Affordable Wedding Invitations You’ll Actually Like | Ann’s Bridal Bargains | BONUS: Discount Code Inside!

Everybody knows it.  But nobody’s talking about it.  Wedding invitations have gotten pretty crazy expensive these days.

I’m sure you’ve noticed; it is RIDICULOUS what you can end up spending on something as simple as PAPER.  It’s like, ungodly.  So – what do you do when you’re sensible, meaning you don’t want to blow your budget on invitation paper, BUT- you’d like to be able to send something out to your guests that doesn’t scream that you a) have terrible taste and/or b) are incredibly cheap?  Today’s answer is Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains specializes in discount wedding invitations and accessories that aim to fit a couple’s style and vision for their wedding day.  They understand how quickly and easily wedding expenses can add up, and they get that today’s couples are focused on making their wedding day an expression of who they are.  They want you to know that it really is possible to stay on budget AND plan a wedding that’s uniquely you.

Now.  We may be calling these “cheap wedding invitations” but there’s really nothing cheap about them.  Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if it’s not printed and presented on the right kind of paper – Ann’s Bridal Bargains actually gets this.  So you get to select from a bunch of different paper options, and they offer free samples so you can see the things before you purchase them!  WINNING!  (I’m bringing back winning.)

Here are some selections from their rustic section I thought I’d show you:

rustic wedding invitation suite AWF23826LD abb

Weathered Wood rustic invitation abb

rustic wedding invitation AW35059NFC abb

love never fails invitation abb

You can see more of their rustic invitation selection here (this’ll take you to their site, where you can peep the whole rustic enchilada; for the wider selection view all invites, and other cool stuff).

Invitations are a personal thing.  You start out innocently enough wanting to get the perfect invite to fit your party, but then realize that if you’re not making it yourself, you’re likely going to have to spend some crazy amounts of dough to get the things made.  Like today I went out to get some invitations for a party for just 20 people and customization was going to bring it to around $100.  Think about that.  And there are better places to spend crazy dough, you guys.  Like on food.  Like on photography.  Like on cinematography.  Like on your dress.  If you ask me, it simply doesn’t make sense to spend exorbitant amounts of moola (unless you hit the lottery recently, or come from money, or elaborate costly invitations give you LIFE, or you want to live fast and die young <– the only exceptions) on a piece of paper that people will put on their fridge for a few days before marking your wedding date in their calendars and throwing the piece of paper away (right after they’ve used it to scoop up a dead spider they just swatted – I have done this, I’m sorry).

Invitations serve a specific purpose: informing the recipient of the date of your wedding.  Let them be just that.

A special offer for our readers – Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code KNOTTY15. That’s a deal on top of a bargain! Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

Little note: I have some BIG news coming up, that I’m finally going to announce.  It’s the kind of news you’re probably not going to believe, especially coming from me.  So stay tuned if you’re into life-changing news and stuff.  Or don’t.  Your call.  P.S. I miss and love you.



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SPEAKING OF WEDDING INSPIRATION { + DIY LOVE }… | gold, blue and creamy beige | Choose These Colors for Your Wedding, and You Won’t Be Sorry…

I left a teaser in my first post of the day… sorry about that, but it wasn’t to mess with you!  I just couldn’t keep adding more goodness to it, when the goodness I wanted to add deserved its OWN feature!  You understand, right?  Hopefully I’ll be able to make amends with all that follows…

Here’s some of the most lovely wedding inspiration I’ve ever seen.  In my life.  And I’m in my mid-20′s.

… Plus a year or two.


We begin with a rather exquisite invitation suite…

A few ribbons of seating cards, hung from gilded branches…

A cake into which I wouldn’t want to have to be the first to cut…

A lovely altar, above which hangs the couple’s monogram…

Another cake, same story as above…

And some gold and aqua jewelry.  Not too shabby.

Lovely stuff, am I right?  I found it over at Martha Stewart Weddings, of course.  Specifically, “The Golden Touch” gallery.

And this lil stinker, also from our beloved Martha

… Was the inspiration OrangeBeautiful needed to create this incredible bridal shower for her lovely sis, Kristen…

What a neat looking game, don’t you think?  OrangeBeautiful’s bridal shower fun was inspired by this cool creation:

If you’re interested in trying your hand at a personalized version of this adorable game & pencil set, she discovered it here, at Made Sweet.


If you’d like to see some more DIY projects that are heavy on the gold (tastefully, of course)…

Here’s a post that’ll answer your prayers.  (Man, I’m real heavy on the Martha today, huh.  But really, who can blame me?  Stop producing quality wedding product, Martha.  It’s too inspiring.)

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Part II: FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS | love print + wedding photography giveaway + flourish freebies + a colorful new spin on a couple of wedding trends | So, in Short, More Wedding Goodies!

OK, let’s get started…

Here we go with more of that sweet, sweet stuff I love today!  Beginning with this abso-fab print from bubbo on Etsy…

It’s pretty freakin’ nice, wouldn’t you say?  I’m including this today not just because it’s fantabulous – which it so is – but because of what happens if you buy it.  Take it bubbo…

Bubbo: “100% of sales from Valentine’s posters + prints goes to Haiti!”

That right there, folks, is what it’s all about.

And what do we have here?  Oh, just some free flourish ornaments/designs for your very own personal use, from none other than iDiY, via veils and vows.

If you’d like to get your hands on these, just click the links to the two sites I’ve listed above, or check them out via these links, below, courtesy of iDiY.

Aridi Calligraphia Flourish 2 via Fontica

Civilite Tails via FontGirl

Ornament Scrolls & Flourishes by T. Olsson via Moorstation

I’m gushing over this next one, which is – omigosh – a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY!  My sister talks to her little boy like that to get him interested in activities when she isn’t confident the interest will come about naturally.  Funny, because I’m confident about this one…

Love it!  How great are wedding photography giveaways?!!  About as great as free flourishes, I’d say, yes I would.  The photographers offering this amazing package, which I discovered via Emmaline Bride, are Andy Stenz and Jamie M. Swanson.  Thank you, Andy and Jamie.  You are stupendous and on behalf of brides everywhere, I extend my deepest appreciation for doing something so wonderful.

Oh, speaking of wedding photography earlier… here’s today’s uber-cute collection, which I found here, within the my heaven on Earth, flickr.

How great is that?  The bride is seriously pulling off that stunner of a dress, and you know I’m a sucker for a good dessert table.  Oh, and by the way, it looks like that mustache trend is here to stay, brides and grooms.  Feel free to get on board!  So, while we’ve got a bunch of trends going on, that lime green, canary yellow and baby soft bluish-green is so crazy beautiful and unique, it makes the whole thing look quite fresh and new.  That color scheme is mega-inspiring!

Also found this photographic beauty there, which I’ve seen a million times in every magazine I own and have been meaning to scan, myself, for I don’t even know how long.  So glad I found it on flickr!  It’s just so intense!  Love it.

Let’s end with some wedding dessert options.  Yeah, that’s the stuff.

{Source of yummy dessert photos}

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Part I: FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | save the date freebies + smiles + scrabble | Happiness Lies Within

Alright everyone, here we go.  I’m practically hyperventilating over these finds, today.  Go get a brown paper bag in case you begin to experience some shallow breathing…

The Wedding Chicks have outdone themselves with this find right here.  They’ve brought us one of the most beautiful wedding paper templates I’ve eva seen.  Eva.  It’s beautiful, it’s got that oh-so-popular vintage look we’re all after these days… it’s EPIC… and, best of all, it’s a freebie.

Hello, Photo Save the Date Calendar Cards freebie.  So nice to meet you on this fine day.  I have been hoping you’d arrive one day.  You’re everything I’ve ever wanted, and I’d like to share you with all of my friends and family…

Not only are you beautiful… you’re customizable, too!  Seriously, you need to stop it – you’re spoiling us.  (Don’t stop – I didn’t mean it.)

I am absolutely, positively swooning over these Save the Date Templates.  THANK YOU, Wedding Chicks!!!

It was this last sample of the template in action that led me to that superfantabulous freebie (freeby?) discovery above…

The couple in that picture share a love for a certain board game…

… ditto for the FH and me.  I admit to thinking, on occasion, about how to infuse a little bit of the game we both enjoy so much into the wedding.  But everything I’ve brainstormed has been too Scrabble-y for my taste.  Enter: the engagement photo session of Julia and George, by Bend the light photography.  What did they do?  They broke out a game of Scrabble for the shoot!  So simple – I can’t believe I didn’t think of this!

Wedding Chicks

Next up, I’ve got something that really makes me happy.  Whenever I’m perusing the latest wedding photos put up by all of my favorite photographers, I search for one specific thing the most, above all.

The perfect beaming smile shot:

Can’t you just see the happiness pouring out of their mouths?


Thank you for these day brighteners, Amelia Lyon.

Today is just overflowing with finds, people.  I LOVE what’s coming next, and, well, I can say with confidence that you will, too. Check in later for Part II of the Finds…

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PICTURE PERFECT | obsessed with these ideas! | Want Your Smiling Faces on Everything? Martha’s Got You Covered

Dear Martha Stewart Weddings,

Your magazines are among the only ones I keep, for years past the date printed on the cover.  Why?  Because the ideas that line the glossy pages of each and every issue you make are the kind that will never go out of style.  And these ideas right here – which I rediscovered while flipping through the pages of an oldie-but-goodie during a recent cross-country flight – are precisely what I mean…

Picture Treats


Photo Stickers


Photo Kisses


Photo Confetti


Photo Cake


Playing Cards


Photo Bracelets and Pendants


Cufflinks and Watch


{ All images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings }


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TYPOGRAPHY LOVE | uniquely crafted caps by jessica hische | I Bet You’re Going to LOVE Your Initials After You Read This



LOVE TYPOGRAPHY.  Now, I know I say “I love” about a lot of things – but with Typography, I mean it.


If Typography had been a character on Saved by the Bell, it would have been Zack Morris (I realize it would make more sense as Jessie Spano, but… c’mon).  And, if asked to stay on the cast as the show inevitably transitioned into Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Typography would have respectfully bowed out, because that would have been a bad career move.  A real step down for Typography.

Especially since there are so many opportunities for Typography.  It doesn’t need Saved by the Bell: The College Years.

For example, check out its starring role in the brilliant – and may I add, quite funny – Jessica Hische‘s Daily Drop Cap.  She creates the most stunning designs with the letters in our alphabet.  Here are some of my favorites (but hardly all of them; I strongly suggest visiting her site for the full experience):

And her super creative “Q,” which is quite possibly my favorite of the bunch…

How AMAZING are these letters?  Here we have one of the illustrative letter sets she displays on her site – which, again, I highly recommend you visit…

I have so much fun with pretty letters; here I spelled out two of my favorite words:


Jessica Hische, you are fabulous.


Love it and want more of it?  Check out this post for another small dose of Typography Love…

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