Etsy Thursday: Paris-Inspired Weddings

I couldn’t think of anything more romantic and elegant than a Paris-inspired wedding adorned with lovely Etsy finds! This Thursday’s Etsy wedding feautures French-inspired handmade items perfect for a belle! I know you are dying to see what I’ve found on Etsy, so without further delay I present “A Paris Wedding”!

 

Eiffel Tower Inspired Wedding Invitation

 

Paris Inspired DIY Printable Invitation

Place Card Holders–Antiqued Paris Clothespins

 

Eiffel Tower Postcard–Perfect for Place Cards or Thank You Cards!

 

Love in Paris set–Perfect for Well Wishes, Favor Tags, or Escort Cards

 

Vintage Style Paris Eiffel Tower Table Numbers

Wedding Table Centerpiece–French Chic

 

Antique White Candelabras

 

Muslin Favor Bags–Stamped Paris Eiffel Tower

 

Paris Inspired Wedding Tea Favors

 

French Script Love Birds Cake Topper

 

Vintage Flower–Perfect Hair Accessory

 

French Script Magnet Board–Perfect for displaying your escort cards!

Here is a lovely color palette to go with this week’s theme:

 

Design Seeds Vintage Silver Color Palette

SHARE WITH ME: Did you enjoy this week’s chic Etsy wedding finds? What item is your favorite find or would you buy for your wedding? Do you have any ideas to share for a French/Paris inspired wedding?

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Ideas for a Vibrant Summer Bridal Shower

Everyone LOVES weddings & so does 3D-Memoirs, but before you take the most anticipated walk down the aisle there’s a little celebratory event with close friends and family called the BRIDAL SHOWER!  Today, I have the honor of sharing some amazing invitation “eye-candy” from one of our favorite sites: Wedding Paper Divas!! I hope you are as excited as I am to see some of the creative & lovely bridal shower invitations that Wedding Paper Divas offers–a perfect personal touch for those DIY Bridal Showers!

To add to this “eye-candy”, I will be sharing a couple of DIY ideas (found across the web) to incorporate with these lovely Bridal Shower invitations! Ready for some Bridal Shower inspiration?

 

Bridal Shower Invitation from 

Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive : Basil}

Back of Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive: Basil}

 

Lovely vibrant punches of color makes this invitation perfect for a late Spring or Summer Bridal Shower. I am loving this fresh color scheme of soft mint punctuated with bright orange, yellow and cherry. A potential theme that comes to mind is “Summer Love” (or “Spring Love In Bloom” if you have it during the spring) and here are some DIY ideas to help you put this bridal shower together.

 

Bridal Shower Food & Drinks

For this “Summer Love” Bridal Shower a simple, light, & refreshing meal would be ideal. Here are some wonderful menu & drink options, courtesy of some of my favorite Pinterest pins!

Here is a sample health-conscious menu: finger sandwiches (pick your favorite meat(s) & bread(s) or offer a variety), veggie tray, mixed greens salad (add blueberries, strawberries, blackberries/raspberries) tossed with a light fruit vinaigrette, and these lovely fruit kebabs!

Fruit Kebabs

Below you will find some of my favorite Pinterest pins for drinks & libations. Whether you choose to add alcohol or not, these tasty drinks will go perfect with your “Summer Love” Bridal Shower theme!

Pineapple Sangria

Low Country Lemonade (lemonade, peach schnapps & blue curaçao)

Sweet Basil Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler (Rum is optional)

 

To add to the summery charm, don’t forget to add colorful straws wrapped with the bridal shower details.

Colorful Paper Straws

 

Bridal Shower Decor

Make a crepe paper backdrop, perfect to display behind the food/dessert table or as a funbackdrop for photos with the Bride.

Crepe Paper Backdrop (featured by DIY Weddings Magazine)

 

Hang colorful paper lanterns and/or honeycomb tissue balls (see below) around the house/backyard/venue to decorate your event space with color. Use varying sizes, shapes, & patterns of orange, yellow, pink, white/creme, red, turquoise, & mint green to match the Wedding Paper Divas invitation!

 

Orange Paper Lantern

Yellow Nylon Hanging Lantern

Begonia Red Paper Lantern

White Honeycomb Ball

 

It would be amazing if you could score mint green tablecloths to compliment the Wedding Paper Divas’ Bridal Shower invitation, but I realize that it is probably a difficult color to come across. Whether you rent linens or buy paper/plastic tablecloths I would recommend white, yellow, or ivory and utilize your decor to bring in the colorful elements.

 

For your table centerpieces, a simple touch of flowers will add a elegant element to this summer Bridal Shower. Here are a few simple yet beautiful examples of centerpieces that you can incorporate:

Colorful Gerbera Daisies

This lovely centerpiece combines colorful Gerbera Daisies in a tall vase lightly filled with rocks. The pop of color from the flowers and simplicity of the centerpiece definitely adds an elegant touch to your bridal shower decor.

DIY Floral Centerpieces {Featured by Hostess With The Mostess}

This beautiful DIY centerpiece by Geranium Lake (featured on Hostess with the Mostess) is a simple and lovely centerpiece for a “Summer Love” Bridal Shower. Select beautiful & colorful wrapping paper to wrap around cylinder vases and/cans and add a beautiful trim with a complimentary ribbon. (You can probably substitute the wrapping paper for colorful fabric or layered tissue paper.)

Fruit Centerpiece

Pick bright fruits that compliment this Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower invitation–strawberries, lemons, oranges, cherries–and fill (at varying heights) a couple vases for each table and add a few colorful flowers, rocks, gems/beads to the vase and VIOLA!

Succulents

Loving the look of these mint to light green succulents in silver dishes as a centerpiece!

LOVE Flower Centerpiece

These monogrammed mugs filled with flowers make for beautiful centerpieces. Use bright and colorful flowers, or stick with white flowers if you have enough color infused throughout the room. If you don’t have these crafty mugs to use, simply substitute them for colored/painted pots, tin cans, or bark wrapped vases.

 

Bridal Shower Favors

For your guests favors, you can either fill a mini pillow pack with red hots (hearts) or a daisy favor box with colorful candy and personalize the label with “Summer Love is so Sweet” or the Bridal Shower details (date, bride’s name, etc)!

Mini Personalized Candy Pillow Packs

Gerbera Daisy Favor Box

 

I hope you didn’t overdose on all the sweetness from the *eye-candy* provided above! What are your thoughts on Wedding Paper Divas lovely Bridal Shower invitation, the “Summer Love” theme, and the DIY details that I’ve shared with you? In addition to this lovely bridal shower invitation, Wedding Paper Divas offers a variety of several other creative and beautiful bridal shower invitations for you to choose from, here are a few of my favorites:


 

No matter what your bride’s style or the theme for the bridal shower, you are guaranteed to find a lovely Bridal Shower invitation from  to match. Also, don’t forget about your thank you cards, you can find the perfect Thank You card here.

I would love your feedback on today’s post! Do you have any creative bridal shower themes that would go perfect with any of the other invitations shown above?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas! (Comment below the post or send me a note at 3DMemoirs@gmail.com.)

As an Event & Wedding planner, I absolutely adore distinctive details, which is why I can’t help but share amazing posts on creative DIY projects, event decor, & lovely wedding touches with my readers! 

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Exciting happenings on the 3D-Memoirs blog: 

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ETSY Thursday: beautiful & creative invitations!

This edition of Etsy Thursday highlights beautiful and creative invitations! I hope you enjoy these selections! I had so much fun perusing Etsy’s invitation selections, that I will be doing a couple more invitation posts in the future!

Passport Invitations: perfect for a destination or themed wedding! Love the creativity!

Ivory Romance: I love the look of this invitation suite, prefect for an outdoor/”green” wedding!

Sewn Wedding Invitation Suite: How cute is this sewn invitation suite! It can tell your story and share your special day details!

Green Apple Invites: Adorable green invitation suite!

Swatch/Paint Chip Book: Creative invitation Suite in a neat package!

Which one is your favorite?

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My recent DIY project…

As you all know, I am all about DIY projects and I wanted to share my most recent project: Wedding Invitations, RSVP Response Card, & Reception Directions. The wedding colors are chocolate, orange, copper, gold, and white. I did my best to fuse the bride’s colors and my creativity to develop this lovely end product. (I was also the photographer for this project, so I hope my practice has paid off.) Let me know what you think?

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Very creative idea for a save the date or wedding invitation!

Very creative! Love this idea for a save the date or wedding invitation!

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The beauty is in the details…

One of the biggest and sometimes hardest choice when it comes to wedding planning is the stationary suite—invitations, save-the-date, RSVP/response cards, favor tags, place card names, table names, bridal shower, etc. These paper decor items really set the tone for your event and typically embodies the theme, idea, feelings/emotions that the couple wants to convey to their guests. Generally, these items are designed to match and compliment each other and the wedding’s decor.

The fashion-forward paper product that is gaining popularity with a $$$ pricetag is the beautiful letterpress. I LOVE the look of letterpress products—its timeless, elegant, artistic, vintage, and makes a beautiful statement regardless of its words. Here are some beautiful letterpress products for weddings that come from a very talented graphic designer that I have the pleasure of knowing personally. She does an amazing job creatively and delicately tailoring her products to her customers and I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do. I also invite you to read the insert below of my interview of this creative designer~Marsinah Burgos~who shares some tips for brides and gives some insight about letterpress! (Check out her website below for more samples of her work! Also, for you fashionistas, you may find an attractive interest in her blog as well.)

Interview with the mind behind the design, Blushing Pearl’s Owner & Designer~Marsinah Burgos

1. Tell us about your business, what is Blushing Pearl and the inspiration behind it?

Blushing Pearl is a design and letterpress printing studio that specializes in fully customized design and paper ephemera. The studio is owned and creatively designed/letterpress printed by Marsinah (yours truly!). We have an online Etsy shop and we are in the process of opening up an online wholesale website, as well as expanding our pre-designed Wedding Stationery line fondly called “Bliss”. Here are some links to Blushing Pearl:

{shop} http://blushingpearl.etsy.com
{blog} http://blushingpearl.blogspot.com
{website} http://blushingpearl.net
{Bliss-wedding guidebook} http://bliss.blushingpearl.net

2. Besides wedding invitations, what other custom design work do you do?

Aside from Wedding invitation suites, Blushing Pearl also specializes in design work for business cards, baby showers and announcements, graduations, and ready-made paperie (found in our Etsy shop). We also specialize in branding and logo development, which will help you create the look of your business through logo design, color palettes, stationery options, website layouts, and unique collateral material to fully brand your business.

3.       What is your inspiration for projects that you develop that are not custom ordered (ie. Etsy portfolio)?

Inspiration comes from everything and everywhere. The luxury about owning your own business is that you can determine what you want to design and produce. Having worked in the Fashion Industry, I would have to say Fashion and textile patterns have a great impact on my creativity. I also like traveling and photographing street art as well.

4.  Your letterpress work is beautiful! Can you explain to us what letterpress is, why it’s typically more expensive, and the value of using letterpress over traditional design processes? Do you only do letterpress custom design work?

The art of Letterpress printing is a vintage process that requires a methodic technique and physical labor. Each individual piece of 100% cotton fiber paper is hand-fed by me, one color at a time, into my vintage Chandler & Price 8×12 letterpress. A delicate impression is made on the paper that is unique to the art of letterpress. Some of my clients appreciate the exquisite art of letterpress printing, which creates a tactile and sophisticated look of the design onto cotton fiber paper. My letterpress studio is in my garage. The press itself is cast iron and weighs about 800 lbs. I’ve restored and repainted my press. You can view the beautification process and how it works here:

http://blushingpearl.blogspot.com/2009/09/birth-of-monster.html#links

http://blushingpearl.blogspot.com/2009/09/action.html#links

If you have an existing logo or design file, Blushing Pearl can letterpress print  your design. Just keep in mind that your artwork is original and not copyrighted!

5. What advice can you give a bride looking to make her wedding unique and what to keep in mind when selecting the save-the-dates, invitations, response cards, favor tags, etc?

Brides- it helps out to keep an “idea binder”, where you take all of those favorite magazine cut outs and samples from bridal shows and keep a visual journal of what you like or don’t like. This way you can clearly see what direction your wedding is headed. As a designer for wedding invitations, I usually ask for visual references to better help me know what style you are looking for. From there, we can narrow down your options and start creating a cohesive look for your invitation.

Another very, VERY important tip- make sure you proof read, and then proof read again. The little extra time it takes to proof read twice will help save added expenses in the end.

6.  Anything else you want to share or want us to know?

Take a look at our Website…It’ll give you a glimpse at our past work and capabilities!

http://blushingpearl.net

We love to socialize and network :) You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin:

{tweets} http://twitter.com/blushingpearl
{fb} http://twitter.com/blushingpearl
{linkedin} http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marsinah-netto-burgos/1/814/472

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