Jewel Tone Junkies

Believe it or not fall is upon us, which means it's time for all you winter brides to be getting serious about your invitations.

Today's post is to bust the myth that a winter wedding = lack of color. Not this year, honey! Not you.

So, to help motivate you, I thought I'd put together some fabulous winter inspiration for you: jewel tones.

Here at Ann Elizabeth, we love the idea of jewel tones for a winter wedding. These are such regal-looking colors, and a lot of depth can be achieved using lustrous fabrics and paper.

We love this look, and hope you will, too!

Photo credits from left to right:

Zuma Photo

Robin Lin

Ann Elizabeth

Photo found via Wedding Bee

Robin Lin

Bridal Shoppe

Zuma Photo, menu design by Ann Elizabeth

Santa Barbara Chic

 And here's today's pinnable! Enjoy!


3 Tips for Tackling Invitation Inspiration

So you want gorgeous wedding invitations.

Not, "Oh, that's pretty..." (then gets tossed in the trash once your wedding day is over).

You want the jaw-dropping- "This invitation is STUNNING! ... so chic I feel guilty throwing it away (so I'll hold onto it for years)!"- kind of impact.

And you want your invitations to be original. None of this fill-in-the-blank, cookie-cutter, "My cousin had that exact same invitation!" stuff. We're talking one-of-a-kind, knock-their-socks-off original.

Believe it or not, this is possible! And it doesn't have to break the bank.

Question is, where do you start? Do you sit back and just hope that luck will strike an idea into your head? We say, "No, ma'am!" Put on your big girl pants and do as author Jack London so wisely said:


Couldn't have said it better myself, Jack. That's why I'm so excited to bring you today's post: 3 Tips for Tackling Invitation Inspiration.

 Tip #1: Know what you want.

When it comes to having a flawless invitation ensemble, indecision is not your friend.

There are SO many options available to you. I know it can seem daunting at first, but colors, format, fonts, size, shape, texture, motif, folds (or no folds), enclosure cards, etc can all play a part in making your invitation extraordinary. Get your hands on as many different kinds of invitations as possible, so you can see, touch, and interact with different styles of invitations. We love having brides come in and browse our showroom, especially for this purpose. Check out our studio hours here if you'd like to come see us!

The other side of knowing what you want is knowing what you don't want. Make a written list! Sometimes your "Don't Want" list is easier to come up with, so it's a great place to start if you're at a loss for coming up with what you do want.

Tip #2: Get out of your comfort zone.

Many times, the best inspiration stems from something you never expected. Do you find yourself browsing invitations that all have the same kind of look? Delve into some that look completely different and see what you like. You may come up with a way to "marry" both looks and come up with something 100% original. Win, Win!

Tip #3: Add your personal touch

What better way to both "wow" your guests and help them feel connected to your event than to have something meaningful in your life as a theme or decorative element? This could be anything from your love for the beach (using a nautical theme), to the title of your and your fiance's song, to the color of the sunset when he proposed. Don't be afraid to share these intimate (and sometimes vulnerable) moments with your guests. It will only make your invitations more cohesive and all that much more meaningful.

For example, we recently had a bride incorporate into her invitations a watercolor painting she did herself. Not only was it absolutely stunning, it was absolutely personal. So lovely!

The bride behind the gorgeous letterpress invitations to the left chose an evergreen motif because of the location of her wedding. She felt like the colors, paper choices, and motif really set the tone for her event. We completely agree!

The Ann Elizabeth team wishes you the best of luck in gathering your wedding invitation inspiration. Remember: Know what you want, Get out of your comfort zone, and Add your personal touch! You got this.

Know someone struggling with finding invitation inspiration? Share this with them!

Where have you found wedding invitation inspiration? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!


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!


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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To Dye For: Coral Ombre!

Crazy about coral? So is Ann Elizabeth!

It's such a gorgeous, summery hue. Then, when paired with ombre, it's just... well... to die for! Check out this inspiration graphic we've put together for Coral Ombre.

If you've never heard of "ombre" before, don't stress. Ombre (pronounced "om-ber") is French for "shade," so whether used in hairstyling or decorating, ombre is simply a fading/melting of one color into another. The photo of the cake is the clearest example of ombre. See how the top of the cake fades into the deep coral at the bottom? Look at you! You're an ombre pro already.

Planning to use coral in your wedding or other event? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Love coral but aren't sure what to pair it with? Here are a few recommended color schemes we found on Design Seeds:

Filtered Tones Fresh Tones
Sweet Flora Vintage Flora

Photo credits for inspiration graphic (from left to right):
Jenny Cookies

Jill Thomas Photography 

Design Fancy Ink

Wishlantern Wedding Lanterns

Wishlantern Wedding Lanterns

Cocorosa

DK Designs Hawaii

Ann Elizabeth has no affiliation with the sources above. We simply think their work is lovely and thought you deserved to see it!


How to Choose the PERFECT Color Palette

What if I told you that choosing the perfect color palette for your wedding was easy?

Yep. I said, "easy".

Some of you might throw your shoe at me for making such a claim-- for many brides, choosing a color palette is one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. But please put the shoe down for a second and hear me out.

Today, I'm going to show you a few sanity-saving tools that are just a mouse click away. Whether you're a color lover or what we like to call "color-phobic", you're going to love today's post!

Some of you may be surprised to learn that there are some killer websites out there to help you find or create the perfect color scheme for your wedding, and we've chosen three of our favorites to share with you. There's something for everyone... the bride who wants to get those creative juices flowing by making a custom color scheme, or the bride who wants to see color schemes others have created. And... the best part is: they're all FREE! That's something you don't hear much in the wedding planning process, so we're happy to share. It's important to note that Ann Elizabeth isn't affiliated with any of these companies. We simply think they rock and are worth bragging about.

Design Seeds

Design Seeds is a an awesome resource! It's a website that's in blog format (familiar to almost everyone these days), with oodles of fabulous color palettes to peruse. This is the most basic of the sites we'll cover today, since there's not a tool here for coming up with your own color palette. But- with all the options Design Seeds has here, there's not really a need! One thing we really like about Design Seeds is the option to search for palettes similar to your main color. So if you at least know you want a "dusty rose" as your main color, you can plug that into the search tool and it will pull up palettes that have that color or something similar.

Colour Lovers

Colour Lovers has so many great options for choosing colors, and is truly user-friendly. You can browse and rate other members' palettes, create your own, upload a photo that has colors you love and it will generate a palette from the photo, and lots more. You'll have to check out the other tools they have available. Colour Lovers has tools for the tech-savvy and the not so tech-savvy. So fun!

Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler (pronounced, "color") is a wonderful resource for color schemes-- a bit more complex than the others, so watch out. Once you register (it's free) you can use their extremely versatile tool for color schemes, upload a photo that Kuler will analyze and extract colors from, browse other members' palettes, and more. This is the most complex in terms of how to use the tools, but once you figure it out, it is golden!

 

So there you have it! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post today. What color palette websites do you know about? Leave a comment- we'd love to hear from you!

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A Look We Love: On the edge with EDGE PAINTING!

First, I just have to say- I love doing these posts! Maybe it's because in preparing for them, I get to "revel in my print nerdery" and gawk at so many fabulous printed pieces. Today's topic is nothing short of that, too.

Now, if you're sitting here asking yourself, "What in the world is 'edge painting?"-- Don't worry! You're not alone, and I'm delighted to fill you in. Edge Painting is a technique where color is applied to the thinnest edges of paper to add visual interest. Folks have been known to do bold (or not so bold- both fantastic) pops of any color, metallic, or foil (which is actually called Foil Edging). Bella Figura has a post where they help you figure out which of those techniques is best for you. Check that out here. In a moment you'll see for yourself just how much oompf this adds to any printed piece. Love, love, LOVE it!

If you're interested in learning about how a printer goes about edge painting, Oh So Beautiful Paper has a great post about it. Read that here.

If you're not wanting details, just the goods, wait no longer! Enjoy for yourself the following potpourri of edge painted wonders: