Step Your Invitation Game Up with Basic Invite

When it comes to your wedding stationery, a lot of time is spent focusing on the perfect wedding invitation design. Every bride seems to want the perfect floral masterpiece placed in the exact right spot matched with the right font style and specific colors. And most designs are pretty, but maybe not exactly what you’re looking for. At last, the struggle is over because we have teamed up with Basic Invite who not only has more than 200 invitation designs, but unlimited customization options, meaning you can fall in love with your design by personalizing your favorite look!

Design is important - yes, but having the ability to change aspects of your design to mold it into the best invitation for you is even more important. Not to mention super exciting and a really fun process! So, what are some of the aspects to focus on when personalizing your online wedding invitation? Two things, font and paper. Basic Invite has tons of options for you in both departments and they have some insider information on how to mix and match.

With over 100 font choices and 5 different types of paper, Basic Invite has options for any style. From romantic and vintage to modern and monogrammed, there really is something for every bride. 

Font
Matching your design with your font can make or break your wedding invites. If you match a vintage look with a bubbly font as opposed to traditional calligraphy you may notice everything looks just a bit off. So, being sure to choose a suitable font for your design style is key! Thin, square, or sharp fonts look best with modern designs or art-deco styled invites. And cursive or calligraphy pairs best with text only designs and vintage or romantic looks. 

Paper Type
Another component that can enhance your invite is the type of paper you choose. Basic Invite offers signature matte, smooth coated, premium shimmer, luxe velvet, and double thick matte. Each paper type offers its own style and plays an important part in the overall quality of your invites as a whole, but let’s break it down a bit so you can decide which paper type is best for you!

Their standard signature matte is their most popular paper type. This is a classic choice as it offers a sturdy invite that looks and feels very high quality. Their signature matte looks gorgeous in any color and prints designs in a clean and pristine matte finish. This is one of two default paper choices, which means you can order it at no additional cost - perfect for a bride on a budget! If you’re looking for an even heavier paper, upgrade to their double thick matte for a delicious cotton texture, beautiful for printing photo invites.

A second default option is their smooth coated paper which has a semi-gloss finish. This is perfect for producing vibrant colors that print rich and beautifully. Not to mention, it’s made with 50% recycled material for any of you environmentally conscious brides!

Basic Invite offers 2 more upgraded paper types. For a small additional cost, you can print your invites in premium shimmer or luxe velvet.

For an elegant and extra fancy look, they recommend choosing premium shimmer. This paper offers a tasteful pearl white shimmer which adds a subtle shine to your invitations. This is the perfect choice for your holiday cards, too!

Luxe velvet, the most mysterious and gasp-worthy paper is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in stationery. Its surface is soft to the touch with its suede-like silky, soft texture. If you want your guests to be treated to a velvety soft experience when they open their envelope, this is the card to choose!

Expert Tip
Choose one of Basic Invite’s classy foil designs if mixing and matching is just too overwhelming for you. Their foil designs come in gold, silver, and rose gold. Any of these designs are elegant choices and can pair with any style of wedding. Pick from raised or flat foil for a bit of shine and sophistication.

This innovative stationery design company goes above and beyond by making sure they have matching thank you notes and enclosure cards for each design. Head over to Basic Invite and customize yours today!
 

Our Favorite Amazon Wedding Products

Did you know Amazon has a Handmade Wedding Shop?!  They have so many beautiful products for your wedding so we've listed just a few of our favorites here.

Although we may receive a commission from the links below, we love these products from the Amazon Handmade Shop!

Wedding Planning Bag!

Wedding Planning Bag!

Custom Name Hanger

Custom Name Hanger

Mr & Mrs table letters

Mr & Mrs table letters

Bourbon Barrel Head

Bourbon Barrel Head

Heart drop Shadow Box

Heart drop Shadow Box

Gold Acrylic Cake Topper

Gold Acrylic Cake Topper

Gold Table Numbers

Gold Table Numbers

Vinyl Sticker Table Numbers

Vinyl Sticker Table Numbers

Vintage Garter

Vintage Garter

Bride Tribe Tumblers

Bride Tribe Tumblers

Where to Purchase your Bridesmaid Dresses

It can be tough to find the perfect bridesmaid dress to fit your wedding style and also the style of your bridesmaids.
Read through our tips below on selecting dresses and click the pictures to visit our favorite sites!

  1. Consider the style of your gown and the formality of your wedding. You want all of your wedding party attire to match the style of your wedding. 
  2. Select a neutral color that matches your wedding colors. Navy, blush, and grey are the most common bridesmaid dress colors and ones that each of your girls would be able to wear again.
  3. Start shopping early! It can often take 6-12 weeks for your dresses to arrive at your doorstep, especially if you utilize a site like Azazie, where you input each person's exact measurements.
  4. Be mindful of prices. You may find the most perfect dress for your wedding but know it's too expensive for your bridesmaids. Just like bridal gown shopping, don't even try it on if it's not in your budget!
  5. Lastly, talk with your girls! Ask them what they would love to wear, and more importantly, what they would hate to wear.

Although we may receive a commission from the links below, we do reccommend these companies and order from them often!

For the Guys: Say Yes to the Suit

When it comes to wedding planning, something we often see overlooked until late in the game is the groom’s suit or tux. We always talk about the bride and her gown, but what the groom is wearing really is just as important.

So should you rent or buy? There are benefits to renting a suit--it’s less expensive to rent than to own, and you also don’t have to worry about the upkeep of the suit since you return it after your wedding. And if the last time you wore a suit before your big day was at your prom, then you definitely don’t have to feel guilty about purchasing one just to leave it hanging in the back of your closet for years.

Purchasing your own suit for your wedding, on the other hand, will guarantee that it’s a perfect fit. We’re huge advocates for both the bride AND groom feeling confident on their wedding day, and a well-fitted suit really can make the man! If you wear suits in your everyday life, (maybe you attend multiple formal events a year, or your work just has a strict dress code), you know you’ll get mileage out of at least some pieces of your suit.

So if you’ve decided on buying one, what about getting it custom made? We recently sat down with Alvin Cooper III from C Styled and learned just how awesome it is to have a suit that’s been created from scratch just for you. From the fabric type to the color of the thread in the buttons, every last detail can be designed by you to match your style or theme of your wedding. Not only do you distinguish yourself from your groomsmen with more than just a different boutonniere, but custom made suits allow you to wear something that’s completely you. You’ll have your own unique ensemble to perfectly complement your bride’s.

When should you make this decision? We recommend getting your suit/tux when your bride finds her dress. That way there will be plenty of time to put it together and make any necessary alterations.

Want your groomsmen to look great too? Consider giving them each a custom made shirt or jacket with their initials sewn in as a gift!

If you're looking for a custom suit, we recommend contact Alvin Cooper with C Styled here.

Can you tell who bought their suit and had it altered?

Can you tell who bought their suit and had it altered?

Photos courtesy of C Styled.

Four 2017 Wedding Trends We're So Excited For

1.       La Isla color scheme

As much as we loved blushes, golds, and neutrals, we’re dying to see our weddings exploding with tropical colors inspired by Cuba. Get ready for bright oranges and yellows, deep purples and reds, vivid blues and greens, and everything Havana-inspired in between. We can see these fun colors popping up in bridesmaids dresses, bouquets, table décor, and even in meals.

 

2.       When it comes to wedding dresses, skin is in

We’re talking crop tops, plunging necklines, and off-the shoulder sleeves. For the especially unconventional bride, high-low dresses and cut-outs will be making waves. It’ll be easy to stay classy by sticking with the designs seen this year at bridal fashion week!

 

3.       Hello unique bouquets

As much as we love them, next year we expect to see less floral touches in bouquets, and more…everything else. From paper to fruit to greenery, nontraditional items in bouquets are a great way to make a modern statement on your big day.

 

4.       Eat and be entertained

While food stations remain a popular way to serve dinner, we’re envisioning even more interactive, chef-attended dinner stations. Your guests can mingle while they watch their oysters shucked at your seafood bar, their salmon pan seared live for the main course, and their crème brulee torched to their liking at the mini-dessert buffet.

 

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Wedding Guest Style Guide

After taking time off of work to travel, finding a date, and picking out a gift, the last thing you should be worrying about when going to a wedding is what you’re going to wear. The invitation says, “Colorado Casual,” but what does that even mean? The Black Tux recently released a helpful guide for every wedding situation.

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