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Fall is coming and it’s amazing how every year we can’t help but get excited! Even though it’s sad to see summer winding down, there is something about fall weddings we all just love. So here is one of several Perfect Wedding Color Palettes we put together for this beautiful season.

Primary Color: Copper
Primary Color: Pine
Primary Color: Brick
Accent Color: Gold

If you follow this color palette series, you’ll recognize that we laid out the color palette a little differently this time. We typically have a main color followed by two accent colors and a neutral. However, there is no one star of the show when it comes to autumn colors in nature. So we took our inspiration from the Rustic Fall Wedding Invitations featuring an abundance of leaves in pretty fall colors and a lovely wood grain background. Plus, you get free response postcards with these invites. All around, these are a great choice from our collection of fall wedding invitations and the color palette is spot on.

Working it into your wedding:

Copper, brick and pine represent some of Autumn’s most abundant and beautiful colors. We suggest treating these colors as nature treats them — without preference. An even mix of these colors throughout your wedding will result in something visually appealing and naturally relaxing. We added the metallic gold accent color to bring in an element of sparkle.

Flowers in colors like copper and brick with plenty of greenery would look amazing on reception tables and in bouquets. Any one of these colors will work beautifully for the bridal party attire. If you choose copper bridesmaid dresses, tone them down with greenery-heavy bouquets and dark red flowers. If you feel like you’re missing a particular hue, things like aisle runners and table linens can add a bold pop of one color.

If your wedding is outside, you can rely on your natural surroundings to bring the color if you really time it right! The invitation we chose is quite perfect for introducing a wedding in a more natural setting. Also, remember that you can lean heavily on other natural elements like wood grains and seasonal produce like squashes and pumpkins. We highly recommend bringing in nature’s finest bounty to incorporate all of fall’s colors.

Maybe you want a woodsy and whimsical invitation with lots of flowers and rustic woodgrain or maybe you want a more modern look with geometric patterns and faux gold foil. No matter what you’re looking for, shopping for wedding invitations online is your best bet for finding just what you want.

Step 1. Find the perfect design!
Searching for the perfect wedding invitations online can be a little daunting. There are so many options! We suggest using the refinements found on the left side when you click into any product category on Ann’s. You can shop by price, color, style, theme, special features, card format and print type.

Step 2. Play with color options.
Almost all of our invitations come with color options in some form another. You might find an invitation that’s only available with a faux gold foil design but remember that you can change your wording color to whatever you want. Many invites come with your choice of design and/or background color plus wording colors.

Step 3. Choose the right wording.
You might not think about wording your wedding invitation until you’ve chosen the design you like. That’s just fine. Usually you can work your wording around the design unless you chose an invitation with very limited room for text and you happen to have a lot to say! If you end up in that situation, just contact customer service. We’ll make something work for you!

Decorate with gold, don some sequins, grab the champagne and go get the gals! We guarantee that a Glam Bridal Shower is one they will never forget.

Get this look! Glam Bridal Shower

Glamour Up
Make sure everyone knows they should doll up for this bridal shower. The more sparkle the better! The gold sequins dress shown here is a prime example of the perfect attire but ladies can wear whatever they feel fits the glamorous theme. Make sure guests know from the very beginning what the shower theme is. The bridal shower invitations are key so we’ve chosen the very affordable Gold Beauty Bridal Shower Invitation to lead the way for this shower look.

A Golden Glow
Gold is a fabulous choice for a Glam Bridal Shower but you could choose rose gold, silver or white pearl. As long as it’s bright, shiny and beautiful, anything goes. We’ve shown shimmering gold from the foil lettering on the macaron cookies to the gold sequins tablecloth. Wine bottles dipped in metallic gold paint and custom napkins personalized in real gold foil really liven up the décor and they’re inexpensive ways to decorate.

Got sparkle?
You don’t need a ton of sparkle for this shower theme to shine but over-the-top sparkle is also totally acceptable. Just depends on what kind of glamorous you’re shooting for. Do you want an elegant soirée with glamorous highlights or do you want a party worthy of New Year’s Eve? The glitter-dipped champagne bottles shown here are a great example of how to cleverly incorporate sparkle into your celebration.

Photo Credits: Gold Glitter Champagne Bottles: Ducky Jessica Photography via Ultimate Bridesmaid, Macarons: Joseph + Jamie Photography via Style Me Pretty, Table: Polly Alexandre via Lhttp://saraandrocky.com/ondon Bride, Table: Paige Winn via Ultimate Bridesmaid, Flowers: Sara and Rocky Photography via Wedding Chicks

Stress less! Say no to these 5 things…
Save yourself some time and stress by saying no to these 5 common wedding traditions. Guests will never notice and you’ll have more time to focus on other important wedding tasks

Stress less! Say no to these 5 things…

1. A Seating Chart
Seating charts are complicated, and you have to wait until the last minute to complete them because you need all of your guests’ responses. Instead, you can let guests choose where they want to sit at the ceremony and the reception. Display a sign where everyone will see it that tells guests “Pick a seat, not a side” or whatever phrase you would like to use.

2. A Large Wedding Party
More and more couples are choosing to have an extremely small wedding party or none at all. How does this save you stress? Think about how much time and effort goes into coordinating the members of your wedding party, from shopping for bridesmaid dresses to hammering out the wedding day itinerary to ensure everyone shows up on time and ready to go. Plus, you won’t have to worry about choosing the perfect appreciation gifts.

3. Traditional Wedding Invitations
A traditional wedding invitation ensemble is beautiful but there are some alternatives that are very affordable and may save you time and effort. Seal and Sends are a great example. They’re simple, stylish and unique. No need to assemble these invitations and stuff envelopes. You just fold, seal, address and send. You don’t even have to handwrite your addresses! Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers an envelope addressing service or you can use address labels (despite what traditional etiquette might tell you).

4. DJ Games
A wedding DJ does a great job putting together activities and games to keep you and your guests entertained. However, if these activities aren’t high on your priority list, we say eliminate them all together. Why? Because the two of you will have a lot of people to visit in a short amount of time. Games revolving around the bride and groom take you away from your guests, which might not be what you want on your special day.

5. DIY Wedding Flowers
Saving money by doing your own flowers might seem like a great idea but remember that choosing, cutting and arranging flowers into bouquets, corsages and table centerpieces is VERY time-consuming and requires skill. If you have an experienced friend or family member willing to take this task on, you can certainly let them but you will want to communicate clearly what you want and your budget. Plus, they should be thanked/compensated even if it’s modest compared to what you would spend on a florist.

Photo Credits: Seating Sign: Catherine & Joey / Via Wedding Wire

Who knew a flair for glamour and a love for nature could come together so beautifully? We love the idea of creating a magical world where nature embraces shiny metallics and sparkling sequins for a truly grand celebration. Here are a few of our favorite Glam Forest wedding ideas you might also fall in love with.

Get this look! Glam Forest

Nature’s Riches
Glamorous doesn’t necessarily mean sparkling jewelry and shiny decorations. Glamour can be achieved through the abundance of anything beautiful like lush floral arrangements and bouquets or strands of floral garland and cascading greenery. Your goal is to find ways to work the beauty of nature into your wedding to create something breathtaking while staying on budget.

Precious Elements
Turn natural elements into precious focal points at your wedding. Metallics are a gorgeous choice for creating eye-catching decorations throughout your wedding ceremony and reception. Notice the gold servingware and cake stand shown above as well as the wedding napkins with gold foil personalization. The bridesmaid dress in gold sequins is an absolute showstopper, not to mention the chandeliers hanging from a tree branches. You can find more affordable alternatives like old candelabras from your local thrift stores spray-painted gold.

Impress the Guests
The introduction to your Glam Forest wedding should be equally as impressive as the theme itself. The Ferns of Gold Seal and Send Invitation presents delicate ferns in a faux gold foil finish, which lends a luxurious look to these very affordable wedding invitations. The seal and send is an all-in-one invitation, which means you get the invite, reception wording and response card all in one self-mailing piece. No envelopes are needed for seal and sends!

Photo Credits: Couple: Christian Oth and Mark Seliger via Lush Fab Glam, Bridesmaid with Flowers: Melissa Fuller Photography via Style Me Pretty, Reception: Aaron Delesie via The Knot, Table Setting/ Centerpiece: Melissa Fuller Photography via Style Me Pretty, Wedding Cake: Diana McGregor via Brides

Laser cut wedding invitations are gorgeous but way too expensive for today’s budget-minded couples. But, wait. When has that ever stopped you before? You can get the laser cut look without the price tag, and we’ll show you how!

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Step 1. Shop, Shop, Shop
Find the wedding invitation of your dreams (and within your price range). Ann’s Bridal Bargains has lots of inexpensive wedding invitations with simple designs that will work beautifully with any number of paper punches. As you’re shopping, pay attention to how much room you have to work with around the edge of the invitation and how deep the punch will go. You don’t want to punch any designs or wording on your invitations. Be sure to order plenty of extra invitations to practice.

Step 2. Roll with the punches!
Spend some time scoping out border punches in the paper craft aisle at your local hobby store or online. You’ll find a nice selection of elaborate designs. We decided to work with two different designs: the Wildflowers Craft Punch Set and the Swirling Lace Craft Punch Set courtesy of Martha Stewart crafts via Amazon.com. Each set contained a corner stamp and border stamp. We found that using both all the way around the invitation is a lot of work so we used just the border stamp to save time, and they look amazing!

Step 3. Get some punches in!
Once you find a punch you like, you will want to play with it and get the feel for it. Just grab a few sheets of scrapbook paper or heavyweight card stock at your hobby store to practice on. Your goal is to get comfortable using the punch before you start your wedding invitations. You will inevitably have a few mishaps when you first start trying to get the right look, so make sure you have those extra invitations handy. After a few, you should be ready to punch away!

Custom wedding napkins are one of the most affordable ways to add color and personalized style to your wedding reception. Why not use something as simple and practical as napkins to dress up your venue?

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Napkins start at just $22.50 per 100 and are available as 5” x 5” cocktail napkins and 7” x 7” dinner napkins. Here are 4 ways you can customize wedding napkins to fit the color and style of your big day!

1. Choose a color that matches your wedding.
So many napkins colors to choose from means you can find the right ones to fit your wedding colors!

2. Add a design that matches your wedding theme.
Find the design that best suits your wedding theme and style. When you see “• more designs available •” below the napkin, there are LOTS of designs to choose from.

3. Pick the fonts you love.
Fonts can dramatically change the look of stationery and accessories. Play with all the font styles available until you find the perfect fit!

4. Pick your font colors.
Our custom wedding napkins are available in 17 different foil colors.

Wording wedding invitations feels like a pretty simple task until you sit down to do it. Whose name comes first? Do you include your parents? What if you don’t want to include your parents?  And then there are the potential mistakes. We’ve seen plenty of invitations that inadvertently leave off the starting time of the ceremony, address of the venue or even include the wedding date but not the month. Eek! Take a deep breath. We’re here to teach you how to word wedding invitations, which means knowing what details should always be included and what order they should go in.

WEDDING INVITATION WORDING ESSENTIALS

First, let’s talk about the detail you MUST include on your wedding invitation. The four most important pieces of information become your essential checklist so you can avoid any invitation wording mistakes:

  1. Who’s getting married
  2. Who’s hosting
  3. What time the ceremony and reception will take place
  4. Where the ceremony and reception will take place

WEDDING INVITATION TONE

Now that you know the details that you must include, let’s talk tone. How you word your wedding invitations depends on the type of wedding you’re having, whether it be a traditional affair or a laid-back day of celebration. How you word it also depends on your own personalities and what reaction you want your guests to have when they open the invitations.  Here are two examples of two opening lines of a wedding invitation that present the same information with very different tones –

The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Elizabeth Anne Harrison
and
William Philip Evanston

We joyously invite you
to celebrate with us,
Elizabeth Anne Harrison
and
William Philip Evanston

A big difference, right? Remember, your wedding invitation sets the tone for your entire wedding day so wording it right is key. Next, we’ll talk hosts and give you examples of both traditional and casual wedding invitation wording.

WEDDING INVITATION WORDING EXAMPLES

Now that you have your tone in mind, let’s talk about who to include on your wedding invitation.  Traditionally, the person or people paying for the wedding are usually considered the “hosts” and should be mentioned on the invitation. So, if one set of parents are footing the bill for the entire wedding, be sure to word your invitation in a way that makes it clear they are hosting. The other set of parents can also be mentioned, even if they are not paying. If the couple and parents are helping pay for the wedding, everyone can be mentioned! And if you’re like many couples, and paying for your entire wedding on your own, neither set of parents need to be mentioned unless the couple would prefer to do so. Lastly, we encourage you to stick to the basics. There are plenty of things that should not be included on your wedding invitation. If you have extra details, be sure to include an information card or direct guests to your wedding website.

Let’s put it all together! Below are examples of traditional and casual wedding invitation wording. Remember, choose the host situation that best fits your family dynamic.

Couple-Only Hosting: Traditional Wording Example

Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Couple-Only Hosting: Casual Wording Example

Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones
invite you to share in the joy
when they exchange marriage vows
on Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

One Set of Parents Hosting: Traditional Wording Example

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm Jones
Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

One Set of Parents Hosting: Casual Wording Example

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm Jones
on Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Both Parents Hosting: Traditional Wording Example

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm

on Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Both Parents Hosting: Casual Wording Example

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
invite you to share in the joy
of the marriage uniting their children
Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm
This celebration of love will be
on Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Everyone is Hosting: Traditional Wording Example

Mary Ann
and
Edward Malcolm
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Everyone is Hosting: Casual Wording Example

Together with their families

Mary Ann Smith
and
Edward Malcolm Jones

Saturday, the nineteenth of August
two thousand and twenty one
at one o’clock in the afternoon

Triumph Lutheran Church
4238 Fourth Street
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Clearly, there are many different ways to word wedding invitations and we’ve sure given you a lot to think about. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, no worries; when you personalize your wedding invitations on our site, our tool will walk you through each step.

Pear Tree Grad invites
Whether celebrating graduation from high school or college, the graduate should feel two things: accomplished and one-of-kind! Our friends at Pear Tree Greetings aim to make every graduate feel unique through creative graduation announcements and invitations that celebrate character, personality and success.

Pear Tree Grad invites

You’ve never seen graduation announcements and invitations quite like these! Pear Tree’s team feeds off imagination and ambition, creating designs that are sure to impress friends and family alike. No one will question who the graduate is or his/her style when they open these stunning cards.

Did we mention party decorations? If you think the announcements are awesome, you’re going to love Pear Tree’s collection of décor for the graduate.