Inspiration from Thomas Edison

Lighting is an essential part of weddings that tends to be easily forgotten.

Deciding on how to properly light a venue or outdoor space in a creative, beautiful way for your wedding can sometimes be tricky.

Using light bulbs as a part of your wedding décor can help solve both of these challenges.

Pacific Weddings Magazine highlights the use of Edison bulbs for indoor lighting and décor.

Edison light bulbs are especially versatile and fun to work with.

Stringing the light bulbs together outdoors creates a light that wouldn’t naturally be there and also provides a creative design rather than unoriginal lighting that isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

Restoration Hardware has a plethora of Edison style light bulbs that can be ordered and used as wedding décor.

Bulbs aren’t only useful for lighting purposes. Creating a light bulb vase is an easy DIY project. Rather than using vases, bulbs can hold flowers and hang from trees.

Another fun way to use light bulbs is to put them on the tables as place settings.

Kallima Photography captured these images at an outdoor wedding.

Whether using light bulbs for lighting indoors or outdoors, creating vases, or using them as place settings, light bulbs add a creative, fun vibe to any wedding or event.

Written by Jillian Madden, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

 

Components of a Wedding Invitation

Wedding invitations are one of the first things guests see regarding your wedding, which makes it especially important to create a invitation that represents you and your wedding. A great place to start is to think about the unique qualities of your wedding or relationship that you want to express to your guests.

This wedding invitation by Leesa Dykstra Designs portrays a unique birdcage design with beautiful colors specially designed for the couple. This invitation also includes the essential information necessary for guests. Important things to place on your wedding invitation include writing out the full names of the bride and groom, the date (including the year), the location of both the ceremony and reception, and sometimes parents’ names or the mention of the parents, as this invitation shows.

Tailoring the invitation to the season also provides a reminder to the guests as to when the wedding is, as well as provides a unique touch. This invitation incorporates the holiday season with its design, allowing the date of the wedding to be a part of the invitation design.

This board displays some of the essential parts of a wedding invitation. Important things to include with your invitations are a response card and envelope with your address on it for the guest to easily RSVP (don’t forget to stamp the envelopes before stuffing!) Providing a card with accommodations is also helpful for your guests.

When deciding on your wedding invitations, remember to include the essential details and items, but most importantly remember to make them uniquely you!

Written by Jillian Madden, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

 

Engagement Pictures 101

We have so many fabulous engagement sessions on our blog for this year’s couples – so I decided to put together a post with some tips for getting the most out of your engagement session. The first tip is to dress like yourself! You don’t want to look back at these pictures 20 years from now and not recognize the person looking back at you. These photos should be a reflection of who you are!

Our second tip is to find a location that speaks to you. Biz & Nick, pictured above, both have a connection to the film industry. They chose the Michigan Theater as their engagement session backdrop; what a perfect decision for them!

Third: don’t be afraid of color! Look how amazing Cory and Ian’s red umbrella looks in the picture above – it just pops! I’m not saying you should put on a rainbow of colors, but if you have a color that looks great on you, go for it. It is so much more interesting than your standard neutrals.

Get to know your photographer during the session – this might be the only time you see them before the wedding day! The more comfortable you are with them, the better your pictures will turn out in the end.

Wendy Martin Photography

Take care of yourself leading up to the session – wash your skin regularly, brush your teeth right before, and drink lots of water so you look your best. It will show! Follow this care routine up to the wedding day to ensure that you continue to look and feel your best. Also – make sure to eat so you don’t look and feel exhausted half way through the shoot!

Get your makeup done by a professional if possible. This is a great time for a makeup trial with the artist that will be putting together your wedding day look! It will also help you feel more confident going into the session, which might lead to a better selection to choose from in the end.

Finally – have fun! You will probably be using these pictures for save the dates, a guest book or signing mat, to hang in your home

Spotlight on a Vendor! Inspiration Video

Meet Anne from Inspiration Video located in Grandville of West Michigan. Anne is a leading videographer in the West Michigan wedding industry and so talented in her ability to capture your story.

Why is it important to hire a videographer? First, it is important to have video to fully capture your day. I believe it is important to have photos as well, but photos will not capture what was said in your vows, your toasts, etc. I believe video is the best way to truly feel like you can relive your wedding day over and over.

Next, it is important to have it professionally done, and not by a friend or relative. Your friend wants to be a guest as well, and is going to miss things that the professional should not. Finally, the quality of the video should be that much better taken from a person who does this for a living.

How long does it take to edit and finish a wedding video? I usually take under a week to edit a video, but since often times we have multiple weddings on a weekend, I let clients know that the turn around time is 3-6 weeks to receive their video after their wedding day.

What are your favorite things to shoot during weddings? I love shooting during the getting ready times prior to the ceremony, and the picture taking times between the ceremony and reception. Often people think that the ceremony and reception are the only important times to have captured. But there are so many great, unplanned moments that happen before and in between the two main events, and that adds so much more emotion to my work.

Do you only shoot weddings? I quickly realized during my first year of business, that weddings were going to be my favorite aspect of my business. I had purchased very high end equipment, thinking that I would be doing mostly corporate work, and it turned out that it was very handy to have that good of equipment at weddings as well. I was able to get shots that not every professional camera can get. I believe it gave me a good edge in the business nine years ago, and then things just started to take off.

 

Meet Noreen at Rejunction Function!

Noreen is an amazing artist located in Hudsonville of West Michigan who can help you transform your events with her vintage collection at Refunction Junction.

Tell us a little about what you do. We offer on a rental basis items that are very popular for today’s events but are not available to rent at a traditional rental business.  These items range all the way from vintage furniture, cornhole games, and blue jars, to antique china, harvest tables, and wine barrels.  Many items in the inventory come from suggestions by the customers themselves and we LOVE to build one-of-a-kind specialty pieces.

What is something your wedding clients often seek? There really is no “got to have” item.  Anything goes!  The requests are as diverse as the couples getting married.  However, I’d say burlap table runners have been popular as well as shutters to hold seating cards.  Vintage bottles and old windows have been popular too.

What trend are you seeing in vintage weddings? Probably the biggest trend I’m seeing right now is the inclusion of one or several lounge areas at the wedding receptions.  Often it’s a collection of vintage furniture set up on a patch of grass to give the guests an opportunity to hang out in a “fancy” setting — even if the event is barn style!  Another trend on the horizon is the skipping of a sit down dinner and opting instead for grazing stations where guests can move around, socialize more, and sample a variety of appetizers.

How does the vintage rental process work? Currently, most of the selection of items is done through viewing photos of our inventory, either via e-mail or on our website.  Once a customer knows what they would like to reserve, they simply e-mail their choices and I have an invoice e-mailed to them. Pick up or you can add delivery options for additional fee.

Are these all your original pieces created from scratch or redesigned? Many items in our arsenal are the original items purchased with rental customers in mind.  These items might be used in a conventional way, but it’s also inspiring to help brides envision old things used in a new way; an old ladder displaying photos, cowboy boots holding flowers, an old boat keeping beverages cold. And my background really is in re-purposing, so it’s not unusual to see some of my creations make their way into the rental inventory. Examples include garden tool easels, ceremony backdrops from old doors, or chandeliers from old light fixtures.

What pieces would you love to see used for weddings or styled photo shoots? There are so many great pieces to choose from; it makes me want to get married all over again!  But I really fell in love with the lemonade stand that I made, and I LOVE the look and idea of old wine barrels.  Then again, I am a suitcase junkie, so that would be great too.  And I LOVE the industrial trend, so hoping that catches on here. Then there’s specialty ceremony pieces, and vintage china is so beautiful.

Ashley Mason – TwoFoot Creative, Grand Rapids

Food Truck Frenzy!

If your a foodie, and want to add some uniqueness to your wedding, a food truck might be the perfect thing to bring a little you into your special day.

Bringing a food truck to your wedding reception does require a few extra thoughts and proper planning. I took some notes from the Knot.com.

Think about when you’re going to plan your wedding. You don’t want your guests having to wait outside in the hot July weather in line to get food, however nothing beats an ice cream truck in the middle of summer.

The Knot suggests one truck for every 75 people. Although they can serve people quickly it still takes time.

After everyone gets their food they are going to need a place to eat it. The Knot suggests to either have a place for them to sit or let guests mingle and eat. With this I would keep it very casual and have fun with it.

Think about what kind of food truck you would like to see at your event. Do you want a cute retro one or the one you see on the everyday street.  If you see one somewhere and you like it, ask about rental options.

Decide which food course they will serve for your wedding. Will it be the main entree,  or will you have them for dessert or a late night snack? There are also some that do wine and beer tastings.

When we say food trucks most people think of the ones you find at your local fair: gyros, pizza, hot dogs, elephant ears, and funnel cakes. However, food carts are upping their game and serving small bites of some very tasty and higher end food in your own local cities. In Ann Arbor we have Mark Carts, who has everything from Indian, Vegetarian, and Mexican.

Looking for a perfect way to end the night? How about a late night snack that has waffles, fries, corn dogs, or Dinky Donuts.

One of my favorite weddings we did was Alexia and Nick, who had an ice cream truck.

You can use this trend in so many different ways, and make it as causal or high end as you want; but either way you will have one of the top food trends for this year!

Written by Melanie King, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

 

 

 

 

2013 Wedding Trend- Backdrops

I really am in love with the wedding trends for this year. Backdrops are HUGE this year, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your wedding. This background below is amazing to me and so simple to do with a projector!

Backdrops add more dimension to your wedding. They give more focal points and can take an ordinary wall, empty spot, or even something you want to hide, into something that keeps your guests talking. Last year we did a wedding at a venue that had a blue wall that did not go with our couple’s room decor. Our florist piped and draped the wall with soft white fabrics, then she added some trees and frames to make our dessert table super gorgeous and very fall looking.

They can be used for: cake tables, ceremonies, photobooths, escort cards, gift tables, throughout your reception venue, and guest book tables. As you can see you can make them up from anything, I feel the more creative you are the better!

What items can you use? Let your imagination run wild… Use your monogram, flowers, movie tickets, places where all your guest are from, lace from your mothers wedding dress, ribbons, or crepe paper. This can be a DIY project, or your florist or designer can help you create the perfect backdrop for your wedding day!

 

Meet Designs That Matter!

I love meeting new people and introducing them on our blog! Yael from Designs That Matter may be new to us however, she started her business 7 years ago and has a degree in fine art and graphic design. She is super sweet and we are so happy the she had the time for a little Q&A for us!

How did you get started? I always loved art and creating beautiful things. I have a professional degree in fine art and graphic design and together with my love for events, families and the passion to preserve our memories, Designs that Matter was created. I started with making memory albums for families and the various events in their life, then at some point someone saw my work and asked me to make invitations for their event – and that came about.

What makes you different than other invitation companies? I believe it’s that personal touch. It’s the way I can take the bride’s ideas and make them into reality. It’s the way I work with every client to make their design perfect just for them. I work very closely with each client so the final product reflects them – their theme, colors, style, and of course budget.

My handmade wedding invitation collection uses the finest papers, ribbons, and delicate handmade materials to create a wonderful mix of patterns, textures and colors to compliment everything else about the event. Every invitation and design is different – some are hand drawn, some use handmade paper, and some are more graphic – the outcome is one-of-a-kind and unique – every time.

What is the average price per invitation? Because my designs vary so much, it’s hard to say. It’s best to contact me and have an initial free consultation where I will get to know you and what you’re looking for.

That said, as a starting point, the invitations start at only $5.50 per set. From there we add different papers, layers, ribbons, or other elements – and of course any of these add to the price. I pride myself in making invitations that would fit most budgets – no matter what you’ll choose, your invitations would be made with high quality paper and great thought.

What is something unique about you? I am passionate about my work. I take great pride in it and I want every client to feel the same way. I truly want it to be a collaborate project and I want everyone who walks in the door to enjoy it. I truly value FAMILIES and the celebrations that we have. I treasure and want to preserve all the milestone events that tell the story of our lives. Working with me is not just about getting invitations – it’s about the whole experience of getting there.

Spotlight on a Vendor: 6.25 Paper

Nestled in downtown Grand Rapids, 6.25 Paper is not just a paper products and invitation design shop. Abbey Fowler, the owner of the store, tries to be as eco-friendly as possible, recycling excess paper and using them for window displays or making paper flowers. Her shop is filled with many Michigan made products and goodies personally designed. She has an album of her own designs (that she also sells to retail shops) for clients to choose from or they can be custom-made. She designs anything from traditional to vintage to modern for any occasion. We had a little Q&A session with her  – enjoy!

How did you get started? I started my career path at a magazine publishing company. I was involved at trade shows and discovered how much I enjoyed the design aspect working for different magazines in the stationary industry. I eventually started my own company up in 2008.

What trends are you seeing with brides? Nautical themed invitations and navy blue are trending. Brides choose purple quite often as well. They are moving away from pocket folds and doing double sheet invites instead.

What is the most unique request or invitation you have done? For a corporate client, I designed invites that looked like luggage to be given to invitees for a corporate trip to Florida.

How far in advance should brides order? It depends if they are doing a custom order, which I recommend 8 weeks in advance otherwise if they are just choosing out of my album I recommend 4 weeks.

Do you have any advice for things brides should stay away from? I say make sure you are aware of the added costs for proofs and being cautious of how much paper is used in the invitations.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing to do? My favorite things to do are the side projects that come along with weddings, things besides invitations like custom designed signage. I do not like to do anything with a photo involved.

What is the meaning behind the name 6.25? It is my wedding anniversary!

Ashley Mason, TwoFoot Creative – Grand Rapids