So I’ve seen about a thousand variations of cream-white wedding invitations and, guys, I gotta tell you: I’m so bored! I did a wedding guest survey earlier this year and the majority of guests agreed that an interesting invitation makes them more excited to attend a wedding. So, with that in mind, I went to BasicInvite.com to grab samples of some of my favorite invitation styles that your family and friends probably haven’t seen before.
This Whimsical, Illustrated Invite
Perfect for… Laid-back, playful couples
The illustrated look of this invitation set is not only super trendy right now, but also perfectly suited to couples whose personalities and more joyful and casual. The two photo slots are convenient for couples who don’t have a lot of good photos of themselves together, and creative types could have fun with the format. The best part? Every color is fully customizable to go with your wedding style.
2. A Dark, Elegant Floral Suite
Perfect for… Couples who want a chic wedding with a little edge
This floral print on a black background is just stunning! No one expects black wedding invitations, and the photographic floral print is doubly unique. I love the ladybug detail too! This set has that “gothic romance” vibe perfect for a fall wedding.
3. That Transparent Wow Factor
Perfect for… Anyone looking to make an impact
Transparent acrylic and plastic wedding invitations have been popping up here and there on Pinterest, but most are hand made and expensive (both to make and to send). I love that these clear invitations are affordable and customizable, plus you can order clear RSVP cards to match! They’re truly impressive in person and come in multiple designs. They also offer invitations printed on real wood!
4. A Clean, Photographic Look
Perfect for… Couples who want to show their personalities
It’s probably predictable that as a photographer, I like invitations that include photos! It’s a great opportunity to make use of your engagement photos and for some guests it may be the first time they see you with your partner. The clean, simple design will work well with just about any photo and looks modern.
5. An Out-of-This-World Theme
Perfect for… Couples who love science, space, or the outdoors
Celestial imagery fits with so many themes, whether you’re having an outdoor celebration at night or just really love Star Wars. I chose to pair this with black envelopes to really lean in to the galactic inspiration.
Find It: Starry Galaxy Wedding Invitations
6. This Colorful, Geometric Design
Perfect for… Couples who love color pops or art-deco vibes
This hexagonal design is SO up my alley! I love geometric art and I’ve seen some beautiful ways to incorporate fun shapes into your wedding day, from invitations to décor. The example version of this came in soft, beachy hues, so you have a lot of control over the colors to make it suit whatever look you’re going for. (It also comes in an all-in-one “seal and send” style that’s pretty awesome too!)
Thanks to Basic Invite for giving me the chance to try out their products first hand! If you are interested in checking out Basic Invite, I do recommend them and was very impressed by the samples I received and the ordering process overall. They have beautiful wedding invitations and just about everything else from wedding coasters to free custom wedding websites. You can customize just about every color and detail of your order, which was a major plus to me! If you’ve ever struggled with getting a design right on other websites, you’ll appreciate the flexibility and control they give you. You can even select which elements you want in gold, silver, or rose gold foil! If you want to be involved and customize all the details of your invitations, this is the place to do it.
And most importantly, their designs reflect a little more about you than just the fact that you’re getting married!
This Wonder Woman themed elopement was a comic book lover's dream! Audrey and Cody are just the cutest couple and she totally rocked her Wonder Woman look. Everything from her dress to their color palette to the rings was breathtaking, and the setting amongst ruins deep in the hills of Santa Barbara just brought it to another level.
I love how this ring is so reminiscent of the original Wonder Woman's crown.
Their intimate couple's picnic was set like an elaborate feast fit for gods and goddesses.
This cake featured a gold "crown" inspired by Wonder Woman's crown in the latest movie iteration.
I am downright obsessed with this bouquet from The Flower Shop!
The sun was coming through the clouds in the most gorgeous way, as though the heavens were shining down.
A vintage gold headband and gold geometric cuffs gave a subtle nod to Wonder Woman's costume and famous bullet-proof armor. So of course we had to get a shot with her most well known pose! (Little secret: Her "powers" in this photo are actually an effect done in real life, not in Photoshop! Any guesses as to how I did it?)
Seriously, how cute are these two?
Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Fandom Affairs
Cake / Cupcakes: Sugar Studio
Florist: The Flower Shop
Hair / Makeup: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio
Dress Store: Adina's Bridal
Groom's Suit: Friar Tux
Rings: Princess Jewelers
Couple: Audrey Gloger, Cody Gigold
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Odds are you've never hired a wedding vendor before, and internet horror stories can certainly tell you that it does not always go well. How do you hire the right people that will make your day awesome? I've got you covered. Here are ten warning signs that wedding industry pros know to watch out for...
1. Their Portfolio is Inconsistent
Skilled, established wedding vendors should have a portfolio that reflects their style and ability. If their portfolio features some great work and some less-than-stellar work, you probably will be able to expect the same inconsistency if they work at your wedding. You should also be wary of very contradictory styles. If a photographer has bright pastel images one minute and in the next switches to vintage black and white, you won't be able to know what to expect from them. (And in some cases, this can be a sign of a stolen or misleading portfolio.) You should like at least 70% of a vendor's work, anything less means they're probably not for you.
2. They Take a Long Time to Respond to Emails
Vendors want your business. Any professional wedding vendor will respond to you within 48 hours at most. The occasional slow email may be unavoidable (vendors are people too, after all), but if they consistently take several days with every response, they are not valuing you. When you're stressed out the week before your wedding, you'll regret having hired someone who leaves you hanging for days.
3. They Don't Have a Contract
Contracts are meant to protect both you as a client and the vendor. Having everything written down in advance helps everyone be clear on what they're committing to and what happens in case something goes wrong. If you're paying a vendor but have no contract, there's no guarantee as to where that money goes or what happens if they cancel. There are honest wedding vendors who just don't tend to use contracts, but they should be willing to provide you with everything in writing if you request it. If you can't get some kind of record of your agreement, you should walk away.
4. You Can't Find Any Customer Reviews
Unless your vendor is new to the industry, a quick google search should turn up some customer reviews. If you can't find a Yelp page, Facebook reviews, a WeddingWire page, or something like that, this might be a red flag. There are genuine reasons a business might not be a member of review sites, but you should be able to find something. Testimonials on their own website can be useful, but since they're custom curated by the vendor you'll want to find some other referrals.
5. They're a Really Great Deal
If you've been quoted $1000 for the same cake everywhere else, and suddenly you've been quoted $500, there's a reason behind that—and they should be able to give you a good explanation. If the vendor is just starting out and gaining experience, a much lower price might make sense, but out-of-nowhere low prices can be a sign that something is up. It may mean the vendor is compromising on quality or service, or it could even mean they're untrustworthy. If someone's price is unusual, be skeptical and use your best judgement.
6. You Don't "Click"
When you meet in person with your vendor, you should walk away feeling excited about your wedding. If you feel odd, uncomfortable, or awkward, they're probably not the vendor for you.
7. They Don't Have Insurance
Insurance protects you, your venue, and everyone else from anything going wrong. Professional businesses need their own insurance if they have anyone on-site at your wedding, and many venues even require all vendors be insured. If a vendor doesn't invest in insurance, you know they're already okay with cutting corners.
8. They Gossip
If a vendor is gossiping about other vendors or putting down other couples they've worked with, you should run in the other direction. Wedding vendors should behave professionally and, while they can definitely let you know which vendors to avoid, they should be doing it in an appropriate and respectful way. The best wedding vendors build strong and positive industry relationships that you can benefit from as a client. And if they're complaining about other couples or making fun of them, you can never be sure they're not doing the same to you.
9. You Can't Get A Price List
Pricing is tough for small businesses, so some vendors may be hesitant to give you an exact number, but if you ask for a price, they should be able to give it to you. For some businesses this will be a price list or catalog and for others this will be a detailed invoice. Prices should be predictable and consistent, and they should be able to tell you if and when prices will increase.
10. They're Always Late
Being late happens to everyone, but when vendor meetings always start with 30 minutes of toe-tapping waiting for them to arrive, it's a problem. They aren't respecting your time and they'll likely be unpredictable and late on your wedding day.