Invitations by Dawn


Excited about your wedding… but buried by the avalanche of decisions you have to make?

Let our Friend & Sponsor – Invitations By Dawn – take your Wedding Invitations worries off your plate!

For over 30 years Invitations by Dawn has helped women invite their guests in style. With Master Consultants on the Industry, etiquette tips, assembly guides – they exist to make your wedding a breeze.

Our friends at Invitations by Dawn are devoted to the goal that every one of their Brides LOVES every last stinking detail of their invitations.

That’s why they offer a huge variety of invitation styles and free samples so you can see before committing. From gorgeous embossed and thermographed invitations to stunning full color digital styles, they have it covered.

And, there’s a price for every bride. From high end laser-cut to affordable seal and sends, they want you to find the invitation of your dreams at a price you can afford!

Among the amazing wedding invitations available from Invitations by Dawn, please check out our favs here at Once Wed: PrepLove Birds, and Foil Wedding Invitations!

02.13.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

San Francisco Elegant Wedding

My husband and I live in NYC, however we are both originally from California, so naturally we knew we wanted to get married in California. What did not feel so natural was trying to find a location and venue living across the country. We honed in on the Napa region immediately and planned a trip to visit several sites. After schlepping to and from meetings and site visits in Napa, we realized the location was not easily accessible for our guests, who are from all over the country, and nothing resonated with our vision and style. We quickly switched gears and focused on the city. After much research, I stumbled upon Flood Mansion online. My parents quickly scheduled a site visit and we were sold! The space is timeless, historical, cozy for our guests and has breathtaking views. Our number one focus through the entire wedding planning process was our guests! We had been together since college, so we wanted our wedding to be an evening of pure celebration of us, our families and friends. We made it a priority to have good food, energizing music, a large beverage selection and transportation available. Nail down your priorities early and then lock down vendors you love ASAP!

With our style being classic, clean and contemporary I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding photos without being appalled by the color choice or dresses. So we stuck with a neutral color palate. With that being said, I could not fall in love with a white dress. I was keen to find a dress that was contemporary, but classic. However, I didn’t want it to be expected. I was a sales woman’s worst nightmare. I tried on dresses for eight months and first saw my dress in Town & Country Magazine. It is true; you will know when you put it on. It may take trying on 200 dresses, but it will happen. Trust me and think outside the box of standard white wedding gowns.

Our wedding day was perfect in every way. We loved the morning spent with family and friends, the speeches and watching our guests cut a rug on the dance floor — ripped tux pants and all! My biggest piece of advise to a couple planning their wedding is don’t over complicate the details; hit the easy button. Also, do take a minute to step back and take it all in. This is hard, but the day will be the best of your life, but also the fastest!

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // Venue: Flood Mansion // Flowers: Haute Blossoms // Groom’s Attire: District Homme  // Wedding dress: Carolina Herrera // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Cater: LRE Catering // Wedding Planner: Dream a Little Dream, Elise Paisnel // Hotel: Mark Hopkins Hotel // Transportation: Mosaic // Band: Jump Start Your Party // Cake: Abby’s Bake Sale // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  // Hair: Christopher Holgar Dineson // Invitations: Village Invites, NYC

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02.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Traveler’s Joy


One of our favorite Sponsors  – Traveler’s Joy – is giving away a very special prize: $500 of honeymoon activities and experiences to one lucky couple!

– “The first $500 of honeymoon activities and experiences are on us. Whether it is surfing lessons, a spa treatment, or an amazing bottle of champagne on the beach, let us treat you!”

Here’s how you enter to win:
1) Register here with Traveler’s Joy
2) Like their facebook page here
3) And share in the comment section below where you’d love to go for your honeymoon.

Hello Ladies! Before you plan your honeymoon you’ve got to spend some time on Traveler’s Joy — the best honeymoon registry site.

If you’ve never heard of a honeymoon registry, let me fill you in on all the goodness involved when you register with Travelers’ Joy including their long history of serving over 100,000 members.

To name just a few perks of using Traveler’s Joy, there’s….

1) Instant Registry: You can have a complete registry within minutes! When setting up a registry you can choose from a list of 50 theme based (think beach, cruise, or mountains) or location specific (think Italy or St. Lucia) item lists.

2) Group Gifting: Unlike most registry options, it’s easy to divide the cost of your expensive items into manageable portions. A camera that costs $1,000 can be split into 5 $200 gifts (or gifts of any size) giving you the flexibility to register for much more expensive items.

3) Physical Items: With Traveler’s Joy, you can register for increasing numbers of “accessory” or “tangible”  items related to your honeymoon. Examples include travel guidebooks, cameras, video-cameras, luggage, snorkeling gear, and even newlywed flip flops.

4) Check out their Real Member Honeymoon Section where you can read more stories about Traveler’s Joy couples and help you begin your honeymoon adventure!

02.12.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Wedding at Terrain

We are loving this organic and intimate wedding at Terrain from the very talented Ozzy Garcia.

Bill asked me to marry him after 6 years of dating when we were on a once-in-a-lifetime trip in Patagonia, Argentina.  One year later we tied the knot at Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, PA.  We both fell in love with the venue before we were even engaged so the location was pretty much a no-brainer.  We kept the affair very intimate with just close friends and family.  We also did pretty much everything ourselves with the help of my amazing Mom, and a few of our close friends!

My mom did all of the decor with some help from our friends at Styled Creative.  She also did all the flowers from the bouquets to the small bud vases cascading down each farm table.  Bill & I didn’t want a fancy cake, so my mom, Billy’s mom, my best friend Aubrey, and a few of my moms friends baked the desserts on our dessert table.  We also had our favorite singer/guitarist Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee perform our ceremony singing our favorite songs.  Nathan A. Laing of Habbitat Studios was our dj for the reception.

To further their intimate wedding feel, the couple gave a bar of their orange blossom soap from their bath & body brand, Hand in Hand Soap. A sustainable company that donates a bar of soap to a child in the developing world for every bar of soap purchased- such a meaningful gift.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia // Venue: Terrain at Glen Mills // Decor + Styling: Bride’s Mother + Styled Creative // Flowers: Bride’s Mother // Cake + Desserts: Bride’s Mother and Best Friend // Favors: Orange Blossom Soap from Hand in Hand Soap

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02.11.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog