Monday, July 26, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Beach Weddings

I have beach on the brain - I'm finally going to get to the beach and put my toes in the sand this week and I'm working on some very pretty beach inspired reception stationery for a very sweet bride.
Photo Credits: Row 1 - left, middle, right; Row 2 - left, middle, right; Row 3 - left, middle, right; Row 4- left, middle, right
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eat, Drink & Be Married Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Anyone who knows me knows that this couple, Vicki and Ed, are near and dear to my heart. Vicki is my sister, and Ed is my long awaited brother-in-law. I wanted to share their rehearsal dinner invitations with you, since I think they turned out super cute (if I don't say so myself). I'm going to be listing them in my Etsy Shop in the near future if you are interested in them. Or you can contact me!
The invitations were printed on 120lb felt wave textured card stock. It's one of my favorite stocks, I love the way it feels (and smells...I know, I'm weird).

And of course, I printed the envelopes to match!
I also have wedding invitations and other stationery and DIY projects to share from their beautiful wedding day, just waiting on the professional pics.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On a Personal Note...

How about these HUGE cucumbers that I grew in my garden with my own two hands?!?! I'm pretty proud of them, and they are delicious! I made cucumber salad with two of them, I'd post the recipe if I thought it was good, but I wasn't a fan. So, I'm in search of a good cucumber salad recipe, preferably without sugar. Please comment if you have one to share! I've got lots more growing in the garden.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Etiquette & Advice: Wedding Programs - 5 Things You Should Know

I often find my brides get stumped when it comes to designing their wedding programs. So, I made a list of my top 5 FAQ's regarding wedding programs and the answers! 

1. How many programs should I order?  The general rule of thumb is 75% of your guest list. Most men won't take one, their wives/girlfriends/dates will, so you won't need one per person. And don't forget to put a few aside for keepsakes! 
2. What goes into the wedding program? You want to be sure to include your names, date, time and where the ceremony is taking place. Be sure to include a ceremony portion, so your guests can follow along. And of course, you'll want to let everyone know who is in your wedding party. Most of my brides like to include a thank you to their guests for their love and support. And they usually include a remembrance for loved ones who have passed.
3. What's included in the wedding ceremony? This depends on your religion and if your ceremony is in a place of worship or not. Your officiant will be able to confirm the order of your ceremony with you. Most of my brides like to include any readings and music that will be part of their ceremony.

4. How can I make the wedding program unique? Just a few ideas...
  • You can include a poem or song lyrics that are special to you as a couple.
  • I've done wedding programs where the bride included a "On This Day in History" page to the program.
  • I've also had the couple include a story of how they met and fell in love. 
  • You could include photos of your wedding party and/or a short explanation of their relationship to the bride or groom.
5. When should I order my custom wedding programs?  Ideally, you'll want to start the program design process two months prior to your wedding. It usually takes a few drafts to get each page/section perfect. Also keep in mind that some places of worship require that they approve your wedding program. In my experience, they are often slow to give the approval, so you want to make sure you have a cushion of time in there. And if the programs are hand assembled, you'll want to give your stationer time to order materials, print and assemble.

I hope that helped clear things up a bit!!
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Bridesmaid or Thank You Card Giveaway: And the Winner is...!!!

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the contest.

There were 36 entries total. I used a Random Integer Generator to pick the winner, and ...

the winner is...NUMBER 5!!

Number 5 belongs to Dawn Sollitto!! Dawn Sollitto said..."I like the Sparkling Damask Wedding Invitation pretty!"

Thank you and congratulations Dawn!! I'll be emailing you today to find out which cards you would like and how you would like to personalize them. :)

I'll be back to regular posting tomorrow!!
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's a Giveaway! Bridesmaid Cards or Thank You Cards!!

I think it's time to spice things up around here with a giveaway! You can choose either:

A set of 8 Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards (customized with your colors and wording)


A set of 8 Damask Monogrammed Thank You Cards (customized with your colors and monogram)

 Entering is easy!
Visit my website or Etsy Shop (or both!) and pick out your favorite product. Come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item...that's it! Easy Peasy!

You can also do one or all of the following for additional entries. Please comment in a separate post for each task you complete.

1. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this contest. Comment with your tweet.
2. Become a fan of Designed By M.E. Stationery on Facebook. Leave a comment.
3. Blog about this contest. Comment with a link to the blog post.
4. Follow this blog.

The contest ends on Friday, July 16th at 11:59 EST and is open to USA & Canadian Residents. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 20th. 

Anyone who enters the contest will be entitled to free shipping on stationery purchased by August 31, 2010.

Good luck!!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Pink, Green & Yellow

Photo Credits: Top Row: left, center, right; Middle Row: left, center, right; Bottom Row: left, center, right

Don't forget to visit tomorrow...I'm having a give away!!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010


Postings have been light around here. I've been doing a lot of this...

and a little of that...

I hope you got to do a little of this and that too!

I also want to announce the exciting news...I'm having a giveaway on Tuesday!! Stay tuned!
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