Everything is Awesome Wedding Style

So why exactly are we so awesome?

Wow, what a way to start a blog post, eh?  But seriously, what makes Chantal Claire more awesome to work with than, say, the next wedding invitation company?

Lego Awesome Wedding
Aw man. I wish this was around when I got married. This totally would have been on my thank you cards.

Well, we are humble, to begin with. That’s always a great virtue to have. 😉  And there’s this.  But we also remember clearly what it’s like to plan a wedding, even if it was hmmrmph*mumble*mmmmph years ago.  Not that we are old or anything.

Awesome Wedding Memories

I myself remember meeting with vendor after vendor while planning my wedding.  Meeting after meeting, I would find myself in rooms that didn’t match my wedding vibe, and they would tell me what my wedding would be like when I hired them.  And if I made the mistake of telling them I was marrying a guy from Serbia – whoa nelly!  Then I was having this type of wedding, and we would need to play this song and of course everybody would expect that…  except… none of it matched the wedding my fiance and I were planning. (See how I included my fiance there?  It’s because I’m awesome like that.  Cuz everybody knows it’s really about the bride, and she really does all the planning, but I still included him.  Because, as I said, I’m awesome.  But I digress…)

We were planning a small wedding, and we were (and still are, in our old age – ha) a quirky pair, and we didn’t want a lot of the expected wedding stuff at our event.  It just didn’t work for us.  But when I tried to explain it to these vendors, I was brushed off and ignored.  “Your guests will miss it,” was the most common phrase I heard.  My gut instinct was to reply – no, you will miss it, because I won’t be paying for it and you won’t see it in your bank account.  And then a few other maybe not so awesome and not so wedding related words and phrases followed – in my head of course.  Because I’m awesome and wouldn’t say it out loud. #PoliteCanadian

Wedding vendors that get “awesome”

At Chantal Claire, we want to be the vendor that “gets” you.  We don’t want to be the vendor that tells you what your wedding invitation will be like, or what your guests will miss, or what you have to have.  We want you to tell us why you are awesome, and we want to make an invitation to show you off.  And we think your wedding invitation should get people excited about your event, and should showcase your quirky, goofy or romantic side – whichever side you want to show. And we don’t think you should pay custom prices to be able to do any of that.

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Our previous clients have made some awesome color choices when it comes to our butterfly collection. Same design but totally different vibe. I have gotten to know Richelle, the pink and black bride, pretty well since her wedding and yes, this invitation is TOTALLY her.
At Chantal Claire, we love awesome people, and we love weddings.  We love awesome weddings, and I don’t mean the big expensive crazy over the top ones…  I mean the ones that really show off the couple.  We would love to be a part of yours.  Get in touch with us for your free sample.
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Heidi Swapp Memorydex guestbook in black

To guestbook or not to guestbook – is that the question?

Guestbooks

I’ve been hanging out on a few different wedding forums for a few months now, and guestbooks are a topic that come up frequently.  Most couples these days want something they will look at each day, rather than a book that will sit in a drawer or on a shelf.

Some very creative ideas have been suggested, but I see the same ideas over and over again.  And then while I was on vacation with my family last week thinking about all the cool pictures I’ll be adding to my scrapbooking pile, I came up with an idea: why not use Heidi Swapp’s Memorydex as a guestbook?

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Heidi Swapp’s Memorydex in white. A neat way to whip together a unique guestbook and wedding album.

The Rolodex Guestbook

The Memorydex works like an old school rolodex, if anybody remembers what those are.  It comes with the base unit and cards which fit onto the rings in the middle.  You could have your guests sign the cards with a message during your reception and assemble it easily and quickly afterwards.  Voila!  A quick guestbook!

This takes up very little space, so you can leave it out on a side table to flip through and still have lots of room for important things like a tv remote and a glass of wine.  While being a guestbook, it can double as a wedding album if you print and glue photos onto the cards – just bear in mind the photos will be smaller than 4×6.

Make It Personal

There are tons of accessories for the Memorydex, so you can really make this your own.  You can even create your own cards out of paper you have already if you purchase the punch – if you plan on covering the cards with scrapbook paper or creating your own cards, you will definitely want the punch, trust me.  It’s SUCH a pain to cut those little rectangles out by hand.

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Memorydex paper punch. Worth the moolah.

White’s not your thing?  The Memorydex comes in black as well.

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Some of the cards have tabs, creating different headings or sections.  So you could create a wedding guestbook and also wishes for the future – say, a section with cards to read on your one year anniversary, five year anniversary, ten year anniversary, etc.  It’s so simple to put together that you could have one of your bridesmaids assemble it in one night while you are on your honeymoon.

I’m not affiliated with Heidi Swapp.  I’m not getting a kickback for recommending this.  I just really like mine and have been impressed with how quickly I can create interesting cards, and how many cards one dex can hold.  I also think a so-call “uncreative person” can be pretty creative with this without wanting to lose their everloving mind.

Guestbook Updated

When I got married, I asked my guests to send me or email me a photo of themselves with my husband or I (or both) that we may not have.  I then glued them into an empty sketchbook and wrote the guest’s names on top.  We got hilarious photos Hubber and I had never seen before, and it was a walk down memory lane for each of us and we heard stories about each other we had never heard before.  With such a small wedding, it was easy for the to find their page and they said later they liked looking for it and writing silly comments about the photo they sent in.

We still pull that book out of it’s place in the kitchen.  Our kids find it hilarious to look at old photos of their parents looking silly.  However, I realize that this won’t work for a large wedding, and not everybody wants an actual book.  If I were to get married again I would probably do something like the Memorydex.   To me, this is a great guestbook option.

guestbook
Card accessories are available, although you can use any small scrapbooking or planner items.

You should be able to get this at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  If not, you can purchase it through me at info@chantalclaire.com.  If you still like the idea of a traditional guestbook, well guess what?  I sell those too!

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Wedding Planning Cutie

Last week I was playing around online, googling for wedding stuff and and getting ideas for new designs I’m working on.  One thing lead to another, and I came across this cute face:

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The only thing brighter than Gigi’s smile will be your enthusiasm to work with her.

This is Gigi, from Not So Traditional Bride.  She’s a wedding planner in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Central NC) and she’s pretty rad.

Gigi has been planning events for almost ten years, so she knows what’s what.  She and I have been chatting back and forth and her experience planning her own wedding is very similar to mine.  Here she is, in her own words:

“Years ago, I was planning my own wedding and I found that most wedding vendors did not want to deal with me because I had a small budget and a small guest count. It really put a damper on my wedding planning process and I wanted to give Brides the opportunity to not only save some serious money but have their wedding day turn out their way.”

That is so similar to my experience with wedding vendors when I was planning my wedding!  I feel strongly that a wedding should reflect the couple and their personalities, not just be another cookie cutter run of the mill event, and Gigi’s approach to wedding planning matches that philosophy to a T.

Gigi has a background in floral arranging and event catering, two staples of the wedding industry.  Her experience in these areas have given her the experience needed to assist with bouquets and boutonnieres and table top design, as well as act as a liaison between the couple and vendors.  Her specialty is day of coordination and weddings on a budget – in fact, she loves DIY brides and can provide some crafty goodness as well as whatever else is needed.  Gigi believes (as do I) that a wedding doesn’t need to cost the same as your college tuition to pull off.  The sole purpose of her business is to help the bride – or groom – achieve her/his perfect day, her/his way.

If you are in the Triangle area, I strongly suggest you get in touch with Gigi.  She’s easy to get along with, is really creative and knows this business inside out.  Whatever your needs are, she can help.  As she says,

“Weddings should be fun! I think more couples need to be reminded of that. So should the people working in the wedding industry!”

Not So Traditional Bride

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Foil Me Once, Shame On You

Foil invitations – they’re all the rage right now.  And I get it, they’re beautiful and funky and it’s really hard not to love them.  It’s something that I’ve wanted to offer my clients, but being a small business owner I wasn’t really sure how.  Well… last night I did some experimenting, and things went very well.

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Gold foil invites! The top is VERY shiny, and you can see the brush strokes from the reactive paint I used. It’s pretty awesome, and gives a slightly edgy feel. I LURVE IT.

This was my first attempt, and I’m pretty happy with the results.  I’ll try duplicating it today and if all goes well it looks like this will be something I’ll be offering on the website!  I’m so excited!

I’ve got ideas for the above, but also polka dots and maybe offering a chevron pattern in foil as well.  Is there anything you’d like to see?  I did one last night with just the names in foil and that looked very classy as well.

Foil is available in all kinds of cool colors.  Check it out:

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All the foils of the rainbow.

Oh yeah.  So excited.  I’ve already placed my order for a bunch of different colors and cannot wait to start playing.  It’s happening, baby.

 

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Mario Party

Mario.

All Mario, all the time.  I have a son… that should explain a lot.

This is my professional blog, for my wedding invitations.  But I put a lot of work into the birthday parties I throw for my kids, and I thought, maybe another mom out there might appreciate some of the stuff I’ve done.  Maybe some of my ideas might help them when they’re planning a party for their kiddletons.  And maybe some of my brides have kids.

Plan it out.

Last year the Kamikaze Kid turned six.  He was obsessed with Mario, and asked for a Mario party.  This is what I came up with.  Let me start by saying that everything in the stores was Lego themed, and it was hard to find much Mario and Luigi stuff.  This year I decided to go easy on myself and convinced him to go with a Lego party – and everything in the stores is Mario themed.  I can’t find anything with a Lego block on it.  FOR THE LOVE OF KING TITAN WHY IS MY LIFE LIKE THIS.

The first step in my party planning (or wedding planning) is aways to come up with a basic color palette.  For a Mario theme, I knew the colors would have to be red, blue and bright green and yellow – a true primary color scheme.  I repainted a picture frame I bought at Goodwill a zillion years ago and printed out something I MacGyver’d together in photoshop to make this sign for our front door.

Mario front door sign
Welcome, gamers, to the Kamikaze Kid’s epic sugar infused pool party!

DIY Diva.

I made a lot of the decorations – I usually do.  Because of time constraints I try to buy more than I used to (I used to insist on making EVERYTHING but who has time for that?) but I always end up making at least a few things.  With Mario stuff being so hard to find, I ended up DIY-ing quite a few things for this party.

Like everyone else online, I went to Home Depot and bought some PVC pipe, then spray painted it green.  As always, I was asked for my ID and told condescendingly not to “huff the spray paint”.  I’m not sure what kind of vibe I’m giving those people to warrant the lecture, but I wouldn’t even know how to start “huffing” spray paint and didn’t even know you could get high from it until they told me.  In my day, you would ask someone’s older sibling to buy you a mickey of something at the LCBO and get tipsy at the edge of a wheat field like a normal teenager.  #Canadian #digression #ThanksForAskingForMyID

Anyway, the pipe really does make the perfect tunnels that mimic the ones in the game.  I then cut out a triangle from some styrofoam balls (for the mouths of these – what are these red dotted things anyway?) and painted them.  I had trouble finding something sturdy enough to hold them up, and couldn’t face making another trip to Michael’s, so I used green popsicle sticks which I raided from the kids’ craft drawer.  A year later and the Kamikaze Kid is still playing with these things, so I’m gonna call this a crafting success – and they looked pretty awesome on the food table at the party, too.

I made the little food sign – the “fire power” sign by the cheese balls – out of a wooden stand I got at Michaels.  I usually buy them when they are on sale or I have a bunch of coupons, and then hold on to them.  I always end up using them for something.  I printed out the Luigi picture from photoshop and glued it on, then painted the bottom of the stand green and the “stem” of the stand red with white dots to match the red headed mushroom thingies I had made.  It looked pretty good!  I made a few food stands like this.

Good and sugared.

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Marshmallow mushrooms

These marshmallow treats were a HUGE hit.  HUGE.  I’ve discovered that anytime you put a marshmallow on a stick (or in this case a straw, since the sticks I had kept breaking and I didn’t trust using them without getting splinters into kids’ mouths) and toss a bit of icing into the deal you are going to have some seriously happy children.  I love how these turned out, and they weren’t very hard to make at all.  The first step is putting the marshmallow on the straw, so you can put the icing on the marshmallow without smudging it.  I learned the hard way – you can see the smudge on the first one I did before I figured this out.  The marshmallows were gone in about 7.8 seconds.

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Mario cake with buttercream frosting.

For the first time, the Kamikaze Kid had opinions about his cake and how it should look.  I let him describe his wishes to the (very patient) baker behind the counter at our favorite bakery, and she gave him exactly what he asked for.  It was absolutely delicious!  The sides have all the different Mario characters on it.  If you live in the Austin Texas area, I recommend checking out Sweet – we go to them whenever we need a cake or other sweet treat.  Their prices are competitive, they are friendly and have always given us exactly what we have asked for.  My daughter’s Nightmare Before Christmas birthday cake was unbelievable.

More decorations… because it never ends.

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Tablescape.

I think the table turned out pretty cute.  Usually, there isn’t a formal “sit down and eat your cake here” area.  This year the kids were older, and since we had a pool party I didn’t want them to drip all over my house.  I hand painted the clouds on the cardstock squares because apparently, I’m a crazy person.  Yup.  Nothing but the best for my kids.  They’d better throw me one awesome retirement party one day, I’m telling you…

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Table setting, complete with a hat and hand painted placemat. Because momma be cray cray.

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The favor boxes were a lucky find, I found them here.  The sign says “Game over, thanks for coming.  Please take a gift box!”  The frame is from Ikea.

 

Do you like Mario?  Is Mario taking over your house?  Is the Mario theme song running through your head now?  You’re welcome…  And if you have a Mario party, please leave a link in the comments so I can see what you got up to!

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Handmade Invitations

Nano Robot Free

My invitations are handmade.  Yup, I make all the invitations you guys order BY HAND.  No automation or robotic involvement anywhere!  Well, I have the inserts printed by a professional printer, but I make all the pockets and add the rhinestones and whatnot by hand.

Modern Wedding Invitation Suite | Wedding Pocketfold Invitation | Pink Wedding | Destination Wedding | Save the Date | Wedding Stationery | Glam Wedding
I assembled this beauty myself. We bonded. Well, I held it while it bonded… with glue.

Modern Butterfly Wedding Invitation Suite | Wedding Pocketfold Invitation | Pink and Black | Destination Wedding | Save the Date | Wedding Stationery | Spring Wedding

 

Recently I ordered some samples from some other invitation companies, just to see what my competition was doing.  And they were very nice – I have no complaints.  The samples were fine.  Just – fine.  Nice.

However, it was very obvious that these were factory made.  The pockets from the different companies were identical, but assembled in different types of paper.  I found that a bit of a bummer – two different companies, yet the pockets were the same.  They had obviously been purchased from a wholesaler somewhere.

Printing

The ink was printed right onto the cardstock rather than onto blank inserts.  I’m sure this was a cost saving measure… but you definitely get what you pay for, because it didn’t feel very luxe to me.  Basically, all of the samples seemed very “cookie cutter”. as though a line of nano robots were spitting them out assembly line style.  Wow, that’s quite the image, eh?

Nano robots at the water cooler. “Hey, can you fill me in on Game of Thrones last night?” “Well, I can’t remember anybody’s name, but the angry guy got angrier and then there were a bunch of naked ladies…”

Now, I don’t want to slam these – I realize people have different budgets, and for some this may fit within their budget or preferences and that’s fine.  But for those who are like me and just cannot do things like everybody else, I offer my handmade invitations as an alternative.  Because each one goes through my hands, I make sure every single invitation is up to my high standards before shipping it out.  I painstakingly create a tiny reflection of you and your partner to present to your guests while allowing you to be a part of the creative process.  While the inserts are at the printer, I begin to cut the cardstock that will become the handmade pockets and outer wrap.  When everything is back from print I assemble it all myself.  I am a perfectionist and have set a very high standard for myself.  I am very proud of the work that I do and the high quality I provide.

Cardstock Standards

My try to exclusively use Bazzil cardstock when creating my handmade invitations.  If Bazzil isn’t available in a particular color that has been requested (which doesn’t happen often) I will go with another brand that is of the same quality, but it is my favorite cardstock to use because of the thickness, texture and variety.

There is also a huge variety of colors and even certain gold foil patterns that I’m somewhat in love with.  I’m a bit of a paper snob, so this is a topic I should probably write a separate post about.

When planning your next event, I hope you will consider using my invitations.  I really do believe that a beautiful handcrafted invite sets the tone for your wedding.  Contact me for a free sample!

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Invitation Wording – wordify fun

Invitation wording.  This phrase can make even the most calm and collected bride to be start to sweat.  Well, this phrase and the words seating chart.  Before we start the stress, let’s begin with some humor from one of my favorite cats:

 

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I, too, can food anything.

 

So let’s get down to wordifying your invitations, ok?  Coming up with invitation wording can be tricky, because sometimes parents want their names on there, sometimes you are paying for the event yourself and want only you and your fiance’s names to appear.    There isn’t really a “wrong” way to do it these days, unless you forget to include the following:

Who

Who is getting married?  Make sure you put your names on there.  This shouldn’t be too hard unless you’re proofing your invites when you’re totally blotto.  I don’t recommend this.

What

You’ll want to indicate in some way that it’s a wedding invitation and not, say, a bat mitzvah or a Friday night wannabe adult prom.  You can indicate this by saying “at the marriage of their daughter/children” if you are including your parents’ names or, if not, you can write “as they join together in matrimony” or “as they exchange wedding vows”.  There are a bunch of ways you can say this, more than I can write here.  Google is your friend, my peeps.  Since I am not new to wedding invitations, I can help you with this too.

Where

So, where is this beautiful little (or big) shindig happening at?  Include the venue name and address.  If the reception is at a different place, I recommend putting that information on the main invitation too.  Inserts can get lost or fall out in the bustle of the day, and an insert can easily be tucked into a suit jacket pocket.  People are also notorious for being really, really disorganized when it comes to events… so it’s good to put both the ceremony and the reception addresses on the main insert.

This is a great example of my client Erin’s invitation and how she placed both addresses on her invitation without making it look too jumbled up or busy.

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Erin’s calla lily invitation. She’s an invitation wording pro.

And here is Erin’s completed invitation.  Pretty snazzy, eh?

Calla lilly wedding invitation in green and brown. Chantal Claire Collections, www.chantalclaire.com
Erin has great taste. She knew exactly what she wanted color wise, and we worked together to make this little beauty.

When

Make sure you put the time the ceremony begins!  I’ve seen some brides on wedding forums lately stressing over whether to write that the ceremony time starts at 4 when it really begins at 4:30.  As a guest, I would find this annoying.  If it starts at 4:30 I will make sure I get there on time, and to be honest quite often weddings get started a little bit late because of unforeseen snags.  If you have your guests sitting there waiting for 45 minutes, they are going to be really annoyed – especially if the venue is too hot or too cold.  Please trust that they are adults and can get there on time.  Leave the micromanaging to your boss, please.

RSVP Date

Whether it’s on a separate card (which I recommend) or via a wedding website, make sure you have your RSVP deadline clearly stated.  Having said that, also trust that people are going to promptly ignore it, and you’ll have to chase them down.  People are ridiculous with RSVPs for some reason.  It’s not just weddings, I’m finding it with children’s birthday parties and wedding anniversary parties too.  So make sure you have given yourself enough time to chase down the guests who have not responded!  And make sure you have stocked up on wine, chocolate, oreos, episodes of Teen Mom or whatever your poison is to get through the hell that is called RSVP follow up.  Then email me to complain, because Lord knows I feel you.

To card or not to card?

Why do I recommend having an RSVP card?  First, it’s tradition and expected, at least for the older set (like me – sob).

Second, not everybody is computer savvy.  I know it’s hard to believe, but my first girl scout co-leader didn’t even have a cell phone until I basically harassed her into getting one so she could communicate with the service unit and stop making me do all the work – not that I’m bitter or anything.

Now comes the third and most relevant and important reason.  I am barraged by emails and links and things I need to RSVP to for my kids’ school, and it always somehow piles up.  If it comes to me in a paper copy, it’s much easier to just quickly answer it and then pop it in the mailbox when I make my daily trip.  I feel like a website response will become a part of the tech noise I deal with every day – but that may also just be me, I am approximately 12954 billion years old.  Based on the responses I’ve been reading on a few different wedding forums recently, it seems I’m not alone.  However, you do you.  If a website RSVP fits your budget better or your lifestyle, I say go with it.  Any vendor who has a problem with an e-response, or any of your decisions, really, doesn’t deserve your coin.

I will get more in depth with exact invitation wording in another post, but hopefully this gives you a brief overview of what is required.  Happy wordifying!  I’m gonna go food some chocolate now.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

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?

Grey, blue and gold modern wedding invitation. Chantal Claire Collections, www.chantalclaire.com
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!

 

 

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

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Help! I need some somebody!

Why? Why?  Oh God WHY?

A color scheme is important to have during your wedding planning.  It helps to narrow down your choices and to bring everything together in a cohesive manner.  Following a color scheme can make an event go from looking like you picked up some mismatched dollar store finds to hiring an upscale event coordinator, and you’ve basically spent the same amount of money.  If you need some color scheme inspiration, check out my color palette pinterest boards.  I’ve got one for spring and summer themes and another one for fall and winter themes.

Pink, peach and soft blue wedding color scheme. www.chantalclaire.com
Romantic color scheme in “dusty” shades.
Pink and navy blue wedding color scheme. www.chantalclaire.com
Romantic “energetic” color scheme in popping shades.

I need a color scheme and I don’t know where to start

I’ve been seeing this a lot on bridal forums lately.  Brides who are at the beginning of their planning, and feel lost with their color choices.  I get it – there are so many great color pairings out there, and all you have to do is play around on pinterest for a while to have your mind changed twenty times.

The best thing you can do, I’ve found,  is to use descriptive words – don’t focus on big picture right away, but rather descriptive words for your event.  Elegant vs funky, timeless vs modern, traditional vs unique.  Is there anything you absolutely do not want?  If you know you are more of a traditionalist, then you probably won’t want to go with a black and bright pink color scheme.  Love the drama of Hollywood red carpets and want to emulate that excitement at your event?  Then maybe black, red and gold is something you’ll want to lean towards.  If you are using descriptive words like fun and lively for your wedding then maybe something bright like orange and pink are going to be more appropriate.  Descriptive words are the best way in my opinion, after years of doing this, to narrow your focus on the feel of the event you want to have.

Color Connotations

There are probably some color combos you want to avoid because they are associated with certain things.  Be wary of color combinations like red and green because they are Christmas colors, orange and black because of Halloween, pastel purple and yellow because of Easter and black and yellow because you’ll have a bumblebee wedding.  That being said, if that’s what you’re going for then have at it.

Green and pink springtime wedding colors.  www.chantalclaire.com
Springtime colors, more casual theme.
Soft pink, tan and peach wedding color scheme.  www.chantalclaire.com
Springtime colors, more formal theme.

Invitations

Sometimes it’s easier to start by ruling out what you DON’T want.  If you like my designs, but haven’t seen the right colors either on the website or here on the blog, then get in touch and we will work together to come up with the right color scheme for you.  I can show you samples of previous work to give you ideas, and whip up some mockups until we find the right thing.  I don’t charge based on the number of mockups I do, so if it takes twenty tries, it takes twenty tries.  If we get it right after three tries, then that’s awesome too.

It used to be that I had to do a face to face consultation.  But I am no longer living in the dark ages!  With the advent of me not being a lame-o and having a smart phone and ACTUALLY KNOWING HOW TO USE IT (insert the voices of a thousand angels singing here) we can now do scheduled consultations no matter where you are.  So email me and we’ll set something up.

Good luck!  Let me know if you need some direction!

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Move over, Gin Blossoms. It’s Cherry Blossom time.

Cherry Blossoms.

It’s such a delicate and sweet motif for a wedding, or any party.  It’s a traditional theme but not so much that you can’t play with it to add unique and modern elements.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation, www.chantalclaire.com
Contemporary pocket in Cherry Blossom Collection

Make it your own

With our cherry blossom design especially, changing the color scheme really switches up the overall feel of the invitation.  Sticking to the traditional light pink and brown tones gives a whimsical touch, but going darker reminds me of some artwork I’ve seen in the homes of my Chinese friends back in Toronto.

Cherry blossom wedding invitation in red and black, www.chantalclaire.com
Amanda’s black and red theme worked amazingly well with the cherry blossom invitation! I’ll take a world of this, please.
Cherry blossom wedding invitation in purple and white, www.chantalclaire.com
Jeanine was one of my favorite clients to work with. This was her vow renewal, and this insert sat inside a deep purple pocket. It was amazeballs when it was done. Fer serious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine knew she wanted a cherry blossom motif and pink and black as her colors, but wasn’t sure which one she wanted to see more of.  These pictures are a great way to show you some of my process, and also explain better than words how different the same design can look with a color and font change.  These are three mockups I did for her (out of many) and out of all of them we settled on the last.  I actually think they all look great for different reasons, but they definitely do all have a different feel.  Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment and tell me why!

What’s that?  You want to see what other wedding related cherry blossom stuff I’ve found online?  Well, ok then.  But only because you asked, and also only because I’m busy listening to my murderino podcast and am happy to surf the net for you.

Jewelry

cherry blossom earrings
Golden Kiss Jewelry on Etsy – who wants to buy me these?

I think these earrings from GoldenKiss Jewelry on Etsy are adorable.  They come in silver or gold, and at $16+ I think they’re a really good find for the money.  She’s got excellent reviews, so definitely worth checking out.

cherry blossom earrings
Obsessories LA – as good at making jewelry as they are at naming their store. So, pretty darn good.

I think these itty bitty cherry blossom earrings from Obsessories LA are the sweetest little gift you could give your flower girl.  How adorable are they?

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Favors

Ah, the dreaded favors.  I’m partial to anything edible myself, but then again I think being 6590 lbs suits me.  😉  I did a quick search for you and found a few things that I thought were cute and not coo-coo bananas expensive.

cherry blossom oreos
Cherry blossom oreos? Or really, any kind of oreos. Um, yes please!

Omigod oreos.  Cherry blossom oreos.  Omigod.  Like… omigod.  I don’t think I need to say anything else here.

Oh wait, I should probably tell you the store name.  It’s MerryGoSweets on Etsy.  You need to buy stuff from her.  Even if you decide not to get married, you need to buy stuff from her.  And so do I.  Because oreos.  Omigod.

 

 

 

 

cherry blossom coasters
Super cute and unique coasters. Rockin the old school vibe.

A billion years ago when I got married, everybody considered coasters as a wedding favor. I mean, I didn’t, but that’s just because everybody else was doing it and as I’ve said before, if other people are doing it then I suddenly become allergic to it.  Anyway, I saw these and didn’t break out in hives because these are actually really adorable.  There’s no link because honestly, I saved this picture a while ago and then got distracted by the oreos and didn’t save the link.  Bad blogger.

 

 

cherry blossom wine glass
Let’s get blotto, y’all.

The wine glass in the middle with the cherry blossom motif is pretty cute, and is a favor that I think quite a few guests will actually use after your event.  And let’s face it, if many of them are newlyweds themselves, they’ll need to be drinking some vino to get through the first few years of arguments about in-laws, spending, and stop leaving your laundry on the floor the bin is RIGHT THERE can you seriously not see it it’s like two steps away just lift the freakin lid it’s not that hard- oh wait, this suddenly became all about me.  Sorry about that.

 

Yummies for your Tummies

cherry blossom cupcake toppers
Cherry blossom cupcake toppers. Can I go to a bakery and just order the toppers, I wonder? Will they think I’m weird?

This is the deciding factor for me.  Forget everything.  I’m going to throw myself another wedding, and it’s going to have a cherry blossom theme and instead of a cake it’ll have a few thousand cupcakes with these adorbs edible cupcake toppers on them.  My husband is gonna love it.  No, he totally will.  Stop arguing with me.

WicksteadsEatMe on Etsy.  Rad.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that about does it for today’s episode of Chantal Spends Your Money For You.  Thanks for tuning in.

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