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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!

Stationery: My Lady Dye Photo Credit: My Lady Dye

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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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The holiday season is here and Christmas is fast approaching!  And so, ‘TIS THE SEASON for Christmas Photo Cards!  What better way to celebrate the holidays and the New Year with a fun photo card!  Show off your growing family, beautiful children, precious newborn, pets, or significant other! Our unique designs range in style, from classic to modern.   This “Rustic Forest” design was tons of fun to design.  It’s super cute and is a great card to feature one awesome photo/head shot!  Order in traditional green and red Christmas colors or go non-traditional with hot pink and green…or choose navy blue and green to best suit the photo of your handsome son!  At My Lady Dye, we offer so many customization options, such as 22 envelope colors, 47 popular ink colors, and 2 different finishes (matte & metallic)!  Have fun with it! My personal favorites are the “Year in Review” Christmas photo cards.  It’s a great way to inform others of the big and memorable events that you’ve experienced and other interesting facts, such as new hobbies or places you’ve traveled.  This vintage themed design features ornate scrolls, banner, Christmas Tree, and candy canes. Shown here in Mint, Firecrakcer Red, Antique Gold, Verde, and white colors.  This card is a great way to feature your favorite family photo! And some Christmas photo cards such as “Tis the Season” feature a design on the backside, with 4 options to choose from!  Soon-to-come are our Baby photo cards! Stay tuned!

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When it comes to wedding invitations, one of the hardest parts of decision making is picking out the perfect colors!  After that, the rest of the work will lay in the Designer’s eye, to artistically and successfully combine the colors and create a cohesive look and feel.  Here is a look at our Shelley Collection in various palettes.  The Steampunk design can emit different “moods” and reflect different “personalities” based on the color palette chosen.   Seen here, you can observe various color combinations.  Bold and exotic with the use of vibrant coral and purple.   Light and airy with the use of pastel yellow, apple green, and peach.  Vintage and rustic with the use of dark brown and rusty copper.

To make life easier for our clients, we have a Color Chart to help you choose.  Here at My Lady Dye, we offer a wide range of colors to allow you to customize your stationery to a “T”!  You can customize all your stationery details, from ink, envelopes, pockets, and colored cardstocks.   As for ink colors, the sky is the limit, as we can also Color Match to any specific hue you desire.  These custom ink colors are the perfect way for you to really customize/personalize your stationery to perfectly match your unique style and personality!  Ironically, picking colors is hard, but also very fun! Have FUN with COLOR!

Also, it is always best to use your “wedding colors” on your wedding invitation.  This is a great way to visually unify all your wedding stationery and tie all components of your wedding branding together!

Stationery: My Lady Dye Photography: (a) Jessica Young at JKB Young Photography and (b) Elizabeth Glessner at Glessner Photography

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Janna and Chet’s Gatsby Wedding in Long Beach, California was filled with fun My Lady Dye stationery!  Their stationery was in classic black and white and in our Jacqueline Collection.  This is one of our Gatsby themed Collections which features a variety of Art Deco font types and bold graphics…all of which exudes Gatsby style!  See My Lady Dye’s Pinterest board for inspiring Gatsby, Vintage Glam, & Art Deco pins!

The Jacqueline Collection was a perfect fit for the Bride & Groom’s wedding venue, which is a “floating hotel”!   The Queen Mary is a retired troopship and it’s not only a floating hotel and wedding venue, but home to 3 world-class restaurants, and is an icon in Southern California.

Loving how the ship’s interior wall decor made the Candy Buffet “POP” with life, color, and movement!  And the “step right up to the candy buffet” sign was the perfect finishing touch to the candy buffet table.  The Bride & Groom also had a Cigar Bar, Gift Table, and Escort Card Table which all featured signage in the same matching Gatsby theme. Their reception tables were detailed in Gatsby style with the matching Jacqueline menu cards, table number cards, escort cards, and reserved cards. The black and white program cards were a hit as well!  The back of the program card featured a sweet thank you note to their family and friends. The Janna & Chet loved the stationery so much, that they decided to have their wedding cake inspired by the Collection!  Loved how the Cake Designer incorporated the graphic and Art Deco font type. Stationery: My Lady Dye Photographer: Mikal Lok with Lok In The Moment Photography Cake Designer: Rossmoor Pastries

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