by: Lauren

I have more custom invitation eye candy for you! I just love posting (and finding) paper designs… almost as much as I love making inspiration boards!

Paper Design Details via TheELD.com
*Orange Blossom Ink

Paper Design Details via TheELD.com
*Miss Pickles Press

The font on this invitation is absolutely luxurious.

Love these! A perfect combination of elegant letterpress with the
eccentricity of a pocket!

Had to throw a little Save The Date action in the mix…these are SO original and innovative! They’re made to resemble a menu for the food-loving couple.
Paper Design Details via TheELD.com

Hope you enjoyed these gorgeous and innovative paper designs!

Do you have a favorite custom paper design company? Leave a comment and share your favorite custom paper designer!



by: Lauren

The food at a wedding is one of the most important aspects of the event. It’s actually what most guests remember from weddings, so of course you want it to be memorable!

There are several options when it comes to the food for a wedding reception. There are different types of food and various ways for it to be served. The type of food served also coincides with the type of reception.

A casual wedding would usually have the food served buffet-style. Buffets are also appropriate for semi-formal and sometimes formal weddings. A buffet is a good way to go if you want to offer a variety of food options, and it is a good way to cut costs.

There are some innovative twists to buffets that have recently become popular in the wedding world. You can make a buffet of basically any type of food. A mashed potato bar is something that has been spotted at weddings.


There can also be food stations, which is a very modern take on the buffet. Each food station will have an entree, and there will be a few for a variety of selection. Some examples are a pasta station, carving station, and seafood station. The stations can also feature different ethnic foods, such as sushi and spaghetti.


A new trend for buffets and stations is the dessert bar. Some feature just candy, with the guest filling up a bag or box as their favor. Some bars feature candy, cake, and other desserts, giving guests a large selection to choose from!


A fresh take on a more modern wedding is the cocktail and hor d’oeurve reception. This reception usually takes place at a time that would be too early for dinner to be served. The cocktail and hor d’oeurve reception can be formal, trendy, or a bit more casual. It allows you to be more creative and offer a variety of food. The hor d’oeurves can be set up buffet style or passed by servers. It’s a great way to mingle with your guests and still have a great party!

Wedding Options: Serving the Meal via TheELD.com
Photo by Jennifer Schumacher Photography

Wedding Options: Serving the Meal via TheELD.com
Photo from TheKnot.com

Finally, the formal wedding reception with a plated meal. At this reception, guests have assigned tables, and it is a more elegant affair. The plated meal is served to the guests, and there is usually three or more courses served. It’s nice for the guests, because they don’t have to “work” to get their food.

Wedding Options: Serving the Meal via TheELD.com
Photo by Focus Photo Tahoe

Wedding Options: Serving the Meal via TheELD.com
Photo from Salted Butter

When it comes time to choose what kind of wedding reception and food you want to have, think about your own style. You want the food and drink that you provide to your guests to be of good quality. If they’re going to remember the food the most out of any other aspect of your wedding, make it something to remember! You’re essentially hosting a party, and you want your guests to enjoy it!



by: Lauren

The inspiration to create a neutral inspiration board came from the photo below that has bridesmaids in different colored dresses. I love the trend of having different colored bridesmaid dresses, but these go together beautifully!

A neutral color palette doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Accent colors paired with neutral tones can add tremendously to the palette, and they can be displayed minimally or all over the event. Pale pastel colors, such as a light pink or pale yellow, paired with neutral tones make for an elegant and classy event. These color palettes can also be used for a wedding taking place in any season! If you want to have a beautiful and elegant wedding, consider a neutral color combination!

Inpsiration Board: Neutral Elegance via TheELD.com
Row 1: Cake; Bridesmaids and Bride photo by Todd Pellowe
Row 2: Invitations; Tablescape; Bouquet photo by Ashley Brockinton Photography
Row 3: Tuxes; Reception photo by Todd Pellowe



by: Lauren

When the time has come to look for your wedding venue, you first must decide what kind of wedding you want to have.

Start with your wedding date. Is it in the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall? What will the weather be like? These aspects are crucial to consider when deciding on what kind of wedding you want to have.

The season of when your wedding takes place can also help you choose the theme and colors of your wedding. Some brides have an idea of what colors and theme they want before they even decide on a date. In that case, you can always let those decisions help you in your decision of a wedding date.

A spring or summer wedding usually has light, bright colors, whereas a fall or winter wedding has darker color tones. However, these are not rules or requirements. The color and theme of your wedding is completely your decision!

A good way to decide on a theme for your wedding is to jot down a few words that describe the kind of wedding you’re envisioning. They can be adjectives, such as classy and fun, or nouns, like party and garden. Remember, your wedding should be a reflection of you and your fiance!

The final decision to decide what kind of wedding you should have involves the formality. The formal wedding is elegant and classy. The ceremony usually takes place in a church, the venue is a ballroom, and the decor is extravagant. The semi-formal wedding is also elegant and classy, with a touch of party. These weddings can take place in a ballroom, loft, museum, or outdoors. The decor of these weddings can vary depending on the venue. The casual wedding is intimate, and can be as formal or fun as you want. Casual weddings are usually smaller in size, and they are commonly held outdoors, at a home, or in a restaurant.

Wedding Options: The Different Kinds of Weddings via TheELD.com
Wedding Options: The Different Kinds of Weddings via TheELD.com
Via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Options: The Different Kinds of Weddings via TheELD.com
Via Southern Weddings Magazine

All of these decisions are equally important in determining what kind of wedding you should have. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way of choosing what your wedding will be like. These are just guidelines and recommendations. Your wedding needs to be reflective of your personality and your vision! Your wedding is up to YOU!

If you need any suggestions or want some help in deciding what kind of wedding you should have, send me an email or leave a comment! I would love to help in your planning journey!