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Wedding Invitation Keepsake Book

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Wedding Invitation Keepsake Books are a hot new trend in weddings this season. They are great for styling your photos, as well as, preserving and displaying your wedding invitation in a unique way.

Trends come and go with each season, and will naturally evolve over time. However, here at Blue Sky Papers and ClaireMagonlia (our sister brand) we are committed to creating timeless products. Like, journals, albums, vow books and more to serve as family heirlooms, to be passed down from one generation to the next. Standing the test of time and its endless changing trends.

The wedding industry is always recycling old fads, as well as creating new ones with each wedding season. One trend we have noticed this season is the rise of the Wedding Invitation Keepsake Book.Wedding-Invitation-Keepsake

Couples are using custom invitation books to complete their wedding suites to send out to each of their guest. We have been working with invitation/stationery studios to create seamless designs that flows with the over all esthetic of the weddings for each of our couples.

We offer a variety of fabrics, ribbons and colors for customization for our brides to choose from. As well as, the options for personalization and custom foil embossing on each invitation book.

Below are a few of our recent Wedding Invitation Keepsake Book designs from this year. Like we mentioned, all of these designs are custom made, and made to order. If a custom Wedding Invitation Keepsake Book is something that you are interested in for your own wedding or client, please reach out to us for more information on our designs and process. Email us at : Service@blueskypapers.com tag line :: Custom Project or custom Wedding Invitation Keepsake Book!Wedding-Invitation-Keepsake

[ Sea satin silk cover // lined with navy paper // custom dye gold foil embossing // invitation mounted on the inside]

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[ custom dye with blind embossing // rustic leather cover with center leather cord // wedding invitation + weekend itinerary sewn in ]

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[ grey velvet cover // blind embossment // dark green paper lining //invitation mounted on the inside ]

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[ natural linen cover // custom dye gold foil embossment // soft pink ribbon ties // invitation mounted on the inside]

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[grey linen cover // custom dye with copper foil embossment // ribbon corners with pocket for invitation]

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[saddle leather cover with white silk ribbon ties // custom dye with gold foil embossment // invitation mounted on the inside with side pocket]

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[dark grey linen cover // custom dye with gold foil embossment // purple velvet ribbon tabs // invitation mounted on the inside]

 

Wedding Advice and Tips for Planning a Small Wedding

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

As a newlywed, I am here to share with you a few tips and things I learned while planning my wedding this past year. I have no doubt that you are receiving A LOT of (unsolicited) Wedding Advice from everyone and their mother, and now me too! Specifically, though, I’m talking, Tips for Planning a Small Wedding that is what your dreams are made of! (Because our wedding day was more than I could have ever dreamed up!)

First off, if you’re reading this post, chances are that you’re recently engaged or maybe you’re smack dab in the middle of planning your wedding already, either way- CONGRATS And ENJOY this special time in your life. It will fly by before you know it. My first piece of advice for you is to fit the word fiancé into the conversation as much as possible before the big day!

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Wedding planning is fun, but also is met with many emotions and decisions to make in its process. So, let’s all just take a big deep breath and remember WHY you’re getting married in the first place! Now, keep this WHY at the front of your mind and at the center of your entire wedding planning process. This day is all about celebrating you two and your love for one another. So, no matter what, keep it about you two, and how you two want things to be as you start your new married life!

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So that leads me to tip number one in wedding planning,

Don’t Follow “The Rules”.

It won’t make you any happier and will cause you to spend money on things that do not really matter to you. You will hear “you’re supposed to blah blah blah…” or “Usually, at weddings people blah blah blah…” or “ At my wedding blah blah blah” (…you get the point) a thousand times through out planning your wedding but do not let any of that (not even me/this article ;P) pressure you into anything you do not want to include or exclude on your day.

Every bride is different and every wedding will be different too. While each family, religion and culture have their own traditions, when it comes to weddings, it is okay to choose which ones fit you and your partner, and it’s even more okay to add in some new traditions too. Wedding talk is fun and it’s (sometimes) helpful to get advice from loved ones, but don’t let the guilt from mom or grandma not getting their way on this day get to you. Your wedding day is to celebrate your new family union, so start day one off on your own rules!

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My husband and I got engaged and married in Iceland. We skipped the traditional American wedding cake and opted for a traditional Icelandic cake, Kransekake, literally meaning wreath cake . We kept, the tradition of feeding each other, but this cake is more like a hard cookie, so there was no smashing it in each other’s faces!

Set a budget. Stick to it. Get creative and compromise where you can.

Even Planning a Small Wedding can be the most expensive day in your life and it all adds up quickly! I suggest shopping around for venues first. Check out some dream spots and more ‘realistic’ options as well. This way you can get a general idea of what is on the market and how much it cost you.

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From there, prioritize what other aspects of the wedding is important to you and your partner and budget accordingly. For Chris and I, the venue (as far as look/location) wasn’t as important to us as photography, food (we didn’t want buffet style) and alcohol. For example, we saved A LOT of money by having our wedding outdoors (free) and finding a super swanky hostel (KEX ) for the reception venue. I know it sounds strange to have a reception at a hostel, but it was actually one of the coolest venues we found (aesthetically speaking). AND we saved so much money on the space, that we we’re able to have a private room with a sit down + served dinner (from one on the best chefs in Iceland). This all goes back to tip one, break the “rules”. There is no need for a fancy, over priced, wedding venue if that’s not where you want to spend a large chunk of your money. I suggest checking out confernce spaces and private rooms at resurants, hostels and office buildings that are trypically used for meetings or smaller gatherings.

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{our wedding reception at KEX Hostel in Iceland}

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We also saved a lot by making my own (fake) bouquet, which I did months in advance, packed in my suitcase and now I can keep it forever. As well as, by asking a friend to play dj with a Spotify playlist we created, sending out evites like these from Paperless Post in lieu of traditional invites and doing my own hair and makeup (with help from my sisters and friends). These things alone saving us thousands of dollars, allowing us to splurge elsewhere, like on my Rue De Seine gown and our two week honeymoon. So stick to that budget, but you have got to get creative and make it spread. Only spending money on things that REALLY matter to you!

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Breaking tradition AND saving money, creating an evite for the wedding just seemed like the most practical thing for us. We only had about 20 guests coming and couldn’t justify the time and money going into sending out physical wedding invitations (that would realistically get thrown out). Making these Paperless Post evites we’re super quick and easy, AND I was able to find a design that matched our theme PERFECTLY. Bonus is, if you’re like myself, with mothers who want a physical invite, you can get some printed JUST for them!

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{You can check out the evite in action, here!}

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan and get things done.

Seriously. And this is coming from a queen of procrastination. Not only will it make your wedding week/day (more) stressful and chaotic, waiting to plan or take care of things will most likely cost you extra money too. If there was anything that I learned in my 5 years of teaching elementary school, it was that as much as I hated the time consuming act of lesson planning, in the middle of chaos with 20+ children, my lesson plan was always my saving grace. Planning ahead was also the way I was able to make my (tiny) budget stretch the entire school year.

Looking back, I am so thankful I took the time to map out my wedding day and have all the little details fully taken care of before hand. It allowed us to wake up slowly and have a stress free morning getting ready. This is extremely important if you are not going to hire a day of planner. As a bride, everyone will be looking to you for answers- even for answers you’ve probably already given them. But every little thing needs to be thought about. I suggest accounting for each hour of your wedding day (making sure you make time to eat breakfast/lunch/dinner). Ask a friend or relative to take your phone and take over, day of so you can be on cloud 9, enjoying your wedding and all the hardwork you did!

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Since our wedding was a destination wedding, we had these leather passports custom made (by Blue Sky Papers, of course) as wedding favors. Each having a booklet on the inside including a handwritten note to each guest and the wedding week + day itinerary, maps and any other information our guest may have needed. This ended up being a huge hit. Not only did everyone get new passport covers, but they had something to reference for any information that they would need.

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All in all, keep it simple, have FUN and do YOU!

It is human nature to overthink and complicate things, but in life (and in marriage) it really is easier when you keep it simple. For us, keeping it simple was to keep it small. We tried planning the big traditional wedding, but about 4 months in it felt like too much and not like us at all. So we threw out those plans and started over. Throughout your wedding planning process, double check yourself on the decisions you’re making. Making sure it is what YOU and YOUR partner truly want and not what the industry, society or family is pressuring you to do. This day will only happen once in your life and you don’t want to look back with regrets or remember being upset over anything.

{Our wedding vedors: Photography : Kelley Raye // Gown : Rue De Seien // Suit : Calvin Klien // Passports + Vow Book : Blue Sky Papers // Custom Painted leather Jacket : StudiOH, Shoppe // wedding invites : Paperless Post // Florals + decor  : Bride DIY // Jewlery : Vintage // Venue/Hostel : Kex // Cake : Sandholt Bakery // Ribbons : Silk and Willow // lip stick : @muchlovelips}

{This post is in collaboration with Paperless Post. }