[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
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Make-your-own Cocktail Bar | Junebug Weddings
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Cheese Station | Wilkie Blog
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Cookie Bar | Madam Palooza Rentals
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Beer Bar | The Melideos
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Popcorn Bar | Pen + Paper Flowers
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Sangria Bar | Style Me Pretty
smores-station Smores Station | Sun & Sparrow Photography
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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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[real wedding] A magical affair at a California Mansion

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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].

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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.

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2-layer, Escort seating tent cards + tall, vertical menu flat cards [glitter gold + cream texture]
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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

[Real Wedding] San Francisco Skyline Custom Stationery

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Congrats to Kate & TJ, married May 7th 2016 at the University Club of San Francisco!
I designed their full stationery suite from the save the dates to invites, and finally reception cards. I’m so thrilled that they sent me a few gorgeous photos from their big day to showcase!

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2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]

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After their save the dates were sent out [see below], Kate & TJ wanted to customize my SF city skyline wedding invitation suite. We changed the paper colors and fonts, and moved the skyline to the top of the 5×7 invite card.

We also carried on this design style & paper color combo for their reception stationery; table signs, large format program, and 2-layer escort tent cards!

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save the date card with envelope; fonts were chosen for this piece first then picked up for the rest of the invitation & reception suite 

[Real Wedding] A Romantic and Glamorous Reception

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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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2-layer table tent cards

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[Real Wedding] City + Island theme on Treasure Island in San Francisco

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Congrats to Eilleen & Ron, married on September 20, 2014 at Casa de la Vista on Treasure Island [with the lovely San francisco skyline as their backdrop].

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I personalized my invitation suite to showcase the city skyline with bay bridge [as seen from their venue] along with their color theme which was champagne, fuchsia and accents of antique gold. When it was time to create the reception stationery, we easily picked up the design and metallic papers to match.   View More: http://umeusstudios.pass.us/eilleene-ron

I love all the wedding details they added to bring together their city / island theme… especially the wedding cake which incorporates both [orchids + skyscrapers].

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>> see more inspirational photography by U Me Us Studios

 

[Real Wedding] A San Francisco Couple

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Congrats to Eunice & Ryan, married September 7, 2013!
Check out just a few amazing photos from their special day [photography by Elle Jae]

> and below is their custom invitation suite that we designed incorporating my San Francisco skyline with a diagonal flap pocket folder, belly band & layered enclosure cards.

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PLUS… even more exciting is their wedding video below [by Matter Video]:

 

[real wedding] Lauren & Jace Paris Inspired Invitations

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Congrats to Lauren & Jace, married July 6, 2012 in Los Angeles at Hotel Casa Del Mar!

It seems like yesterday when we started the custom design process on their wedding invitation suite. We first created a ‘Paris skyline’ illustration [where he proposed!] on their personalized monogram & all-in-one guest/return address label wraps. Combined with stylish typography and swirl graphics we incorporated a color palette with hues of blush & taupe [enclosure cards printed on a pale pink/coral metallic paper]. I just love how the whole wedding day follows this romantic color theme so perfectly!

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> check out the full post for more wedding planning inspiration via Style Unveiled
/ photography: Next Exit Photography  /  wedding coordinator:  Sassy Girl Weddings and Events /

[real san francisco wedding] naomi & kevin

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Thanks to photographer Gustavo Fernández [along with naomi], I’m able to share these wonderful wedding day photos & planning inspiration! I loved customizing my san francisco skyline invitation to complement their venue location (we replaced the bay bridge with the golden gate bridge). They also personalized the metallic paper colors to match their color theme.

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OH MY GOSH!  I’m Super excited about the monogram on the cupcakes!! 😉

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We used Kara’s cupcakes (I’ve always been a huge fan of their cupcakes, so it worked perfectly to have them for our wedding). They will do the custom monogram for $1 per cupcake, and they have those cute six-inch cakes so you can still “cut the cake” but serve your guests cupcakes too. (At one point, our youngest flower girl was storing cupcakes in her flower girl basket) 🙂 ~naomi

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I assisted in designing & printing the wedding programs, but Naomi made her own CD wedding favors & escort cards to match!

Everything came together beautifully… and what a gorgeous venue [the Clubhouse at the Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco] and of course, a gorgeous couple! Congrats!

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trolley: Events West  |  bridal hanger: Etsy shop Two Broads Design

cake topper: Etsy shop Milan Creations  |  florist: Carol from an Added Touch Flowers

[real outdoor wedding] destinee & seth

Congrats to Destinee & Seth, married October 6, 2012 at Villa Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, California! *shot by Wendy K Yalom photography

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We created various reception stationery pieces for their big day; table & dessert tents, cocktail & dinner menus for frames, escort tents + seating cards for the place settings, along with welcome cards & thank you tags… all customized to match their invitation design. I really enjoy seeing that it all came together beautifully! (with thanks to their inventive event planner, Freida, too).

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*thanks wendy for uploading these stunning photos via two bright lights