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So, my best-friend is getting married in Cancun, Mexico and she fell in love with our Larissa Collection! This collection features a starfish graphic and an elegant script font type. She loved the original Larissa Wedding Invitation suite with the silver starfish embellishment and satin ribbon details but wanted it simplified. So, we did a layered card with the matching addressing on the envelopes. This destination wedding invitation is a classic and great for a beach wedding. Also, this color palette of silver, aqua, black, and white is very popular and very fitting! Doesn’t it just remind you of the beautiful blue water! Her destination wedding invitation suite is simple, clean, and elegant! I’m so excited to start working on her matching table numbers and place cards! And of course, these stationery items will be featuring the elegant starfish graphic!

A starfish is definitely an iconic symbol for the beach and the ocean, which makes it very fitting for a destination wedding invitation. However, there are other iconic symbols we could use on this invitation such as a seahorse, sea shell, or palm tree, just to name a few. The choice is yours! Here at My Lady Dye, we accommodate all requests! So, just contact us with your preferences.

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When planning a wedding, there are so many details! But you wouldn’t believe…planning a vow-renewal is just as detailed! And this little stationery detail is one that is fun, functional, and informative! It’s a “welcome fan”! The Mother-in-law placed these unique paper fans into the welcome bags that were given to all of their out-of-town guests. Having this “fan” was super thoughtful of her because the event was in the heat of summer down south, in Georgia. So, while guests toured the beautiful city of Atlanta and surrounding areas, they were able to stay somewhat “cool”! This “fan” featured important information, as well as a custom hand-drawn map on the backside. Information that was included were the vow-renewal weekend events such as the Welcome Dinner, Vow Renewal, Reception, and Farewell Brunch. Other info included was a personal list of “favorite things to see and do” in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Atlanta. The list included cool places to eat and drink, popular shopping areas, antique stores, golf courses, parks, farmer’s markets, and museums…like the renowned High Museum of Art.

Your welcome bags should be filled with other fun goodies too! Fill them with local goodies such as staple items popular to the area…whether it be food items (snacks), beverage, small gift item(s), or a city souvenir like a cute magnet! Personalize the bags with customized favor tags with each of the guest’s names on it! It’s all in the details! Make it fun!

This welcome fan was one of many stationery items designed for my client. Stay tuned, as I will be featuring her beautiful Vow-Renewal Invitation! She fell in love with our Julie Collection Invitation but wanted it tweaked to accommodate some enclosure cards. Can’t wait to share it with you!

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When you turn 60, it’s time to have a huge “shin-dig”! And it’s even more fun when it’s a surprise birthday party! Reaching this milestone in your life, you totally deserve a super fun birthday bash! And what better way to introduce your special occasion, than with this super fun 60th birthday invitation, our Hatch Print Birthday Invitation! This typography style invitation features many fun font types and the design works best with a bold color palette.   Picking 2 colors along with Black is the best combo for the ultimate “Wow!” factor.  This invitation features Ocean, Citrus Green, and Black from our Color Chart.

This client added a little “spice” to the birthday bash by requesting guests to “kindly bring a short memory or story to roast Ken”, aka the Birthday “Boy”! Turning 60 years young isn’t too bad…..or is it! Hope Ken’s birthday  roast was not too harsh and I hope his friends enjoyed the fun 60th birthday invitation!

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This 60th birthday invitation can be used for any milestone birthday! We can customize it for a 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, or 70th birthday! How fun is that! See all our other Birthday Invitations for more inspiration!

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So, it has almost been one year to the date, when my family and I moved down here to Fairhope, Alabama! It’s so exciting to be in this warmer weather and near the beach along the Gulf Coast. So many new and beautiful things surround us like fluffy white cotton fields, majestic old pecan trees, small color-changing lizards,…and some “not-so-much-fun” things like fire ants! Anyhow, being in the South is great! And so, I have noticed that many Southerners (such as my neighbors), are all about monograms! They monogram everything! Clothes, socks, baby bibs, lunch bags, water bottles, pool bags,…you name it! Everything has their initials on it!

And this trend definitely carries over into Wedding! These “Southern Belles” are all about having their monogram on their perfect wedding invitation! And so, it’s time to design some wedding invitations with “Southern charm”! Traditional, simplistic, and elegant.

Introducing the Allexus Wedding Invitation! The perfect wedding invitation for a Southern Belle. It’s a classic with a crested monogram with olive leaf and olive branch accents! The initials “A” with “W” are displayed as a “double overlap”. A traditional choice of wording combined with a nice choice of script and block type fonts and it’s elegant yet simple color palette of gold and ivory with accents in dark purple, is perfect for both “him” and “her”. Not too girly yet not masculine. And it’s a MUST to have the matching calligraphy on the envelopes! It adds that extra special touch to the invitation suite and ties it all together. Our addressing is in digital calligraphy and it’s great because we can match colors and font types. See the entire Collection! We designed a matching save the date, program, menu, table number, thank you note card, escort card, and place card.

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One of our most popular wedding invitation designs is our Shelley Collection. The invitation suite printed in black and white (or black and ivory), has a more steampunk feel to it. Simply add color to the palette and the design emits an entirely new feel to it! This vintage wedding invitation suite in a PLUM and LAGOON color palette and printed on ivory metallic cover, definitely gives it a more vintage and romantic feel!

If you’re a lover of steampunk, here is a great article by Jessica McDaniel from Pocketful of Sunshine Event Design. Check it out for some steampunk wedding inspiration! She featured the layered wedding invitation from our Shelley Collection.

This particular Bride and Groom inquired about doing an RSVP postcard for their vintage wedding invitation suite, instead of a typical RSVP card with envelope. And of course, we were happy to accommodate them! We designed a 4×6 inch, double-sided card, with the “to” address printed on each. The RSVP postcard is a great option to help save on postage cost, as it would require a $0.35 stamp versus a standard $0.49 stamp. It’s also a great way to keep record of all your RSVPs, as the postcard would require your guest(s) to hand write their name(s) and address in the “from” section. Making any sense yet? Well, believe it or not, many guests are unfamiliar with wedding etiquette and they do not know they are supposed to fill in their name on the line next to the “M” on the RSVP card. The “M” is for the guest to complete the suffix, such as “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, “Miss”, or “Ms.”. And sometimes guests simply just forget to write their names.

When using a typical RSVP card with envelope, there are a few other ways to help record your RSVPs. You can have each RSVP envelope pre-addressed with both the “to” and “from” addresses or you can have a small inconspicuous number printed or handwritten on the back of the RSVP card. The number would correspond to a master list you keep on-hand which shows the guest name and their number. That way, if they reply and mail a blank card, you know exactly who it was! Now you’re able to contact them, if needed.

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The Bride and Groom were in love with our circus wedding invitation, the Jenny Collection wedding invitation. They said it was the perfect invite for their 20’s themed circus wedding! The Bride stated, “Our wedding theme is vintage circus but with the glamour of the 20s 30s and 40s. I usually sum up the theme like Water For Elephants, the movie.” And when she mentioned she wanted the invitation suite in navy blue and gold, I totally agreed! What a perfect color combination!

All the cards were printed on ivory metallic cover and they went with Navy matte envelopes. All text and graphics were in Navy and the invite card was layered with Antique Gold metallic cardstock. The metallic finish added an elegant touch to the suite and was a nice reference to the “glamour” aspect of their wedding theme. An information card was added to the invitation suite, which was titled “The Finer Details”. This card included information on accommodations and dress attire.

The couple really wanted their guests to dress in that early 1920s era clothing, so we had to come up with a creative way to word this on the card. So I got on Pinterest and searched 1920s men’s fashion. She liked the phrase “Speakeasy Soiree” and I loved her idea of referencing her favorite movie characters! “Channel your inner Jay Gatsby or Noah Calhoun” and “Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan or Allie Hamilton”. Everyone has seen both of these popular Drama/Romance movies, The Great Gatsby and The Notebook, right!

Their vintage circus wedding invitation suite turned out amazing and I can not wait to see photos of her unique wedding! Check out other stationery items from our Jenny Collection! My Lady Dye can design anything and everything, so please contact us!

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I had to feature this Royal Renaissance Invitation and Rendezvous! My new client is totally into the Medieval era and she and her hubby throw an annual party at their home in a “feudal feasting room”! I had the pleasure of working with her on the customized party invitations which fit her event to a “T”! The invitations were printed on parchment paper and individually handled/treated with burnt edges. Accompanied by an enclosure card which was printed on gold vellum and was used to inform and encourage Medieval dress attire. The cards were tucked away into an antique gold metallic envelope that was detailed with a red envelope liner. A Medieval font type was used for the addressing on the envelopes in which she and her hubby were festively titled, “Their Majesties – King Alfred & Queen Christine of LeVasseur”. Guests were addressed accordingly, as Duke, Duchess, Prince, Princess, Baron, Baroness, Earl, Countess, Lord, Lady, Dowager Baroness, King, and Queen. How fun would it be to get a Medieval themed Renaissance invitation and see your name as such, “Duchess Stephanie of Berneburg”! I wish I was one of the lucky guests invited to the royal feast at Chateau LeVasseur”!

Here is what Christine has to say about her Royal Renaissance Rendezvous!:

“A tourist book purchased in the chateau region of the Loire Valley of France had been the inspiration to some of our home’s decor. We had previously created a “feudal feasting room” which was now in need of renovation and repair. Friends and family were curious as to what we were going to do and could they “come see” the end results on completion.

Ideas were gathered from the “castle book” and we put our own personal touches on them. We called our artist, Geri Sowers, and parsed our design thoughts with her. Geri and her husband Gary, whom did some electrical and woodwork, were the costumed king and queen. As we went along we “tweaked” our ideas here & there until all was as we had imagined. Much time was spent on this endeavor….over 6 months….and curiosity began to mount….no one was allowed so much as a “peek”.

Artist Geri applied many unique treatments to accomplish the final look and much research and collaboration was done with her. The artistic work was painstaking, but emerging beautifully…gold leaf and layering resulted in amazing results. New furniture and accoutrements were acquired…..many involving a desired fleur de lys….our favorite French symbol.

So it was that my husband suggested we host a party to celebrate our newest “Medieval creation”. Thus, I began my search for a uniquely appropriate beginning to this soiree….the invitation, and happened upon the work of My Lady Dye. She was a very accommodating professional and delightful to work with. She was able to incorporate all of my personal ideas in the most splendid invitation and other party items. I am a firm believer that it is, indeed, the invitation that sets the stage for the entire event.

I decided to make it a costume affair….my husband disagreeing saying people would decline the invitation if a costume was required…..oh how wrong he was! As you can see, many dressed in Medieval garb and I had hand made the hennins (ladies’ hats) and provided crowns for the gents. My husband, Al, was dressed as the “Formal King” and I was “The Plague”. Crown bookmarks were given as favors in castle favor boxes and a written storyline of the development of the “new room” was provided on easels…….best party EVER and it all began with the engaging invitations and paper products of My Lady Dye! MERCI….MY LADY DYE!!!!!!!!”

Photos provided by client.

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My daughter LOVES ice cream! So, I had to throw her an Ice Cream Parlor birthday party for her 3rd Birthday, featuring a self-serve ice cream sundae bar with all the traditional toppings and with accommodating beverages of chocolate and strawberry milk! A gift table and thank you favor table were also part of this special day. And as guests arrived at the front door, they were greeted with a large birthday poster that stood on a tall easel. The dessert table and stationery were all designed to match in theme, in a whimsical color palette of pink, yellow, mint, brown, and white. And of course my 2 girls had to wear outfits, in colors that matched the party!

The dessert table features a personalized striped canopy, mint green polka dot fabric wall backdrop, and 2 side panels that were detailed with a print featuring a large cherry. A white shelving unit was used to display the cake, cupcakes, and water bottles.

The table was dressed with fabric, satin ribbon, and a paper garland. And two white vases with full bloomed yellow forsythia branches accented the table and reinforced a nice symmetry. A paper garland hung above the table and mint green and white metallic balloons floated along both sides of the table with super long streamers that fell to the floor.

Many stationery details were used to carry out the theme including water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, favor tags, signage, birthday poster, tented food cards, drink labels, and striped paper straws with personalized flags. The birthday invitation was enclosed in a pink envelope that was lined with a custom yellow striped envelope liner and detailed with a super fun wrap-around address label.

Hope you enjoyed my little girl’s Ice Cream Parlor Birthday Party and all the fun details! You can see all these stationery details for sale at my online stationery shop at My Lady Dye by visiting The Ice Cream Parlor Collection!

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I love that I can use my graphic design skills and love for handcrafting, to create super cute birthdays for my children! Their birthdays are the events I look forward to every year because they are not only important milestones for my little ones but they are also a special event that allows Mommy (moi) to surprise them with a SUPER FUN dessert table full of unique one-of-a-kind stationery and colorful paper details and decor. Handmade with love by Mommy…Well, it can’t get any better than that!

This Vintage Chic 1st Birthday was designed for my daughter Briella and so, this Birthday Collection is called the Briella Collection! How fitting, right! I designed and handcrafted all details of her party from the birthday invitation, tablescape, decor, and paper goods. My sister-in-law and I even baked and iced the smash cake and cupcakes.

The flowers are from a local store and all the fabric details were reconstructed items (created from second hand materials). The reconstructed items include the shredded wall backdrop, the end ties and bows on all the banners, the ties on the mason jars and flower jars, and the handmade “cover” for the cake stand (the stand is actually a reused wooden fruit box). The only piece I kept intact and did not reconstruct was the deep vintage pink, round, ruffled edged table cloth.

Handcrafted items include cake stand “cover”, cake topper, monogram letter, shredded fabric wall backdrop, suspended cotton string decor, embellished paper rosettes (wall decor), water bottle labels, favor tags, drink tags, flag straws, invitation (invite card, envelope liner, and printed envelopes), birthday girl flag stick, cupcake toppers, happy birthday banner, gift table banner, high chair banner, flagged banner for the wooden box used for the favors (bags of biscuit mix), thank you note cards, and birthday girl floral headband. The large paper mache monogram letter “B” was edge painted in ivory and covered with decorative paper.

The color palette (pink, deep vintage pink, vintage turquoise, ivory, and accents in vintage teal) evolved from a stack of scrap papers I had sitting in my studio space, in which I used to create the embellished paper rosettes which were used as wall decor. The diaper cake was a handmade gift from my sister-in-law.

Then I used burlap, twine, and touches of lace and felt, to tie the vintage chic theme together. The burlap was wrapped around the flower jars and also used as a table cloth. Delicate little bows made of twine were glued onto the cupcake wrappers. Little details like this really seem to pull everything together!

And how exciting is this! Many of the stationery items featured in this post are available for sale in my shop! You can even order them in any color(s) of your choice! So if you fancy a color palette of purples, your wish is our command! Shop away and have fun ordering your personalized My Lady Dye stationery! See all our fun birthday invitations!

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It’s about time I designed a Nashville wedding invitation! After all, I am a resident of this great city! And what better way to evoke the energy of “Music City” than to use it’s beautiful skyline to inspire the new design.

Nashville’s famous “Batman Building” also known as the AT&T Building is definitely the focal point of this skyline, along with some other significant architectural buildings such as the Life & Casualty Tower also known as the L & C Tower, which was Nashville’s first skyscraper. This skyline also shows Riverfront Park, the Cumberland River (which you can cruise via the General Jackson Showboat), and the mixed-use buildings that run along First Avenue North, many of which house entertainment venues, night clubs, bars, and restaurants. Most notably, the Wildhorse Saloon.

I have to say, typography is a design style I really love, and so why not use it on this fun and modern Nashville Wedding Invitation. The design features a nice mix of fun font types and a singular graphic (the city skyline). This invitation is best suited for a two toned color palette, as shown here in the all so popular wedding colors of navy blue and pink. The minimal color palette is especially key with the ombre effect which is incorporated into the design. The subtle change in the pink color, which “shades” into the white, “softens” the design with a feminine touch, as well as adds interest. The ombre is also carried over into the design of the RSVP card.

This Nashville Wedding Invitation suite could not be complete without the use of a lone star graphic, an iconic symbol of all things southern, country, and cowboy. After all, Nashville, Tennessee is “home of country music”! The ornate star graphic is used on the super fun envelope liner, as well as on the addressing details. All our addressing is in digital calligraphy. This invitation suite features 2 types of addressing. 1- A printed envelope and 2- a wrap-around address label.

The wrap-around address label is super fun because it allows opportunity for color and graphics. In this label design we used all the fun font types from the invitation, as well as the bold city skyline graphic. All these fun invitation details should make your wedding stationery planning exciting, even down to choosing your envelope colors! And here at My Lady Dye, we have plenty of envelope colors to choose from!

Make a statement with a fun and modern wedding invitation! This is our Nashville Collection. A great option for a Nashville Bride or for a Bride having a destination wedding in Nashville!

And even more exciting, we can customize this invitation suite to feature the city skyline of your choice…Boston, New York City, whatever you desire! Check out all of our unique wedding invitations! Let us know your favorites!

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