decor at BHLDN

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Loving the inspiring new decor shop at BHLDN

All wrapped up!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

fabric gift wrap ideas

I’m so happy to have a special guest blogger here today. Brittany started working with Merriment last year as an intern and continues to assist on event days. When she said she’d be interested in guest blogging, I took her up on it immediately, of course! Hoping to see much more of her around here. Today she has a great gift wrapping idea just in time for Mother’s Day.

fabric gift wrap ideas

I love the idea of using fabric for wrapping gifts. Not only is it clever and eco-friendly, it can be two gifts in one if you use tea towels or a vintage scarf. To secure the ends, tie them in a simple knot or secure them with a cute pin, button, or pretty ribbon to give the package an extra special touch. Also see more wrapping techniques here. Add a personal element to your wedding by wrapping small favor boxes in monogrammed cloth napkins or vintage fabric scraps.

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images: 1 Photograph by Joseph De Leo for Handmade Weddings via The Haystack Needle; 2 and 5 Studiopatro Tea Towels; 3 and 4 fabric wrap by Chewing the Cud via Oh Joy!

be still my heart…mr. boddington’s studio on paperless post

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Oh, how I do love Mr. Boddington’s Studio. I’m just over the moon seeing Mr. Boddington’s young nephew on Paperless Post.

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all invitations designed by mr. boddington’s studio for paperless post

escort cards that do double duty

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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photos:1- Cookie escort cards featured in Nonpareil Magazine & designed by Maddy Hague; 2 – Escort card buttons designed by May+Bell Calligraphy at Kathryn’s wedding photographed by Elizabeth Messina; 3 & 4 – Match box favor/escort cards and Mint Lemonade escort cards via Martha Stewart

Menu card inspiration

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

There are as many ways to present menu cards as there are ways to design receptions. Below are a few ways from classic to modern, casual to formal.

Traditionally, the bride and groom’s name or duogram and the date of the wedding appear at the top of the card, then the menu follows with wine either noted alongside courses or at the bottom of the card. The menu card usually matches the place card, both in the stock of the paper it’s printed on and possibly with the repetition of a motif or monogram (see Kathryn’s invitation below — she used the wreath motif throughout her wedding on printed materials).

Although menus can be shared, they usually go on each place setting, and can double as place cards. In that instance, the guest’s name would be hand calligraphed or printed at the top of the menu (see Kathyrn’s menu for an example).

When outdoors, it’s best to have the menu tucked into a folded napkin or secured in another way so it’s not picked up by the wind.

classic wedding menu

A classic menu that uses a mix of calligraphy and type, for a rehearsal dinner featured on Snippet and Ink and photographed by Kristen Loken.

calligraphy wedding menu

A modern calligraphed menu, photographed by Karen Mordechai, by Betsy Dunlap for Sunday Suppers.

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Kathryn’s classic wedding menu, photographed by Elizabeth Messina, used the wreath motif that appeared on many printed goods at her wedding. Her menu cards also doubled as place cards — guests’ names were calligraphed by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls at the top of each card.

casual wedding menu

A casual wedding menu photographed by Suzanne Christine Photography and featured on Martha Stewart Weddings. The bride and groom used a repetitive stamp motif on their day-of paper goods.

casual wedding menu

This menu, photographed by Timothy K. Lee and originally featured on MSW, doubled as a napkin band — a great solution for an outdoor event!

monogram etiquette

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

wedding monogram

Monograms are a staple in the south. You’ll see them on cars (yes, cars), pillow cases, embroidered cocktail napkins, and, of course, at weddings. But, did you know that it is a breech of etiquette to use a “duo-gram” (a monogram that uses the bride and groom’s first name initials and the initial of his last name) on any printed materials prior to your marriage? A duo-gram should be reserved for printed materials following the ceremony (cocktail napkins at the reception, like above, or thank you notes). If you’d like to use a monogram on your invitation or programs, it is most appropriate to use the initials of the bride and groom’s first names (see the wooden stirrer above for an example).

photo by Melissa Musgrove via Martha Stewart Weddings

banner day

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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photos: 1- via Martha Stewart; 2- programs by Bird & Banner featured in Martha Stewart via Invitation Crush; 3- Weather balloon sign by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day; 4- Letterpress cards by Seesaw Designs via Paper Crave; 5- Banner via Green Wedding Shoes photographed by Ali Degraff Photography}

illustrated wedding details

Monday, March 7th, 2011

illustrated wedding programs

There’s nothing quite as personal & meaningful as a hand drawn wedding detail…

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photos: Katie’s programs originally featured here, photographed by Cooper Carras; Program by Anna Bond of Rifle Design; Doodle Cake by My Sweet and Saucy; Illustration by Paperfinger via Wedding Invite Love

geometric

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

geometric

Loving all of the geometric prints and patterns I’ve been seeing lately — contemporary with a little retro throw back, perfect for a modern bride & a modern wedding.

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{1 – diamond print; 2 + 3 Geometric Prints by Graphic Nothing via print & pattern; 4 – rug; 5 – book Geometric: Graphic Art and Pattern via Creative Review; 6 – Alphabet print by Tim Fishlock via Black*Eiffel; 7 – Geometric Garland via Loveology; 8 – Cake via Martha Stewart Weddings; 9 – Invitation by Lizzy B Loves; 10 – Dwell invitation at Wedding Paper Divas; 11 – Anna Gardner invitation at Minted}