14 Days of Love!

14 days of Love

14 days of love is just that, 14 days of love. We opened our doors on the World Wide Web February 14, 2014 and in celebration of this milestone Custom Designs is showing love by giving discounts on some products and services until the 14th of February.

And, even more exciting !!  Any order placed during the month of February will be entered to a drawing to win a bridal bundle or mommy bundle*.

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Help us celebrate by telling your loved ones who have an upcoming milestone to use Custom Designs for their stationery needs.

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

*visit our website for more information http://www.customdesigns-inc.com

Wedding Stationery Tips

Good Morning Beauties & Gents!

We shared our Wedding Stationery Tips with all the brides and their entourages who attended the Great Bridal Expo in Baltimore. Everyone, from family members to guests, want to know when you are sending out your save the date and most importantly your wedding invitation.

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As Soon As You Set The Date (and have a signed wedding contract)

Select and send your save the date cards to everyone on your wedding guest list.  Guests will appreciate having extra time to plan and make travel arrangements, especially if you’re having a destination or holiday wedding.  At the very latest 7 months before the big day.

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3-4 Months Before The Wedding

Order your Custom Designs wedding invitations, enclosure cards, printed envelopes and thank you notes. Start addressing invitation envelopes as soon as you receive your order to stay ahead of schedule.

 

6-8 Weeks Before The Wedding

Put your invitations in the mail.  Have an entire invitation with all enclosures and envelopes weighed at the post office to make sure you buy the right postage

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4 Weeks Before The Wedding

Now is the time to order your other printed items, like wedding programs, wedding favors, personalized napkins, menu cards, and more.

 

1-2 Weeks Before The Wedding

Contact any guests who have not sent back their response cards so you’ll have an accurate guest count.

 

Right After The Wedding

Start writing those thank you notes.  You have three months to send your thank yous, but don’t wait until the last minute.  Guests want to know you received their gifts, and that you loved celebrating with them.

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents,

Kimberlee

The Great Bridal Expo

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Happy New Year! We are back and excited about 2015!  So many beautiful new designs are available in our wedding stationery and baby stationery albums.

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Sunday, Custom Designs had a booth at its first Bridal Expo.  The Great Bridal Expo was held at Martin’s Valley Mansion right outside of Baltimore.  It was icing and snowy out that morning so the 1 hour commute was eventful.  We were slightly afraid that the weather would dwindle the number of brides who came out, but that was not the case.  All the 2015 and 2016 Brides and their wedding entourages came out to gather ideas and join in the fun of The Great Bridal Expo.

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We had a variety of samples displayed for all of the “fierce” feyonce’s who came out to the Bridal Expo. We also featured a chair draped with a place card which is a new unique option and displayed a ceremony sign stationed that said “Happily Ever After Starts Today” on a sheet of grass for the full effect.  All of the items we displayed are purchasable at our online store www.customdesigns-inc.com 
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In addition to all of this brides and their entourage were given some very important Wedding Stationery Tips that I will share with you all on the next blog post.
Brides were asked to drop a raffle ticket into our card box for their chance to win an amazing card box filled with bride and groom flutes, bride and groom chair sashes, last fling before the ring drink holders, bride to be sash, bride to be tiara, and a few invitation samples.  We drew a winning bride during the fashion show.  The lucky bride featured below is @laurenageier on instagram ! We will be happily helping Lauren plan her wedding stationery for her big day!
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From our interactions with the brides it appeared that October is becoming more and more popular for a wedding month, and LOTS of brides are loving the passport save the dates and boarding pass invitations. Destination weddings even if just a state away are becoming more and more popular.
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The Great Bridal Expo was a fantastic time! It was a pleasure meeting all of the beautiful brides and their families!
Happy Planning Beautiful & Gents!
Kimberlee

Say YES to the Dress!

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Deciding on a wedding gown is almost as hard as deciding on the venue.  Both are one of the BIGGEST decisions you make throughout the entire planning process wouldn’t you say?  It’s more than selecting a wedding gown, it’s selecting a gown that suits your personal style, your wedding style, season, and most importantly flatters your figure.  All too often some of us forget how to dress our body types and select pieces that compliment our figures.  You want to feel beautiful and confident in your wedding gown. Everyone comes beautifully in different shapes and sizes.  Knowing how to compliment our uniqueness keeps us confident every time.

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A-Line Gowns:  Perfect for any body type.  They truly compliment any body type and come with sleeves, without sleeves, strap sleeves, etc.  Lala Anthony & Eva Longoria both wore an A-Line Wedding Gown for their BIG Day, and both have very different bodies types.  Lala is more curvy where Eva Longoria is slender and petite.  Both women looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day.

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Sheath:  I love the sheath gown it is versatile like the A-Line, but not made for everyone, but great for the tall and slender and the short and curvy.  Ironic I know because both are complete opposites of each other, however, this particular style suits these two body types perfectly.  Piper Perabo wore a gorgeous unique animal print (YES ANIMAL PRINT) sheath wedding gown with a yellow veil and Kim Kardashian wore a beautiful lace sheath wedding gown in her 2014 nuptials.  Both women fit the indicated body types Kim Kardashian being short and curvy, and Piper Perabo being tall and slender.  Jennifer Lopez is featured next to Piper Perabo photo because she wore the same dress different colors at the Met Ball prior to Piper’s wedding.  Another great example of the two different body types wearing the same sheath gown.

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Mermaid:  I love the Mermaid gown it is one of my absolutely favorites!  It is great for curvy and hourglass figured women. My wedding gown was a mermaid gown featured at the top of the blog.  Khloe Kardashian wore a mermaid gown with sash accent in her wedding to Lamar Odom and her sister Kim Kardashian wore a mermaid gown as dress number 2 at her wedding to Chris Humphries.  We featured her again because she also was seen in a Sheath Mermaid gown as dress #3 for the reception.  Which I wanted to feature to illustrate the look of a sheath combined with the mermaid look can be versatile (remember sheath is for my short/curvy and tall/slender brides).

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Ball Gown:  I fell in love with the ball gown before going to try it on!  It is just stunning, makes you feel like a Princess just looking at one.  I strayed away from it primarily because they didn’t have the one I wanted in the store and I wasn’t buying anything off of the internet I have not seen on myself.  Not for a wedding!  And, the other selection of ball gowns was not what I wanted and I ended up falling in love with a Mermaid gown.  Nonetheless, the ball gown is the gown that makes us all feel like Cinderella perfect for fully busted, hour-glass, or apple-shape figures.  Victoria Beckham and Gabrielle Union both opt’d for the sleeveless ball gown on their BIG day and look absolutely stunning! look stunning in the ball gown’s they wore on their BIG day!

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          Empire: Empire gowns are usually worn by our destination wedding bride because they are comfortable in the heat, great on the beach, and flow beautifully in the wind in pictures.  They are also loved by our mommy to be brides.  Empire gown is great for women with pear shape, petite, or small busted women.  Alicia Keys wore a gorgeous custom one strap empire gown in her nuptials to Swizz Beats.

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Keep in mind when dress shopping that A-Line is versatile and can be worn by every body type,  Sheath is where opposites attract and it is great for the tall/slender & the short/curvy.  Mermaid is for curvy and hour-glass shaped women.  Ball Gown another versatile suiting the full busted, hour-glass, or apple-shaped women.  And, lastly the Empire gown great for petite and pear-shaped women, also a winner for the mommy to be brides!

It is also possible to find dresses that combine a few together like this Empire, Mermaid, Sheath dress featured below……

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Happy Planning (or should I say shopping) Beauties & Gents,

Kimberlee

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Always a Bridesmaid…Never a Bride!

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Are you in your mid 20s to early 30s watching your friends get engaged and married left and right?  Are you scoping out reception halls while toasting to the newly weds?  Everyone comes to a point in their life where it seems like everyone around you is getting married except for YOU — the day when your dreams are coming true for everyone around you.

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Some of you ladies end up stealing the joy you should have for your friend or family member because of your own bitterness towards your significant other which is not fair to you, or to the happy couple.  Some other ladies are happy and single (or happily taken), toasting away, excited for the open bar, and the bachelorette parties to come!  Marriage isn’t all there is to life, but it is the happy ending most women want.

Being a Bridesmaid isn’t always a bad thing.  Most of the time it is the best decision a girl makes to stand by the side of her best friend(s), or family member(s) in support of their next chapter in life.  It also provides  you time to practice, learn negotiating skills (depending how involved you are) know what you want/don’t want prior to planning your own wedding, and how to remain calm when day of issues arise.

When I first came up with this blog topic I wanted to take it in a very different direction, and then it was straying away from the topic at hand.

So, we had to draw it back in, and after researching, interviewing with various repeat bridesmaids, and other unmarried women we generated a list of WHY some women tend to always end up the bridesmaid, with some tips on how to become THE BRIDE.

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1. You’re not a Barbie!  On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter it is flooded with tons of profile pictures of women behind these masks with big Maxim Hair, Long Lashes, Photo Shopped images, and more.  Men honestly prefer their women naturally beautiful.  They don’t like all the extra fluff 24/7.  Tone it down a bit, and see how many heads (or how your man’s head) turns.

2. You constantly overdo it!  While this is a great quality for a bridesmaid because you will go above and beyond for your friends getting married — but you will constantly TOOT your own horn.  Nobody wants to marry a showboat.  You’re an over-giver, constantly giving can take away from your own dignity.  While this makes you a good bridesmaid take it down a notch so you don’t feel the need to toot your own horn.

3. You are self-absorbed!  If you spend the first 10 minutes talking about yourself in every conversation you have odds are there is no conversation to have after the 10 minutes.  You are a taker, and you only care about yourself.  Somehow you have managed to make people’s wedding events about you, and even supermodel look won’t get you brideship.

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4. You don’t cook.  Few (and I mean FEW) men on this plant prefer a woman who doesn’t cook.  Domesticated women are HIGHLY sought after by men seeking marriage. Learn to cook, the way to a man’s heart is through his belly (so they say).

5.  You’re an IT girl.  Boisterous, loud, attention-slore personalities send men running the opposite way!  Like it or not, they prefer a flip my hair not whip my hair kind of demeanor.  Girlfriends (or “wifeys”) that actually become wives don’t go out of their way to get noticed or make scenes.

So, I guess in some aspects you have to tone it down, become reserved, allow the man to be the man and just enjoy the ride.

Happy Friday Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

 

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Have a BOOtastic Halloween Party!

Gather your friends and get creative for a night of Halloween fun!

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Halloween parties are always a blast to see who comes dressed as who or what.  You can have the party all night long at your home or venue with dancing, food, costume prizes, games, etc.

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Or take it next level and do haunted house tours, hay rides, corn maze, and pumpkin patches all in one day.  Whatever your scare, make sure to include

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Happy Party Planning Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

 

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Product of the Month: Get Creative with Custom Seal Tags

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When you want something 100% custom and unique – we can help!

Our custom seals and custom favor tags can be printed with your artwork to match your wedding style and theme perfectly.

Order custom seals and tags to dress up your favors, gifts, centerpieces and more. You can even use them in creative ways:

• attach them to picks to identify desserts at your reception

• attach to stir sticks to name the drink you’re enjoying

• tie tags printed with a thank you message to your napkins

• personalize favors with seals and add tags with instructions (for example, if you’re giving mums as a favor at your fall wedding, add tags printed with planting/caring instructions)

Then get your ribbon, rhinestones and other embellishments, and start personalizing your wedding your way!

Want to see more?

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

The Old is New Again – Typography

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Know what I love? Getting creative with traditional things and making them have a brand new chic and modern look!

Typography is all that retro lettering (posters, old signage letters, fabric prints) has made a BIG comeback in the wedding world!  Which is very exciting to brides who are going for a rustic or vintage feel, or even a carnival theme wedding.  The possibilities are endless.

Blast from the past – Typography wedding invitations are a great way to set the tone for your vintage wedding and show your chic style. The unique word layouts and trendy lettering combinations make your wording a work of art and your invitations an absolute favorite among guests.

Versatile style – Are you having a rustic wedding? Typography works exceptionally well with a rustic theme, too. When vintage style lettering is printed on kraft paper, you can’t get a better romantic rustic look with anything else. Modern and elegant wedding? Typography will fit right in there, too! Think black card stock with gold or silver foil for the design.

Spell out your style – Decorating! Using vintage letters in mixed sizes and styles to spell out fun words like “Love” and “Mr & Mrs” and “I do” at the reception is such a great compliment when styling your reception space. Wall art, posters, mirrors and more are in decorating stores everywhere – find a couple of fun pieces and make them the focal point of your décor.

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

 

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What EVERY Bridesmaid Should Know (that no one tells you)

Don’t we all wish that the request to become a bridesmaid came with fine print that we could read to make sure it is something we want to take on?  Sometimes hours on the phone discussing every single detail isn’t as exactly as exciting as you thought for a bridesmaid, and it can be stressful planning a wedding that isn’t your own.

What Every Bridesmaid Should Know (that no one tells you)

1. Your opinion is no more…Opinions, sometimes you might not even be sure you have one.  From chocolate overtones on the wedding cake to the font used on the invitations, you have been asked your thoughts on it all.  It’s flattering she thinks so highly of your opinion, you suppose, but just the other day you had a long debate about the merits of ice cream station as a reception closing and had an outer body experience.

2. The DRESS….NO, not THE DRESS, but the one that you will be wearing or made to wear rather.  Clearly, you appreciate that it’s the brides choice, however, we all would love to select our own bridesmaids dress, but it’s her day.  Even so, it’s no excuse to ever wear yellow taffeta.

3. BTW you will have to get along with the other bridesmaids…We have all seen the infamous “Bridesmaids,” getting along with the other members of the bridal party is an unspoken law: simply put, to make things easy as possible for the bride you must (to the best of your abilities) get along with the other members of the bridal party.  Otherwise, you will become an outsider, a lone wolf, separated from the pack. Don’t be that wolf!

4. You will get sick of talking about weddings…There, we said it! Wasn’t it easy

5.The SHOES…Most Brides allow you to select your own shoe, but specified color if your gal pal doesn’t allow that option refer to number 2

6. You should to volunteer to help.  Remember this can be a stressful time for the Bride because of various factors while trying to plan a very special day.  If she seems overwhelmed PLEASE offer your assistance in any way to relieve some of the extra stress of wedding planning.  She will be thankful.

7.  SHUT UP!  Yes, literally, shut up! You will have to bite your tongue.  It is a an unspoken rule of a bridesmaid to not be negative in any way.  No negativity regarding friends, family, the groom of the bride, etc.  If she is over the top in love with a dress while wedding dress shopping, but you aren’t feeling it do NOT state your opinion.  This is a time to feel joyful and uplift the Bride as planning and preparing can be stressful, and emotional support is needed.

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!

Kimberlee

911: Bridal Emergency Kit!

Good morning Beauties!

No one every thinks about emergencies occurring on their big day, but guess what?! They do. As you prepare for this AMAZING DAY, please keep in mind that no matter how “flawless” you may envision your wedding day to be,  make sure you are prepared in case something catastrophic happens.

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Here’s a list of  10 essential items you should include in your Bridal emergency kit:

  1. Tissues
  2. Lipstick
  3. Bobby Pins
  4. Basic Toiletries (e.g. Lotion, Deodorant, Dental Floss, Wipes)
  5. Mints
  6. Clear nail polish
  7. Superglue
  8. Sewing kit
  9. Band-Aids
  10. Pain reliever (e.g. Advil, Tylenol)

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Trust me on such a busy day you it’s better safe than sorry.

Happy Planning Beauties & Gents!

Marie

 

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