Weddings are a wonderful but hectic time, and couples should always slow down and take the time to honor and cherish the family and friends closest to them that have impacted their love and relationship. Incorporating special items in to your big day to remind you of these loved ones is a great way to show your admiration to them! During one of the most important days of your life, it is important to honor the memory of deceased loved ones. One way to do this is by leaving an empty seat during the ceremony with a photo of them or a sentimental item. Another great way to express your love for family and friends is through pictures. Personally, I love having wedding photos from previous generations including your parents and grandparents – it is such a thoughtful gesture and they’ll be so touched that you included them!
Let’s not forget how important engagement photos are- they are the story of your relationship for that second aunt of your fiance that you never even knew about! But they also serve to pump up all of your close friends and family for you big day! For these college sweethearts, they knew the perfect place to take engagement photos was where they met & fell in love. Indiana University is a gorgeous backdrop for this couple- especially those tulips! Indiana Photographer Kristin Hornberger captured this cute couple- be sure to check her out if you live in the Midwest!
I always enjoy sharing how our signature trifold (affectionately named The Jilly Collection after my sister) was born. I have been a graphic designer for years and always had a love for paper. I had dabbled a little bit in invitations, but the BIG invitation project came when my sister was getting married. She wanted me to have full artistic freedom to design an invitation that reflected her fun personality. She gave me so much free reign, that she said she didn’t even need to see it before I went to print! (I know you brides are GASPING!) Once the invitations were sent out her fiance started getting phone calls and comments from HIS friends!!!! They kept commenting on how cool and ‘smart’ the invitation concept was. This was when I knew we were onto something if GUYS were commenting. The Jilly Collection was born.
What makes the design so ‘smart’ ? It is an all-in-one trifold invitation with perforated RSVP postcard and map! For the more eco-friendly bride its a great way to save on paper. For the modern bride its a non-traditional invitation while maintaining savvy design elements. And for the practical bride its simply functional.
This trifold style has been our best seller for the last 7 years. Every 4 out of 5 brides have chosen this style. So last year we decided to launch our line nationally by creating a collection of 25 designs. Each collection is anchored by a beautifully design trifold and is complemented with a program, menu, placecard, 5×7 social invitation and notecard. Patterned and solid envelope liners are also an option!
I’ve recently been rocking this amazing bag from Zara- the color is rich, but not overwhelming; it goes with everything, including red; and I feel oh so glamorous and fashionable with it. Why, it’s the color of Oxblood everyone! This is the hottest color for fall, and definitely something you have to have in your wardrobe. But if you are wearing it on a daily basis, then you for sure need it at your fall wedding! From linens to flowers, here is some inspiration for how to incorporate oxblood into your big day!
While creating the perfect DIY wedding, one fun project to make is your dinner menu display. Everyone knows the first thing on people’s minds when they sit down at their tables during the reception is, “What’s for Dinner?”. One of my favorite ways to display a wedding menu is to write the menu on a decorative chalkboard. This is perfect for outdoor weddings that may have a rustic, country theme, or even a simple yet elegant wedding. It is also very inexpensive compared to printing dinner menus for each person to have at their plate.