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Not just a website under construction

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One of my goals for 2011 is to finish the revamp on the Invites by Jen website.  Had I just gone ahead and completed the new website design with only the elements from the old website, I would be done.  However, as you can see from my list of goals for the year, I plan on adding many new products and designs.

So, I decided to create my website with these new products in mind.  Even though this means my website will be “under construction” for a while, you will at least continue to see previews and glimpses of wonderful things to come!

For instance, the new lines were just introduced on the website:


On this page you can read the description of all the lines that will *eventually* be offered.  The plan is to have a scrolling sideshow for each line (such as was done with the Classic Line).

Once you click on the button to your preferred invite line (for instance, if you clicked on “Classic Line”), you will see the different designs I have to offer:


You will then be able to click on your preferred design to read more about it:


At the bottom of the page for each design will be a scrolling slideshow that shows different ways other clients have customized that particular design:


Also added today is the ability to request a sample of some of the designs shown on the website!


Other exciting news is that this week I started working with Marie of MCM Portraits out of Allenton, Wisconsin.  She will be photographing my invites so that I can provide you with a beautiful look at your future invitation set.




Valentine’s Day Wedding Theme

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Valentine’s day can be synonomous with a couple getting engaged, but there is an increasing popularity in exchanging vows on this day as well.

Here are a few of my favorite valentine’s day wedding theme ideas:

1.  Colors — to keep the event classy, try keeping the bold “valentine’s day” red clean and simple by accenting with the strong contrast of black and white

2.  Patterns — if hearts aren’t your thing, try incorporating a lace pattern or a black and white plaid pattern

3.  Flowers — red roses would be the *obvious* choice here, but try finding red poppies (which will also pull in that black accent)

4.  Invite wording — add a cute, yet elegant greeting to your guests — somewhere along the lines of “Come celebrate love and romance on Valentine’s Day at the wedding of Jack and Jill”

5.  Table Numbers — instead of using table numbers, name your tables after famous couples

6.  Cake — instead of the traditional square or round, have a heart shaped cake

Of course, one of the places you will want to check out (especially when planning a themed wedding such as this) is Etsy!  Here are a few of my favorites (clicking on each picture will take you to the listing on Etsy):


Have a custom print made to display at the card or guest book table:


Think outside the traditional ring bearer pillow options — this would make an amazing statement as the little one walks down the aisle!


What a charming touch to the groom’s ensemble for the day:


Hang this at the head table as added decoration!


Custom heart shaped soap favors for your guests:


A unique guest book idea!


Beautiful necklaces for your bridesmaids:


A great photo prop or decoration!  Why not write “thank you” and have a picture on your wedding day to include in your thank you notecards after the big day!

Jessica + Christopher

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 This past year I had the pleasure of working with Jessica and Chris on their wedding.  The couple’s wedding color scheme included a beautiful red hue that we carried throughout their stationery.  All the way from save the dates to escort cards, we worked together to create a cohesive style for their big day.

Photo Courtesy of Connor Studios
Here is what the couple had to say about their experience :
“Jen provided save the dates, invitations, table numbers, place cards, programs, and rehearsal dinner invitations for our wedding. We got rave reviews from everyone, including the wedding coordinator at our venue! Everything she did was amazing, and very high quality! I can’t thank her enough”

It all started out with customized Save the Dates in my Jennifer design

Next came the coordinating, customized invitations — Jessica and Chris chose a Dark Red, Black, and White color combination for their wedding stationery

The couple also enlisted my help in creating custom rehearsal dinner invitations.  They wanted something with the same feel as the invitations, but completely different at the same time.  Since the wedding was in October, we went with a fall theme…..a pecan, burnt orange, and red palette was featured in this design.  I created this set 100% for Jessica and Chris — it was one-of-a-kind, just for the couple!

I customized the envelopes to match the rehearsal dinner invitation!

 Photo Courtesy of Connor Studios

I created multi-page programs for the couple in the same color palette and with the same coordinating damask print as their invitations.  The inside listed the wedding party and ceremony details.  The back page featured a special message from Chris and Jessica to all of their guests, including those with them in spirit on that day

Photo Courtesy of Connor Studios

Coordinating escort cards greeting the guests at the reception venue

Photo Courtesy of Connor Studios

Table numbers were created to help the guests find their seats!

I just want to thank Jessica and Chris for being such wonderful clients.  Also, a special thank you to Michael Connor of Connor Studios for providing me with beautiful pictures from the wedding day for this blog feature!

Origami Wedding Decor Ideas

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I am always fascinated by the talent of origami artists.  Recently, I have noticed a lot of this type of art decorating wedding ceremonies and receptions.  If you are interested in adding this type of decor to your event, Etsy is a great venue!  Not only are the items eco-friendly (hello recycling), but they can be customized to fit your needs and are 100% unique!

One of my favorite types of origami (for wedding purposes) is the kusudama balls.  Here are a few items for decor ideas using this origami technique:

This pair of brooches would be the perfect boutonniere.  These flowers will still look great all the way through the dance!  MollyGraydon $15.00

This table decor would not only be a conversation starter amongst your guests, but adds a pretty and unique touch to the evening (I love the crystals…they would sparkle in the candlelight)  MyLittlePinkAngel $35.00

And why not add the matching favor boxes from the same designer?  MyLittlePinkAngel $3.99

Hair clips for you or your bridesmaids.  Pontellier $15.00

Use these 12 flowers as a table decoration or DIY and make them into your bouquet!  MyPaperGardenShop $30.00

Use these mini Kusudama balls to hang as pew or chair decorations!  Julzbooks $20.00

WhetherPaperworks makes beautiful, customized bouquets and pomander balls.  WhetherPaperworks $290.00

Here is her pomander ball (have the flower girl carry this or hang it over a bar, cake table, or doorway for a cute focal decoration point).  WhetherPaperworks $150.00

Featured on the front page of Etsy!

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I received notification that one of Invites by Jen’s products was featured on the front page of Etsy this past Saturday.

My light pink, pecan, and white confetti graced the front page of Etsy (at the top even)!  Products that Etsy features rotate about every hour on the front page.  During my  hour on the front page, this product was viewed 495 times and was “hearted” over 14 times!

The power of Etsy!

View the famous confetti in my Etsy shop!

Dahlia Wedding Inspiration

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One of the more popular flowers for weddings in the next couple of months is the Dahlia.  Below are a few of my favorite Dahlia inspired finds from Etsy.

Hair Accessory by everydayfairytale – $38

Set of 25 Peacock colored Paper Dahlias by Octoberhill – $25

Ring Bearer pillow by ORomeo – $25

Wedding Favors by MelroseFields – $45

Centerpiece Arrangement by MelroseFields – $110

Gold Dahlia Necklace by AmyMadden – $35

Set of 6 Sugar Dahlias by sweetbouquet – $12.50

Alley + Joe

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I had the pleasure of working with Alley and Joe on their wedding invitations.  They were so fun to work with and it was refreshing when Joe came with Alley to our first consultation — for the most part I work with just the bride, but it was so nice to see how involved BOTH of them were in the wedding planning.  Plus, they were such a fun, easy going couple, and were obviously very much in love — how could I not enjoy working with them?

Alley and Joe customized my Daphne invitation set.  We included a ton of crystals on the invitation suite, customized the set with Dark Red, Black, White, and the Daphne Damask pattern.  The couple paired the set with a metallic envelope — since they were having a mid-November wedding, it was just the right amount of shimmer for their winter wedding!

When I first met with Alley and Joe, they had brought with them a few examples of things they wanted to try to incorporate into their own set.  One of them was a timeline of the day’s events on an enclosure card.  The result was super cute and I am sure very helfpul to the guests.  Pairing the timeline with lodging information for Alley and Joe’s set made the enclosure a very economical, yet extremely useful addition to the set.