Archive for April, 2012

Spanish Gate Custom Wedding Invitations in Letterpress

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spanish gate invitation letterpress

Spanish Gate letterpress invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

Sample $15

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Wedding Invitations in Letterpress

Originally designed for Letterpress Light and based on the ornate classic gates of Spain, this piece is a two color letterpress printed wedding invitation that started as a custom design invitation suite. It’s the perfect wedding invitation for venues with that classic Spanish architectural style and those who prefer letterpress to Letterpress Light.

The colors can be modified to match your theme and as always any typography changes are including in the the set fee which includes the wedding invitation, the rsvp card and both envelopes.

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How to Pick the Perfect Jewelry for your Wedding

Friday, April 13, 2012

wedding jewelry necklace

On average, a bride will spend 3 months picking out her wedding gown. So much time and detail goes into finding that perfect dress that you may forget to save little thought for your other accessories. However, while your wedding gown is often the first thing your guests will notice, your jewelry can make or break the overall look. Don’t stress, as any bride knows, finding the gown is the hard part. Follow our simple rules, and you are sure to have no trouble selecting the essential wedding accessories for your wedding day.

Selecting the Right Necklace

When selecting the perfect necklace to match your wedding dress, it is best to begin by considering your neckline. Whether your dress has a V-neck, a round neck, or is strapless, will all influence the type of necklace that will look best with your dress. A strapless gown often flatters all type of bodies by showing off your neck and your shoulders. Accent this effect by choosing a necklace that hits you at your collarbone. If your strapless gown is simple and understated do not be afraid to choose a bold, bulky necklace that will catch the eye and draw attention upward. If your wedding dress has a V-neck, or deep V-neck, neckline then a long pendant style necklace often looks best with style of gown. A simple, long chain with a medium-sized pendant or accessory at the end is sure to make a wonderful statement. For highly stylized dresses, such as one shoulder or halter-neck gowns elect for a simple, choker-style necklace and focus more attention on your earrings or bracelet.

Selecting the Right Earrings

Aim to balance your earrings with your necklace. Most often simple diamond earrings look stunning on any bride. Both diamond studs and dangling, just-off-ear diamonds are the two most popular styles worn by brides. If your necklace is simple and you are looking for earrings that pop, consider long, drop earrings that just stop above your shoulder. If you are opting for bold statement earrings be sure they are comfortable and not too heavy on your ears as you will be wearing them for many hours throughout the day. If you have several piercings in your ears, tradition suggests that you only wear earrings in one set of holes; however if you are going for a more funky, individual look do not be afraid to stick with what makes you most comfortable.

Selecting the Right Bracelet

To start off your bracelet search begin by measuring your wrist to find the bracelet that will fit you just right. As you will be shaking a lot of hands, and working your way around the dance floor most of the evening, you will want to find a bracelet that is not too loose or heavy on your hand. Take a piece of string and pull it snug around your wrist, then mark the point where the two ends of the string meet. Then lay the string down against a ruler and note the length. Add an extra inch to the length measured and this is the length of bracelet you are looking for. Thin chain bracelets and strands of pearls are the two most popular styles that brides opt for and match almost any style of necklace or earrings.

Some Rules to Abide by

  • Don’t be afraid of a little color. Many brides are hesitant at introducing any colors other than white and cream into their wedding day ensemble. Ancient tradition has taught us that it is best to stick to a mute pallet on our wedding day, but modern tradition has brides donning bright pops of color along with their white. If you really want to make a statement do not be afraid to wear brightly colored accessories. Earrings in your favorite color, or a bracelet with a flash of bright red, the color of luck, can give any bride that added look of elegance she is looking for.
  • Don’t overdo it. As famous designer Coco Channel once said, “A woman should always remove one piece of jewelry before she leaves the house.” It is easy to wear too much jewelry. Overdoing the jewelry will distract from the dress and leaving looking more gaudy than goddess-like. Select one statement piece. Whether it is your headpiece, your necklace, or a vibrant ring, play up impact of this piece by keeping other accessories simple.
  • If your jewelry is not new, have it cleaned. While your favorite diamond necklace may look great when you wear it to cocktail parties, under the consistent glare of the camera flash and against a white dress, sterling silver and diamond accessories can quickly show their age. If your jewelry was not purchased new for your wedding, take it to a local jewelry cleaner to have tarnishes, smudges and dirt removed. Most all jewelry stores offer jewelry cleaning for as little as $15 and will clean your jewelry for you in as little as an hour.
  • Get your jewelry custom made. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect accessories to match your gown, then consider having your jewelry custom made. If you do your research you can find custom jewelers at highly affordable prices. This may be a nice option if you have family heirlooms or inherited jewelry you would like to wear on your wedding day. Custom jewelers can build upon existing pieces of jewelry of incorporate a variety of different trinkets into your final piece.

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Luxury Wedding Hotels in Washington, D.C. For Your Special Day

Friday, April 6, 2012

Whether you have been planning your wedding in your head for years, or didn’t even give it a thought until you said yes, when it actually comes time to plan the big day it can be hard to know where to begin. Well don’t worry, we are here to help make finding a venue a little bit easier. In this part of a three part series, we will show you some of the most luxurious hotels in Washington, D.C., which will make a great venue for any wedding. Whether your wedding is large or small a hotel is a great choice to host your ceremony or reception. With a full staff on hand, spacious banquet halls and years of experience hosting weddings, a hotel can provide you with the flexibility and reliability you need to make sure your wedding day is perfect. If you’re considering getting married in the Washington, D.C. area here are some of our favorite luxury wedding hotels you should consider.

Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Manaco DCLocated right in the heart of Chinatown and Penn Quarter, this stunning boutique hotel has the feel of a quaint French hotel with a modern twist. Every room, from the reception area to the restaurant Poste Moderne Brasserie, is popping with bright, bold color. Located right downtown next to the historic Tarrif Building, and numerous monuments and museums, the exterior of the hotel, as well as the interior, provide a stunning back drop for wedding photos. Guests from out of town will feel right at home staying at the Hotel Monaco. The hotel hosts a complimentary wine tasting every day, and even provides guests who love animals with a guppy in their room for the entirety of their stay. Write to family and friends who couldn’t attend on the specially-designed letterpress stationery left in each room.

The Washington Hilton

Hilton DCIf you plan on having a larger wedding, you may want to consider the beautiful Hilton Washington. The Washington Hilton can accommodate up to 4,000 guests in their largest ballroom and has a romantic garden oasis on the roof of the hotel, which has comfy couches and fire pits to keep guests warm while they enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city. The hotel, which was originally built in 1965, has a timeless feel; but a recent head-to-toe renovation costing $150 million ensures the iconic building still has all the modern luxuries you would expect to find in a brand new hotel.

The Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental DCThis brand new luxury hotel is a five-star hotel and spa that can only be described as elegant. Recently, Institutional Investor Magazine ranked the hotel as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World. The hotel has an understated, classic beauty with lots of creams and deep brown colors throughout the hotel and the ballrooms. The main ballroom can seat up to 625 people and the hotel sits amongst beautiful gardens filled with charming Cherry Blossom Trees. The rooms provide beautiful views of the Potomac River and the city sky line.

The Omni Shoreham

Omni Hotel DCThis large hotel offers one of the widest selections of ballrooms in the city of Washington D.C. With seven uniquely-themed ballrooms you are sure to find one with the ambiance you are looking for. The ballrooms hold between 200 to 1,500 guests. The hotel itself is a historic landmark and has hosted a number of U.S. Presidents and foreign Royalty. The hotel has won numerous awards for hospitality and interior design, and is a AAA four-diamond hotel. For grooms who are looking to pick up a last minute gift for their brides, there is a jewelry and diamond store right in the hotel lobby.

The Willard InterContinental

Willard DCIf you are looking to feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, this hotel neighboring the White House on the infamous Pennsylvania Avenue is the spot for you. Constructed in 1853 the hotel has 19,891 square feet of banquet facilities and boasts rooms that cost up to $4,000 a night. The interior decoration is reminiscent of an earlier era, with large crystal chandeliers, mosaic tile floors and stunning marble accents present in almost every room. The history behind the hotel is vast, and can be felt in every hallway. President Lincoln and his family actually lived in the hotel for a month before they moved into the White House, and Martin Luther King finished writing his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in one of the hotel’s rooms.

The Park Hyatt Washington

Park Hyatt DCThis hotel has a modern feel, and has only been open for six years since its $24 million renovation. The Park Hyatt Washington has a quaint feel, housed on the eastern end of Georgetown. To make sure you won’t soon forget your time at the Park Hyatt Washington, the hotel has its own signature fragrance that they offer to guests. If you would like an out of the ordinary venue, consider getting married in the hotel’s Tea Cellar, a vast room filled with teas from all over the world. The Deluxe guest rooms are the largest hotel rooms in the city and each room comes with antique hardcover books and an assortment of vintage boardgames. The famous restaurant located in the hotel, The Blue Duck Tavern, has private tasting rooms where guests can sample some of the finest wines and liquors.

If you are looking for that extra touch of luxury consider one of these world-class hotels as the perfect venue for your upcoming nuptials. These hotels are built to create unsurpassed, long-lasting memories and will make sure that both you and your guests enjoy one of the most luxurious days of your lives.