diy: Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Categories Inspiration + Resources

Our friend Jen (and graphic designer here at MagnetStreet} recently got engaged. Congrats! Yay! Hooray! Well, Jen wanted a creative way to ask her besties to be her bridesmaids. Here’s Jen to “show and tell” us about her sweet “Will you be my bridesmaid?” DIY project …

“When it came time to ask friends to be in my bridal party, I wanted to think of something fun and creative. A lot of friends live out of town, so I wanted to think of a way to ask them where I didn’t have to be in the same room. I browsed the internet for inspiration and came across the idea to use a balloon with a message inside. I love that it’s a gift they get to open and get excited about. I mailed the gifts, and it was fun to hear from each girl. Everyone loved it! It was fun getting texts and calls from each of them, excited and honored to be a part of our bridal party.

Materials: scrapbook paper | washi tape | small cards and envelopes | tags | ribbon | balloons | square box (Steps below)

A darling, "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" DIY invite idea + tutorial

 

Jen, graphic designer at MagnetStreet

Step #1. Write tiny little notes

I cut strips of scrapbook paper and wrote a note to each girl: maid of honor, bridesmaids, personal attendants, and my flower girl. Amy, will you be my Maid of Honor?

Step #2. Roll into scrolls & seal with washi tape

Then, I rolled my note up into a scroll and sealed it with washi tape.

Step #3. Now, a more personalized note

I also wrote a longer note to each girl on a little card to put inside the bottom of the box–to tell them more of why they mean so much to me and why I want them to be a part of my wedding day.

Step #4 Message in a balloon, tag it

I stuck the rolled up strip of paper inside the balloon and then blew the balloon up to be the size of the box. I then tied it up with a ribbon and put on a tag with the instructions “pop me.”

Step #5 Decorate box, wrap in mailing paper for those out of town

Then, I shut the box and tied it with a ribbon. *Another idea would be to add a safety pin somewhere in the gift for them to use to pop the balloon.

So cute!! Jen, thanks for sharing your sweet project with us! How do you plan on asking your bridesmaids?

 

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Pretty Coral and Peach Winery Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

We’re simply smitten with Vanessa and Julian’s exquisite winery wedding … the colors, the ambiance, the rustic elegance! Vanessa said, “We wanted our wedding to be romantic, fun and to highlight the natural beauty of Napa Valley. We picked Napa because I wanted it to be gorgeous on its own and with good wine and good food–it’s the total package.” Complementing the rustic beauty of the winery and playing off of Vanessa’s favorite flower–coral peonies–theirs was a loose and flowing color palette. Vanessa looked absolutely stunning in her David Tutera {for Mon Cheri} gown and colorful Kate Spade royal blue flats. Her maids wore coral and peach dresses while Julian and the groomsmen wore gray tuxedos with navy ties. Enjoy this gorgeous Napa Valley winery wedding from Jonathan Young Weddings.

Wedding Style: Romantic & Fun
Wedding Colors: Coral | Peach | Cream | Gray | Navy
Ceremony & ReceptionV. Sattui Winery St. Helena, Ca.

Photographer: Jonathan Young Weddings
Wedding Invitations | Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

Bride + bridesmaids in coral and peach

Highlights from the day …
Seeing my now husband as I walked down the aisle is something I’ll never forget. The Napa hills in the background and the gorgeous winery also took the romance to a new level. Then, getting to dance the night away with my friends and family was the icing on the cake. It was the best party I’ve ever been to!

blue wedding shoes and pearl purse

Napa Valley winery wedding

winery and wedding musicians

Groom watching bride walk down aisle

Bridesmaids in coral and peach

Napa Valley wedding ceremony

Advice well taken …
To enjoy the day! There were inevitable bumps in the road throughout the day but all those things paled in comparison to the joy of having all my closest friends and family with me and getting to marry my best friend.

Advice to share …
Dream big! We considered many other options for the location of our wedding to better accommodate our guests. In the end, our dream wedding was in Napa, so we went with it and we are so glad we did. You only get one wedding; go for your dream.

Wedding ceremony at a Napa Valley winery

Dip kiss at the wedding ceremony

The best part of the whole wedding day …
I’d say my two favorite moments were exchanging vows and celebrating on the dance floor all night long.

Winery reception and first dance

Napa Valley winery wedding rectangular reception table

Reception décor 
Decorated with a mix of clear vases and gold mason jars, the long rectangular reception tables popped with beauty and color–thanks to Vanessa’s mom who did the design and arrangement.

Floral centerpieces of coral peonies in painted gold mason jars

Menu card at Napa Valley winery wedding

Toasting at winery wedding reception

Wedding guests at winery wedding

Bride and Groom at their Napa Valley winery wedding

Blue and gold Wedding Invitation Suite from MagnetStreet

Wedding cakes and wine bottles

 

Their Wedding Invitation Suite & Thank You
Vanessa and Julian personalized an Invitation ensemble from the Live. Laugh. Love. Design Suite and turned this Save the Date Postcard from the Love’s Anchor design–into their Thank You Postcard. Well done guys!

Napa Valley winery at night

Our very best wishes to Vanessa and Julian!

xo

Wedding Pro Shout Out

Jonathan Young Weddings
I cannot say enough good things about our photographer, Jonthan Young. He captured the wedding beautifully!

V. Sattui Winery
We truly had an amazing team behind our wedding vision. Our venue was absolutely stunning and served as the perfect backdrop to a wonderful day.

Florals
The flowers, done by my mom, were perfect.

Tra Vigne Catering
Tra Vigne Catering went out of their way to serve our guests and the food was great.

Sweet On Cake Bakery
We had seven delicious cakes from Sweet On Cake Bakery.

Bridesmaid dresses …
The bridesmaids dresses were from Lulus.com.

MagnetStreet Weddings
We liked that the designs were completely customizable. We loved using MagnetStreet because it allowed us to personalize our stationery without being experts in graphic design. The designers accommodated all of our requests.

Like the designs that Vanessa and Julian personalized? Get free samples.

 

 

 

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Carnival Themed Engagement Photos

Categories Real Weddings

Kristin and Thomas got their cotton candy, bubbles, rides and games on at their carnival-themed engagement session at the Virginia Beach Amusement Park. Photographed by Dustin Lewis Images how cute is this couple?! They’re bound and determined to have fun–no matter who’s watching. Looking for cute engagement ideas? Consider letting your hair down and the kid in you out–at your local carnival or county fair.

What’s so great about a carnival-themed engagement session?

  • Color! No shortage there. And wearing something fairly neutral will allow all the background colors and neon signs add pizzazz to your play date.
  • Great photo ops: Rides and games help bring out the kid in you–which can’t help but render beautifully in your captured expressions.
  • Save the Date with a carnival theme: Popular designs like Love Aligned Save the Date CardGeometric Spark Save the Date Postcard and Chic Lines Save the Date Magnet all have a carnival-feel that’s lighthearted and totally fun–perfect for an amusement park e-sesh.

Carnival engagement session in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach carnival portrait photography

Amusement Park engagement photos

Amusement Park engagement photo

Couple eating cotton candy at their carnival engagement session

Virginia Beach Amusement Park engagement photo

Virginia Beach carnival engagement

Couple at Virginia Beach Amusement Park

 

Credits
Photographer: Dustin Lewis Images | via Two Bright Lights

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Color Monday: Citrusy Summery Palette

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

MagnetStreet Sale: 15% off Wedding Stationery thru 7/31/14 | Code: WJULY15 

Color Palette: Flamingo |Coral | Butter | Carnation

“Color Monday” … one of our favorite days of the week! This week’s citrus-y inspiration of pinks and coral is just perfect for a summer outdoor wedding. A few very fun ways to integrate this color scheme and round out your wedding look can be accomplished through creative décor and accessories like: oversized balloons, mix and match florals, and a hot signature cocktail–like a citrus martini. And how fun would it be to have a few wedding photos taken on a ferris wheel … super fun! For wedding stationery–we contrasted this summery palette with Love is in the Air–a modern-vintage design with a cool, Kraft paper look to complement a rustic, outdoor or travel-themed event.

Like the featured design? Get free samples from the Love is in the Air Suite!

Summer wedding inspiration and color palette with vintage inspired details and Kraft paper style wedding program.

More Details about the Love is in the Air Stationery Suite

Emulating the look of Kraft paper, the featured Wedding Program is part of our Love is in the Air Design Suite. The organic look and feel of Love is in the Air features illustrations of clouds, ribbons, bunting, and hot air balloons–to set the tone for a vintage feel with a rustic travel-theme.

Pinks and coral for a cheery, summer wedding color palette.

Images
With permission to use their photos, much thanks to …

 Bride, Reception, Flowers and Bridesmaids by Catherine Hall {via Style Me Pretty} | Couple on Ferris Wheel by Michael Segal Photography {via Style Me Pretty} |

 

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