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March 15, 2013
Make a not-so-perfect room lovely!
If the ballroom where your reception will be held is not your favorite, create a romantic setting by using low lighting and soft linens to hide imperfections and draw your guests’ attention to your tabletops instead of the overall environment. What your guests will remember is sitting at your perfectly decorated, magically lit atmosphere rather than the plain venue.
Enhance your décor with lighting
Everyone looks good in candlelight, so why not create a romantic setting using candlelight on your tables? Candlelight is an inexpensive way to visually take up space without going overboard on wedding decorations. (If you want the effect of candlelight without the flame, consider using flickering LED rechargeable votive batteries).
Be a green bride
If you are looking for ways to have an environmentally friendly wedding, transform your space with green plants and potted trees rather than expensive cut floral arrangements. You can rent plants and potted trees from a florist or greenhouse, or give the plants away as gifts after the wedding.
Share the costs
Is your friend or sister getting married the same year as you? Do you share the same tastes? If so, consider pooling your resources together and purchasing wedding decor, tabletop or centerpiece items that you can both use. For instance, if you need centerpieces for buffet tables, consider purchasing neutral candle holders that can be transformed with different candles and bows at each event, or vases that can be reused.
Make your flowers do double-duty
Transfer the floral arrangements from your ceremony to your reception to save costs. And those beautiful pew bows? Add them to chairs at your reception or to centerpieces for extra flair!
Enjoy the budget-friendly wedding planning ideas!
July 5, 2012
I’m back with even MORE ways to add personal touches to your wedding. If you haven’t already, read up on the first six tips in Monday’s post and then read on here for great ideas.
7. Place cards
For place cards, decorate with a theme that fits your event, whether it be a sunset-colored palette that corresponds with your beach photos as table numbers, or mini envelopes designed to match your menus perfectly.
8. Custom lighting or lettering
Add a custom monogram for your dance floor or love poem to temporarily place over the fireplace mantle in your ballroom. Use floral motifs on the walls of your reception venue or your initials on the dance floor. The lighting options are endless and enhance the environment of your event with that extra personal touch.
9. Invite right
When designing your wedding invitations, it’s important to keep in mind the formality of your event. If you’re hosting a black tie affair, lots of bold color in your invitation might not be right, so spice it up instead with a custom wedding map to guide guests to the ceremony site. Use icons to represent places of importance to you and invite them to share in your experiences. If your event allows for a more playful invitation, design accordingly! Be colorful, be creative, and be unique. Choose layers, designs, pockets, colorful envelopes and more to state your style right.
10. Ceremony service
Writing your own vows will no doubt involve your guests in your experience. But if you’re not comfortable with this, that’s okay too. Bring in a creative element that causes you to interact in other ways. A song sung by your best friend, painting two sides of a heart to connect one another, having each of your bridesmaids and groomsmen light a candle or add to a floral arrangement. Anything that breaks up the formality of a ceremony can bring guests back into the moment and make for an unforgettable experience for the two of you.
A little wedding fashion flair can make a bold statement at your event. Opt for a pair of powder blue shoes under that beautiful ball gown or a purple sash on your dress. Perhaps a monogrammed umbrella, a splash of color somewhere, a hint of personality, or an added unexpected accessory for you or your bridal party. Any of these elements can spice up your event and stand out in the crowd.
12. Entertain while you dine
Photo montages are a popular way to entertain your guests during dinner. Project photos of your courtship, your entire lives, or even a video montage of your travels together. Consider having some fun with it and involve your bridal parties in the taping of such footage, and share the planning process with your loved ones. No matter what you screen, your guests will appreciate that extra something during a sometimes otherwise dull dinner hour.
Are you brimming with creativity now? Good! Start creating your unique wedding, and be sure to tell us all about it with a comment on this post or on our Facebook page.
July 2, 2012
Personalizing your wedding is easier than you think – really! Incorporate some of these ideas in to your ceremony, reception and decor for that personal touch.
1. Personalize your programs
Use this opportunity to have some fun and introduce your guests to the people in your life. Write a brief story about each member of your bridal party in your wedding program. Tell guests how much you appreciate their attendance. Share some fun photos from your engagement session and perhaps tell the story of your engagement. The possibilities are endless. Fill your pages with personal stories and messages to keep your guests entertained while they wait for the magic moment.
2. Favors that you favor
Select a wedding favor that is meaningful to you as a couple. Ensure your guests enjoy and remember your event by selecting something that speaks to you. This doesn’t have to be an object if nothing comes to mind. A donation to a charity close to your heart, or an element of the décor guests can take with them will remind them of the thought you put into your event.
3. Play lists
Whether you’ve got a big band, a club DJ, or an iPod playing your tunes, it’s important to consider the audience at the event, but more so what you and your new husband like. Personalities shine on a dance floor, and when you are comfortable, having fun, and enjoying your genre of music, the party’s energy level will heighten.
If you opt for a traditional wedding cake, order a groom’s cake for your fiancé to enjoy. A southern tradition becoming more popular in other parts of the country, it’s a great way to include the groom. Design something that is perfectly representative of him and he’ll not only appreciate the gesture, but your guests won’t forget it either. If you host a dessert bar, select items from your childhood, the region you wed in, or sweets that are special to you, and involve your guests in every experience and selection you make.
5. Centerpiece and tabletop décor
Consider sourcing your tabletop décor in your own home. Incorporate family napkins, vessels for your flowers from containers in your home, or table runners that belong to your grandparents. Mix in that hint of something personal to an otherwise rented table and your guests will enjoy the connection (and conversation piece.)
6. Table cards
An obvious choice to adapt your reception to fit your style. Name your tables after locations of dates you went on together, of photos of the two of you, or some of your favorite things in life, just about anything that gets people talking and thinking about you.
Come back Thursday for more great ideas for personalizing your wedding!
Enjoy the personal touches!
May 7, 2012
Outdoor weddings gain in popularity every year. And I love seeing the trend move from simply transplanting a formal wedding outside to really incorporating the elements of nature in the entire event. The dresses are more casual (organic cotton, perhaps?). The men wear suits or shirts and khaki pants instead of tuxedos. Rustic touches fill the décor.
Inspired by this trend, I’ve put together “A Wedding in the Woods” look in shades of green and brown to give you ideas for creating a wedding look that’s naturally beautiful. Just look at all the options you have for mixing, matching and coordinating!
Choose an invitation that’s simple and understated but still sets the tone for your wedding. Our Olive Layered Invitation with an espresso bottom layer says “natural elegance” without any unnecessary frills.
Then set to decorating! Use moss, greenery, branches, rough wood and rocks liberally throughout your décor. I love all-green bouquets and arrangements – just fill a tall, simple vase with moss and add in hydrangeas and flowers in other shades of green for a lush, woodsy look. Also use fruit and vegetables like green apples, avocados and artichokes stacked in flared bowls for texture and natural style.
Carry through the natural look with place cards printed with a design that coordinates with your theme (anchor the place cards with pretty rocks if it’s windy outside). If the weather’s warm, provide guests with favor fans attached to natural wooden handles and accented with ribbon, twigs and twine. And use the same accents on your favor boxes for coordination.
Want more woodsy wedding tips? Tune in Wednesday for Part 2. I guarantee you’ll love the inspiration!
Enjoy creating a natural look!
July 29, 2011
At Jean M, we’re as concerned about the environment as you are, and we believe that “green” weddings — no matter what your wedding color — are beautiful!
You’ll be happy to know that most of our papers are made from 30% post-consumer fibers from certified production facilities. So you’ll be able to send a Jean M wedding invitation ensemble, including wedding invitations, enclosures and envelopes, that captures your wedding colors and your style while also letting you rest easy that you’re doing your part to protect our environment.
Here are some of the beautiful examples made from recycled paper — just look at all this environmentally friendly, gorgeous color!
Looking for more ways to “go green” at your wedding? Check out some of my favorite tips!
• Celebrate your wedding in a natural environment like your backyard, in a vineyard or at a park. You’ll have built-in ambience and décor, reducing the need for lots of decorations and wasteful materials.
• Give “green” favors like seed packets printed with a cute verse and accented with ribbon, or bulbs or tiny trees wrapped in recycled favor bags.
• Use potted plants, trees and shrubs as ceremony and reception decorations. Plant them in your own yard after the wedding, or give them away as gifts at the end of your celebration.
• Use fresh fruits as centerpieces and they can double as favors. For example, use large vases of apples for a fall wedding and invite guests to take an apple as a favor with cards printed with “Enjoy!”
• Make a donation to your favorite charity in lieu of favors but remember to have a few recycled paper donation cards (our Jean M reception cards are perfect for this purpose!) printed for each table to not that you’ve donated in guests’ honor. Dress up your donation cards with rhinestones and ribbons for a pretty look. Also ask that guests make donations to your favorite charity in lieu of gifts.
Here are a few more…
• Collect wedding programs, place cards and menu at the end of your celebration for recycling.
• Environmentally friendly transportation is thoughtful and will always be remembered. You and your husband could arrive and leave in a horse-drawn carriage, an electric car or even on a tandem bicycle.
• Borrow items such as your jewelry and veil rather than buying them. Have your dress made from organic cotton or silk, or buy a vintage gown and have it altered. And choose dresses your bridesmaids will actually wear again.
• Donate leftovers to your local homeless shelter.
By making wise choices and spending your budget on eco-friendly products and services, you’ll have a beautiful wedding AND make a difference to our planet!
July 12, 2010
Jean M, we’re all about giving you wedding reception decoration ideas and
providing you with versatile items you can customize to your unique wedding
talk about versatile — our flared glass bowls are just waiting for you to add your creative touches and turn them into
centerpieces, containers for your candy buffet, candle holders, fruit displays and
ideas? Check out these beautiful options and start creating a custom look with
our vases for your wedding!
Its striking shape and clean lines make our flared, clear glass bowl
the perfect centerpiece and decoration.
Fill the bowl with decorative sand and add a candle to keep it stable for outdoor weddings. A few fresh flowers
make the look fresh and pretty.
Nothing makes a simpler or more effective centerpiece than a bowl filled with
fresh fruit in colors that match your wedding! Choose lemons for summer, green
apples for spring and pears and grapes for a harvest theme.
The flared glass bowl is the perfect container for floating candles. It's shallow and wide and will
hold several candles for the perfect twinkle.
Flowers, of course! Float roses, carnations, gardenias, lilies or other flowers
for a simple and elegant centerpiece.
March 26, 2010
been imagining summer weddings lately, and oh, the visions we’ve had! Here’s
one we can’t wait to share with you — bold, bright yellow to match the sunshine
and crisp navy to mirror the sky (or the sea, depending on your location)!
put together a Color Story in Sunshine Summer yellow and navy to give you ideas
for creating a wedding look that’s bright and beautiful. Just look at all the
options you have for mixing, matching and coordinating!
Choose an invitation that lets you play with color — our “Jade” custom layered wedding invitation is perfect for our look, with a midnight bottom layer and canary ribbon, and personalize with your choice of 2 ink colors, any fonts, and a monogram or design.
When all else is full of color, give the eyes a rest with a clear custom acrylic
engraved with your monogram or design.
Show your bright, contemporary style with our Yellow Modern Wedding Invitation
The bright, sunshiny days of summer means your guests will need to keep cool. Custom fan programs in midnight paper and tied with canary ribbon will do the trick.
A beautifully decorated cupcake for dessert couldn’t be more playful or fun for
guests. Present yours on a filigree porcelain plate
and add a favor tag
for a favor (and dessert!) with a personal touch. Personalize your favor tags with the monogram or design and ink color of choice.
Ah, refreshing! Serve lemony drinks along with personalized coasters
for a fun cocktail hour.
Go simple with centerpieces — what’s sunnier than a pyramid of lemons in a flared
With a save the date card this bright and attention-getting, what guests
wouldn’t mark their calendars immediately? Our Yellow Modern Save the Date is perfect for your fresh wedding.
Add some bling to your look with a rhinestone tiara and mimic the sparkle of the sunshine!
Cocktail hour just got more fashionable — serve custom drinks in personalized stemless
glasses for unique toasts.
Go bold with your ceremony look! Our Create Your Look flower basket
lets you choose two ribbon colors for a totally custom creation.
Sunny, goldenrod-yellow napkins
are the perfect finishing touch to your reception.
March 19, 2010
Make a big, romantic statement at your ceremony and reception with these brand new treasures —lavish, chiffon and velvet roses! They’re available in white and ivory to coordinate with your wedding style and have so many beautiful uses. Tie your rings to a rose for a unique presentation during your ceremony. What a great alternative to a ring pillow!
Have your bridesmaids carry the roses instead of bouquets. The roses are 12” in diameter and have a 4½” long “stem” handle to make carrying easy. They’ll be lovely keepsakes of your wedding, too!
Accent your chairs at the head table with the roses for a beautiful look and a great way to mark honored seating. Also mark special pews or chairs at your ceremony with the roses.
March 17, 2010
Patrick’s Day and you’re in luck — just look at all the green wedding color
possibilities you can discover at Jean M! Green is a beautiful wedding theme —
choose one hue and accent with pastels, jewel tones or a neutral like black or
brown, or create an event that’s as unique as you are with varying shades of
together a Color Story in Shades of Green to give you ideas for creating a
wedding look that’s fresh and beautiful. Just look at all the options you have
for mixing, matching and coordinating!
don’t forget — Jean M is also environmentally green! Most of our papers are
made from 30% post-consumer fibers and our inks are environmentally friendly,
beautiful green look right from the start with invitations AND envelopes!
Our “Jenna” custom layered wedding invitations let you choose two paper layers and two envelope colors.
2.You can create a
green to each place setting with stylish, round menu cards
in olive paper. We printed ours in espresso ink for a classy, natural
3.Add a bit o’
Almost as many shades of green as the great outdoors! Our sage, mint and lawn
green napkins make a beautiful accent to your wedding reception, especially with printed with
a design that coordinates with your wedding theme.
Create a beautiful memorial at your ceremony with a personalized memorial
candle. White ribbon is included, but you can purchase any ribbon
color for accenting.
13-15. What’s YOUR color green? Jean M has
three green paper colors to choose from to match your style perfectly. Mix and match for a custom look.
17-23. What’s the perfect finishing touch to
favor, gift or decoration?
Ribbon, of course! Jean M has so many ribbon styles to choose from and in great shades
of green, too, to make your accenting a breeze.
25. Personalized CD labels make your CD favors to guests even more personal. Choose green ink for printing
these labels with a beautiful floral pattern.
26. Go bright and bold with margarita
favor boxes. Your guests won’t be able to resist the treats you tuck inside!
March 12, 2010
We’re still star-struck by the
Oscars on Sunday! The lights, the glitz, the glamour — everything got us
thinking of a beautiful wedding theme based on Oscar gold and classic details.
Here, we’ve put together an “Old
Hollywood” theme in shades of gold, black and cream to get you inspired. Just
look at all the options you have for mixing, matching and coordinating!
- Lots of
candlelight will reflect the sparkle in your eyes and mimic the glow of
paparazzi flashbulbs, so use candles
liberally throughout your wedding! We added a floating candle to our flared glass bowl
and strung it with strands of pearls for a simple but very rich look.
- The envelope,
please…our “Bridget” custom pocket wedding invitation
is worthy of your award-winning wedding look! Choose gold shimmer paper
and black ribbon to accent the black and cream pocket. Black envelopes are
a dramatic touch.
- Make guests feel
like winners by giving them gold shimmer favor boxes
filled with delicious treats. Tie with “sandcastle” gold silky weave ribbon
and add a feather plume for drama.
- The best-dressed
award will go to…your favors! These cute, black tuxedo favor boxes
and cream gown favor boxes
are a fun and unique way to present guests with a sweet treat. And, attach a couple pearl add-ons for an extra luxurious touch.
- Coordinating enclosure cards for our “Bridget” invitation
will make your stationery ensemble stand out from the crowd.
- Pearls, pearl glaze and
touches of gold accent this couple cake topper figurine — a beautiful statue of your own to remind you of your wedding for years
- Two-piece favor boxes in glistening, gold
shimmer are perfect for presenting favor goodies to your supporting cast — your
- Help guests find
their seats easily with place cards
lined up at a table outside the reception entrance. Accent the table with
a dramatic floral arrangement in our personalized rectangular vase
— don’t be afraid to add in satin roses and feathers!
- For toasts
worthy of your big event, choose regal glassware, like these modern flutes
engraved with your monogram.
- Announce your winning dinner menu on
stylish, black menu cards
printed in gleaming, gold lettering.
13. Give your walk down the red carpet —
oops! we mean the aisle! — a designer touch with this ecru pleated chiffon
And make your guest registry elegant with the matching ecru pleated chiffon
14. Look and feel like Hollywood royalty by
wearing a sparkling wedding tiara
for the day!
15. Our large, floral-embossed, ecru favor
boxes feature a clear window in the lid to let guests see the special treats
inside. The boxes are perfect for sending guests home with a special treat at
the end of the reception.