With the internet playing such a large part in wedding planning these days, brides and grooms have so many more options as far as which vendors they can to work with – you’re no longer limited just to vendors in your area, or even in your country! Which is just part of why I’m happy to share Ruby & Willow with you. It’s a New Zealand company, but they work with brides worldwide to create the perfect wedding stationery – good thing, since they’ve got such beautiful pieces! Here are just a few examples of the work they do…

Offering both custom design and a ready-made Signature Collection, Ruby & Willow takes a personal approach to every client they work with, to make sure that you end up with wedding stationery that not only reflects the tone of the day, but also your personalities as a couple. Check out even more from Ruby & Willow on their website and at their Etsy shop, and keep up with them on Magnolia Rouge, their lovely blog.

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Finding the perfect wedding dress can be quite an ordeal, and trying to find the perfect vintage wedding dress is even more of a challenge. Unless, of course, you’ve gone straight to Whirlingturban. Well-known among vintage collectors as makers of some of the best vintage reproduction dresses out there, Whirlingturban has recently launched a Wedding Boutique, simplifying the search for the perfect vintage wedding dress. Here are a few of my favorite designs, including examples from real brides…

Whirlingturban’s Wing Bust dress combines the romance and tradition of a white dress with the whimsy of color – just a touch at the bustline (you can supply your own fabric for the contrast color to make sure it’s exactly what you want).

While Whirlingturban continues to create completely customized and custom-fit dresses, the prices in the newly launched ready-to-wear wedding boutique are incredibly reasonable, ranging from only $400 to $900! Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as a vintage bride, you might just change your mind when you see the wide range of styles that Whirlingturban has to offer.

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If you don’t know about the amazing resource that is Minted.com, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only do they have an incredible variety of some of the best wedding stationery around, from some of my very favorite designers, but they also run some really fun contests from time to time – and this time they asked me to be a guest judge! Out of more than 300 submissions, I’ve chosen 7 of my favorites to share with you here.
Augusta by Beth Perry Design
Lovenest by Kelly Robinson Harris
The Farmer’s Daughter by Oscar + Emma
Say Something by Hoodoos & Pancakes
Sunkissed by Sarah Lenger
Leaves and Flowers by Alison K.
Eternity by Milkmaid Press

So which ones are your favorites? Let the designers and Minted.com know which ones you love best by voting. Your favorite might even be available for purchase, because the top designs will be sold on Minted.com! Go vote here. Oh, and if you vote for 50 or more designs, you’ll receive 10% off a wedding related item on Minted.com. Just vote and then email designers[at]minted.com with the email address they used.

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I’ve been following Ellie’s blog for awhile, ever since I first saw the beautiful invites and programs she designed for her own wedding. Now, lucky for the rest of us, Ellie is taking the leap into making wedding stationery design a full time gig with Hello Tenfold, and has opened an Etsy shop! I especially love the sense of whimsy in each and every piece – here are a few of my favorites…

Ellie hand-prints pieces with her Gocco, so they really have that extra something special. She also offers digital options for folks on a budget. Each of the designs in her Etsy shop are customizable, and she also does occasional custom projects. And it’s not just invitations! There are programs, table numbers, menus, even designs for out-of-town welcome packages! See even more eye candy in the Hello Tenfold Etsy shop, and don’t miss a thing by following Ellie’s blog, Mint.

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Are you dreaming of custom invitations for your wedding, but feel certain they’re outside your budget? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Love At First Invite – not only are they an award-winning company with nearly ten years of graphic design experience, and not only do they create beautiful custom designs, but they also offer a custom design experience for a range of budgets. Here is just a taste of what they can do…

With virtually limitless options, from digital printing to letterpress, from metallic inks to fabric details, there is something for everyone. Especially because Love At First Invite will work with you to create your perfect invitation suite, within your budget. See even more at the website and blog!

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