wedding

Capture every moment

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life so it only makes sense that you would want to capture that day forever. That’s why hiring a good photographer is a crucial part of planning for your big day. Sure, you can spend thousands of dollars on a dress that you’ll wear once in your life or you can spend that money on memories that will last a lifetime. Not to mention, you won’t even be able to remember how you looked in that thousand dollar dress if you don’t have the photos to look at later on. And we’re not talking about paying your best friend who minored in photography in college to capture the most important day of your life; we’re talking about hiring a talented, professional photographer with a passion for what they do and the portfolio to prove it!

If you dedicate a good amount of your budget to hiring a good wedding photographer you will never regret giving up that “have-to-have-it” dress. As soon as you see those photos you’ll understand why a great photographer is so important. We’ve all heard those horror stories about bad wedding photography and I know you don’t want to be next on that list so invest in a professional photographer and I promise you won’t regret it! If they’re truly a great wedding photographer they’ll capture the most important moments without you even knowing they’re doing it! And there’s nothing better than looking through photos after the wedding to see the moments you missed.

Those moments that you missed during your wedding because you were busy having the time of your life, don’t worry about those, you can see them on an app thanks to your guests and their phones! Forget having to search Instagram to find hashtags from your wedding day because with apps like Wedding Party and WedPics they’re all right there for you in one group ready to view whenever you want. No bride or groom wants to wait weeks or months to see photos from their wedding day which is why they should use these apps, which let couples see their guests’ photos immediately.

Want an even better way to see photos from your wedding? Photo booths are a popular new way to get guests involved in the wedding photography and keep lasting memories from your special day! Give your guests some props and let them make a fool of themselves in your own personal photo booth so you can remind them of it years later when they forget all about it! Or let them figure that out themselves using an on-site printer to turn the photo booth photos into a memorable favor for your guests! Either way you get physical memories of your special day and the people you shared it with, which is truly priceless! Check out this DIY photo booth I found on pinterest!

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Looking for a professional wedding photographer who has the talent and experience to create those lasting memories? Teri and Mike of Hanlon Fiske Studios go above and beyond to tell the story of your special day in a series of beautiful photos! If you need proof of their talent just visit their website and see all of the beautiful weddings they’ve captured!

 

 

Back to School Sale

It’s time to save some money and plan for your upcoming wedding! And lucky for you we’re having a back to school sale! Fall is a busy time for wedding planning and it’s never too early to get started on finding the perfect invitation, or perhaps your save the dates if you’re just starting to plan! Now through the end of September use coupon code “BACKTOSCHOOL” in our Etsy shop when placing your order and you’ll receive 10% off your full order. Looking for new, exclusive designs? We’ve got those too! Check them out!

All of our designs are completely customizable. Colors and fonts can change and if there are other requests we will work with the bride and groom to make sure their ideas come to life in their invitation! You can purchase all of these invitations in our Etsy site or contact us for custom requests!

Our new Orchid Branch Invitation is simple but beautiful and it’s a great fit for any wedding! Its single accent color gives it a clean, modern look that will make all your guests jealous!

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The Chevron Rings invitation suite is a unique, contemporary design with a fun, bold color scheme! Interlocking wedding rings and hearts give a romantic touch to this trendy invitation.

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The Triangle Confetti invitation suite is a one-of-a-kind invitation. Its bursts of color and decorative pattern sets it apart from other wedding invitations. The confetti pattern gives guests the feeling of a celebration! Your guests will definitely want to showcase this invitation in their home!
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The Birch Lovebirds invitation suite is a personal favorite of mine! The coral and blue work so well to compliment each other in this particular design and it’s definitely a color scheme that guests won’t be expecting! This invitation is adorable, charming and personal, especially with its customizable heart with initials.
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The Ombre invitation suite is definitely a unique collection. Its ombre design is fun but sophisticated and it acts as the perfect background for your invitation. The oversized, elegant script makes your and your groom’s names stand out on your big day!
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The Peony invitation suite is a beautiful floral design, which is great for any outdoor or summer wedding! These colors compliment each other perfectly and they highlight the beauty of these big, bold peonies.
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If you want any of these new, creative designs for your wedding visit our website or our Etsy page to purchase them or check out our other custom designs while you’re there! We will work with you to make sure your wedding stationery is perfect for your special day! 

Do your guests a favor!

So we all know the most important people on your wedding day are…the guests. There is a very good chance that at least one person will leave your wedding disappointed but there is a way to prevent this, since we know your main concern on your special day is making sure the guests are happy. And what is the answer you ask? Give your guests an unforgettable favor at the end of the night to make it all worthwhile! If I’m disappointed with your wedding and having an awful time but you end the night with personal boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts you can expect very good reviews from me! Whoever came up with this idea, THANK YOU! And for anyone who’s reading this that might be attending my wedding in the future, you can most definitely expect Krispy Kremes for your favor! I personally suggest using these as your favor unless there’s children at your wedding, then you may want to avoid the 300+ calorie, pure sugar dessert, just saying!
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Source: BuzzFeed
If you don’t feel like making your guests fat and unhealthy, well that’s your decision but don’t complain when they’re bashing your wedding to everyone they know because they didn’t get this awesome favor! But of course there are always other options, for instance, alcohol. These mini champagne bottles are too cute and they even double as a drink and a place card, all the more reason to use them as favors at your wedding! Plus, no guest will leave your wedding disappointed if you give them free alcohol as a favor, I guarantee it!
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Source: Bridal Guide

There are so many unique and creative favors that will guarantee your guests leave happy; it’s all about finding the one that’s right for you! Maybe that’s a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, maybe not (but it should be!). For cute, creative custom invitations and decorations visit our website, Facebook or Twitter page! 

 

Advice cards for your special day!

Every time I look at Pinterest I see more and more fun and creative new things to incorporate in a wedding but one of my recent favorites is advice cards. I’m sure no amount of advice can really prepare you for what marriage is actually like, but at the very least your guests will have something to keep them occupied until dinner is served! I’ve seen these done many different ways but these letterpress coasters are definitely one of the cutest ideas so far. And what better place to put marriage advice than under a drink? The person who came up with this idea clearly didn’t need the advice since they already knew when the couple would need it the most! But in all seriousness, these coasters are a special and unique way for your guests to give you their best advice on your big day!wedding coasters
If you’re interested in buying these adorable coasters you can do so here and be sure to check out the post where I found them for more wedding ideas! But before you do that take a look at these other advice cards I found.

I, myself, tend to get bored at some point at every wedding, whether it’s at the actual ceremony or during that awful break between the ceremony and dinner so these advice cards are perfect for those hard-to-please guests like me! This Mad-Libs style card lets guests put a funny twist on their advice but it also tests their memory of basic English grammar which is sometimes even funnier than the advice itself! You may not get the most helpful advice but as long as your guests are creative you’ll be guaranteed a good laugh after the wedding! If you’re not scared of the things your guests might come up with you can buy these cards here or contact us at peacockprinting@gmail.com if you’d like us to make something like them customized just for you! For more things wedding you can visit our site and check out our Facebook and Twitteradvice cards

DIY Lace Envelopes!

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In my three years of being a graphic design student one of my favorite art projects was making my own envelopes! Not only was it the easiest project I ever did but it was a really fun way to express my creativity, and I had cute envelopes for any occasion. I found some adorable DIY envelope projects on Pinterest the other day and I thought I should share them with you! I used scrapbook paper when I made my own envelopes but now I realize that I was just taking the easy way out because there are so many other, more creative options I could have used. For example, check out these adorable lace envelopes made from doilies; yes I know, finally a good use for a doily! And of course Martha Stewart took it a step further and made these adorable envelopes into even more adorable name card/table number holders which are perfect for an elegant, lace-inspired wedding!

 

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Want to make these lace envelopes for yourself? I don’t blame you; they’re just too cute! I found all of the information you’ll need here but I’ll help get you started!

1.) I suggest using your invitation as your template for the lace envelope and your table numbers as the template for the lace name cards (this may be an unnecessary bullet point but you never know!)

2.) Fold the corners of the doily in, starting with the two sides. In order to make sure there is enough room for your invitation to breathe leave about a 1/4″ gap between the fold of the lace and the invitation.

*Be sure to firmly crease the edges of the doily before going any further; it would be a shame if you were stuck with a flimsy envelope after all this grueling work!

3.) In the post I was using for instructions she used double-sided tape to adhere the corners of the envelope together but if you’re willing to spend more money you can certainly use other methods!

4.) Your beautiful lace envelope is ready to go, assuming you were able to follow these difficult instructions!

As for the table numbers just flip the envelope over and cut small notches in the top and bottom of the lace pattern to hold the name cards! Let’s hope your DIY envelope turns out as cute as the picture (because that always happens, right?). If you’re looking for more doily decor you can check out more of  Martha’s creations here but try not to overdo it on the doilies because one can only handle so many doily DIYs!

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and visit our wonderful new website if you want some beautiful invitations to put in those new lace envelopes!

 

 

 

Social Media Saves The Day

Last week 13 WHAM News shared a story about a recently married couple who found their missing wedding photos via Facebook! Apparently the photographer for the wedding dropped the SD card, with the wedding photos on it, in a Tom Wahl’s parking lot in Avon, NY. We certainly can’t blame the photographer for stopping for a delicious Tom Wahl’s burger before uploading the photos but you have to wonder why he would bring the SD card with him to enjoy this meal. But luckily Tom Wahl’s workers found the SD card and were kind enough to post the photos on social media in hopes of finding the mysterious bride and groom. Thanks to Tom Wahl’s and the Facebook community the couple was able to find their wedding photos, which they didn’t even know were missing, less than two hours after they were posted online!

I couldn’t imagine never being able to see my own wedding photos and I think all the brides out there would agree with me! After seeing all of your beautiful photos I know how important it is to be able to relive the memories from your special day and I am happy to know that this bride and groom will now be able to do that.

This story reminded me that there are good people in this world and I really miss Tom Wahl’s burgers! Hopefully this story was inspiring for you too. If anything, you’re probably just craving a juicy Tom Wahl’s cheeseburger now and for that I apologize! If you were interested in the story you can check out the article yourself or watch the video to get the whole story! Check out our new website and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more wedding inspiration!

Real Wedding- Meghan and Erik

meghan_erik0459-Edit_wWhen I saw that this would be my first wedding post I was very excited! Meghan and Erik had a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in September, 2012 followed by a rustic reception at the Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua, NY. a_meghan_erik0083_w

I was especially excited to write about this wedding because they had some of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever seen and, in my opinion, the dessert is a crucial part of any reception! Meghan and Erik gave their guests plenty of options; they had a Burnt Almond Torte cake, courtesy of Prantl’s Bakery, four different flavors of cupcakes, and even a late night snack of milk and cookies thanks to Gourmet Goodies! I’m going to go ahead and assume that guests did not leave this wedding hungry; I know I certainly wouldn’t have! meghan_erik0410_w
Erica had the pleasure of helping Meghan and Erik with their cupcake toppers, dinner menus, table numbers and programs. The color scheme, sparkling merlot and citron, helped emphasize the romantic and rustic feel of the reception. meghan_erik0414_w

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The place cards (which were adorable) added a unique touch to the reception. I admire this couple’s creativity and I’m sure the guests did as well! Such a clever way to display place cards!

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Meghan and Erik also had beautiful flower arrangements, courtesy of Flower Power Decor. Hair and Makeup were done by Valerie Schaubroeck of Salon Brio in Pittsford, NY and Lisa Murley from Limedrop Events was the wedding coordinator.

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Meghan looked absolutely stunning in her dress and so many brides will be jealous when they see these photos! The rustic theme for this reception was spot on and I know Erica is glad to have been a part of such a beautiful wedding. Thanks to John Larkin Photography for capturing this perfect night!  I would like to congratulate Meghan and Erik and thank them for choosing Peacock Printing for their wedding!

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Real Wedding – Lara and Jacob

Last summer I was contacted by the most adorable couple who had their wedding planned for just a few days before Christmas – and their theme was a winter wonderland. But Lara and Jacob had this glam, 40’s throwback vision, not just your typical snowflakes and blue and glitter everywhere type of wonderland. This was a cardinal red, black, silver, and pearl winter wonderland. I was so excited!

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We tweaked one of my more popular designs, “The Jennifer” I call it, after the first bride who purchased the design (this is my tradition). We added in her colors, flipped the design on its side (literally, making it a portrait style versus landscape), and mounted them to panel pockets, which are the go-between in the pocketfold world. All the joys of a pocketfold without the huge price tag. They are flat on the front and, instead of folding up, the pocket is smartly on the reverse for convenient insert storage!

Like a complete idiot, I did not snap any photos of Lara and Jacob’s assembled invitations. I will be kicking myself for that. Until I get around to having a set printed for myself, I can show you the design at least:

I also helped Lara with her table numbers, and these, at least, there are some pictures of! Props going out to Paige Hampton Photography, located in St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL for the beautiful images of Lara and Jacob’s wedding!

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So although it’s WAY overdue, a huge congratulations and a big thank you to Lara and Jacob on allowing me to be a part of their beautiful, romantic, glamorous winter wonderland wedding!

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UPDATE! This morning Lara sent me some photos of her invitations so now I get to share them with the world! Thanks so much to Lara’s mom for finding the pics!

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Real Wedding – Jessica and Nick in Vail, Colorado

Every once in a while, I am presented with a real challenge. Having worked with so many brides, it’s rare that someone asks me a question I’ve never heard some variation of, or wants to create an item that really throws me for a loop. 

Several months ago Jessica and Nick contacted me, in search of some unique wedding programs. They had their eye on the silhouette programs that I had been making for some time, but Jessica and Nick had a large bridal party, and wanted to include a lot of information on the programs, so we started brainstorming on ways to get everything to fit. I decided that I would just make them larger. Problem solved, right?

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Then Jessica throws me for a loop.

She wants to include a little bio of each person in her wedding party. Ok, I can do that. I’ve DONE that. No problem. 

But when Jessica sent me the wording for the bios, even in a tiny 6pt font I still couldn’t get it to fit on the front AND back of the larger size I had planned on using! Suddenly this became a different project all together! They needed to be bigger – MUCH bigger. 

We ended up with the biggest (and honestly, the most beautiful) program I’ve ever created, and put the bios on a long, skinny insert that was slid inside each program. 

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ImageThese stunning programs ended up at 15″ x 11″, folded in thirds. I wish you could really get the scale in these photos – Jessica once described them to me as “massive” – and massive they were! They were the perfect WOW factor for a romantic Vail wedding!

Or so I thought, until they were featured on Couture Colorado‘s blog in January.

Turns out, Jessica and Nick had plenty of WOW whether or not they had these programs. Please check out their amazing photos here.

Thank you so much Jessica and Nick for sharing your wedding with me and for being so unbelievably amazing to work with!

 

 

 

Wedding Season Woes & Whoas

Wedding Season is upon us! And it has taken me by storm. Today I made my 400th sale!  It’s been a rough month for me but this statistic really put all those woes in perspective. May, 2012 found me as much in sales as my first entire year did (whoa). Hence the lack in communication. And – trust me – I am NOT complaining, but my products have changed so much between now and then that a lot more goes into what I do now. And takes a lot more time (woe). Like these – which came out great, and one of these days there will be an entire post dedicated to Ashley’s Lollipop invitations – which required wire cutters and a lot of extra assembly time:

I never get any sleep anymore. I can’t remember a night when I went to bed before 2:30am. On my 2nd wedding anniversary, I went out for a picnic with my husband at the site where we got married (whoa – it was awesome… he had a whole picnic waiting for me when I got home from my day job), and when we came home prematurely due to the 92 degree day, I went immediately upstairs into my air conditioned bedroom and spent the rest of the night in there, alone, working on invitations (woe). Sad, right? In fact, I started this blog post almost 8 hours ago now and am just finally getting around to finishing it.

The big payoff is that I LOVE WHAT I DO.  I get to work with some really awesome people from all over the world who inspire me on a daily basis (and I get to do cool things with wire, which I never anticipated – that was all Ashley’s idea). It’s the really laid back, willing to think outside of the box brides (and often the super traditional ones who are REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THEIR WEDDINGS!!!) that are the most fun. Enthusiasm goes a long way with me. It’s so much more interesting to take an existing design and punch it up a little – plus then you get a truly unique invitation. And I get to experiment. Frankenvitations!

Last month (or was it this month?? I don’t even know what month it is anymore let alone what day) I was contacted by a bride from New England (Massachusetts, to be exact) who wanted a rustic, woodsy invitation. I had just the thing – my Sabrina invitation. But she wanted a birchy-piney feel, so we added in some pine trees and -BAM- Emily’s visions came to life. They came out beautifully. I’m extra proud of these. Even my husband loved them. And he honestly doesn’t comment on much without prodding. Take a look!

Thank you Emily for working with me to come up with a really beautiful variation of this design! I hope you are as happy with how they came out as I am =)

I am also working with a good friend of mine, Jessica over at Seven Layer Designs, on some new  ideas involving papercut invitations – more to come on that. I’m so excited (whoa)!

And if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, here are some photos of the latest Peacock Parties items!

I don’t know what I was thinking, launching a second Etsy shop in May. Of course I’m glad the new shop is up and running – I have a whole new line of items there… banners, dyed clothespins, cupcake toppers, birthday invitations, etc… and the response has been great!  Much much much more to come there in the future.

In the mean time, a BIG THANK YOU to all you brides who keep me happy on a daily basis with dreams of making this my full time gig. Not only the fun brides, but the ones who challenge me, too. The ones who think they’re nitpicky (actually all you’re doing is making me happier because you love your invites more when you get them!). The ones who come back to me when they have friends or sisters who get married or have babies and refer me their business. I am in awe of you ladies (and a few gentlemen!) and appreciate you more than you know.