How to Create a Gorgeous Wedding Invitation

"What's the big deal about designing wedding invitations? Can't I just do it myself?" This is a question we know many brides ask as they start planning their weddings-- especially if said bride is on a budget. This post was designed to outline the basics of all that wedding invitation design entails and help you answer that ever-burning question: "Can't I just do it myself?".

Keep in mind this is a very simple outline, and that with each of these steps come different issues and intricacies that make the job a bit more difficult than one might imagine. Headaches like this are why we (Ann Elizabeth) exist: to alleviate your stresses in wedding invitation design. We know how stressful wedding planning can be, so if there's any chance we can ease that for you we'll take it!

Hopefully that list hasn't scared you, but made you more aware of the different steps necessary for wedding invitation design and proper etiquette. Custom design is an excellent option if you aren't feeling too keen on tackling all of this yourself, and you've most definitely come to the right place for custom: Ann Elizabeth.

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Here are some handy links for you to check out:

Wedding invitation wording guide

Choosing a printing technique

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


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!

Everything You Need to Know about Save the Dates

It is more than common for brides to have questions about Save the Dates. To send or not to send? What information HAS to be included?  In today's post, I'll cover the "ins and outs" of Save the Dates, and help you decide if these wedding reminders are a necessity for your wedding or not.

Do I need to send Save the Dates?

This is kind of a trick question, because it really depends on a few key things, like if your wedding is:

  • a destination wedding for everyone; you AND your guests will be traveling somewhere for the wedding.

    If you've got everyone jetting somewhere for your big day, it's best to give them as much time as possible to book their airfare, hotels, etc.

  • a destination wedding for your guests; you live in the area you're "tying the knot," but some or all of your guests will be flying in.

    Just because it's not a destination for you, doesn't mean it's not for them! Let's say you live in California, and want to get married on the beach you got engaged on. Your big, Italian family from New Jersey is flying in, so it's best to give them time to book travel and lodging.

  • your wedding date is on or over a holiday/ holiday weekend.

    This is one people tend to over-look. If you're planning on getting married over a national holiday- let's say Independence Day weekend- it's best to give people a "heads-up" so they can make sure they're there for your wedding.

  • Here's a special one: your region's traditions.

It may come as a surprise, but the United States has different traditions based on its different regions. The eastern US tends to expect more traditional correspondence, including a Save the Date (which, itself, is comparatively a newer element of wedding correspondence). The western US tends to be more relaxed about expectations for what you send and what you don't. Simply read up on what the majority of your guests would anticipate for your event and be sure to accomodate them.

Do my Save the Dates need to match my wedding invitations?

Not necessarily. Some brides-to-be panic a little bit over the myth that they need to exactly match their Save the Dates with their invitations; that they'll have to commit to a given theme prematurely, then if they end up wanting to change, it'll be too late. Your Save the Dates definitely don't need to match your invitations, but it is nice to have at least your colors, font(s), or a motif that is consistent throughout. Above all else, it is key that your Save the Dates reflect the tone of your event, whether it's formal, casual, etc.

When should I send my Save the Dates?

We recommend sending your Save the Dates six months to a year in advance. Have a shorter engagement, but still feel the need to send Save the Dates? The sooner you can send them, the better. Or, consider using a more non-traditional method of getting your wedding date known, like a wedding website.

What information do I need to include?

These may seem painfully obvious, but there are some Save the Dates we've seen that fail to mention some of this crucial information:

  1. Names of the Bride- and Groom- to-be
  2. The date of your wedding
  3. The location of your wedding
  4. Information that a formal invitation will follow
  5. List your wedding website if you have one, where information regarding lodging, wedding day information, etc may be found.

The way you give this information is completely up to you, but remember that your Save the Date sets the tone for your wedding. We don't recommend having a Save the Date that is really playful and informal when you plan to have a black tie wedding.

Who should I send Save the Dates to?

It's a common misconception that you only need to send Save the Dates to certain guests- ones who will be traveling a great distance to your wedding. Don't do this. It is best practice to send a Save the Date to anyone you want at your wedding, no matter the distance they'll have to travel. If you send a Save the Date, include everyone you want in attendance at your ceremony and/or reception.

Hopefully this post clears up some confusion about Save the Dates. Have you seen a Save the Date that stood out to you for good or bad reasons? We want to hear about it! Leave a comment below.

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: Pastel Perfection

At Fashion Week in NYC this past February, pastels were a HUGE hit. We are super excited about this, and can't wait to bring you today's post: Pastel Perfection.

We love the softness of pastels. They're the perfect statement to make, especially for the brides who are looking for a subdued, feminine feel to their wedding. Can't get enough of this look!

Like what you see? Feel free to share this inspiration board... Pin it, Tweet it, Post it on Facebook or your own blog!

Photo credits (from left to right):

Wedding Chicks

Lane Dittoe

Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Chicks

Style Me Pretty

Inspired by This

Wedding Chicks