Posts Tagged ‘design’

Finally our invitations are printed! We designed them ourselves and were really happy with the way they came out. The RSVP date was the 16th of October. We sent the invitations out on the 17th! The printer we went with didn’t tell us for a week that the paper mill who produced the card we selected had gone bust! You think he would have contacted us straight away. We thought they would be even more delayed due to all the postal strikes we’re having in the UK at the moment but thankfully most people seem to have received them already. We must be the only couple to send out the invites after the RSVP date!



The font came from a great free downloadable font site that I’ve talked about before dafont.com and the background from deviantART.


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This is our front page and it will open up with more info inside. The font is not quite right but you get the general idea!

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Everyone seems to be doing it and initially both my fiancé and I dismissed the phenomenon of the wedding website as a fad. But for other friends wedding I have found myself using their wedding websites to find the location of the wedding, accommodation recommendation and the link to the gift list. It is a handy place to store lots of important information for the wedding so we decided to create a simple site for ourselves.

There are many free wedding website sites with ready made templates which make it easy to set up a site without too much fiddling.

We wanted to make our website a little more personal and so a friend had recommended iWeb to me. Since neither my fiancé and I are technical people I was a bit worried that it would be too tricky and too much effort to get to grips with designing a website. But though I don’t want to sound like an Apple representative, with iWeb it is so easy! It is literally a case of experimenting for a bit and then you just load a template and drag photos onto the page, type your info, choose your font etc. How much you manipulate and personalise the website is up to you.

This is a little preview of part of our website – a work in progress.


There is a fantastic step by step guide on how to create a wedding website using iWeb by Mrs. Cupcake on Wedding Bee.

Also here is how one bride created her own website after reading the how-to on Wedding Bee.


There are some great example of wedding websites out there to give you ideas for your own site







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If you’re thinking of a sweet way of celebrating your families on your wedding day then look no further!



Great idea from Jesse and Deanna’s wedding.

“We wanted to do something to honour our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings and although I loved the images of other weddings with tables filled with framed photos, I’m kind of obsessed with garlands.

To make these, we scanned in each wedding photo (or a photo of each couple from around the time that got married if they didn’t have formal wedding photos taken), cropped them, transformed them all into black and white files, and printed them on glossy photo paper. We then designed the frames in Photoshop and added name plates so that all of our guests would know who they were looking at. We printed the frames on cream card stock and cut out ovals with an exacto knife. We folded the frames in half like a top-folding greeting card and taped the photos to the interior with double-sided tape. We made two loops out of thin rectangles of card stock which we glued to the back of each frame and then threaded pink ribbon through. Since we weren’t allowed to nail or tape anything to the walls of our reception site, we tied the ribbon ends to two lamps that were jutting out from the wall above our beverage table.”

Or how about this layout with photos? Can’t remember the source unfortunately but love the way it looks


I haven’t said much on this blog about the look for the reception but what we what the room to have the feel of an enchanted forest …or something along those lines! My fiancé’s creative Dad is making tree trucks to frame the entrance to the room. I thought it might be a nice idea to copy the wedding photographs of our families, write details of who’s in the picture and wedding dates on the back, laminate them, punch a hole on the top and then attach them to the branches of the tree with ribbon. A REAL family tree!


This is a great idea too from design company Melangerie via Junebug

You could design a traditional family tree in your wedding colours to display to guests or even better how about a wedding guest tree which maps out all of your friends, family and wedding party and how they’re related to you and your fiancé?

I mentioned this idea to my fiancé and he said that Adrian Mole, the hero from Sue Townsend’s series of books, had also drawn his own friends and family tree:


Now I just have to route around for photos of our families weddings…wonder how far back through the generations we can go through?

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Such beautiful cakes!

Wedding cake designer Shinmin Li started baking wedding cakes after training in fine art. It’s not that jarring of a change, if you think about it. Li owns I Dream of Cake in San Francisco, and spends her time obsessing over cake consistency, design details, and whether her clients will eat the finished product.

Here’s some of Shinmin Li’s cakes…




Check out other food videos in the ‘Obsessives’ series at Chow.com

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Fur Coat No Knickers is a shop in London full of gorgeous vintage wedding dresses that they can customize and fit to your size and taste.



These are some of real brides wearing their customised dresses.

This bride choose a beautiful, fluid ivory silk forties dress. F.C.N.K found some marquesite double dress clips which the bride wore in her hair and attached to the dress.


And this bride choose a vintage fifites blush pink dress with organza rosettes. Also custom made for her was a matching veil, topped off with a marquesite double heart brooch.


I love this vintage fifties tulle wedding dress with its gorgeous flower detail.


I plan to visit their shop on Carnaby Street to see if I can find some vintage accessories to go to with my wedding dress.


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The 5th hotel in my search for the perfect hotel for our honeymoon in Paris.



Set in its own garden is the Hotel Particulier Montmartre a 19th-century stucco house.


The five suites are designed by contemporary artists. Fashion curator Olivier Saillard’s room ‘Poems & Hats’ is a nod to Magritte in black and white, with hats for lampshades and a clear glass wall separating the bedroom from the marble-fitted, mosaic-tiled bathroom.


‘Vitrine’ is created by sculptor Philippe Mayaux. This is a sexy room with a cabinet full of highly suggestive blown-glass objects and a large steam room.


An artist’s video shot on the premises runs on the DVD player in your room when you arrive and there are classic movies and art books to borrow from the library downstairs.


23 avenue Junot, Paris
Tel. 00 33 1 53 41 81 40
e-mail: hotelparticulier@orange.fr

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