Many couples when they think about their relationships, realize that music played an important part in their courtship. They first slow dance to a love song or the first concert they went to for their favorite band. Or dedicated a song on the radio to their sweetie. Or bought each other CDs to share their music with each other. So it makes perfect sense that many would choose a music theme to totally rock out with their invitations and Save the Dates. That’s why Kim and Daryl choose a music themed wedding and carried that theme throughout all of their stationery pieces.

Music Theme Wedding

Wedding Invitation:
Custom designed guitar design on cream linen paper

Escort Cards:
Custom designed concert ticket stub with individual guest names and table numbers

Ceremony Program:
Custom designed Z-fold card with guitar design

Table Numbers:
Custom table numbers using the couple’s favorite songs

Gift Favors:
Custom sticker labels for CD

Posters:
Custom concert style posters to display at venue

Photography by: Norman Yu Photography


Its fun to attend an engagement or housewarming party. You want to give the happy couple something special to celebrate their joy, whether it is a new engagement or a new home. But while most of us know the best gift is unique, fun and personalized, this type of gift can be hard to find. At WoodInk, you’ll find customized cutting boards, to add a touch of charm and whimsy to any kitchen. It is the ideal gift for the happy couple.

The best thing about giving a customized cutting board from WoodInk is that they will remember you each time they use it. It is also perfect for entertaining. Most hosts need to hide their cutting board when they get ready for a party. But with a unique cutting board like this, you simply cant resist showing it off a bit!

Try a Personalized Carving Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board. It is 12” x 16” and has hearts all over it. In the center, one heart has the couple’s names etched in, as if carved in a tree. Sweet and romantic, it is the ideal choice for an engaged couple celebrating their engagement party.

Personalized Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board - 12x16 - custom Mother's Day wedding or anniversary gift for foodie couple

Or try this charming cutting board, especially for a sweet and old fashioned couple. The Personalized Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board shows a tree with a swing hanging from one of its limbs. The tree has a heart carved on it, with the couple’s first initials. A very sweet, old fashioned and romantic cutting board!

Personalized Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board - 12x16 - Mother's Day - custom wedding or anniversary gift for foodie couple


Date Night on a Wedding Budget

One challenge many couples face, yet few talk about is while budgeting for the wedding it can actually be hard to enjoy a traditional date night. If you are the couple who enjoys going out on the town, this can be frustrating to adjust to. But there are some things you can do to make date night special – without breaking your wedding day budget. Don’t miss out on date night, try a few of our tips for a fun & romantic time!

The secret is in the planning. When your budget for date night is cut by a half or even two thirds, you know you wont be able to enjoy some of the things you are used to doing all the time. But the secret to having a fun & romantic time is in the planning. It is easy to say “I don’t have the time to plan” when you know you are busy with work, wedding planning and family obligations – but you deserve a fun date night. Once you get into the routine of planning date night, it will get easier and easier to do.

Sign up for Groupon, LivingSocial & other “deals” sites in your area.
While not every deal is going to appeal to you, sometimes you’ll find a deal that is perfect for a fun date night. If you are the couple who loves to try new restaurants or activities, this is especially a great choice for you. Ask friends and family if there are deals sites they recommend, and check in with each other if you have deals you have not cashed in. It might surprise you, but some actually buy the deals and then don’t go to the restaurant or for the couples’ massage. Your friends and family might be happy to give you deals – or have you buy them off them – when they would otherwise go to waste.

Look into your dating history for fun dates.
For most of us, some of our best dates were not the most glamorous, but were ones where we really connected with each other. That picnic in the park or barbecue over the weekend with friends. Try to relieve some of your best dates, going on another picnic or holding a barbecue with some of the same friends and inviting new ones.

Some couples like to try new things and others like to do favorite activities again and again.
Figuring out what you like best will help you plan the best dates. Talk to your sweetie about what you want to do on date night, and try to plan a few in advance. Consider having him plan one and then she plans one. Work with your personalities, if you are the competitive types then challenge each other to stick to a budget of $100 (or another budget) and the person with the best date wins. Or plan dates with activity challenges, like participating in 5k’s or other fun events.

Need more ideas? Check out these links for more fun dates:

Date Night Ideas Under $15

10 Budget date night ideas

20 Pocket-Change Date Night Ideas


Nothing could be more fun and romantic than a destination wedding. So of course you want to announce it in a grand style, with Baording Pass wedding invitations and luggage tag Save the Dates that let everyone know what celebration to expect!

My Starfish Destination Wedding Invitations have matching Luggage Tag “Save the Dates,” easily giving brides that complimenting look they love. With DIY invitations and “Save the Dates” you can help save on the bottom line for your budget – all while finding invitations and accessories you’ll love.

Custom Save The Date Wedding Luggage Tags

The “Save the Date” Luggage Tags remind everyone that for a destination wedding, they’ll be packing a suitcase and boarding a plane to somewhere sunny and exotic to see you and your sweetie exchange vows. Best of all, the luggage tag gives you a standout look that will easily get noticed. Family and friends will be sure to remark on their unique style and the fun theme.

For more information and to order, please visit:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/80393617/15-custom-save-the-date-wedding-luggage?

Wedding Invitation Boarding Pass

Wedding Invitation Boarding Pass

For your Wedding Invitations I have created a design based on an actual design of a boarding pass, continuing the travel theme. In this DIY invitation suite you’ll find the Main Invitation Design, RSVP Reply Card and an Accommodations Card. It is easy to give your guests all of the information they’ll need to enjoy your destination wedding.

For more information and to order, please visit:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/110602549/diy-beach-and-starfish-destination


Planning a spring wedding? One of the challenges brides face is finding that “perfect” wedding favor. Fortunately there are some great wedding favors that are simply perfect for spring. Here are a few of my favorites:

Flower seeds.
Flowers or a plant are a great choice for a spring wedding. This is also an eco-friendly choice for a couple to make for their spring wedding favor. Try Forget Me Not flower seeds for a sweet and romantic choice. Ask your local gardening store for recommendations for flower seeds and plants or visit Recycled Ideas on Etsy.

Fans are another fun choice. Best of all, with this favor, guests can fan themselves if it is a too hot spring day, which can occur. Fans are bright and colorful and many brides like this fun favor choice. Check out Bon Fortune on Etsy for more great ideas!

Tea themed favors are another great spring choice.
Those who love ice tea traditionally make it from brewed tea for a refreshing spring drink. You could use great tea favors including ice tea spoons, teas, teacups and tea strainers. ArtfulTea on Etsy has a wonderful selection of luxury loose leaf tea that would make great favors.

Donation to charity.
This is a choice many brides are choosing. For spring brides, you can also choose a charity that compliments the season. Consider Habitat for Humanity, who often starts building homes during the spring season in many communities. Or sponsor a local little league team or other children’s sport team. Or donate funds to a local botanical society or zoo (many baby animals are born in the spring.) For more information on charity donations visit: https://www.idofoundation.org


Looking at Kim & Jose’s wedding invitations, you can see they are a combination of both vintage and modern styles. Just as marriage brings two people together, Kim & Jose wanted their wedding invitations to have an Art Deco style but to be both vintage and also modern. They were wed in Miami and wanted wedding invitations that complimented their wedding theme and style of their celebration.

This vintage Art Deco style is a favorite wedding trend for 2013. Couples are choosing this wedding trend because it is both elegant and romantic. It offers a touch of old fashioned glamor but also speaks to today’s sophistication. “The Jazz Age” of the 1920′s was a time when many enjoyed parties and entertaining, and nothing was more beautiful than a wedding.

Its easy to understand why couples would want to blend both vintage and modern styles if they can. There are many beautiful design styles that are vintage, but speak better to today’s couple with a few modern “tweaks.”

Every couple can customize their wedding invitations this way, using both vintage and modern touches. Here are a few suggestions to add modern appeal to lovely vintage style:

Update the color palate.
Many brides notice the colors go “in” and “out” of style in beauty, fashion & home trends. To modernize a vintage look, consider updating some of the colors in your wedding invitations.

Change the images.
Vintage images are charming, but sometimes they don’t speak to our modern world. I can look at vintage images you like and create a similar image with an updated look.

Rewrite the language.
Wedding invitations for today’s couples are often worded differently than they were for brides in years gone by. Even slightly changing the language can make your wedding invitations look more updated.

Less is more.
Just as Kim & Jose chose a sleek & elegant look, many couples prefer an uncluttered look to their wedding invitation. Design styles have changed over the years and wedding invitations created now have more “white space” so guests can enjoy the design, not feel that images and words are too crowded on an invitation.