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bridesmaids luncheon

Hosting a Bridesmaids’ Luncheon, Tea, or Other Event for the Gals

The Bridesmaids deserve some thanks, not only because of all the money they have spent to make your special day perfect, but because they are your best friends.

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Big Starfish Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation

Whether the wedding will be large and expensive, or casual and simple, a lot goes into the planning. Most wedding traditions simply must apply, and being appreciative to the ones who contributed to your happiness should be high on the planning list.

Not every bride will throw a Bridesmaids’ party, and giving out gifts is fine, but why not have fun with a luncheon, elegant tea party, or night at the local bar?

WHO TO INVITE? Even if the bridal party is not large, friends and family members (women only) can be invited to an event celebrating the bridesmaids.

sand dollar bridesmaids party
Pretty Blue Sand Dollar Bridesmaids Luncheon Invitation

Also the “bridesmaids” title can include every member of the bridal party, and that means the Maid / Matron of Honor, Junior Bridesmaids and Flower Girls. Of course the young people would not attend a night out on the town. If that’s the plan, they give them a gift at another time.

Everyone will have fun at such an event and it will give the girls a chance to get to know each other better.

Want to include the guys? Why not organize a barbecue, beach party, or something everyone will enjoy together, and send out “Celebrate the Wedding Party” invitations?

beach themed wedding party invitation
Invite the groomsmen and bridesmaids to a celebration for the wedding party

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Round Wedding Menu Template With Monogram Initials

round wedding menu
Custom Round Menu Template
This round wedding menu template, in neutral black and white, works for just about any wedding reception theme. Add three monogram initials to the center. If this is used for a wedding the initials are added as follows: The center letter is the last name of the married couple, or the groom’s last name. The bride’s initial goes to the left, and the groom’s initial to the right.

However there are many ways to create a monogram. In this design, the middle initial, which is larger than the other two, can be used to create two initial with an ampersand (and sign) in between. In this way the Bride and Groom can use their first name initials to create the monogram.

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Example with First Initials Used

If the initials look too large, scroll up the page and click “customize”. Then you will see a page that looks like the one below. Don’t let it scare you… find the letters, over on the right hand side and click that box.
Next, go down to the bottom left and hit the minus sign to make them smaller. When you are happy with the look, click “done” at the top of the page and you’ll go back to the original product page.

sample design
How to change the size of the two initial monogram

I will be happy to do this for you, or help with any part of the design and text placement. But sometimes, with a little help, the customer can complete the design on their own.

Please visit our Menu Template Collection to view more of our wedding menu designs.

We also make Christmas menu templates which will work for any type of holiday event, from a home party to wedding reception.

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Our Popular Wedding Designs Include More Than Beach Themes

Although this site is dedicated to the beach wedding planner, we operate online stores which sell many other designs. Our popular wedding designs include realistic and stunning succulents, beautiful hydrangea flowers, new Bohemian designs, and even unique artwork. Many of these popular designs can be found in our BlueHyd store.
succulent wedding

Express your individuality by choosing a wedding stationery design which is set apart from the usual. We strive to create the most unique and lovely cards and matching paper for the couple who is far from ordinary.

More Popular Wedding Suites

Click on the images to view the entire set.
Blue hydrangea wedding

Due to the fact that there are many products at the Zazzle site, with more being added constantly, it can be difficult to keep up with the designing. Many of our collections will showcase the most popular items brides and grooms want. Due to the large array of products, some items will not be included. When a request is made, I do reply quickly. Be as specific as possible with a request, and I will get the products made as soon as possible.
bohemian feathers wedding

Furthermore, if you come across an item that needs a theme change, I can do that as well, as long as it’s in my store. If you have questions relating to design, be sure to ask.
orange wedding, artistic floral design
Please remember that I am able to make paper plates, cups and favor bags to match any designs in my stores. Paper goods that are customizable work well for showers and parties.

fall wedding stationery
“Back Road” Fall Wedding Set

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Tell a Story With Table Number Cards

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Each Card Tells a Little Story About the Couple
Tell a story with photo template table number cards. Beach themed table seating that contains lots of personalization. The couple will choose to share different photos for each card and add up to 3 lines of text to explain the picture. White sand dollars (on both sides) have templates for the table number.

Each card can contain the same photo, but adding different photos makes them more unique and personal. Variety will give guests something to talk about. When they realize that each table card tells a different short story, they can mingle and check out the other table cards in the room.

The couple will have to decide what they want to share. Make it interesting by adding some fun, and maybe funny, photos. Wedding guests will love this little insight into your life together before marriage!

Other examples of what to share:

*Where you met
*How he (or she) proposed
*Day trips & vacation photos
*Time spent relaxing at the beach (works well with a beach themed wedding!)
*Engagement photos
*Favorite things – like a special pet / eating ice cream together
*Favorite local haunts
*Pictures from the wedding shower
*Photos with your kids (if either has some from another marriage)

Each couple will have their own special moments collected from the months or years leading up to the wedding day. Collecting photos for table number cards can be a fun activity to do together, and one the groom may not mind helping with! Split the number of tables between each of you and come up with your own favorite photos to use. It may even be helpful to ask for outside help from the bridesmaids and groomsmen if you can’t decide which photos are most interesting.

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Back of the Card

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Wedding Invitation Suites With Unique Starfish Themes

After tropical flowers, the starfish, or sea star, is a probably second in popularity as a design element choice for couples planning a beach wedding ceremony. Because of this, I’ve focused on including the starfish in many designs in the Sandpiper Wedding store. And starfish wedding invitations have sold quite well.

My designs are printed on Zazzle paper, which gets high marks from customers. With optional beautiful and elegant upgrades, such as pearl and champagne shimmer and felt paper, a wedding invitation from Zazzle is just as beautiful as any purchased at a specialty wedding store. There is even a “high definition” printing option.

Create reply cards, favor tags, personal wine labels, pre and post ceremony party invitations, thank-you cards, and much more to match every invitation design. If the item you need is not showing up in the design collection, (because it can be difficult, as a designer, to keep up with all the new products offered), shoot me an e-mail (millhill11@gmail.com) and I’ll gladly make it for you.

So here we go…a collection of our starfish wedding invitation variety. Some designs are brand new, and others are older favorites which have been selling well throughout the years.
Every invitation comes standard with white envelopes, with decorated envelopes as an additional option.

starfish wedding invitation
Modern square starfish wedding stationery decorated on both sides

casual starfish hearts round invitation
Hearts and sea stars on light blue, choose round or square shape.
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Starfish and Hydrangea, White Beach Wedding – Bracket shape is optional

big starfish sky blue wedding invitation
Brand New Design: Sky Blue – or your favorite color – just ask.

shells on the beach wedding
Starfish, sand dollar and plumeria on the beach design. Parents names at the top is sample wording, ask for a change.

beach wedding starfish invitation
Seaside Blue Ocean Invitation

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The Search Begins For Unique Green Flowers

Green is a beautiful color, and especially so when appearing in the form of a flower. Of the many shades of green, pale green or sage green are probably most suited to weddings. Green flowers are typically unique, and that may be why brides choose them to be part of her wedding celebration.

Green hydrangeas
Budding Limelight Hydrangea
My personal favorite green flower is the hydrangea, but they can be tricky to keep looking fresh once cut. A reputable florist should know how to work with hydrangeas so they won’t be wilted by the end of the day. Hydrangeas come in two basic flower shapes, round or elongated. My photo shows Limelight hydrangea, which can be quite green as it begins to grow, but turns out to be mostly white. Many hydrangea varieties will be green in the budding stage. The ‘Endless Summer‘ blue hydrangea tends to fade to beautiful shades of green as Autumn nears. The flower I used in the wedding design below began as bright blue. Eventually it faded to this pretty green while on the bush.
green hydrangea wedding invitations
Custom Wedding Invitations with Green Hydrangeas

Hydrangea blooms are so large that a single flower can fill a vase, or fill out a bridal bouquet. If cared for correctly, they will dry to a beautiful stem that will keep for a long time. Hydrangeas also one of the few flowers that come in beautiful shades of blue.

green orchid
Green Orchid (photo by nitli @ Pixabay)
The long stems of green orchids will add lovely interest to a bridal bouquet or table centerpiece. Orchids are tropical and work well in a beach themed setting, but they are not solely used in this way. Be aware that orchids can cost a pretty penny, and couples on a budget may want to use them sparingly.

Succulents have made a splash into the wedding scene over recent years, and they come in a wide variety of shapes, textures, sizes and colors. I have a whole collection of blue-green succulent stationery which is a very good seller, and you may view THE WEDDING COLLECTION here.

Don’t forget about the button chrysanthemum, which is a bright addition to any floral arrangement.
green chrysanthemum

A little green flower that may be less known is the lenton rose. This is my photo of the one growing in my yard, and it’s not as green as some of the varieties. The hellebore, or Lenton Rose, is an odd little flower, which blooms before the snow disappears in Spring. They also come in lovely shades of pink.

hellebore lenton rose
Lenton Rose (Hellebore)

Stems, leaves and dried flowers can also add some green to any floral arrangement. These additions also add texture and interest.

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