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Basic Invite: Custom Invitation Suites & Wedding Websites

If you’re already part of my Facebook wedding shopping group, you’ll know that I love learning about and sharing about wedding-related companies to help you plan your wedding day. Basic Invite is a high-end but affordable online wedding invites company that also specializes in custom wedding websites

Basic Invite allows you to order a printed sample of your invitations so you can see the card’s paper quality and how it will print before you have to place your final order. Honestly, this is super important! My husband, Robbie, and I didn’t choose a company that provided this service and after receiving our invites, I felt that they were a bit smaller than I had hoped. It’s hard to imagine what it will actually look and feel like until you have it in your hand. 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. You can choose from over 180 different color and foil options! You can even change the color of each element on a card that way the card can be exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail. Basic Invite says, “This is what sets us apart from any other online stationery company and is our biggest draw.” When creating our own wedding invites, I found that the other invitation companies had extremely limiting options. You have to love everything about a specific design because there are no options to customize it. Or maybe you love a wedding invite design but can’t find anything to match! Each of Basic Invite’s wedding invitations are part of a set. They have all the wedding stationery you need, like save the dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching thank you cards! This really helps to pull your entire look together and is great for those dreamy flat lay detail images that your photographer will capture on your wedding day. The little details really do matter!

They have gone above and beyond with their extra services like their free address collection service, seal & send wedding invitations, over 40 different colors of envelopes, free printables, and free wedding websites. Their wedding websites are completely customizable too! They’re mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests. And just like their matching templates for your set of wedding invitations, they also have a design suite to match your wedding invitations.

When I asked what their seal and send wedding invitations were, Basic Invite said, “Our seal and send wedding invitations are an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included! The Seal & Send is our newest collection and brides are LOVING them. Currently, we offer them in over 30 designs including our ever-popular foil options, and, like our other products, they are customizable. What’s special about our Seal & Sends is that guest’s addresses are printed on the front of each invitation so no envelope is necessary! All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design. Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple and easy.”

I love that Basic Invite is keeping up with new trends, offering easier ways for brides and grooms to organize their invites, and allowing their customers to fully customize their products. This allows brides like you to get exactly what you want instead of settling for something else.

If you’d like to check them out online, you can find them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter! You can also use code 15FF51 for 15% off everything in the month of February (2020).

If this blog helped you to learn something new or get inspiration and you want to follow us for more wedding tips, tricks, and ideas, head to our Facebook page and don’t forget to join our wedding shopping group here. If you have purchased from Basic Invite before or now plan to, please let us know! We would love to see what you ordered. We can’t wait to see you there!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3 

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Heart for Art – Wellington Hen’s Paint Party

One of my favorite aspects of being involved in the wedding industry is getting to help connect wedding vendors and brides. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting wedding ideas, businesses, and inspiration. Heart for Art is a Wellington (New Zealand) based company that specializes in painting parties! How fun is that?! When I first came across their page on Facebook, I knew they would be a great fit for brides. If you’re looking at hosting a Wellington hen’s party, Heart for Art is the place to go. Their paint parties are a super fun and creative way to celebrate your bride-to-be.

The best part? You don’t have to organize anything – just show up! Trust me when I say, you don’t want to have to do everything yourself. Heart for Art provides everything from your canvas, brushes, and paint to your inspiration and hands-on teaching! Even if you say you can’t paint, they say, “We have never had anyone leave without a big smile on their face while holding their beautiful painting!”

More images can be found in their gallery on their website!

I asked Silke, the founder of Heart for Art, if we could have a sneak peek into a real bride-to-be’s hens do party which was perfect timing as bride-to-be Hannah was just about to have her Heart for Art Paint Party! Eleanor, Hannah’s maid-of-honor, said that she did tons of research and ended up hiring Heart for Art because of how warm, welcoming, accommodating, and personable Silke was. They had a BYO private event with pizza, nibbles, and a cheese platter. Hannah’s favorite part of the day was trying something new while being guided instead of just being told, “Here’s your inspiration, now paint that!” She said she felt confident through every step and was extremely happy with her painting which she can’t wait to hang up in her bedroom! Because some of the girls were traveling, Silke went out of her way to make sure they could still take their paintings home. Eleanor, who had planned the entire party from Australia and would be traveling back, got to paint on a rolled canvas which she could easily transport back to Aussie. Hannah says, “The important part of a hen’s party is to enjoy yourself with your friends so this was an awesome way to do that – to have fun, to do something a little bit different, and to be able to encourage each other and build each other up!”

When I got chatting to Silke I learned that her inspiration for her company is far more than just a way to have fun. Their mission is not only to share the joy and healing of art but also to help teach their painters that everyone holds creativity within themselves. I absolutely love this message and think it’s extremely important! Silke and her team are passionate about making art more accessible and understandable so that more people can experience the positive benefits of painting. I love that Hannah, Eleanor, and the rest of their hen’s party got to see and experience that for themselves!

If you have already had your hen’s party, no worries! Heart for Art also offers other Wellington private parties such as team building events, work functions, and so much more. They even do public events so you can go and check them out before you hire them for your private paint party!

Don’t forget to find Heart for Art on Facebook and check them out online! You can even see their upcoming public Wellington events here.

If this blog helped you to learn something new or get inspiration and you want to follow us for more wedding tips, tricks, and ideas, head to our Facebook page and don’t forget to join our wedding shopping group here. We can’t wait to see you there!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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My Experiece With Wedding Apparel New Zealand

Shopping for our wedding has been nothing short of an adventure! Because we are having our wedding in California, we have used companies all over the world to find exactly what we were looking for. I started following Wedding Apparel New Zealand a while ago – before I even started Mary Taylor Weddings! I loved following their Facebook page and seeing all their new custom creations. I was so excited when I got in touch with them and they said they’d love for me to try out some of their products! What I like about Wedding Apparel New Zealand is that they’re not only local but they’re personable. You know that these are real kiwis doing their best to help brides and grooms all over New Zealand. They communicated with me regularly and allowed me to make changes to my items as I needed! 

So let’s get in to what I actually got! I will include links below so you can easily find the items on their website! First up is this hat! How gorgeous is this hat?! I love that the brim is metal so I can easily shape it. I plan to wear this for not only my bachelorette party but also our honeymoon in Hawaii! To see me wearing it then, follow me on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait to get to show off this hat in person and take super cute photos with me! 

Next is the sash! I know there’s lots of places to get sashes but having our wedding color be gold, I saw this sash and HAD to have it. The gold is really sparkly and I love the ring design that’s added to it. I plan to wear this for my bachelorette party and possibly even my bridal shower! 

This next thing is probably one of my favorites because being a photographer, I know how important it is to have a beautiful hanger. It’s not something you normally think about but it’s great for pictures of your dress hanging up and it’s a keepsake that you can use to store your dress even after your wedding day.

Lastly was our custom wine bottle stickers! When I saw these, I fell in love with the idea! Our wedding is wine and travel theme so this added touch is going to look beautiful. For the ones we got, I wish they were a bit more purple toned instead of brown but nevertheless, I still love them and cannot wait to use them (you’ll have to come back to the blog to see what we do with them on our actual wedding day)! 

They also included this super cute custom cake topper for my bridal shower as a little gift! It was perfect time because when they emailed to let me know, I was had just emailed our baker to order our cake for my bridal shower! 

Thank you so much Wedding Apparel New Zealand! I cannot wait to include your gorgeous products in my wedding day celebrations and to show off how we use everything! 

If you want to check out Wedding Apparel NZ’s website head to: https://weddingapparel.co.nz/

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook to see all their amazing products and updates! 

To learn more about wedding planning tips, tricks, and deals head to my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MaryTaylorWeddingPlanning and follow me on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/MaryTaylorWeddings. You can also find other amazing deals and products in my Facebook group Mary Taylor’s Wedding Deals & Finds.

I hope this helped you to learn more about Wedding Apparel NZ, their beautiful custom products, and a little bit more about our wedding day! We cannot wait to show you more!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3