[party planning] food, and drinks, and dessert bars, oh my!

There’s so much creativity that goes along with planning a wedding or event. You can choose a specific theme or add in one unique personal touch. I love the new ‘bar stations’ that are popping up on many Pinterest planning boards; from the make-your-own-drink and pour-your-own beer bars, to the donut and popcorn bars [just to name a few]. All you need is a great way to display your favorite beverage, dessert or snack, along with some lovely signage and you’re set to impress your guests!

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Donut Bar | Free Style Mom
cocktail-bar
Make-your-own Cocktail Bar | Junebug Weddings
cheese-station
Cheese Station | Wilkie Blog
Cookie-Bar
Cookie Bar | Madam Palooza Rentals
Beer-Bar
Beer Bar | The Melideos
popcorn-bar
Popcorn Bar | Pen + Paper Flowers
sangria-bar
Sangria Bar | Style Me Pretty
smores-station Smores Station | Sun & Sparrow Photography
coffee-bar
Coffee Bar | fantabulosity
bloody-mary-bar Bloody Mary Bar | MARCIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

*there are too many fun ideas to showcase 🙂 see below for more inspiration:

Pinterest  |  DIY Food Stations | From Beer to Cigar Bars |

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[custom invitations] a modern city skyline invite personalized for any event

I’ve recently had a few requests to pick up my city skyline illustrations for a save the date, post-wedding reception party and two bridal showers! I noticed while redesigning each card that these examples really showcase how you can personalize any invite based on the events theme.

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San Francisco Skyline: Reception Invitation [Gold Foil on white matte + Super Gold metallic envelope]  ~  Wedding Save the Date [4-color printing on white matte + Antique Gold metallic envelope]
Updating the size & shape of the card along with changing the paper finish, envelope color, and fonts will produce a very unique invitation. You can, of course, fancy up the design by adding gold foil printing! It may seem overwhelming to make all these decisions, but I normally offer up a few ideas along the way! 😉

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Portland Bridal Shower Invite [9×4 cream linen]  ~  San Francisco Bridal Shower Save the Date [5×3.5 white + copper metallic]
> Additional city skyline graphics can be found at my etsy shop (flip through photos at each listing to see examples); Washington DC / Chicago / Boston / San Diego / Seattle / New York / Philadelphia / Paris

 

> You can get started on the custom design process for your event invitations here

[real wedding] A magical affair at a California Mansion

AndieAugieWeddingMemoire Studio

While searching for a past clients wedding day photos, I came across these stunning images …thank you social media! Congrats to Andie & Augie, married on September 10, 2016 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. [photography by Mémoire Studio].

Memoire Studio

We customized my square, booklet-style pocket folder invitation suite by incorporating their navy, blush & beige theme colors. For the reception stationery, we picked up all the design details from the invites onto the menus, seating cards, and program fans (Andie tied her own ribbon embellishment onto the fan sticks)! I also love that we added the gold-glitter card stock to the escort tent cards & menus, a very glamorous touch.

Memoire Studio
2-layer, Escort seating tent cards + tall, vertical menu flat cards [glitter gold + cream texture]
Memoire Studio
Wedding Program Fan; front & back printed program w/rounded corners [cream texture]
And finally, they requested a unique guest book alternative [Wed-Libs], which we also personalized to match the rest of their stationery design! Check out the various wedding Mad Libs ideas via Pop-Sugar; [14 Free, Fun, and Printable Wedding Mad Libs].

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Wed-Libs; a personalized wedding guest book alternative

[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

papel picado themed wedding

papel picado themed wedding
A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

destination save the date card
A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

custom wedding invitation diy assembly
Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

[Real Wedding] A Romantic and Glamorous Reception

casa del mar wedding
Photography by Sun & Sparrow

Congrats to Michelle & Raphael, married on August 22, 2015 in Santa Monica, California!
STD_postcardMichelleUyen, from Sassy Girl Weddings, first asked me to design their Save the Date postcards incorporating blush & gold colors. For the reception at Casa Del Mar, we needed glamorous stationery to complement the venue and the couple’s romantic theme. Below are just a few stunning photos [by Sun & Sparrow] showcasing not only the escort, table & menu cards printed on soft blush metallic finish paper with dark gold ink accents, but some incredible inspiration of Uyen’s wedding planning expertise!

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casa del mar wedding
single-layer escort tent cards
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2-layer table tent cards

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casa del mar wedding

casa del mar wedding
tall menu cards

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casa del mar wedding
Monogram floor lighting
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Sweetheart table
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7-tier wedding cake

casa del mar wedding

 

[save the date] wedding film trailer


How great is this video save the date… created by the bride herself!

Luckily they found my vintage cinema wedding invitation tickets [via etsy], which we personalized just for them to complement their film theme.

Vintage Wedding Ann

vintage film wedding ticket

papers shown: metallic beige & coral

[design inspiration] wedding & party planning

I’m always finding great wedding & party inspiration photos [via pinterest] so I thought I would share just a few of my favorites:

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> love-love this clean & modern cake design (by nine cakes)

wedding cake inspiration


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> “whether you’re getting married and need to collect hundreds of mailing addresses, sending out Christmas cards or even if you just want to have a complete, up-to-date address book once and for all, Postable makes it extremely easy.”

mailing addresses


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> what a great way to save money on your centerpieces (for home too), you can easily create these glittery mason jar vases from the DIY tutorial

DIY Glitter Vases


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> personalize this rustic wedding cake topper with your monogram or the word ‘love’

wedding cake monogram topper

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> how cool is this modern place setting; paper clipped napkin with ‘hello’ name tag / place card & a menu bookmark too!

wedding place card hello


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> yes! I found a great drink

list to help determine which Signature cocktail(s) will complement your next event

wedding signature cocktails


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> I so badly want to leave my [guest book] message on a puzzle piece at the next wedding I attend!! love the idea of the couple putting it together on their one year anniversary 😉 

wedding puzzle guest book

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[real city wedding] lianne + al in san francisco

Congrats to Lianne & Al, married September 24th, 2011 at the
Terra Gallery in San Francisco, California!

san francisco wedding invitation & stationery suite

I was thrilled to illustrate the San Francisco skyline for Lianne & Al’s customized wedding invitation…and I love that the design was carried on throughout the reception stationery! Page Bertelsen photographed these beautiful images that lianne was sweet enough to share with me.

wedding bouquets

wedding program layered

*I redesigned vanessa’s wedding program using the city skyline design (4 cards are held together at the top with a brad embellishment)

wedding bridal gown

wedding venue san francisco terra gallery

wedding reception escort favor labels

*a unique idea to combine a thoughtful favor (apple butter made in lianne’s home town); the seating cards were personalized as the jar labels to seat each guest at their assigned table.

san francisco venue terra gallery

Wedding Table numbers & menus

wedding reception dessert bar

san francisco bay bridge wedding day

[wedding flowers] floral design studio

I’m very lucky to live down the street from Flora Grubb Gardens, I easily find myself there every now & then picking up a few plants & flowers to add to my small, city patio {and of course for the coffee bar!}. But guess what? they have a separate floral design studio…which means they do weddings & events! yay! below are just a few of my favorite photos for inspiration:

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pew bouquets

boutonniere

Plus, it looks like they offer their gorgeous gardens as a venue too… I just found this post over at ruffled blog!

wedding garden venue

* i love that most of their couples end up planting their bouquets & boutonnieres afterwards 😉 see more photos from the cutting garden here