The American Wedding Marketplace | Stylish, Personalized Wedding Invitations, Stationery & More!

Tell me if this describes you:

1) You’re engaged…

bouquet wedding invitation

^ I love this bouquet themed invitation ^

I’m just having trouble deciding which of the color combinations I like best… I think it’s all of them?

2) You have a million ideas, or absolutely no idea, what you want to do about your save the date cards or wedding invitations or anything else stationery-related.  All you really know is that you want them to be spectacular, not too pricey, and extremely you.

Enter: The American Wedding Marketplace.  Here’s why we like them…

First of all – this is very important – they have really stellar reviews on the internets.  Brides describe their invitations as “great price, great quality,” “I would recommend [them] to anyone,” “significantly cheaper than other popular invitation makers, but I saw no difference in the quality, or the options offered,” and “just what we wanted… we got so many compliments on them.”

We also love the fact that The American Wedding Marketplace comprises three distinct brands – The American Wedding, MyGatsby and The Green Kangaroo.  What does this mean for you?  It means the site is teeming with stylish options for every possible style a bride or groom may have.  Styles you may not even yet realize you like are just waiting for you to find them, right here.

Even better, they’re completely customizable with unique paper colors, font options and ink pairings.

Hey, want some custom coasters for your guests to take home?  Check it out:


A note from The American Wedding Marketplace: Every week in 2015, we will be launching a new design on our website.  We’re always interested in hearing about what brides want to see and welcome their suggestions for new designs they would like to see in our lineup.  We also run some amazing deals so subscribing to our emails and following us on facebook is highly recommended!

One of our favorite features of this marketplace is the ease with which you can coordinate your custom invitations with not only the rest of your stationery suite (save the date cardswedding programs, the list goes on)…


^ the Penny invitation suite ^

… but with a ton more fun little details, like personalized wedding napkins, custom stampers, wedding glassware and more.  It’s thrilling, really.  I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of exclamation points I use in my writing recently, so I may not be coming across as amped as I, in fact, am.  So just trust that I am very, very, VERY amped about this.  Next to marrying your true love, custom details are among the most exciting elements of planning your wedding, IMO.  Don’t miss out.



Head over the The American Wedding Marketplace and start having fun with their designs right now!  Or whenever, no pressure.  You can request a catalog for free if you’d like to browse the old fashioned way.  Oh, and they give you your first five wedding invitations samples totally free of charge.  Thought you might like that. :)



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TRAVELER’S JOY + A GIVEAWAY! | Here’s my favorite way to reconnect as a couple, once the wedding is over…

New experiences bond couples.  It’s a fact.  Sharing a new experience, like traveling together to a foreign land or even just hiking up an unfamilar trail does something chemical in your brain, the result being that you feel happier to be with your partner and that much more connected to one another than before.  It’s science.  And I think that beats getting a blender any day.


I don’t know about you but honestly the last thing I want is a blender for my wedding.  I have a blender.  I have plates.  I have flatware.  We’ve been living together for a while, we have acquired the basic necessities of living an adult life.  What I don’t have is a sensational 7 night stay in St. Lucia for zero dollars out of pocket.  I WANT a 7 night stay in St. Lucia for zero dollars.  Or Bali.  Or Italy.  Or Greece!  Or all of the places all in a row.  And Traveler’s Joy can give this to me.  Therefore, I love Traveler’s Joy (and I’m far from the only one).

I’m inclined to think you’d agree, too, that make out sessions on the same old couch can get kinda boring.

french bulldog and frenchie puppy kissing

Bambino and Little Guy enjoying a makeout sesh on – where else? – the couch

A couple needs a change of scenery every once in a while.  Especially after they’ve gone through the emotional ups and downs of planning a wedding together.  That shit can get hectic.

So that’s where Traveler’s Joy comes in.  Traveler’s Joy let’s you have your cake and eat it, too.  It lets you go on a totally free-to-you dream vacation on the backs of your dear wedding guests.  This is a win-win situation, since nobody in their right mind actually wants to buy someone a blender to celebrate the fact that they got married.  What a SNORE.  I’d much rather contribute to a couple’s adventurous sexcapades on an island in the southern Aegean Sea…


You can go ahead and get started on your registry right now if you’d like: click here to get going.  It’s mighty easy and super fast.  Or click here to see some of the best and coolest honeymoon registries already crafted by other couples, for inspiration.  It’s arranged by region of the world.  ORRR, check out some of the most romantic honeymoon getaways possible.  I could spend all afternoon in there.

How it works: you can have a complete registry in just a matter of minutes.  Couples choose from a list of 50 theme based (think beach, cruise, or mountains) or location specific (think Italy, Hawaii or St. Lucia) item lists.  With one click, the items and experiences your hearts desire are added to your registry.  You can edit or delete any item at any time and/or add more later on.  And it’s not just the voyage you can register for; couples can register for physical items, like cameras and video-cameras.  Even flip-flops, people.

Btdubs, group gifting is what makes this so special: it’s easy to divide the cost of expensive items into manageable portions.  This way your guests can spend what they personally feel comfortable spending on you, while still contributing to what you really want.

But wait, there’s more!  If you dig giveaways you’ll want to sign up with the quickness, because between May 1st and October 31st of this year Traveler’s Joy is running a stellar special offer — every month they’ll pick one lucky couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they receive from their registry.  What?  WHAT?  It’s just too good a deal to pass up.  If you register by April 30th you’ll automatically be entered to win!!!

In closing, let me just say that at the tippy top of my list of fun things to do with my person are a) travel to amazing vacation spots and b) spend absolutely none of our own hard-earned money facilitating these travels.  Suffice it to say, the two rarely (never) go hand in hand.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY PEEPS.  I promise you, it’ll be the second best decision you ever made, second only to marrying your beloved.

*This is a partnered post.  Of course, I hand-pick all sponsors of TKB to make sure they’re a perfect fit for you guys and for the blog.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Friday!  -Alison

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Markel Wedding Insurance | Because Sh*t Happens… And Your Wedding Day Is No Exception.

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When you think about your wedding day, what do you focus on?  Do you think about your dress?  The decorations?  Your walk down the aisle, and whether or not your sweetie’s gonna cry when he first catches a glimpse?  Maybe you think about your first dance as husband and wife, and what it will feel like.  Maybe you think about your family, and how everyone’s going to be together in one room, just to celebrate the love you two share.  Whatever it is, I bet you tend to focus on the good stuff, right?  I certainly do.

But if you’re smart, you’re probably also aware of the things that can go wrong…. the many, many things that can go wrong…. on your big day.  Or maybe you’re not at all aware of them.  Or maybe you’ve been told not to worry, so you put it out of your mind.

Because why stress over such things?  Wedding planning is stressful enough.

Here’s why: because sh*t happens.  And your wedding day is no exception!  So that’s where Markel Wedding Insurance comes in.

No one really talks about it, but wedding insurance is kind of a necessity in my eyes.  It’s also one of those things you don’t think about until you suddenly and desperately need it… and by that time it’s too late.  For example:

“As a little girl, Catherine’s mother shared stories of her wedding day while they looked through her mother’s scrapbook.  The pictures of her mother in her beautiful dress and her father gleaming as her mother walked down the aisle were what brought her parent’s love story to life for Catherine.  When Catherine thought about her wedding day, she knew she wanted all of those special moments to be preserved in the same way as her parents – awe-inspiring photos.  When she chose a wedding photographer, she made sure that no stone was left unturned – not only would she have gorgeous pictures and a scrapbook to share with her future children, she also would have a DVD album and a slideshow of the day. Catherine checked “Wedding Photographer” off of her “Wedding To-Do List” and went on with her planning…

A week after she booked her photographer, the photographer called and said he could no longer photograph her wedding for her.  The photographer (an independent photographer contracted through Catherine’s venue) refused to work with Catherine’s venue, as they still owed him money from a few previous weddings. Suddenly, Catherine was back at square one.  She had to find a new photographer that would work with her venue and provide all of the services her original photographer was going to offer.  Catherine would also have to pay for it herself, as the venue had already taken her payment for her current photographer.  Then she remembered that she had purchased cancellation insurance from Markel Wedding Insurance.  Catherine was able to recoup the deposit she had paid for her first chosen photographer, plus: Markel paid for another photographer to complete the keepsake DVD album and slideshow for her, as those were included in the original contract but the second photographer was unable to perform those services.”

Markel’s Wedding Cancellation insurance reimburses you for any non-refundable deposits you may have if you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, such as:
• Extreme weather
• Accident
• Illness
• Military deployment
• Vendor bankruptcy

Just because your event does take place, doesn’t mean you are free from the need for wedding cancellation insurance.  You also have coverage in case of the following:
• Lost wedding rings
• Damage to special wedding attire
• Vendor no-shows
• Lost / damaged photography / cinematography
• Lost / damaged wedding gifts

One more thing!  Markel also offers Wedding Liability Insurance coverage (which many venues now require), which would help protect you and your groom from financial loss if an accident occurred at your wedding.  That’s pretty neat you guys.  Like if someone accidentally fell on the dance floor and got hurt, or if a friend had a few drinks too many and got into a car accident on the way home.  See? This is the sh*t you don’t expect.  But it happens.  More often than we’d like it to.  So why not be prepared?

Visit Markel’s Reviews & FAQs page to learn more, if I haven’t succeeded at convincing you here.  You guys know I don’t write these posts if I don’t believe in them.  I strongly urge you to consider this option.

xo!  Alison

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SPOTLIGHT ON GEMESIS | 5 Things That Will Make You Feel Great After You Do Them.


*This is a partnered post, written from the heart.

Hey friendlies… jump into any one of the following 5 Things and you’re bound to start feeling pretty good about yourself.  Why not start today?  OK… TO THE LIST!

1.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of your time in a seat staring at a screen.  And have you heard what they say about sitting so long {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES’ | SPOTLIGHT ON: Jewelers Mutual | Have You Ever Lost A Sentimental Piece of Jewelry?

Question for you guys: Have you ever worried about losing your ring, or some other highly sentimental piece of jewelry?

Or, worse, have you ever actually LOST the thing?

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to take my engagement ring off quite a bit.  For example, usually when I wash my hands, it comes off.  I like to take it off when I go to bed, as I don’t like the imprint of an engagement ring on my cheek in the morning (not sexy).  And I especially like to take it off whenever applying lotion – which is usually when I’m riding the subway.

Terrible idea {Continue reading…}

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8 Secrets for a Honeymoon That’ll Leave You Both *Satisfied* (… ifyouknowwhatimean) | Honeymoon Pixie

Hello, lovers.  Today’s first post coming atcha faces.

Andrew Marino is dropping by today with some tips to ensure a super awesome sexy cuddly exciting honeymoon for you and your honeybunny with maximum sexual readiness and limited frustrations.  Well… he didn’t say any of that stuff specifically, but that’s what these tips will get you if you follow them correctly.  (Trust me.)

And who doesn’t want to have super awesome sexy cuddly exciting times on their honeymoon?  No seriously I’m asking.  I’m willing to make house visits to figure out what the hell is wrong with you if that is not your precise honeymoon objective.  For me, a honeymoon is about three things; relaxation, fun, and banging.  And not in that order.  So if you and I are on the same page… let me take you, now, to the tips…   {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK + WINNERS | Appy Couple Custom Designs + Princess Kate’s Royal TenenBoobs and Me: My (Embarrassing) Personal Story.

Happy late evening, bubbuhbears!  I just called you guys what we call Bambino, AWWWWWW.  I think that means I love you.

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GIRL TALK + FASHION: Are you over the fact that Kristen Stewart cheated on her boyfriend? Great; let’s talk about wedding fashion… wait, unless you’re not over it yet.

Happy weekday, everybody.  Things going well?  Yeah?  Have you gotten around to scheduling your annual physical yet? How about brushing; you brushing?  Remember; not too hard, not too soft.  And underwear – you’re wearing some, right?  Ok I trust you.   {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES’ SPOTLIGHT: Honeymoon Pixie = My New Favorite Registry Idea, HANDS DOWN.

Ummmm.  This thing I’m about to blog about below, is sort of exactly the kind of thing the wedding world needs.  In my humble opinion.

Well here, lemme ask YOU: {Continue reading…}

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PINTERESTING GIVEAWAY | 3 Will Win A Free *Custom Design* Inspired & Named After You, from Appy Couple!

Oh, hey, happy late Thursday!  Just wondering… do you want to be the inspiration for a wedding app that’s literally named after you?  Not just abstractly based on your style; I’m talking NAMED. AFTER. YOU.  … you’re listening?  Cool.

Do you wanna win it by looking for pretty stuff on Pinterest (or creating an inspiration board without it, totes your call)?  I’m 99% sure you said yes.

Great.  LET’S DO IT.  {Continue reading…}

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The Five-Year Engagement + $1000 Gift Card! | Also, what’s your engagement story?

Happy Thursday, party people.  Ok everybody, real quick: put your hands in the air if you’re engaged to be married, were engaged at one time and have since gotten married, plan on someday getting engaged, or at least know a best friend, acquaintance or frenemy who knows someone who knows the guy at the bike shop whose friend from college just proposed to his girlfriend.

K, I totally saw the vast majority of you put your hands up just now.  AWESOME!  You’re gonna like this post, I can feel it.  Oh and hopefully you like the chance to win a $1000 gift card, too?  YEAH?  Ok, this is going very well.

Now you guys, {Continue reading…}

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‘ALISON LOVES…’ SPOTLIGHT | Minted Stationery = Amazeballs. Help me choose my fave?

Happy Thursday to your beautiful faces, my darlings.  I’m kind of foaming at the mouth about this vendor so I’m just gonna hop right to it so you can catch the rabies-like excitement that’s going around this office apartment right now…

Oh, and I’m feeling especially gipperrrrr today because it’s kind of the nicest weather we’ve had in a gazillion years, and weather has this funny way of wholly determining my emotional state during that *special time* of the month.  Good times.  Good times!  Ahh-MAZING.

Ok, SO.  If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with extremely amazeballs things within the wedding realm.  And that I don’t feature something unless I dig it, myself, and would indeed consider using it for my own wedding.  I don’t think I could STAND being a blogger if I wasn’t speaking exclusively about the stuff I love.

On that note, on a scale of one to seizing, {Continue reading…}

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#1: VENDOR SPOTLIGHT | Bride & Groom + 30-50% Off Selected Items = Certain Happiness

Happy Monday, ladies and gentlepersons!  Here’s post numero one of the day for your faces… aaaand GO!

On the lookout for some stellar bespoke wedding stationery?  Well then you’ve definitely got to visit Bride & Groom.  They’re a trusted purveyor of quality invitations, save the dates and much more wedding-related awesomeness that you’re just going to have to check out over on their little island on the internet.  Go ahead, check it!  There are like a gazillion things to see over there.  If you’d like some more details about this company, we’ve got a little Q & A for you.  Have a listen!

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS FROM OUR SPONSORS | Hope you’re looking for smart, chic ways to spend your cyber money. Because they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

OMFG DO YOU HAVE ANY MONEY LEFT??!!  Because I’m hearing through the grapevine (read: news) that people are fully occupying Cyber Monday with the entire contents of their wallets.  But the important question is: are you getting a good deal?  I hope you’re not dropping your Benjamins on that lawn mower you started eying on Friday for the first time ever because it was going to be 50% off.  Because you live in the city, Alison.  You don’t NEEEEEED a riding lawn mower.  Especially not if you’re going to have to pay Manhattan Storage a monthly fee to store it until you move to the suburbs.  Which if you have your way, won’t be happening for at least 25 more years.

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CUSTOM DESIGN LOVE | 25% Off Your Muujee Purchase for Knotty Readers in Today’s Sponsor Spotlight!

Happy Friday afternoon, bubelahs!  I’m pumped because we’ve got two posts on the docket today, one is a freaking gorgeous real wedding, but that’s coming up a bit later today because I’m excited to start things off with this killer heads up on a stellar company that might just be the perfect answer to your needs {Continue reading…}

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PAPER + PUPPY LOVE | Sponsor Spotlight | Like personalizing things? Fall in love with Storkie wedding invitations… plus, our first Knotty Puppy Video!

Why hello there, friendlies!  It’s a bit of a dreary Monday here, so I hope it’s brighter where you are.  And if it is, please do send over some sunshine vibes, if you would.  Thanksies :)

This past weekend we had our good friend’s birthday party, and Easter happened.  Both super fun happenings, to say the least, and if I get any pictures from the birthday girl I’ll be sure to share them with you.  I think you’d love my outfit.  Just sayin’.  :)  But anyway, let’s focus on Easter a bit, because for that I do have something super special to share with you!   {Continue reading…}

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WEDDINGS INVOLVE GUYS? | Sponsor Spotlight | It isn’t just about the pretty, pretty ladies all the time on TKB…

Hola, loves!  Hope you’re having a pleasant little Friday in your neck o’ the woods, as my bestie Al Roker likes to say.

It’s a rainy day where I am, and my wonderful apartment neighbor is moving to San Fran today.  Sad face.  She’s a lovely person, and we’re seriously going to miss her.  We also hope nobody totally sucky moves in in her place.  Ohhhh how that would suck.  Cross your fingers for us, and for Sir Nameless McPuppypants.  Which reminds me – thanks, you guys, for continually reassuring me that this whole taking-forever-to-pick-a-name fiasco is totally normal and not harmful to our furbaby.  ’Cause I’ve been feeling serious guiltia majora about the whole thing.  Sigh. {Continue reading…}

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