July 11, 2010

Wedding Invitation Wording How-To

Filed under: General, Invitations and Stationery, Wedding Planning, Weddings — Kathryn @ 3:05 pm

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Mastering the art of wording your wedding invitations needn’t be stressful.  I’m a real fan of invitation wording that reflects your personality and style – just like the theme of your wedding as well as the style of your celebration.  Tradition certainly has its place and if you’re holding a black tie or traditional ceremony and reception, it pays dividends to pay homage to wedding invitation wording traditions; however, if you’re a non-conformist and you’re hosting a fun, casual celebration with a modern twist, go to town with your wording and make it a reflection of your special day.

Here’s our guide to wedding invitation wording…

At its most basic, here is a guide:

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Durand
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sophie Lynn
to
Jeffrey Lautrec
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lautrec
Saturday, the fourth of December
Two thousand and eight
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Fox Green Country Club
2621 Hunter Avenue
Melbourne, Victoria

Many couples consider it archaic to address everyone as a Mr. or a Mrs, so you may drop the prefix in favour of “Oliver and Lucinda Durand” and “Michael and Jessica Lautrec”. 

You may also choose to relax the request line to suit the casual style of your wedding.  In this case, pen your invitation with “pleasure of your company” or “invite you to share in the marriage of”.

If you are hosting the wedding alongside your parents, you may wish to save space with something like:

Sophie Lynn Durant
and
Jeffrey Lautrec
together with their parents
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
2pm, Saturday 4 December 2008
Fox Green Country Club
2621 Hunter Avenue
Melbourne, Victoria

Whether parents names are included on the invitation or not, remember to thank each set of parents for their support with a toast at the reception.

If your family relationships are complicated, don’t worry.  The key rule to follow is that the person (or people) listed on the invitation should be the host (or hosts) of the wedding reception. If divorced parents are co-hosting the event, they may both still be listed, though preferably on separate lines.

Still confused?  The Knot has a fantastic wording wizard with every possible combination to help you get your invitation right.  Or try Verseit.com, which features an array themed wording samples, including seasonal, holiday, cultural and even Shakespearean invitations!

More Wedding Invitation Ideas & Inspirations >>

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 2, 2010

Knights, Damsels & Royal Wedding Inspiration

What is more romantic than knights going into battle to protect their damsels and castles?  We’re inspired by everything French and royal right now and one of our favourite symbols of knights, damsels and royalty is the famous Fleur de Lis or Fleur de Lys, which used to be emblazoned across the front of knight’s shields and even today remains a symbol of everything French, even appearing on French postage stamps.  We think it makes a regal and romantic wedding motif.

The literal French translation is “flower of the lily,” and it is probably an abstract version of an iris. The stunning iris symbolises faith, wisdom, and promise in love, which make the iris a very symbolic choice for your wedding flower for a fleur de lis wedding. 

Here are some stunning fleur de lys wedding ideas to help you bring this stunning motif for life on your wedding day:

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Stunning fleur de lis symbol wedding board via Kate Aspen’s blog.   Here are some Fleur de Lis motif wedding invitations, stationery and favours to help you bring this theme to life on your wedding day:

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Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 1, 2010

Breezy Bicycle Wedding Ideas

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The new range of wedding invitations by Alannah Rose at Pink Frosting’s invitation shop have us swooning!  The Bicycle Built for Two invitations and matching wedding stationery remind us of a romantic ride around the park with our sweetheart.  A truly sweet and whimsical invitation theme.  We love the design for an engagement party or a casual wedding celebration in a garden in Summer.  Simply divine.

Here are some stunning ways to help you put this sweet theme together for your wedding or engagement party via the beautiful blog Green Wedding Shoes and wedding photographer Travis Hoehne:

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Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

 

June 10, 2009

Red and Crystal Themed Wedding Ideas, Decorations and Style

Red and crystal are an elegant combination.  Red is a strong, bold choice with romantic connotations fused with the richness and sparkle of crystal.  We recently styled a stunning red and crystal themed wedding which became a feature in several wedding magazines including Cosmopolitan Bride.  The theme has become one of our favourites and the stylists at Pink Frosting have found some outstanding red and crystal themed products to help Aussie brides bring this gorgeous combination to life on their wedding day.

Setting the Scene: Stationery and Ceremony Decor

Stunning Alannah Rose regal rose stationery sets the scene for your classic rich red themed wedding.  Personalised with your wedding date, names and your wording and printed on a velvety stock, the range includes everything from invitations to save the date cards, place cards to menus.  Accessorise your gown with a ruby accented tiara headband.  Traditional rose petals (but in satin) for scattering down your rose-themed aisle are the perfect decorative accessory, particularly against a white or green aisle.  All pieces are available from the Pink Frosting online wedding shop.

Decorating and Accessorising Your Ceremony

The glamorous Garbo wedding accessory ensemble from Beverly Clark is handmade in the US, and the quality is unsurpassed.  The flowergirl basket, ring pillow and ceremony (unity) candle set is made of claret coloured satin which is draped elegantly over each design and accented by a hand-made crystal embellishment.  Complement these beautiful accessories with some bouquet jewellery - these crystals enhance a simple red rose bouquet.

Wedding Reception Decorations and Table Centrepieces

You can bling up any table with cut crystal candle holders.  These ones are one of the best selling wedding decoration and bomboniere items at Pink Frosting’s online wedding shop.  They are sold in sets of six for $47.20.  Table centrepieces can be high or low.  The low version here is a square glass vase, wrapped in layers of contrasting ribbon and filled with elegant ruby roses.  The high centrepieces are a tall glass vase filled with dyed water and enhanced with draped crystal beads.  The glamorous Garbo guest book allows your guests to record their thoughts, feelings and wishes in beautiful style.  All of these items are available from Pink Frosting’s online wedding store.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 27, 2009

From Dramatic to Fun: Fabulous Wedding and Party Placecards

Place cards are a necessity for almost all weddings, parties and events.  Unless you want to create chaos with your seating arrangements, popping a place card onto the tables is a must-do for the organised party-planner.

I remember when place cards used to be drab folded pieces of cardboard with a handwritten name on them.  Ok, so while the tented place card still has its place, the Pink Frosting event team have been busy scouring the world for wonderful ideas on how to take a plain event accessory and make it a magnificent decorative element for your wedding or party.

Here are just some of the dozens of placecards that you could use for themed weddings, parties, showers, corporate events and conferences:

Fun for winter themed events and Christmas parties, these whimsical snowflake place card holders also double as a favor for guests to use as a decoration on their Christmas tree or desk.

Doubling as a favor box for your bomboniere almonds or candy, these lovely gold placecard holders are perfect for anniversary celebrations as well as weddings.  A cinch to put together, they also come with an organza ribbon and a gold love heart charm.  Darling!

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If you’re celebrating a classical wedding, a black tie ball or a musical event, what more could you ask for than these amazing little Grand Piano style place card holders.  Ain’t love grand?

Perfect for a wine-lover’s dinner party, a corporate celebration or a winery themed wedding, these Maison du Vin cork-shaped place card holders and themed place cards are a charming way to seat your guests.

For beach weddings, fun corporate BBQ’s, showers in the backyard or even a Christmas BBQ, these Flip Flop photo frame place card holders are really hard workers!  Both a lovely little place card holder and a favor for guests to take home from the celebration to remind them of your special day.

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For morning teas at work or a bridal or baby shower high tea, these little teapot placecard holders represent elegance on a miniature scale!

Hot dog!  These BBQ grill tea lights and place card holders are just so much fun.  I adore them!

And, for those traditionalists out there, here are some glamorous tented place cards that take the folded placecard to a brand new level of sophistication:

Pretty butterflies flutter across the top of these butterfly design laser-cut folding tent place cards

Take a very simple design and make it a stunning piece of art.  These gorgeous laser-cut ivy vine design place cards are a beautiful take on a traditional design.

Representing just about any theme you care to imagine, the Pink Frosting online party shop has so many gorgeous place cards to help you create a decorative welcome to your reception for your guests.  We hope you can find a design for your wedding, shower or party.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 20, 2009

Chocolate Themed Wedding or Party

When most of us think about celebrating, apart from pink frosting, we associate chocolate with everything decadent, fun and special.  The latest theme the Pink Frosting team have assembled for weddings and other celebrations is a gorgeous contemporary chocolate theme featuring every shade of chocolate from milky white chocolate through to really rich shades of dark chocolate.

From basics such as invitations, place cards and signage, through to really special decorative treats such as hanging place cards, vellum lit lanterns and personalised graffiti, this contemporary chocolate theme allows you to host a celebration in the very best style without having to assemble all of the complementary decorative elements yourself.

We love this contemporary chocolate theme for weddings, showers (baby and bridal), Mother’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries and a fabulous dinner party.

Here is how we’ve put it together:

Basic stationery is taken to the next level with a folded personalised invitation wallet, RSVP postcards and personalised envelopes in the chocolate theme; you can either take the traditional route with a folding place card for each guest or as in the bottom right hand picture, you can hang guest names with our personalised guest name hanging tags.

Wonderful Wedding Graffiti makes the chocolate theme come alive!  These monogrammed signs, graffiti, directional signs and vellum candle covers are just superb!

Little details make a party or wedding fabulous.  Here are some incredible ideas and products you can purchase to make your celebration truly special:  the team at PInk Frosting can personalise your cupcake favors for guests, coasters, wine bottles and party crackers.  What a sweet idea!

Put it all together with some coordinating ideas, such as the Chocogram bomboniere favors, Perfect Blend personalised tags, dramatic eyelette lanterns,  and one of the amazing laser-cut cupcake favor wrappers from Pink Frosting’s cupcake accessory store.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

April 2, 2009

Getting Married or Hosting a Party in Canberra? The Pink Frosting Shop is Now Open!

We are so excited to announce that our online wedding and party shop now has a sister in the form of a gorgeous showroom here in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

Renowned around Australia as one of Australia’s leading wedding planning companies, we opened the Pink Frosting online store a little over two years ago and it quickly became a hit, representing brands never before seen in Australia.  The online store features invitations, decorations, favors and accessories for weddings, parties, baby showers, kids celebrations, christenings and seasonal celebrations such as Easter and Christmas.

Our new showroom is filled with glamorous ideas and products to help inspire brides, entertainers and everyone who loves to celebrate create a truly magical event.

Pink Frosting’s shop opened with the intention of bringing the world’s best wedding and party decorations to Australia.  As event planners and stylists, we know how difficult it used to be to source unique and lovely wedding and party decorations and accessories, so we simply started importing them ourselves.

The store’s strength is that the buyers are experienced event and wedding planners and stylists so customers can feel secure that the products really work.  We not only bring these gorgeous things to Australia, we also demonstrate on our website how to use them through our beautiful galleries and event planning tools and ideas.

Now with a showroom open to the public, a little gem in the nation’s capital, anyone who wants to see the products in the flesh, can do this in a beautiful environment, with the assistance of one of Pink Frosting’s wedding and event stylists.

Online shopping is growing dramatically in Australia, but there will always be a group of customers who would prefer to touch and feel the products before they buy.  Our showroom allows customers to do this with the added assistance of a professional stylist to show them how the products work as well as help them theme and style their event.

Pink Frosting’s team of in-house wedding coordinators are available to see clients by appointment at 35 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick Canberra.  For an appointment, please call us on 1300 855 633 or email Pink Frosting at info@pinkfrosting.com.au.  Customers outside of Canberra can still get their Pink Frosting fix by visiting the online store at www.pinkfrosting.com.au .

We hope to see you soon!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 23, 2009

A Slumdog Millionaire Bollywood Party!

I couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome of the Oscars today.  Heath Ledger won, Hugh Jackman was a hit, and Slumdog Millionaire was a deserving Best Picture recipient.  What a wonderful, heartwarming movie it was.  Exactly the sort of tear-at-your-heartstrings, root-for-the-underdog movie that should win this award.  I now want to host a Slumdog Millionaire/ Bollywood party to celebrate!

Invitations

Bollywood is all about lively music, bright fabrics and an exuberant atmosphere. Let your guests know they can expect some fun and frivolity by sending out fabulous themed invitations.  Use brightly coloured card in fuchsia, lime green and orange and adorn with beads, gold leaf and ribbons for real wow factor.  Inside, write something like:

Join us on a passage to India
Bring your best Bollywood style
On [date] at [time]
To [address]
The curries will be hot
But the beer will be cold!
RSVP to [host details]

Setting the scene

India is a land of great spirituality and symbolism, so ask your guests to slip off their shoes at the door and hand them a crysanthemum garland to get them in the mood from the moment they arrive.

Decorating and styling

Browse the world music section of your local CD store, pick up some sandalwood incense and candles, and visit a fabric store for a collection of sari material in hot pink, citrus lime and orange.  Use this fabric to drape your windows, walls, table, coffee table and even chairs.  You’ll be amazed how these few props transform your entertaining room.

For your table, buffet and serving areas, start with your sari fabric backdrop and then add your lavish accents.  If you don’t have brightly coloured tableware that suits the Bollywood theme (which is more than likely!) then set the table with your best cutlery and dinnerset, and then complement your theme with tea light candle holders in gold, fuschia, orange and green.  Tie your cutlery together in a collection of satin ribbons in the same colours, and rest them alongside Indian style tumblers.  Scatter a profusion of flowers in those same colours – think chrysanthemums, dahlias, hibiscus, waterlilies and rose petals for a luxe look.

Entertainment

Encourage your guests to dress up in Bollywood style, and then pull out all stops with henna tattoos and bindis for a bit of decorative fun.  And when everyone has had their fill of curry, turn up the stereo and transform them into Bollywood dancers!

Menus, catering and cocktails

Offer guests Taj-Mahinis made from cranberry and pineapple juice with a good dose of orange-flavoured vodka when they first arrive.  And then, naturally, serve Indian cuisine.  One of the best things about a Bollywood theme is that everyone, from meat eaters to vegetarians, can feast like a Mogul emperor!  And, best of all, curries are easy to prepare in advance.

Start with pappadams and a range of chutneys, before launching into a selection of mild and hot curries, served with naan bread and rice.  A simple ice cream, or kulfi, will cool down those taste buds.  And don’t forget the beer – while you may like to serve a selection of wines, curries really do work best with Indian beer!  You’ll be able to pick up authentic Maharaja or Elephant beer at your local bottle shop).  See more menu inspiration.

Favors and gifts

Send guests away with their own miniature elephant for good luck.  Wrap it in a swathe of left-over sari fabric tied up with the same style of ribbons you used to tie your cutlery.  Your guests will be talking about their passage to India for years to come!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 19, 2009

The Perfect Pink Party – How to Take Colour and Create a Fantasy Party Palette

Pink is my favourite colour and a favourite for so many girls around the world.  It reminds us of fairy floss, our mother’s lipstick, perfect sunsets, and marshmallows.  It is a happy colour: full of fun, frivolity and whimsy.  And for entertaining, one of the easiest and most beautiful themes for any party is the favourite colour of the guest of honour.  So, in my how to take a colour and create a fantasy party palette, what other colour could I possibly choose but pink?

A colour party is a wonderful theme for just about any event.  From a child’s birthday to an engagement party, a bridal shower to a baby shower, an anniversary celebration to a graduation party, a simple colour theme for your celebration is a great place to start.  With a colour as your theme, it’s easy to achieve party fabulousness!

Firstly, choose the colour for your party palette.  Once you have the colour, you can decorate your party in various shades of that colour and know that the tones will complement one another perfectly.  If you choose blue, you have shades of periwinkle, sea-blue, navy and Tiffany blue to choose from.  All will look amazing together.  For pinks, you have from the softest baby pink through to the hottest fuschia to use.  Mixing the shades together means a much easier time for you – no trying to match rose petals to stationery – and it also is a contemporary and dramatic decorating effect.

Stationery and Favors

Do it yourself with beautiful hand-made pretty in pink invitations.  Origami dresses on hot pink card are the perfect announcement for a bridal shower, baby shower or girl’s party in this theme.  They set the scene, let the guests know just how to dress and give an impression of the type of event your party will be.  Here are some amazing pink coloured hand-made party invitation ideas using the range of designer papers at Pink Frosting’s online stationery store.

For your favors, choose pretty pink personalised candy jars filled with strawberry-flavoured jelly beans, pink silk hand fans with cherry blossom thank you tags, pastel pink cones filled with dried rose petals or candy-pink handbag favour boxes filled with yummy and decadent chocolate buttons.

Decorating Your Party

Take your colour and go wild!  In these amazing shots from Annick Van Wesemael’s beautiful book, Tasty Tables, marshmallows and baby roses are central to creating the pretty in pink theme.  Cones made of pretty pink paper, filled with roses and marshmallows act as whimsical centrepieces.  Bouquets of baby roses secured with flowing satin ribbon dance delicately from their stakes in the soft green grass.  The cake is not what it seems!  Annick has created a fantasy cake made of tightly packed roses and baby’s breath.  Candy tables are filled with the sweetest of pink sweets – from marshmallows to fairy floss.   The ornaments are edible – a beautiful treat reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel without any of the scary moments!

Your best friends are one-coloured linens, crepe paper, candy in the colour of your choice, balloons (giant round balloons are a gorgeous decoration that packs a punch on a budget) and satin ribbon in every shade of your colour imaginable. 

Whatever your colour fantasy, happy celebrating!

Kathryn

January 13, 2009

Paper Planes, Cranes, Dragonflies, Fish and Stilettos

The beautiful Japanese artform of origami no longer needs to be complex, now that the Origami Club has arrived online.  This incredible site gives free instructions on creating just about anything in the whole world by folding paper. 

There are step-by-step instructions on how to create beautiful paper decorations which make wonderful party mobiles, table centrepieces, favours and invitations, among millions of other things. There is both a diagram and an animated how-to that you can follow, making it pretty easy.

To avoid frustration, they’ve even ranked each design by difficulty, so you won’t get involved in something that will drive you insane.

Given we’re moving to Japan later this year, I’m thinking I have our farewell party decorations to start on right away…

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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