Let me take a few minutes to show you how switching up the colors can change the overall feel of a design. I’m going to use some previous client work which dates back to B.B. days (Before Babies), using the Swirls design. This design has been a client favorite and hey, it’s the one I designed for my own wedding about three million years ago which started this lovely unhealthy work-life balance thing I like to call Self Employment. I joke! I joke! Sort of.
You already know this, but colors evoke a certain mood or feeling whether we are aware of it or not. Some colors pop, some soothe, some are seasonal, some have underlying connotations (red and green together, for instance). This should all be in the back of your head when choosing a palette for your event… But ultimately, you will find you are drawn to certain colors because of how they make you feel. If it doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it, no matter what your mother or soon to be mother-in-law pushes for. That my two cents, anyway.
Where to start?
Well, what colors do you hate? Ok, so you can rule those out. What’s left? Out of those, what looks good together? Are you thinking of a monochromatic scheme, where it’s various shades of one color? Or are you thinking of two different complementary colors? If you really aren’t sure, do some surfing online on art.com and see what catches your eye. Even taking a look at your wardrobe is a good place to start – you will notice that there are certain colors that you always wear, and certain colors you avoid like the plague.
Once you have an idea of the palette you’d like to work with, you can swing by www.chantalclaire.com and try picturing the designs there in those colors. We will recolor any of our designs to match any color scheme. Here are some examples of the Swirls design in various colors.
As you can see, each invitation evokes a different feeling with it’s choice of colors and fonts. Hopefully these examples will give you an idea if you’re at a loss for color palettes, and will show you a few possibilities with the Swirls design.
I found this online and it was just way too funny not to share. I think just about every bride has at least one rsvp nightmare story.
I hope yours isn’t too bad, and is one that you can laugh about in the very near future. I’m sorry to say, it doesn’t get much better when it comes to waiting for replies to kids’ birthday invites. May the odds be ever in your favor.
I have a feeling a lot of my clientele is too young to know the song referenced in the title. Now I have a case of the sads. GAWD I’M SO OLD.
Now that that’s out of the way… What’s your favorite candy? I’m Canadian, and miss good Canadian stuff like Allen’s toffee and Smarties now that I live in the States. And no, not Smarties like the round pastel stuff you get at Halloween. Canadians know those are called Rockets.
Now THESE are Smarties, and yes, they are the best. And no, they are not M&Ms.
Guess what I found?
I just discovered someone on instagram who might be really helpful for all you brides or others planning events. Or for people like me who just really, really love candy. Check them out:
What is helpful about this site is that you can easily shop by color, event or candy type, so you don’t need to spend ages clicking around hoping to come across something that might work for your candy buffet (or late night binge sessions – not that, I mean… binge? on candy? wha? people do that??? I definitely don’t. What a weird thing to think about.)
If you’re jonesing for a sweet fix or need to get your guests properly sugared, check these guys out. They seem pretty rad. If you use them or have purchased from them in the past, give me a holla so I can update this post with feedback for others.
If you do end up buying something for your event from Candy Pros, the favor boxes on our website are a great way to box them up and hand them out to your guests. Just sayin’.
Ah crap… I had told myself that today would be day one of my healthy eating program. Now all I want to do is see what kind of leftover Valentine’s candy I can scrounge from the kiddleton’s school loot bags. Just say no, Chantal…
Did I mention I love painting? Because I do. A lot. It’s totally not a problem that my phone cover is covered in india ink and acrylics and the arm of our (very worn out) leather sofa has flicks of paint all over it. That pretty much every piece of clothing I own has paint on it somewhere – even the new pants that I haven’t even worn yet. Totes not a problem. It just means I’m an authentically creative person.
Let me be clear before I go any further… when I’m working on invitations, the paints are away and everything is clean. I make sure that nothing touches those precious babies. I literally have rubber gloves that I wear when I’m working with light colored cardstock so I don’t get finger smudges on it, I’m that anal about it. So no worries there.
Now that that disclaimer is out of the way…
Back to paint.
I really like painting people, and especially kids. A few years ago I was hired for a while to paint kids as Christmas presents and Father’s Day gifts. I was still getting used to and perfecting my style, so to me at least when I look at my past work I can see a real evolution in my abilities. But I live in Austin, so what I was mostly hired to paint was dogs. Dogs are HUGE here. And I love painting them, but man they take forever because they require SO much detail.
These three paintings were huge! They were a collection I did for a client who wanted something for a huge wall in the new home she was moving into. I can’t quite remember how big they were, but they were ginormous.
If you aren’t a fan of dogs, or paintings, that’s totally cool. If nothing else, you can take a look at these and be inspired by the color schemes. Shades of brown and blue are huge hit, and are always a classy choice in both paintings and invitations. If you’re stuck on your color scheme, looking at art, and pop art in particular, is a great way to start narrowing down your choices. See what you’re drawn to, and what you absolutely despise. Do you keep gravitating towards the same rich tones of caramel and chocolate brown and russet red? Or do you pull aside energetic pops of yellow and fuschia? Do you like calming nature tones like spring greens and tulip pinks? You will know it when you see it, the important thing if you’re struggling is to just look around.
Sometimes the best thing is to look at anything BUT wedding stuff to see what you really like. (Wedding people are always trying to sell you something, then upsell, then upsell some more, and it can get overwhelming. I know, I work in the industry, lol!) And really, who needs that kind of stress?
I launched my invitation business right after my wedding in 2006. A few years later, we started a family. I went on hiatus to focus on the offspring, because boy oh boy are babies ever a (cute) time suck! Now that the littles aren’t quite so little anymore (the Divine Miss A is in third grade and the Kamikaze Kid started kindergarten), I’ve been itching to get back to my other great love, my little business.
One product I’m very excited about and having been thinking about since the kidlets were tiny is favor boxes. I’ve been playing with different templates over the years, and after some trial and error this is the one that has passed all my tests. I can’t wait to see it in action in client wedding photos!
Like all the Chantal Claire products, the favor boxes can be recolored to match your color palette, and can include your fonts and wording at no additional charge. The boxes are around 2″x3″ when assembled.
Yup, I’m awesome, lol!
This is a bit unheard of, but despite being a vendor in the wedding industry I’m actually not a total douche. I’m all about keeping costs down for brides when possible. I remember all too well what it was like to see the budget slip away, and I had a small wedding! With that in mind, I like to provide options for my clients while still providing the best quality product I can. If you are crafty, you can purchase these favor boxes unassembled. This will save on shipping and labor costs. They arrive flat; you will cut them and assemble them yourself. They will come scored and easy to fold, like this:
If you think glue is just for sniffing (just say no!) you should probably have me assemble them for you. This is the better option if you don’t have time yourself. The price will be higher to account for the labor and the extra shipping charges.
I hope you will consider these for your event! If you do, please send me some pictures of them in action!