A cool wedding color trend for Spring 2013 is a Blue Wedding based on the color predictions released by PANTONE™. Be inspired by Monaco Blue and Dusk Blue.
What is it about the color blue? It’s all around us in pop culture from a blue Christmas to the Blue Man Group….from singing the blues to blue plate specials…from blue ribbons to things happening out of the blue…from blue skies to baby blue eyes, people just love the all hues of blue.
Speaking of love and blue together, this brings us to the topic of a blue wedding in the Spring of 2013. No wedding discussion would be complete without the timeless and traditional wedding rhyme of “Something old, something borrowed, something blue.” Regardless of the color scheme of your wedding, it’s quite easy to add something blue to your ensemble for the big day.
Blue Wedding Save The Date Cards
If you’ve meticulously planned every inch of your wedding attire from the veil to the dress to the shoes and you just can’t work a blue item in somehow, don’t forget the guy! (I know, the groom is supposed to just show up and say yes to everything the bride desires on her wedding day so what does he have to do with the something blue to fulfill the wedding tradition.) In this case, let’s put the groom to work on the “something blue.” It could be his bow tie and cummerbund or his full length necktie. Cufflinks that incorporate a shade of blue would work too as would a blue handkerchief tucked neatly into the tux pocket.
Blue is a cool color known for its calming effect. Therefore, it’s a good choice for brides-to-be when they start the wedding planning process. Since wedding planning can be stressful (with so many people involved in the process having strong opinions), start off the first stage of the process several months ahead of time with blue-toned Save the Dates. Let everyone know that this is going to be stress-free wedding zone when you inform them well in advance of what date to reserve for your ceremony. You don’t want a favorite relative or treasured family friend to make some kind of non-refundable travel plans (like a cruise on the clear blue waters of the Caribbean) on the same date as your special day. This is why Save The Dates are an important first step in the wedding stationery package.
Other Blue Wedding Save The Date Ideas
When it comes time to send the actual invitations, or as the whole wedding stationery package is often referred to these days, the wedding invitation kits, there are several components to consider. You’ve already got the Save the Dates long since mailed (perhaps as Save the Date photo cards or Save the Date magnets), so now you need the actual invitation.
There are many sources for invitation wording. Whether you favor something traditional or more modern, your wedding planner or wedding planning guide will have plenty of ideas. Another good wedding resource is the do it yourself invitation template. Using the invite template, you can always change things around or substitute different words to personalize the message to your invited guests.
Blue Wedding Invitations
The next piece of the wedding stationery kit is the RSVP cards. Yes, you are sending RSVP’s out in your envelopes and they are coming back to you with an acceptance and the number of attendees as (as well as menu choice if you are offering that option) or with regrets that the invited guetss will not be able to attend the reception. (Now you know what it was like in the days before email! You send someone a letter…they send something back to you in the mail.) Most brides like to make sure that the response cards match the invitations since they are mailed together. Again, there are plenty of blue toned cards from which to choose.
Once you’ve got everything assembled fore the inside of the envelope, don’t forget the envelope itself. Brides must pay attention during the ordering process to see if envelopes come with the invitations. If the invites do not come with envelopes or if the bride desires a different envelope, there are many options available. People often think of envelopes as just plain white paper. However, talented wedding stationery designers have taken today’s wedding envelopes far beyond that. Envelopes can have graphic designs, photos and any color the bride desires. Many opt for a lightly tinted shade of the predominant wedding color scheme.
Blue Wedding Bridal Shower Invitations
You may recall how Kings and Queens sealed envelopes in the olden days – with wax seals bearing their symbol. The modern bride doesn’t need to go quite that far these days to seal her wedding invitations! A pretty wedding envelope seal sticker featuring a monogram or other pretty wedding symbol will do nicely.
When it comes time for the trip to the post office, many brides realize they forgot an important aspect of the wedding stationery packet – specialized wedding invitation postage stamps. There are plenty of choices to keep the blue wedding color scheme intact even on the outside of the envelope. Whether you are choosing wedding photography, graphic design or simple messaging, all three types are available in various shades of blue. Actually, an important bridal tip is that you should be making two trips to the post office (even though you will be able to buy all your beautiful custom wedding postage online.) You do need to know the weight of your complete invitation package that you will be mailing to each guest. So you check that first, then buy your stamps online, then go back to the post office with the stamped envelops when you are ready to send them out.
Blue Wedding Essentials
After the ceremony and the honeymoon have ended, and the newlyweds are settling into their new homes, there is one last piece of the wedding stationery kit left – the thank you notes. It is both traditional and polite to thank guests for attending your happy day and for getting you something special as you start your new life together as husband and wife. Including a personal aspect to each note in addition to the standard words of gratitude is a nice touch. Letting guests know what you bought with their gift certificates or where in your new home you placed a decorative gift will be appreciated.