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Private Wedding Photo Announcement Cards With Reception Invitation

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These new photo wedding announcements are combination announcements and invitations to a reception celebrations. Couples either married in a tropical location or having the reception there would appreciate these designs.

Hibiscus flowers and big leaves on cards with custom colors of your choice. Purple is a unique color for beach weddings but it’s a popular choice for weddings. Any customer can change the color on this stationery by using the blue PERSONALIZE button on the product page. Choose a dark color because the text is white, and don’t forget to change the color on the reverse as well. Or contact me and I’ll change it for you.

Hibiscus Design

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Photo Private Wedding Announcement and Reception Invitation
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Photo Template Marriage Announcement in Navy Blue

Beach and Sailboats Designs

The marriage announcement below is more traditional in terms of a beach scene. The photo template is larger and the sample text is a bit different.

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Beach Background Photo Marriage Announcement

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Sailboats Marriage Announcement With Photo

Add special custom postage to the envelopes (white ones come with all these announcements) to complete the look.

Have a look at all our custom marriage announcements: Save-the-Date cards, and Reception Only stationery.

Like these designs but don’t need this type of announcement? The designs in the Sandpiper store can be used on any type of product from birthday parties to luaus, and thank you cards with matching postage.

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Looking Forward to Spring Wedding Designs in Bright Tropical Colors

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I realize that Halloween hasn’t even passed yet, but designers are always looking ahead… sometimes way ahead. Today I am looking forward to Spring as Brides begin to shop early for their Spring wedding.

The holiday season is often when guys choose to pop the question. Christmas is right around the corner. Guys could already be shopping for that special engagement ring! Getting ready for Spring makes sense for that reason alone.

Because I sell items for every holiday all year long, I rarely stick to designing for the immediate future. New designs have to be indexed and shared and caught up in the Google mechanism (can you tell I am not tech savvy?) so designing early for an upcoming season is a good thing.

Kudos to the couple who begins planning a wedding early! So often I am contacted by brides who left their invitation ordering until the last minute. Or the wedding is next week and they need ceremony programs! Putting decisions off does not make them less stressful. The additional worry of receiving items on time adds unnecessary stress. And there will be no time to make changes if needed.

With all this online shopping, and pinning at Pinterest, available now, selecting a favorite stationery design could be overwhelming. Some advice from close friends may help. Or, I could give you my advice. Stick to what you like. Don’t try to be modern if it’s not your thing. If traditional is fine with you, choose it.

Beach wedding themes are not really geared toward any particular time of year. In Florida, where I live, a beach wedding could be held at almost any time of year. In cooler climates, Spring and Summer are obviously the best time to marry on the seashore.

What we are really talking about is new designs, tropical and traditional, which can be used for the upcoming Spring wedding season. Bright colors and flowers are what designers and buyers look for in Spring and Summer themes.

Beach Wedding Themes For Spring (And Any Time)

Beautiful hibiscus flowers are perfect for a Spring wedding ceremony on the beach. The wedding set below contains a design of bright orange and pink realistic hibiscus flowers.

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Orange Hibiscus Wedding Suite, by Sandpiper Wedding

I love the colors on the Elegant Beach Wedding designs and couples getting married in a tropical location will too! Bright sea blue with pretty flowers on cards with templates. This designer set has many matching products.

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Elegant Beach Wedding, Designed by Karsten Mylius

New from Sandpiper Wedding, the Bird-of-paradise design is a re-make of our older design. Because Zazzle now offers fabulous modern fonts, like the handwritten one used here, it’s time to spruce up some of the older invitation sets. A pale yellow-pink graphic background and bright yellow exotic flowers make up this new line of custom wedding paper.

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Bird-of-paradise wedding suite with handwritten fonts

The pineapple design by CardHunter is one of my favorites. It has all the tropical elements combined in one design, with big leaves, pretty flowers and pineapples. Anyone planning a tropical destination event will find many matching products in this suite.

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Pineapple Luau Tropical Leaves Wedding Suite by CardHunter

Designs For A Spring Wedding in Any Location (Non-beach)

For those staying on the mainland to marry, I’ve found some beautiful and popular floral wedding suites. The lovely light blue of this collection by Bruno Crispin caught my eye and stands out because of that blue.

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Watercolor Flowers Wedding Design by Bruno Crispin

This big succulent design by Country Wedding (which is one of my stores) has been selling like crazy. Succulents are not considered flowers, but they can hold their own as they are gorgeous plants. The blue-green colors, and oversized images will appeal to couples wanting a country celebration.

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Big Succulents Custom Wedding by Country Wedding

The carefree bride and groom often chooses a low-key, nature inspired ceremony and CardHunter’s Bohemian feathers and floral design fits that bill perfectly. Pink and peach roses twine with stems and feathers in this pretty design.

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Bohemian Feather Floral Wedding Design by Scott at CardHunter

Need to view more wedding sets? I have a page full at my Invitations by Design page.

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Corporate Christmas Photo Cards in Many Styles

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Flat Christmas cards are the modern choice for many, and our corporate holiday cards have photo and text templates. All types of cards offer bulk discounts. The Holiday Store has all types of cards to personalize and send from families, singles, and the tropics.

Click the card image for more information.

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Corporate, office Christmas card, flat paper design.

Front & Back of the nautical flat cards.
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Sailboats on reverse of flat card

Below: Glossy photo cards are 95 cents each with discounts for bulk orders. Add an office photo and personalize with the business name and a greeting.

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Business photo cards with a beach theme for Christmas
Corporate Christmas photo cards for a business to send at the holidays.

The rustic aqua blue cards below are 5 inches square. The tropical design features a large sand dollar, starfish and the rare junonia seashell. Blue boards are the background for white shadow text, company name, and a personal message.
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Starfish Couple, Pale Blue Engagement Party Invitations

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Starfish Couple Engagement Party Invitations

Two starfish make this cute “starfish couple” engagement party invitation the perfect choice for a beach-loving couple.
The engagement party is given for the couple as soon as possible after the engagement is announced. It can be given by either of the parents or families, or both families can go in together on the celebration plans.

But wait… this is a custom card… the text can be changed by the customer and used for a wedding shower also – see wording example below. What’s the difference between an engagement party and wedding shower? Not much. It’s all in what you make it. Rules are not hard and fast when it comes to celebrating young love. (Or even older love for that matter!)

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Easily change the wording for a Shower invitation

The Engagement party can be an informal gathering of friends and family who want to congratulate the couple (and see the ring). It can be the first occasion where everyone hears about the wedding plans, if there are any made at that early time. The two families can get to know each other and make plans of their own to celebrate the happy occasion.

This is when the wedding shower, or bridal shower, can be talked about. The bride and groom can let their wishes be known and share a little about their plans for the ceremony.

An engagement party is one of the most exciting parties thrown for the couple before the wedding. It’s a beginning to a new phase of life for the couple. There is magic in the air as two loving families unite behind two people who have been special to them always.

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

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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.

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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?

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Invite the groomsmen and bridesmaids to a celebration for the wedding party

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The Search Begins For Unique Green Flowers

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Lenton Rose (Hellebore)

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