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Fun Ideas for your Destination Wedding

destination-weddingHeading to the beach for your destination wedding? We’re jealous – sun, sea, sand .... how glorious!

The waves and the scenery and the tropical flowers will be a great backdrop for your celebration, but you’ll definitely want to add accents here and there to give your wedding day a personal touch.

By Invitation's theme accessories are perfect for personalizing a beach wedding. The designs are tropical, the styles are unique, and the items are light and easy to pack (just assemble when you arrive at your destination). Starfish Place Cards are great to use at your tables and as favor bag toppers.


Coordinating Starfish Wine Labels make it easy to add your personal style to the wine you serve and give as gifts. Labels are adhesive – just peel and stick. Add a sweet little touch to your favor boxes and more with Small and Medium Starfish Square Favor Tags. Tie them with jute cord, ribbon or raffia and add a real starfish or shell to bring in the beach.

Starfish Menu Wraps are printed with your dinner menu and wrap around napkins, centerpieces and more for a unique, custom look.

Help guests get to their places in style with Starfish Table Number Cards in tropical colors.

How to Have an Unplugged Wedding!

unplugged-weddingYou’ve probably read the epic rant an Australian wedding photographer posted on Facebook in November about guests getting in the way of his professional shots with their cell phones.

Wedding guests aren’t trying to be bothersome – they’re just excited. They want to capture the memories, too! But if you let them know that you’re having an unplugged wedding and you do it in a fun way and you also let them know you’ll be sharing photos on social media later on, they’ll happily put away their phones and cameras to just enjoy your day.

Announce it ahead of time

Post our unplugged wedding wishes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and your other social media so guests aren’t surprised when they get to the wedding. Use wording something like this:

“We’re so happy you’ll be at our wedding!
We want you to enjoy every moment with us.
Please silence your phones and put your cameras away until we announce a photo opportunity.
We promise we’ll share our professional photographer’s shots with all of you here asap!”

Use cute signage

Put up signs that match your wedding décor to remind guests about your unplugged wedding request. Create several of them so they’re visible at each entrance, and also put one on the guest book table and beside the programs.

Speaking of programs…

Print a message similar to the one we suggested above in your wedding programs or on an insert card. Thank guests for being at your wedding. Tell them how excited you are that they’re celebrating with you. Tell them to sit back and enjoy the ceremony. Then ask them to put the tech away. Use humor if that’s your style (“We want to see your faces, not your phones!”).

On the seats

If you don’t want to take away from the look of your programs with a printed note or insert, place the insert card on every seat. Guests won’t be able to miss it and are more likely to put things away right away.

Official reminder

Before the ceremony starts, ask your officiant or the best man to make an announcement about the no-phone-or-camera policy.

Provide photo opportunities for guests

Build in places for guests to take photos, and you’ll prevent some of them from taking sneak shots.

  • After your recessional, walk back up the aisle and pose at the front for photos
  • Pose by your getaway vehicle for a few minutes before taking off
  • After your grand entrance at the reception, take time for some photos with the entire wedding party.
  • After your first dance, let guests take photos of you on the dance floor. Here’s your chance to ham it up for guests and have some fun.

It’s up to you when to call off the photo ban at your wedding. Just be sure to ask guests not to post photos of your wedding to social media before you do!

A Rainbow of Spring Colors

Spring has arrived in Wisconsin! The tulips and daffodils are ready to bloom and the birds are singing. Wedding season is just around the corner.

The colors of spring offer you a beautiful palette to choose from. Have fun with your wedding colors and let your imagination take you away .. Happy Bride to Be!


All About You!

I see a number of brides in the office that say to me , “such and such vendor wants me to do it this way and spend money on this and that etc”. I remind my brides that this is their wedding and that they should be making decisions with the help of the vendor, not because the vendor tells you that you must do it his or her way. At By Invitation, I would never ask a bride to spend more than she had planned because she must have something because it is the “latest”! Remember that this is your day, and that you should be the one making all of the final wedding decisions! After all of the planning has been done and the big day approaches, you should feel very good about your decisions. You were able to make wonderful choices without compromising your budget or values. Enjoy your wedding day because it really is, “all about you”.


Vintage Elegance

Today's brides have so many choices in invitations. One of the more popular themes is "Vintage". I visited with a bride last weekend that will be doing a "Vintage" theme for her June wedding. We had so much fun not only choosing her invitations but also her favors and accessories for her wedding. She has also decided upon a photo booth for her reception! The invitations for her wedding will be uniquely her own as we are combining a beautiful  white lace invitation that will be wrapped in a silver pocket folder. The pocket invitation will also be tied with an elegant peach lace ribbon. I have included a few samples of "Vintage" and if this is your choice of themes, By Invitation of Wisconsin is here to help you!

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