Butterfly Invitations

Traditional Vs Modern Butterfly

Butterfly invitations.  A classic staple of the wedding industry, for sure.  But in our view, it is a motif you can easily play with.

Take for instance our version of the butterfly invitation, as seen on our Chantal Claire Collections website.

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Jamala’s color choice was so great that we now use it as our sample for brides interested in the Butterfly invitation.

While the butterflies on their own are pretty simple and traditional, the colors our bride Jamala chose are modern and bright.  She opted for our Signature pocket, and used the side panels to write meaningful quotes in a font she used all through her wedding (this font is called PassionsConflict, which I teased her about during our interactions.  It’s a great font actually.  It’s scripty and kinda messy, but not really – it’s pretty cool.)

This color scheme is what I like to call “juicy” – it makes me think of all the tropical fruit on display whenever I go on vacation somewhere warm, and it always tastes SO MUCH BETTER than anything similar I eat when I get back home.  These colors aren’t a photoshop job, they really do pop like this.  Jamala did a great job merging a traditional motif with a modern color scheme to create a mix of old and new.

Here is what her invitation looks like when it is closed.  Jamala’s friend had designed a monogram which she sent to me.  I included it on the outside of her invitation.

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Jamala’s butterfly invitation, closed and ready to go.

Rock On Old School

Our bride Richelle also loved our Butterfly invitation, but wanted to make it a little bit edgier.  She decided to go with a black and hot pink color scheme.

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Richelle chose a pink and black color palette.

How rad is this?  This color scheme always looks amazing.  My brother also had a fuchsia and black palette and chose our Swirls invitation – it looked incredible and bold.  Richelle also chose the Signature pocket, but instead of quotes on the side panels she opted for a continuation of the butterfly motif.

I’m not sure how noticeable it is in these photos, but even the rhinestone between the names is a different color.  Did you see it before I pointed it out?  Jamala’s is a clear “diamond” looking one and Richelle’s is a hot pink one to match the cardstock.  Cool, huh?

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The outside of Richelle’s invitation.

Can you be quiet?

Jenni came to us with a simple request… to design something less bright.  Less bold.  Less in your face.  Overall, something quieter…. with butterflies.  And we did just that!  Jenni’s color scheme was light and dark sage green, perfect for her summer wedding.

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Jenni’s softer take on our Butterfly invitation. I love her earth toned palette!

It has a very different feel to it, doesn’t it?  It’s the same design, but by using a different set of colors and fonts it seems softer and more whimsical.

With our Signature pocketfold design, you can inject even more of your own personality by adding photos of yourself or of your venue onto the side panels.  We have had clients do this in the past when they are trying to sell a destination wedding to their guests by putting pictures of resorts, specialty food or even in one case the Tuscan landscape on there.

One regret I have is of not taking more photographs of my past work.  You know what they say about hindsight…  My brides have been so creative in the past and I wish I had thought to take pictures of it all!  Of course, I didn’t think back then I would be blogging about it…  but it still would be lovely to have photos of all the cool stuff my girls have come up with.

What awesome things will you come up with?  Get in touch with me about designing your wedding invitations.

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Jenni’s invitation, closed and ready for it’s envelope.

 

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Choosing Wedding Colors

Choosing wedding colors.

It seems like this is a tricky thing for a lot of brides to be to do, and there *millions of guides online geared towards helping them do just that.  But do those guides really help?  I’m not so sure… they talk about time of year, the venue, color wheels, but not so much about the individual bride and her unique likes and dislikes.

*approximate number based on late night research while binge watching crime docs on netflix

So what’s my recommendation?  I’m so glad you asked.

A/V Club, if you please:

That’s the overview on how we recommend you choose your wedding colors.  But let’s break this down into more detail.

Step One: List Words to Describe Your Wedding

One a piece of paper, jot down descriptive words based on how you imagine your wedding.  You may not have a clear idea of wedding things yet, but you’ll probably have a pretty good picture of how you want it to feel.  Do you want a party atmosphere with loud music and lots of celebrating?  Then write party, celebration, jubilant.  Have you always loved wedding magazines and pictured yourself in a princess ballgown, walking down the aisle to the Wedding March?  Then maybe traditional, formal, classic are more your style.  The more descriptive words you write down, the easier it will be to narrow down the overall vibe of your event, and the vibe will eventually lead to your wedding colors.

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Step Two: Go Through Your Favorite Photos

Pick out your favorite photographs.  These can be wedding related photos you found online, or favorite pictures from your personal collection.  Try to avoid pictures with emotional ties, like an old picture of you and your childhood pet, if you can.

Once you have a healthy stack of photos to choose from, you are ready for step three.

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Go through your photos and set aside your favorite ones. They don’t have to be wedding related! Pinterest is a great place to look.

Step Three: Dissect Photos Into Main Color Groups

Up until now, you might be like… wha?  But this is where things start to come together.  This can be finicky, but try to break your pictures into color groups.  Ideally you want no more than four or five per photo, and you can go as low as three (but with a picture that’s hard).  Take a look at my example:

 

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Realistically there are way more colors in this photo than just five.  There are shades of cream and more shades of pink and blue and green than what I’ve shown in the squares.  But I’m trying to break the photo down into it’s main colors.  In other words, if I were to glance at the photo quickly, then turn away and close my eyes, what would my color take away be?  That’s what I want in those boxes.

With that in mind, the bright blue ribbon for sure – that stood out against the white dress.  The green button mum near the bottom of the bouquet stood out to me, so that goes in the second box.  Next up was the lighter pink above it, then the medium pink then the darkest pink.  If you are more into greens you could have broken the greens down instead… this is a subjective exercise.  You can’t do it “wrong”.

How many?

You may not want to break down EVERY photo you have collected, and that’s fine.  After doing a few of them, you may find your brain automatically starts to blur out the subject matter and concentrates on the colors within the photos.  That’s essentially what we are trying to accomplish with this exercise.  Don’t kill yourself breaking down the photographs into color blocks, is what I’m saying.  Work on it until you get a sense of what you’re doing, then move onto the next step.

Step Four: Match List To Colors

Once you have gone through your photos, you should pull out your word list and start trying to match up the words to the color palettes you have established.

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Match your list to your photo palettes.

This might seem tricky, but once you start I think you’ll get into the rhythm and find it’s actually pretty easy.  It’s ok if some words fit with more than one photo.  What we are trying to accomplish here is whether there are any patterns in your tastes that you were both aware and unaware of.  For example, maybe you thought you wanted something very traditional, but you had written down “fun party vibe” to describe your wedding and all your palettes ended up being very bold colors.  You probably don’t really want a traditional wedding after all, and probably deep down aren’t drawn to those wedding colors after all.

Which palette “feels” right?

Once you have made a few palettes with your photos, you will have a better idea of which ones feel right and which ones don’t.  You can narrow your focus by repeating the words/photo process until you have just a few wedding color palettes to work with.

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Step Five: Google Wedding Photos In “Feels Right” Palette

Before making your final choice, Google wedding photos in the wedding color palettes you’ve created that “feel right”.  Once you see the wedding colors in action, you will have a much better idea if they are the right ones for you.  Again, Pinterest is a great resource for this sort of thing.

Step Six: Repeat Until Satisfied, Then Demand A High Five

I’m not gonna lie.  The chances are that you’ll have to google more than once.  You may even have to do it in public.  But keep googling and going through this process until you land on the wedding colors that are right for you.

Tah-dah!  You have just figured out your wedding colors, one of the hardest parts of wedding planning!  You totally deserve a taco.  Call me up and I’ll have one too.  And hey, now that you have your wedding colors figured out, why don’t you take a look at my invitations?  They can be recolored to match any color palette, even the one you just chose.  So win!

But first, tacos.

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I would have said yes to this. My husband could have saved himself some serious coin.

 

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Wedding Planning Adulting

For The Win.

I have been adulting like crazy today.  And if you’re doing any wedding planning, I bet you’ve been adulting too.  Yays for everybody!  We deserve a margarita or six.  We also deserve this t-shirt.

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I need this t-shirt. I’ve earned it.

Being engaged is hard, yo.

Wedding planning is hard work.  There are so many decisions to make and checklists to tick off and DIY projects to mess up and redo – I mean, it’s a wonder any bride actually makes it to their wedding day at all.  But at least we’ve got you covered for your invitations!

If you send us your color palette, a picture of your bridesmaid’s dress, or even just a written description of your colors we can change up any of our designs to match your theme.  Wedding planning win.

Want some examples?  Yeah, you do.

Soft grey, brown, blue and blush wedding invitation. Chantal Claire Collections, www.chantalclaire.com
Our Circular collection, recolored.
Soft grey, brown, blue and blush wedding colors
A soft color palette for inspiration.

I love how soft these tones are.  I usually go for much bolder colors when I’m designing, so this is outside my natural comfort zone.  But I was really drawn to this palette and I’m really happy with how the circular design turned out.

 

 

Pink?  No Bueno.

If pinks aren’t really your thing, that’s ok.  What do you think of this silver and gold toned version of our Dots collection?

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Silver and gold Dots design.
Grey, blue and gold wedding color palette.
Color inspiration.

I looooove this.  I hope someone is planning their wedding in this color scheme, I think it looks very classy and royal and would love to see a tablescape set up in this palette.  And how cute is this little girl’s hair?  I love how this looks, and I love the slight blue tinge in this palette.  Gorgeous!

 

And for reference, and to give your index finger a break after all your wedding planning clicking, here is the original for reference.

 

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We like the quieter colors too, but we still have a soft spot for our high energy pink and green original color scheme.

 

Good luck with your wedding planning.  And good luck to both of us with our continued success adulting.

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