Wedding Invites Part 1: Easy Steps To Move From Daunting To Dazzling!

Happy Thursday Friends!

Wedding season is right around the corner and it is about that time to start getting those lovely wedding invitations in the mail. Believe me when I tell you that we understand how overwhelming this can be; which is why we put together a two-part blog to help point you in the right direction. This week and next we will give you the steps for successfully designing your invitations and getting them into your guests’ hands. Have no fear, Marisa Nicole in here!


Step 1: Touch & Feel Your Options

The actual form your invitations will take is the first thing you need to decide: stacked invites, pocket folds, booklets, or boxed invitations. There are so many different structures you can choose and it is your job to select the one that best fits your style and budget.  We suggest you pop into your local papery market to touch, feel, and see your options (we love the paper source for this)!


Step 2: Let the Aesthetic Details Speak

Whether your going the route of having your invitations costumed designed or using an online template, your invitations need to fit the look, feel, and theme of your wedding. The aesthetic details you need to pay attention to are the color combinations, font combinations, and the balance of design motifs vs. negative space you are implementing throughout the suite. For example, for more formal fêtes, invitations would tend to be clean and elegant in nature. Utilizing more neutral color pallets, limited fancy design motifs, and script fonts; while a backyard garden party could have a a variety of floral design, utilize splashes of color, and a combination of modern fonts.


Step 3: Choose Your Words Wisely

The next major step is determining your copy. Spend some times figuring out what you want to say on your invitations and how you want you say it. Having a casual wedding? Try using playful jargon on the RSVP card. Hosting a fancy affaire? Be sure to use traditional language on the main announcement. Once you get all your information down, determine how you want to split it up in the context of your invitation (i.e. how many inserts / pieces of paper it is going to take to communicate everything to your guests).


Now that you have the steps to get this process rolling aesthetically, check in with us next week for the last three steps to finish off this task right!

Irish Dinner Party Inspiration!

Happy Friday Friends!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, why not impress all of your fellow green beer loving friends by throwing a fab dinner party. There is no better way to celebrate the luck of the Irish than by having some great food and awesome decorations. So today, we’re showering you with ideas and inspirations on how to celebrate the season in style!


Here are Marisa Nicole, we firmly believe that aesthetic details can make or break a party. You want your guests to continue to feel the leprechaun spirit after they leave your gathering! These Shamrock Streamers will liven up a boring wall and can even double as a hot spot for a DIY photo backdrop (we all know these shots are going to end up on the inter-web so you might as well make them cute)!

Another way to bring your St. Patty’s Day bash to life is by having a super cute tables-cape. These four leaf clover name cardholders are the perfect way to communicate seating arrangements to your guests whilst while serving as a fun take-home gift! Have extra twine lying around the house? Why not tie it around a burlap napkin with a clover to create the rustic sense of Ireland in your own home. As seen in Better Homes and Gardens.



No dinner party is complete without some scrumptious eats. It is always important to have your theme in mind when planning the menu. Nothing is more iconic than corn beef and cabbage for any St. Patty’s day feast. Here is a recipe from Spoonful for the perfect corn beef and cabbage dish all your guests are guaranteed to enjoy! And of course, no meals is complete without a sweet ending. These leprechaun hats will both impress your guests and taste sinfully good! Thanks to Hostess with the Mostess for this creative idea!


Your guests will be over the rainbow when they arrive at your St. Patty’s day dinner party. Just don’t forget to wear green; you wouldn’t want to get pinched!

Love at Wayfarer’s Chapel: Eunnie & Brian Married!

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

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Today I am happy to share with you one of our more modern weddings from last season. Eunnie & Brian came to us with a specific vision in mind, and we had the best time bringing their ideas to life. The love birds knew they wanted a clean and elegant costal soiree, where their closest friends and family could celebrate their love, and here is how it turned out:


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The couple immediately fell in love with the idea of getting married at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this venue, it is seriously one of the most beautiful, and somewhat famous, places to get hitched in SoCal. It is a completely glass chapel with a crazy view of the Pacific. I mean, where else could you capture photos like this (and thankfully Lin & Jirsa knows exactly how to photograph this space so that you get the most bang for your buck!).

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After the couple said their nuptials, the guests were transported up the Pacific Coast Highway to the gorgeous Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The ride even included a complimentary snack pack made by Eunnie herself to keep everyone happy during the long ride up the coast. The guests enjoyed yet another ocean view during cocktail hour before moving into one of the ballrooms, which we transformed into a magical glowing oasis, for the main reception. We draped the space, from top-to-bottom, in white and then added purpley-pink lighting everywhere (believe me when I tell you that it looked like Virgin America up in there!). We topped off the look with a white dance floor and fun silver details to create the modern, white, metallic, and purple celebration the love birds had envisioned. Enchanted Gardens brought in a few different centerpiece styles, with orchids as the main star throughout, which brought a sense of understated elegance to the party!

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Eunnie made all the signage for the day including menus, place cards, table numbers, favor tags and more! The couple gifted their guests personalized wine bottle stoppers as a functional yet fab take-home gift! The most fun part of the wedding (in my opinion, aside from eating, drinking and dancing, of course) was how they brought their dog, Busby, into the celebration. Everyone just fell in love with him! After dancing the night away and spending hours in the Photo Booth, the couple retired to an after-party with all their besties, where they celebrated until the wee hours of the morning.

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Dressing Your Guests: Attire Hints For Your Invites

Hello Friends!!

Spring is almost in the air and couples getting married this wedding season are starting to nail down wording for their invitations. Around this time, questions regarding how to appropriately share with your guests the attire guidelines for your celebration (i.e., how fancy, casual or creative you want them to dress) often arise. The problem is that there are so many dress code terms out there, and the bulk of them sound so similar, that knowing which one to use can feel ambiguous. Here at Marisa Nicole, we want to make the process a little easier for you today with a quick overview of how the various attire etiquette terms translate. We have found it important to use at least some portion of phrases that your guests can actually google upon receiving your announcement. However, this does not mean you have to be boring! Feel free to make it your own by embellishing on a well established guideline. For example, you could give “Garden Party Cocktail Attire” a try or “Rustic Black Tie Creative” to give your guests both a verbal visual of  the look and feel of your party, while still giving them something concrete they can look up online. To make the whole thing less complicated, below are both visuals and descriptions of the mostly widely used terms:

White Tie 

boy and girl resize for blog-4White tie is as formal as it gets. Everyone is dressed to the nines. Women should be wearing floor length ball gowns and sometimes even gloves. Men on the other hand are expected to wear tailcoats, a white vest, a white shirt, and should finish the look off with a white bow tie.

Black Tie 

boy and girl resize for blogBlack tie is a  touch less formal and allows for a bit more fashion freedom than white tie. Ladies should still wear a floor length dress however, it doesn’t have to be as structured as in white tie. Men are expected to wear a tuxedo. Your guests will still look smashing but will be allowed to breathe.

Black Tie Optional/Suggested/Creative

boy and girl resize for blog-2Black tie optional/suggested/creative gives your guests the option of being fancy with the ability to dress to impress. There is still an essence of elegance  your guests will bring forth with their wardrobe. Women can wear either floor length dresses or formal dresses with a hemline just above the knee. Men typically ditch the tuxedos, and grab their suits when given this option.


resize for blog-2This is the attire that many outdoor, California style weddings are leaning towards these days. It gives your guests the opportunity to have complete freedom while also looking put together and classy. Ladies typically wear an above the knee dress that is still made from fancy fabric, but just has a shorter/less formal cut. Men can get away with dress pants, a button up shirt, and a jacket with or without a tie.


resize for blogCasual is as chill as appropriate wedding attire gets. Even though it is simple, your guests will still look put together. Women usually wear a dress that is comfortable and pretty, such as sundresses or maxi dresses. Men can wear khakis or dress pants and a simple button up shirt.

We hope these examples have helped you with your wedding day style. Remember that the best way to make it your own is to string together words that are both fun and searchable!