's Bride of the Month!

March 2013: Amber Harper-Camomile!

We are proud and excited to be featuring Amber Harper-Camomile and her amazing destination wedding paper suite. Amber shares some great advice to what to expect when planning a destination wedding. There is so much detail and organization that goes into making a wedding like this one a complete success! We loved working with Amber from start to finish and were thrilled to hear all about her wedding once she returned from her wedding in Cozumel, Mexico.

Our invitation consultant, Ruth Sorenson, sat down with Amber recently to talk about her wedding and her paper goods. We hope that you will love Amber’s “black and white” invitations as much as we do.

Ruth: So what was your initial idea of what you wanted when you first came to Ann Elizabeth for your wedding invitations?Amber: My wedding was a destination wedding and my guests already knew that they were going to Mexico. I wanted to do a fun, non-traditional type invite that read like a poem telling guests to meet us in Mexico with flip-flops.Ruth: When we took your ideas and put them in the proofing process how did that work for you?Amber: After looking at the first proofs I realized that I did want a more formal invitation stating this is the wedding of Amber and Cory and I wanted that for my parents too. So my ideas totally changed as we progressed and I feel like the proofing process helped me to see what I really wanted.
Ultimately the mailed invitation was just a hint of what was to come. I had much more in store for my guests with a detailed black and white itinerary. I also loved the oversized black and white letter that I gave with the welcome bags to my guests.Ruth: When we selectd papers for your itinerary packets there was a lot of discussion of how the paper would hold up over several days of use in Mexico. How did the paper live up to your expectations?Amber: The itinerary helped so much to organize and communicate all the things we had planned for the week. I don’t think I realized how difficult it would be to keep track of everyone through all of the excitement of being in Mexico. So having a detailed, quality paper itinerary was so useful for my guests because they really did haul those itineraries around with them everywhere.
There were so many things going on from the guys going deep-sea fishing to the girls having a spa day on the beach. The rest of the week was packed with events too so it was awesome to know that no matter where people wandered off to that everyone was still able to keep on schedule for the wedding stuff!
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Detail of Amber's Itinerary Pieces
Ruth: What feedback did you receive on your printed goods?Amber: Everyone loved everything about the invitations and itineraries. My Dad was especially pleased with them... in fact he said he would have paid triple for them after seeing the quality workmanship that went into them.Ruth: What advice would you give other brides that are planning a destination wedding?Amber: First, I’ll tell you that a destination wedding is a lot of work - I’ll tell you that! But I realized that all of the little things I thought were so important and I stressed over like, everyone wear linen, was actually not something I needed to worry about. Just remember that this is the most important day of your life because you’re with all of your family and loved ones.
Second, keep yourself organized and be patient. A lot of the wedding planning is done over email and it can get stressful at times.

Ruth: How was the ceremony? Everything we’ve heard about it sounds magical?Amber: I was adamant about Cory not seeing me before the wedding. So the night before the wedding the photographer suggested doing a reveal. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t either!) it’s where you reveal yourself to one another before the ceremony. Then you can take the time to get all the pictures done and not take up time during the wedding when all you want to do is join your guests. I am so glad we did it because it turned out beautifully we had two hours to spend with one another taking pictures in a really relaxing way. Plus, right before the ceremony there was a huge down pour of rain so I was grateful I listened to her advice to get the pictures done first! Luckily, the rain did clear up for the ceremony and my brother performed our ceremony so it was very special to me.Ruth: How was your experience with us from start to finish?Amber: It was great from the time I came in with my ideas to me wanting to switch everything. You guys were so amazing to work with and help my vision come to life. I’ve had so many people ask me where I got my invitations and I love telling them Ann Elizabeth!Ruth: It’s been a pleasure working with you Amber and I’ve loved helping make your experience with us a good one!

A special thank you to Amber's amazing photographer, Pepper Nix for sharing Amber's wedding photographs with us!

If you're wondering where this gorgeous event took place, check out The Occidental Grand Resort in Cozumel, Mexico.


Utah Bride & Groom Magazine 2013 Issue

It is our honor to be featured in Utah Bride & Groom Magazine’s 2013 issue. We were thrilled to have two of our invitations featured on page 30 in the editorial segment “Personality Type - fun fonts for fashionable couples”, which features unique typesetting, font pairings and font selections. One of our contributions is this floral beauty from our bride, JanEllen Melchior. Utah Bride & Groom Magazine described the fonts we selected for JanEllen as “nostalgic yet modern”. Below is a glimpse of the rest of JanEllen’s beautiful invitations to show off how the whole set came together beautifully as a whole. 

We were also pleasantly surprised to see our plate wrap menu featured on page 50. The idea of having the menu work as a band that wraps over and around the dinner plate was born early in 2012 while collaborating with Jessica White Photography. Below is a look at the pieces we created for the gorgeous ombré styled inspiration shoot photographed by Jessica White. You can view more of the shoot at www.annelizabeth.com

Detail of the front cover And finally, a special shout out to those vendors whose inspiration and talents came together to create the 2013 cover. The cover is a visual icon for the year and it’s worth mentioning the people who brought it together. Congratulations to Marcus Gardner for the wardrobe styling, Versa Artistry for hair and makeup, Honey of a Thousand Flowers for the beautiful bouquet, Alfred Sung, via Lily & Iris for the breathtaking dress, Caterina for the location, and Heather Nan for her gorgeous photography. Kudos on your fabulous work.

Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Winter/Spring 2013 Issue

One of my favorite things about January is the release of new bridal magazines. Seeing the new issues on the newsstand makes me want to do nothing but drink coffee all afternoon and swoon over the gorgeous goods and ideas that are always in abundance.

We’re extra excited to be featured in Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Winter/Spring 2013 issue. Check out the gorgeous details of the Long-Pettine Real Wedding on page 52. This is our bride and I thought I would share more details of the invitation we designed for her big day. The bride had guests traveling in for a weekend full of activities and she needed a clean, simple and elegant way to incorporate everything she needed to convey to her guests. We ultimately landed on a pocket on the back of invitation that captures and organizes all of detail cards. It was streamlined and made all of the pieces from the map, itinerary, reception, accommodations and reply card easy for the guests to prepare for the big day.

We also want to give a big shout out to Culinary Crafts for including our equestrian menu in their ad on page 2. The applied lace on the top of the menu was one of my favorite inspirations of late and I love the soft look. For more on that equestrian photo shoot visit Utah Bride Blog.

Detail of our menu featured in the Culinary Crafts Ad Lastly, this post would not be complete without mentioning the wide variety of awesome wedding professionals represented in this issue. A few of those pros came together for the gorgeous cover and deserve a special shout out from the Ann Elizabeth team. Congratulations to Britt Chudleigh, Alta Moda Bridal, Roots, and O.C. Tanner for making the cover with your inspiring work. Utah's wedding scene has never looked so good.

 


Congratulations to Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee, January's Bride of the Month!

January 2013: Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee!

This month we are excited to share Brittany’s invitations with you! Brittany came into Ann Elizabeth with a fairly detailed idea of what type of message and feeling she wanted her invitations to convey. As we met with Brittany she conveyed to use that she was after a style that was classy and elegant with an outdoorsy feel. Brittany knew she wanted to have a copper as one of her colors for the invitation because of the history of the copper mines in Butte, Montana near the location of their wedding. We paired the copper with a navy blue and toned it down to give it both a masculine and feminine element. Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Brittany to get her take on the invitation process. Below are some of the highlights from Brittany’s recent interview.

The Interview:
Ruth: Is there anything about the proofing process that helped you to visualize your invitation and how it would ultimately come together?

Brittany: Definitely! All the options I was given at the beginning helped a lot... I liked being able to say I like this one, not that one and seeing the additional ideas you came up with it made it super easy to figure out what I wanted. Then we were able to go back to the design that I liked the best and make some minor tweaks. It just made it so easy.

Ruth: Are there any elements of the invitations you had positive feedback on?

Brittany: The whole thing! Everyone absolutely loved the colors and said it was different from anything they had seen before. It was unique, I wasn’t just your typical invitations and I love that the color combo was warm and inviting.

Ruth: Did you take any elements from the invitation into your wedding?

Brittany: Well actually I did the reverse and brought elements from my wedding into my invitations with the help of you guys! Mostly the colors, but also the branches and the leaves from the centerpieces I planned for the wedding - the nature elements all tied in together so well!
I’m also really glad that I had you guys do programs and wine bottle labels for me. It really tied things all together and the consistency on the wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without those details.

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Detail of Programs and Wine Bottles Ruth: What advice would you give to other brides planning their invitations?Brittany: Most importantly I would say don’t limit yourself. When you find something that you really want it, go for it! That’s what I loved about you guys - you brought together elements I never thought could work and when I would suggest something that might have sounded crazy I never felt like you weren’t willing to try it out and let me see how it might look.
My second piece of advise would be to pay Ann Elizabeth to assemble and glue together the invitations. Ha! When I made the decision to do the assembly on my own I thought it would be easier, but by about invitation number 75 I was thinking “this may have been a bad idea!”Ruth: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?Brittany: AMAZING! It was fun and you guys just have the best personalities. I was fun to come into the studio and sit and just talk - even about non invitations, but just wedding stuff in general. I always looked forward to coming in because your enthusiasm and how excited you get definitely comes through in your work. That enthusiasm alone reassured me I was getting a quality product that would impress everyone!Thanks for taking time to talk with us Brittany! You were a pleasure to work with!

 


Meet Dustin Schrecengost and see his Fabulous Announcement

Here at Ann Elizabeth we're a lot more than a one trick pony. Sure, we love designing wedding invitations, but we also have lots of fun with other design projects as well. Our client, Dustin Schrecengost, recently joined the staff of skilled professionals at Blakemore Real Estate as a licensed realtor. Our friends at Blakemore Real Estate sent Dustin our way to design and print an announcement for him and we like it so much that we thought we'd share.

We started with a gold and black color palette and developed the announcement from there. The whole announcement pulls out of a nifty pocket and there is a removable business card attached to the announcement. The business card itself features a matte coating and a shiny gold foil logo. So, even when the announcement is long gone, Dustin can rest assured that his business card alone still packs a punch.

Have you made a business move lately? If so, sending a business announcement of the change is a social grace that your clients are sure to appreciate. Anything from a move of location, expanding office space, moving to a new company, a new phone number any business transition is noteworthy. More than anything else, it keeps your name in front of your clients and lets them know that you care enough about them to keep them in the loop.

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And finally, we don't endorse just anybody around here (we tend to be pretty persnickety about that kind of thing) but if you're in the market you need to check out Blakemore Real Estate. http://www.blakemorerealestate.com/

In all my dealings with professionals, I must say that Blakemore Real Estate really pays attention to the details and their customer service is pretty incredible. These guys really know what they are doing.

So enjoy Dustin's announcement and think about sending a business announcement of your own. It's sure to instantly make you look like a pro.

 

 

 


Halloween Treats on Bourbon Street

Today I thought I'd share a party invitation with a Halloween color palettes that goes beyond the traditional black and orange. Purple and red as shown in this fun invitation set is one of our top picks for Halloween colors right now. A color palette like this one still needs some dark accents in order to achieve the spooky feel, but think of using black as the accent color... the cherry on top.... the finishing touch.... you know what I mean.

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Take my advise and don't be afraid to try out a bright or unusual color combination on your next Halloween project. You might just surprise yourself with the results.