When we think of destination weddings, the picture of white sandy beaches usually springs to mind, but you may decide to have your wedding at a grape vineyard, an exotic island or a even a historical site. You might even go the cultural route and marry in the birthplace of your ancestors. Destination weddings offer you and your guests the perfect excuse to visit another country or another continent altogether. They are very exciting, but can easily become overwhelming if you don’t plan in advance.

bora bora destination weddingNow, a destination wedding just isn’t a destination wedding unless you’re off to somewhere exotic and remote. You might pick a tropical island like Hawaii or the Polynesian Islands. Perhaps you’re more adventurous and therefore an outdoor themed destination wedding Safari or the deserts of Australia call to you. Destination wedding can easily be dubbed a ‘dream wedding’ so really let your imaginations flow when choosing your location.

However, realize that the farther that you go, the less people will be able to come with you (or can afford to). So keep that in mind when considering your destination. On the other hand, if you have the means to supplement your guests travel costs, here’s an opportunity to really have some fun with your wedding plans…the sky’s the limit!

In either case, you will still want to send out announcements of your wedding date to let all of your friends and family know. It’s a good idea to have your destination wedding and then a reception party at home to share the special day with those who couldn’t attend. This is also a way to extend the celebration!

Weddings require a lot of planning to manage all of the details. And this is no different, and 10x’s as important, with a destination wedding. Using a wedding planner or organizer will remind you of certain tasks that need to be accomplished by certain dates and help you keep track of your “To Do” list. Remember that you will be planning your event long distance, so it’s important to have a list of things that need to be done before you arrive, as well as, when you get there.

Tip #1: When inviting guests to your destination wedding, send out announcements as early as a year in advance with a “save-the-date” card, letting them know which hotel to call to reserve rooms, as well as, dates and times for plane tickets and how to purchase their tickets in advance.

Tip #2: Be sure to check on regulations and laws of the area you’ll be traveling to. If you are getting married outside of the United States, be sure to have passports, blood tests, a U.S. marriage license, if needed, and any other paperwork that you two will need to complete. Don’t wait until the last minute on this one, some documents could take weeks, even months to arrive.

Tip #3: Rather than trying to check everything in at the airport on the day you fly out, ship the big bulky items or large quantities like your wedding favors ahead of your flight one-two weeks in advance. If you have a wedding coordinator at the location, call him or her to arrange for storage. After the scheduled delivery call and confirm that everything arrived in good condition. This also give you extra time just in case something is damaged in travel.

Tip #4: With so many things on the”To Do” list, it’s easy to overlook the obvious. Don’t forget to hire a photographer, clergy, wedding planner and bakery to complete your wedding arrangements. Contact the destination’s Visitor Bureau (or your destination wedding coordinator) to get contacts and references.

Destination weddings take away a lot of the stress from traditional wedding planning. No crowds of people to meet and greet. No floral decoration meetings and cake tastings. In most cases, these resorts will do everything for you so you get to just relax and enjoy your special day. However, as we said before there are different considerations when planning a destination wedding to keep in mind. We hope these tips have been helpful in getting you started.

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So yоu are officially planning your big day and gettіng mаrrіеd! Nоw іs thе timе tо dеcіde whаt typе оf wedding yоu аrе gоing tо hаvе. Big, lіttlе, churсh оr justice of the peace, local оr destination?

funny wedding invitationsWith ѕo many dесisiоns tо mаke уоu wіll hаve tо ѕіt dоwn with еvеryоne іnvolvеd аnd wоrk out budgеts. But the all important theme of the wedding is left to you as a сouplе to decide.

Extrаvagant or ѕubtlе, іt аll dереnds оn whо уоu аre аnd whаt persоnаlіtу уоu two hаvе. Deciding on the theme upfront will guide all of your decision-making for the more detailed elements of the event planning process.

One wedding thеme that is gеtting rаvе reviews iѕ thе humorоuѕ thеmе. After all, everybody like to have a good time! Stаrting wіth the wedding invitations оr funny wedding save-the-dates. thеѕе саn еither be a сartoоn wedding invitatіоn оr humоrоuѕ message written on the card.

Theѕе funny сards ѕеt thе tone for your event аnd уоu’ll fіnd еveryоnе tаlking befоrе thе bіg daу “Whеre dіd they get thoѕе funny wedding сardѕ from? I hаvе nеvеr ѕeеn thеm befоre.” Thіs anticipation сrеates a buzz wіth уour guestѕ long bеfore the big dау arrives and they will show up ready and eager to have a good time.

Be sure to carry the theme thrоugh tо thе саke, рlасе cardѕ, tаble nаmes and placecards. Thаt’ѕ nоt all… whеn уоu neеd tо thаnk уоur guеsts for thеіr wоnderful gіftѕ уоu can fоllоw uр wіth a funny thаnk yоu саrd as well.

The thеmе carries rіght through yоur wedding сrеаtіng а light hеartеd and unstuffy арproach to a most memorable event.

glue that won't warp your paperIf you’re anything like me, you’re a bit of a perfectionist. And nothing is worse that trying to create a stunning invitation, cutting and laying out the pieces just so, selecting just the right embellishment to really set things in style, only to have your creation ruined by using the wrong adhesive.

This has happened to me on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, there isn’t one glue that fits every application. Yet and still I’ve been searching high and low for a glue that won’t warp delicate papers and cardstocks when creating layered invitations.

Eureka! I’ve finally found it!

It’s called Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

Here’s a list of even more benefits:

  • Dries clear
  • Dries fast
  • Can use on multiple applications (i.e. paper, fabric, rhinestones, etc.)
  • Acid-free and waterproof

I could go on but you get the point. I was recently working on a 50th wedding anniversary invitation where I used a decorative glitter paper as the backing layer. It was a tricky little bugger to work with because the glitter was so heavily coated, it made adhesion difficult. But with the Beacon’s 3-in-1 I was able to affix the text layer to it with a strong hold while maintaining the smoothness of the top layer. Just what I wanted in this case.

So the next time you’re working on a paper project an need an adhesive that packs punch but won’t warp your paper, stop by your local craft store and pick up a bottle of Beacon’s. It will be the best thing you add to your crafter’s tool chest all year.

If you want an insider’s look into hosting a platinum wedding like Kim Kardashian and the Hollywood elite, it all starts with the invitation. Now, you’ve probably been keeping up with Kim and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, I mean how could you not? They are always in the tabloids, and you know how they like to spice things up.

Kim is a diva after my very  own heart because she always finds stylish ways to turn the ordinary into extraordinary tossing in the bling for good measure.

And if you want some celebrity style flavor in your wedding invitations, here are 5 Hollywood tips to get that star-studded style..,

Tip #1) Use Luxurious Papers & Fabrics

Materials such as flocked or hand-dyed papers and Dupioni silk give your invitations a level of dimension that flat papers just can’t touch. If you find some way to incorporate them, perhaps with a belly band or as an invitation booklet, your invites are sure to have that red-carpet opulence.

Tip #2) Add Layers & Textures

Metallic shimmer papers or letterpress add an extra layer of depth to your invitations that help it stand out and get noticed.

Tip #3) Add Some Sparkle

Incorporating stylish embellishments like Swarovski crystals, glitter embossing, decorative ribbons or even peacock feathers will add to your invitation’s unique personality.

Tip#4) Pay Attention To The Details

With any high end event, the devil is definitely in the details. Things like straight edges and even bordering speak volumes in giving your invitations signature style, so don’t get tired halfway through and neglect this small but important detail.

And lastly Tip #5) Present It In A Pretty Package

My absolute favorite package is the silk invitation box. It just screams luxury and sets the tone for a platinum event. Also, it’s a great way to turn your wedding invitation into a wedding keepsake – no one is going to through this away.

But even if you don’t use a silk invitation box, there a lots of creative ways to present your invite like a silk pouch, a unique container themed to your event, or even encased in acrylic. The possibilities are endless.

When it comes to celebrity-style special events, presentation is everything so don’t skimp on the details. Especially with your invitations since that will be the first introduction your guest receives to your event and thus sets the tone for everything that follows.

As we say here at Cinnamon Kiss Paper, “it all begins with the invitation” so wow your guests by enhancing your invitations with some glitteratti.

Besides, if ever there’s an excuse to go all out…your wedding definitely counts as one of them. Just remember to have fun and enjoy the moment! The last thing you want is a an attack of the Bridezilla.

in-and-out burger weddingMove over dessert bar (that’s soo 2008)…enter the Wedding Food Truck!

It seems that everything else had gone mobile, so why shouldn’t food follow suit. Food trucks have long been a mainstay in Hollywood and New York City during day-long production shoots and pedestrian-style
downtown dining . And in fact, these mini-restaurants on wheels have gotten a bad rap over the years, most often being dubbed the “roach coach” for their seemingly unsanitary conditions. But it appears that the mobile food truck industry is cleaning up their act and revamping their persona, so much so, they’re blazing new trails into custom event catering.

Everything fron In-n-Out burgers to cupcake sweets, the wedding food truck is popping up at weddings all over the nation. I must admit, it’s a fun way to incorporate some of the unexpected into a “been-there, done-that” ho-hum wedding. What better way to throw your guests for a loop and put a smile on their otherwise yawning faces as they wait for you to finish up your photos during the unbearably long cocktail hour? You can pick any theme you want to coordinate with the flavor of your special event. But I have yet to see how this concept can be incorporated into the upscale wedding. I’m not saying that it can’t be pulled off well, but I haven’t seen evidence as yet. I’m open to ideas though…what do you think?

If you had to choose:

  • ice cream food truck at weddingwedding catering truck
  • photo booth
  • dessert bar
  • cigar bar
  • signature cocktail bar
  • smoothie bar /coffees bar (I guess that falls under food, huh?)

Which would be the most fun for your guests? Leave your comments and suggestions here…

I was invited to and attended the induction luncheon of a friend of mine who recently became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. I wasn’t sure the protocol, but given her enthusiasm and excitement throughout the pledging process, I wanted to congratulate her with a small gift. But when I went to the local Greek shop looking for something nice, I was very disappointed because everything seemed so run-of-the-mill and typical. I mean, how many brightly colored tote bags and umbrellas does one need?

Anywho, while I did purchase some of the standard fare (a cute tea mug and keychain), I decided to make her something as well. I figured ‘why not’ since she has everything anyway. What unique gift could I give that all of her new sorors wouldn’t have as well? Here’s what I came up with…

custom stationary for alpha girl

A gift for the lady who has everything.

First, I decided to make custom stationary in the colors of her sorority. I put an ivy leaf on the top and bottom and added crystal embellishments for a bit of bling (my signature touch). I used pink cardstock paper and the print is in green. This will be great when she wants to send a personal note or thank you to one of her sorors.

I also made a sparkly pen figuring that women always love sparkly things (I know I do!). I couldn’t find an ivy leaf specifically but thought the green was a nice touch. Since we’re smack dab in the middle of Christmas season, everything’s green at the craft store, just not ivy:(

And in keeping with the holiday season, I made her a set of AKA Christmas ornaments. You can see from the pics that I had the letters cut in vinyl (at the local greek store: Unique Greek located in Chicago Heights, IL). I actually have the store owner to thank for this idea. I saw a set of Delta ornaments and thought, ‘how clever’ and decided to step it up a notch with my design. So I added the year in rhinestones on the clear glass balls I purchased from Jo-Ann crafts. As you can see from the pictures, once I added the metallic shred to the inside of the ball, the numbers didn’t show up as well so if I ever do this again perhaps I’ll use a white iridescent shred instead. What do you think?

alpha kappa alpha ornament gifts

Before Shimmer Shred

aka gifts holiday ornaments

After Shimmer Shred

Quick Update: I was later asked to make Delta Sigma Theta holiday ornaments for another custom gift, so I made a few tweaks and here’s a pic on how they turned out…

delta sigma theta sorority holiday gift ideas

Using the white shimmer shred turned out much better:)

custom baby christening invitationThis was a fun project I completed recently to celebrate the christening of Baby Alessandro. This was an extremely quick turnaround. I usually like to plan 3-6 weeks out for a custom invitation. Especially since clients are usually particular about color schemes and elements of the design. It’s important to allow time for design, color matching and ordering of papers and production.

However, this was a small run so I was able to source materials locally. This particular invitation had a turnaround time of 5 days.

invite boy christeningWhen designing the invitation, the client really liked the belly band used on a wedding invite I’d designed and wanted to incorporate that into her design. I was able to find a lovely fiore blue ice deocrative paper from the Paper Source. This blue unryu paper is very sheer and printed with a light blue flocked dot and then punched out. The flocking almost feels like rubber on the sheer paper. It has a very light and airy feel to it which ties in well with the soft, whispy feelings associated with all things baby.

Judging from the client’s reaction when I delivered the invites, I’d say it was a success. Even though I love creating and working with papers, I also love the look on a client’s face when I’m able to capture the essence of their imagination through an invitation made just for them.

custom invitation envelope

Delicious Wedding Fonts

Select The Right Font To Make Any Invitation Pop

Planning a spectacular soirée begins, well…at the beginning, of course!

So it’s time to choose our communiqué. An invitations’ first goal is to deliver information. It’s primary purpose is to relay the pertinent details of the event, but it can also say something about the sender as well. Allow your personality or brand to come across in your correspondence.

The invitation is the very first impression your guest receives of your upcoming event and setting the tone for the festivities is a tall order. If you’re working with a limited budget, one way to inflect some personality into your announcement is with font selection. But being that there are almost as many fonts to choose from as stars in the sky, how do you go about narrowing down the decision?

  1. What’s the theme of your event? Will it be kicked-back and relaxed? Formal and elegant? Intimate and garden fairy-esque? Fonts have personalities and choosing one that echos the mood you want to create at the party helps to set the tone.
  2. What kind of paper will you use? If you’re going to use a textured paper, then a thin whimsy font is likely to get lost in translation. A heavier font with thicker strokes will work better. Likewise, a heavy font like Gill Sans Ultra Bold will dominate on a vellum paper. This could work, but make sure the strong bold message it’s communicating is your intention.
  3. Remember the K.I.S.S. Method (Keep It Simple Silly:) It’s tempting to go overboard with font selection simply because there are so many fun ones to choose from. But a little self-restraint goes a looong way here. Using more than three fonts on a page will make your invite start to look chaotic…now if that’s the look you’re going for….well, hey, why not use 10 then!

For more tips on font selection, check out this helpful article from Dynamic Graphics + Create Magazine. Just an FYI, you’ll also hear the term “typeface” tossed about when referring to fonts. Although there is a difference, for us regular folks using both terms will suffice. Experiment with different fonts before making your final selection. Print up a few test versions on your home computer (there are free fonts available from DaFont.com) to get your started. A simple change in font can give your invitation a completely different look & feel, armed with these tips, you’re bound to send just the right message. Scan the Comments below if you’re looking to source a specific font shown here…