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  • Elegant weddings dictate elegant wedding invitations. Set the tone for your gorgeous affair with stationery that captures the romance and formality of your wedding. Find inspiration from all things traditional, timeless and delicate, and consider the following when you're looking to purchase elegant wedding invitations.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Design and Layout

     


    Elegant wedding invitations are often rooted in traditional style.  The heavy card stock is typically white, cream or ivory, enhanced with sophisticated accents and beautiful textures. Understated hues and clean lines make for timeless invitations. Embossing, with designs pushed up from the paper to create a textured image without ink or foil, is a subtle way to add beautiful motifs to your invitations. Likewise, debossing creates an indented image that is equally as effective. An embossed image and a debossed border can work well together on the same invitation. Artistic floral designs and monograms embellish without distracting, while intricate borders evoke Old World elegance.


     


    Elegant wedding invitations can come in a variety of layouts. A refined non-folding card is especially chic, but even a contemporary pocketfold invitation with coordinating inserts can suit the most formal of weddings.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Fonts and Wording

     


    Many classically elegant wedding invitations use typefaces that mirror calligraphy; scripted and handwritten fonts are romantic and old-fashioned. Modern elegance permits clean, unfussy fonts, often printed in classic black. Mix script and block style lettering to achieve a custom elegant design.


    Elegant wedding invitations typically use formal or traditional wording. Incorporate traditional style while making it your own; update a classic wording template to reflect your personality as a couple. The polished typeface will compensate for nontraditional working.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Printing

     


    Engraving is the more formal of the wedding invitation printing techniques; an etched plate is pressed into the back of the card stock, creating raised lettering on which the ink is applied. For additional glamour, have gold or silver leaf applied with this technique. Thermography resembles engraving, but costs less. This involved ink powder being heated to create raised text.


     


    A popular and widely available printing option is letterpress, which gives wedding invitations a handcrafted, vintage appeal. The text is imprinted onto the page. This requires the same weight of card stock as engraving and looks best with softer ink colors like browns; bold hues can look dull when pressed into pulpy paper.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Embellishment

     


    Adorn your elegant wedding invitations with beautiful details. Small crystals or pearls used to outline a monogram or accent an image can add extra glamour to your invites. Touches of lace or silk bring romance to the paper, as do overlays and ribbon wraparounds.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Envelopes

     


    Consider having your elegant wedding invitations sent in envelopes lined with lace or silk; a personalized seal adds a unique touch to your crisp envelopes. Consider addressing your invitations with calligraphy. The classic appeal of elegant handwriting will only add to the anticipation of attending your beautiful wedding.

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  • I loved her first Artist: Heartland Album: Not Provided Description Not Provided Lyrics Look at the two of you dancing that way
    Lost in the moment and each others face
    So much in love you're alone in this place
    Like there's nobody else in the world
    I was enough for her not long ago
    I was her number one
    She told me so
    And she still means the world to me
    Just so you know
    So be careful when you hold my girl
    Time changes everything
    Life must go on
    And I'm not gonna stand in your way

    But I loved her first and I held her first
    And a place in my heart will always be hers
    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    And I prayed that she'd find you someday
    But it's still hard to give her away
    I loved her first

    How could that beautiful woman with you
    Be the same freckle face kid that I knew
    The one that I read all those fairy tales to
    And tucked into bed all those nights
    And I knew the first time I saw you with her
    It was only a matter of time

    But I loved her first and I held her first
    And a place in my heart will always be hers
    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    And I prayed that she'd find you someday
    But it's still hard to give her away
    I loved her first

    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    Someday you might know what I'm going through
    When a miracle smiles up at you
    I loved her first
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  • Atlanta Wedding Reception Sites


    Many Atlanta wedding reception sites allow couples and guests to embrace the wave of history and natural beauty of the city. From breathtaking outdoor settings to fancy hotels and fairytale mansions, only you can decide the Atlanta wedding reception that caters to both bride and groom. With many choices on hand, you better get started!


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Piedmont Park – Magnolia Hall


    Centrally located in Atlanta, Piedmont Park is one of the most popular recreation hot spots in the city. With a Civil War and farming history, the park has come a long way to seeing off happily married couples. A wedding in the park may take place near rolling hillsides and lush greenery or unfold within the elegant Magnolia Hall – a premier facility decorated with Mission-style lantern chandeliers and offering access to a romantic stone courtyard.  Depending on your catering plans, the hall seats between 125 and 200 guests.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Voted the "Best Place to Say "I Do" by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers, the Atlanta Botanical Garden sits next to Piedmont Park. The largest space at the Garden is Day Hall, best for parties between 300 (seated) and 500 (standing). Dance on bamboo floors lit by romantic illumination at Mershon Hall, which seats 100 guests. Surround your wedding party with fragrant orchids and exotic plants at the Fuqua Orchid Center. To experience the peak orchid season, book a reception around February or March. 


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Flint Hill

    Surrounded by a romantic arrangement of striking oak trees, Flint Hill offers an Atlanta wedding reception drenched in historic charm and many modern features. The mansion was built in 1835 and now provides the perfect setting for special events. The home and grounds are used for wedding ceremonies and receptions and include award-winning food, décor, and cakes.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Emory Conference Center Hotel

    If you want a traditional Atlanta wedding reception, the Emory Conference Center is found only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Complete packages include all of the special details, including ice carving, valet parking, and exquisite catering options. The Emory Conference Center Hotel can accommodate up to 500 guests.


     


    Piedmont Park – Magnolia Hall
    http://www.piedmontpark.org/facilities/magnolia.html


    Atlanta Botanical Garden
    http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org


    Flint Hill
    http://www.flinthill.com


    Emory Conference Center Hotel
    http://www.emoryconferencecenter.com/

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  • Are you meeting with a potential photographer?

    Here are some important questions to ask and/or find out about through investigating a potential photographer on their website or blog!  Print off this checklist, highlight questions that are important to you, and keep it in your records.  This is especially helpful when comparing several photographers.  


    No matter what, look up reviews of any photographer that you are considering hiring!  Project Wedding has a great vendor reviews directory: click here.


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    Packages & Cost




    What do your packages cost?
    What is included in each package?
    Can you work with us to make a package that fits within our budget?
    How much of a deposit do you require?
    Is the deposit refundable?
    Will you take payments towards the deposit, or do you require it all up front?
    When would the balance be due?
    Do you do engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shoots?
    How much extra would something like that add to our current package?  
    How soon do you usually book weddings before the date?
    Can/will you hold our requested date while we consider our options?






    Contracts and Obligations




    Once the contract is signed, what happens if we break it for any reason?
    What happens if you break the contract for any reason?
    If you are unable to attend our event, how is that situation handled?
    Are you part of a network of photographers that can jump in and take over your obligation if something unexpected were to happen?
    What happens in the case of an equipment or accessory failure?
    What if that equipment failure also causes a significant loss of the images from our wedding day?






    Photography and Equipment



    Do you do film and/or digital photography?
    If you use film, what kind of film do you use and where is it processed?
    Please tell us about your equipment.
    How often is your equipment serviced?
    How, when, and where do you back up your digital images?
    Are you comfortable with flash photography?
    Do you have & use a variety of lenses to achieve different composition and artistic aspects in your photography, and can you show us some examples?
    Do you use flash?  Can you show us some examples?




    Experience


    Is your primary focus on wedding photography or is it simply part of your overall work as a photographer?
    How many weddings do you shoot per year?
    How long have you been a photographer?  
    How long have you considered yourself a professional?
    Did/do you take classes for photography and participate in conventions and forums for new techniques? 
    How many weddings have you shot before?
    Can you show us examples of your work?
    Can you show us one entire weddings worth of photography, instead of just the 'best of' so that we may evaluate what we would be getting?
    Can you show us examples of your engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shots?
    Can you show us examples of your work when the lighting situation was tough (indoors, churches that don't allow flash, candlelit dinners, bright sunlight, dusk, etc.)
    How long have you been working with digital photography (if recently switched from film)
    Do you do your own editing?




    Style and Form




    What would you say your photographic emphasis and strong points are?  (Journalistic, posed, artistic, landscapes, details, etc.)
    When shooting at a wedding, do you direct people into poses or work in a stealthy, quiet manner?
    What do you typically wear to shoot a wedding?
    Are you open to inspiration photos from other weddings that we like, or do you prefer to draw inspiration from our day without outside influence?








    Rights and Inclusions


    Will our engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress photos include rights to the images in digital form, or will we need to purchase them separately from our package?
    Will our wedding day photos include rights to the images in digital form, or will we need to purchase them separately from our package??
    What digital media do you use to distribute photos that we will receive the rights too?  (CD, thumb drive, etc.)
    Will that media contain RAW or JPEG files?
    Will the images be culled and edited, or will we receive every photo taken in it's original form?
    How long can we expect to wait for the images?  
    Will the images on the digital media contain watermarks?
    Will the images be in high or low resolution, and what can we expect as far as printing capabilities?
    If no rights are included, can we purchase the printing rights to individual images?
    Will there be an online gallery for friends and family to see?
    Will friends and family be able to purchase prints of images from the online gallery?
    What website do you use for your online galleries?
    How long can we expect to wait for teasers?
    How many images total can we expect from our wedding day?  
    How many images total can we expect from our engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shoot?

    Logistics





    Will you be the one behind the camera, or will an assistant, intern, or other hired help be shooting?
    Do you bring an assistant?  
    Does the assistant also shoot or do they just provide lighting & technical support?
    Do you shoot destination weddings?

    In foreign countries, do you have all the paperwork to work legally?
    Have you ever shot at our venue/location?
    Are you willing to check out our venue/location before the event to get ideas?
    Do you shoot more than one event in a day?
    Will you and/or your assistant require a meal on our wedding day?
    Do you require a timeline of our wedding day?
    What happens in the case of inclement weather?  
    Are there specific situations where you will not take photos?




    Albums and Printing



    Will an album be included in our package?
    Will prints be included in our package?
    What kind of albums do you make (flush mount, magazine, etc.)
    Where do you get your albums and prints made?  
    Do you design every album by hand, or do you use album templates?
    Can you show us some examples of albums you have created in the past?
    Can you show us some examples of large prints you have created in the past?
    If our package does not include prints or an album, how much can we expect to pay for them out of pocket?















    This is an article written by the savvy and knowledgeable Project Wedding Hostess team!  If you are interested in becoming a hostess, click here.  To ask one of them a question,click here.

     

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  • Determining the best wording for your wedding invitations or save the date magnets can be a stressful task. While the design and layout of your invitations reflect the vibe of the event and the personalities of the couple, the wording needs to both inform guests of wedding-day logistics and include hosting and family information. The latter can be tricky, so consult below for traditional wording examples in some common scenarios.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride's Parents Host

    Traditionally, if the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, their names appear first and the groom's parents are not mentioned.

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James Brown

    Saturday, the fourteenth of August, 2025

     

    If you choose to include the groom's parents when the bride's parents are hosting, list them below his name:

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Both Sets of Parents Host

    If both parents are hosting, the bride's parents are listed first, followed by the groom's parents on a second line. The children are then listed in the same order as above, only with the groom's surname omitted.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe &

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their children

    Anne Marie and Timothy James...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom Host

    In the case of the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, exclude parents' names altogether and begin with the bride's name.

     

    Ms. Anne Marie Doe and Mr. Timothy James Brown

    request the pleasure of your company at their marriage...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced or Single Parent Hosts

    In the case of a single parent hosting the wedding, word the invitation as you would if two parents were hosting, but with a single name.

     

    Mr. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of his daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced Parent Hosts with New Spouse

    If a divorced parent is hosting, but has a new spouse, include both names but specify with pronouns that the bride (in this example) is the daughter of the woman, not both of them. Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the parent who raised her sends the invitation. If the bride has a different surname than the divorced parent, you might choose to indicate this on the invite to negate confusion.

     

    Ellen and Christopher Andrews

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of her daughter

    Anne Marie Doe

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorces Parents Host Together

    Often, divorced parents will come together to jointly host their child's wedding. If this is the case, list the mother first.

     

    Mrs. Ellen Andrews and Mr. John Doe

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    If divorced parents are remarried, include each set of parents on their own line.

    It's often wisest to consult with parents before sending out the invitations to ensure that all parties are happy with the wording.

     

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  • Atlanta Wedding Rings


    It's the lasting symbol that makes 'I do' official – the wedding ring. Sparkling with diamonds or keeping in line with classic traditions, the Atlanta wedding jewelers mentioned below supply exquisite customization and fascinating antique pieces.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 1: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry


    Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, three brothers have been providing Atlanta wedding rings to eager engaged couples since 1982. After Ivan Solomon became a certified gemologist and appraiser through the Gemological Institute of America, he chose Buckhead, Atlanta as the base of his operations. Offering platinum, tungsten, diamond, and titanium wedding bands, Solomon Brothers carries a range of fine jewelry. Want a wedding ring that expresses your love in writing? Choose an engraved message, phrase, or other words. For example, a satin band with a beveled edge bearing the inscription "Strength, Honor, God" costs less than $300.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 2: Laura Powers Jewelry

    If you're looking for elegant customization, Laura Powers Jewelry boasts the highest quality in certified diamonds, sapphires, and colored stones. Offering competitive prices with local and online jewelry businesses, Laura delivers customized Atlanta wedding rings with the gemstones of your choice. Working with clients to meet their goals and stay within their budget – face-to-face meetings are encouraged. Take your wedding ring visions to Laura to see them digitally come to life on a computer, where metal is then shaped into a wax model of the design. It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to complete a masterpiece.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 3: Mariloff Diamonds

    From white gold ring settings with princess cut diamonds to classic 4k white gold wedding bands for under $200, Mariloff Diamonds offers a variety of wedding rings and bands. A large selection of men's wedding rings include understated platinum bands with a single diamond, 18k yellow gold and platinum designs, and two-tone metal creations. Located in Atlanta America's Mart, Mariloff Diamonds offers a jewelry showroom of Atlanta wedding rings to tempt your budget – driven by the success of more than five decades of selling quality diamonds.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 4: Topazery

    Often possessing a unique and mysterious history of their own, antique wedding rings make memorable wedding rings. Hailing from estate sales and purchased at heirloom jewelry sales, Topazery offers a fine collection of antique and vintage pieces dating back to the 1800s. Working with Topazery is also a learning experience, as they take pleasure in educating you on specific jewelry periods. From old European cut diamonds to rose-cut creations, learn the differences between the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco designs. 

    Links:


    Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
    http://www.solomonbrothers.com


    Laura Powers Jewelry
    http://www.laurapowersjewelry.com/


    Mariloff Diamonds
    http://www.mariloff.com/


    Topazery
    http://www.topazery.com/

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  • Wedding invitations come in all shapes and sizes, but it's easy to get caught up with traditional designs, layouts and materials. For the couple that wants something unique and fresh, consider wedding invitations that embrace out-of-the-ordinary style. Posters, unique shapes, custom graphics and unconventional elements create wedding invitations that won't be quickly forgotten.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Sound

     


    Invite by Voice creates custom voice invitation cards. Record a message in your own voice; guests will open their invitations to hear from you in a unique way. Share your love story, a quick anecdote, or just extend the formal invitation out loud. The stationary company also allows you to select music from their music library. The "William Tell Overture" or "Wedding March" will add to the excitement of your impending wedding while charming guests with a novel invitation idea.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Caricatures

     


    Avoid using stock photos or graphics and consider having caricatures of your likeness in your invitations. Fun designs by Simple Difference are customized, so even the details will reflect you. Incorporate pets, kids, ethnic elements and hobbies; these designs are meant to capture you as a couple. The artist will work with you to create a cartoon that best suits the formality of your affair. Be the star of your unique wedding invitations. Simple Difference can also create save-the-dates, programs or table numbers, so you can use caricatures throughout your event or simply opt to use this fun idea in the most casual element of your stationary needs.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Pop-Up

     


    Pop-up cards are fun and could be a great option for the lighthearted couple. The card company Up With Paper has several fun 3D cards perfect for wedding invitations. Have a pop-up castle announce your fairytale wedding in whimsical style, or let a 3D bouquet anticipate the bouquet toss to come. Your prospective guests will break out into smiles when they open the unique wedding invitations that can be displayed as miniature works of art.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Cutting-Edge Custom

     


    For couples looking for a completely different approach to wedding invitations, check out the inspiring designs by Corndog Industries. Each design is personalized, capturing the vibe and theme of your wedding. Some of their previous custom work includes a Ouija Board wedding invitation printed on cherry veneer, a backstage-pass invite perfect for the rock-and-roll couple, a coffin-shaped card created for a Halloween wedding, and a rolled-up Medieval invitation printed on baked parchment with burnt edges. The designs are so impressive that your guests will want to frame their invitations.


    Custom made Pop-up Invitations


    Photographer and pop-up book artist Colette Fu can custom make your wedding invitations using your own photographs to creatively personalize every card.  Colette also works with other respected artists if you prefer your card to have more of a fine art appeal.


    Resources:


    Invite By Voice: http://www.invitebyvoice.com/


    Simple Difference: http://www.simpledifference.com/


    Up With Paper: http://www.upwithpaper.com/


    Corndog Industries: http://www.corndogindustries.com/


    Colette Fu, Pop-ups and Photography http://www.colettefu.com/


     

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  • Planning an Atlanta Wedding


    The versatile city of Atlanta means wedding planning may include the sultriness of summer and the everlasting beauty of the great outdoors. When planning a wedding in the capital and most populous city in the state of Georgia, you'll need all the help you can get when sifting through the never-ending wedding vendors competing for your business. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride through the city that incorporates the flair of the New South with the charm and grace of the Old.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: The Highlights of the City

    Atlanta is filled with many attractions and landmarks that can help a couple entertain visiting guests and prepare for their special day. For starters, history runs deep throughout the city that offers glimpses of the Civil War right through civil rights movement. The largest indoor aquarium in the world resides in Atlanta. Attractions of interest in Atlanta include CNN Studies, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Dome, a wealth of museums, and the glorious Piedmont Park – a favorite wedding reception choice.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: Weather Watch

    When planning an Atlanta wedding, the weather will play an important role. Expect 90-degree days in July filled with the kind of humidity that spells disaster for some hairstyles. However, hotels and other venues offer summer discounts. March weddings in Atlanta bring rain, while October offers the driest conditions with clear skies.

    Spring and autumn in Atlanta are rather long seasons, but perfect for weddings taking advantage of moderate temperatures and the natural allure of the city. Outdoor weddings will benefit from the colorful displays of nature, including blooming azaleas and striking dogwoods. For this reason, May and October are popular months for Atlanta weddings.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: Insider Tips

    Atlanta is known as a major convention and trade-show city. When planning a wedding in Atlanta, citywide events could put a damper on booking reception space and lodging out-of-town guests. For example, Labor Day weekend brings in thousands of people for a popular convention event held downtown. The Hyatt Regency, Marriot Marquis, Hilton and Sheraton hotels fill with an estimated 30,000 attendees. Make allowances for busy tourist seasons and city events when setting a wedding date. Take note of popular convention times which take place in early to mid-January, the third week of February, and mid-July.


     


    Links:


    Piedmont Park Conservancy


    Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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  • Elegant weddings dictate elegant wedding invitations. Set the tone for your gorgeous affair with stationery that captures the romance and formality of your wedding. Find inspiration from all things traditional, timeless and delicate, and consider the following when you're looking to purchase elegant wedding invitations.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Design and Layout

     


    Elegant wedding invitations are often rooted in traditional style.  The heavy card stock is typically white, cream or ivory, enhanced with sophisticated accents and beautiful textures. Understated hues and clean lines make for timeless invitations. Embossing, with designs pushed up from the paper to create a textured image without ink or foil, is a subtle way to add beautiful motifs to your invitations. Likewise, debossing creates an indented image that is equally as effective. An embossed image and a debossed border can work well together on the same invitation. Artistic floral designs and monograms embellish without distracting, while intricate borders evoke Old World elegance.


     


    Elegant wedding invitations can come in a variety of layouts. A refined non-folding card is especially chic, but even a contemporary pocketfold invitation with coordinating inserts can suit the most formal of weddings.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Fonts and Wording

     


    Many classically elegant wedding invitations use typefaces that mirror calligraphy; scripted and handwritten fonts are romantic and old-fashioned. Modern elegance permits clean, unfussy fonts, often printed in classic black. Mix script and block style lettering to achieve a custom elegant design.


    Elegant wedding invitations typically use formal or traditional wording. Incorporate traditional style while making it your own; update a classic wording template to reflect your personality as a couple. The polished typeface will compensate for nontraditional working.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Printing

     


    Engraving is the more formal of the wedding invitation printing techniques; an etched plate is pressed into the back of the card stock, creating raised lettering on which the ink is applied. For additional glamour, have gold or silver leaf applied with this technique. Thermography resembles engraving, but costs less. This involved ink powder being heated to create raised text.


     


    A popular and widely available printing option is letterpress, which gives wedding invitations a handcrafted, vintage appeal. The text is imprinted onto the page. This requires the same weight of card stock as engraving and looks best with softer ink colors like browns; bold hues can look dull when pressed into pulpy paper.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Embellishment

     


    Adorn your elegant wedding invitations with beautiful details. Small crystals or pearls used to outline a monogram or accent an image can add extra glamour to your invites. Touches of lace or silk bring romance to the paper, as do overlays and ribbon wraparounds.


     


    Elegant Wedding Invitations: Envelopes

     


    Consider having your elegant wedding invitations sent in envelopes lined with lace or silk; a personalized seal adds a unique touch to your crisp envelopes. Consider addressing your invitations with calligraphy. The classic appeal of elegant handwriting will only add to the anticipation of attending your beautiful wedding.

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  • I loved her first Artist: Heartland Album: Not Provided Description Not Provided Lyrics Look at the two of you dancing that way
    Lost in the moment and each others face
    So much in love you're alone in this place
    Like there's nobody else in the world
    I was enough for her not long ago
    I was her number one
    She told me so
    And she still means the world to me
    Just so you know
    So be careful when you hold my girl
    Time changes everything
    Life must go on
    And I'm not gonna stand in your way

    But I loved her first and I held her first
    And a place in my heart will always be hers
    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    And I prayed that she'd find you someday
    But it's still hard to give her away
    I loved her first

    How could that beautiful woman with you
    Be the same freckle face kid that I knew
    The one that I read all those fairy tales to
    And tucked into bed all those nights
    And I knew the first time I saw you with her
    It was only a matter of time

    But I loved her first and I held her first
    And a place in my heart will always be hers
    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    And I prayed that she'd find you someday
    But it's still hard to give her away
    I loved her first

    From the first breath she breathed
    When she first smiled at me
    I knew the love of a father runs deep
    Someday you might know what I'm going through
    When a miracle smiles up at you
    I loved her first
    Video

    Video:

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  • Atlanta Wedding Reception Sites


    Many Atlanta wedding reception sites allow couples and guests to embrace the wave of history and natural beauty of the city. From breathtaking outdoor settings to fancy hotels and fairytale mansions, only you can decide the Atlanta wedding reception that caters to both bride and groom. With many choices on hand, you better get started!


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Piedmont Park – Magnolia Hall


    Centrally located in Atlanta, Piedmont Park is one of the most popular recreation hot spots in the city. With a Civil War and farming history, the park has come a long way to seeing off happily married couples. A wedding in the park may take place near rolling hillsides and lush greenery or unfold within the elegant Magnolia Hall – a premier facility decorated with Mission-style lantern chandeliers and offering access to a romantic stone courtyard.  Depending on your catering plans, the hall seats between 125 and 200 guests.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Voted the "Best Place to Say "I Do" by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers, the Atlanta Botanical Garden sits next to Piedmont Park. The largest space at the Garden is Day Hall, best for parties between 300 (seated) and 500 (standing). Dance on bamboo floors lit by romantic illumination at Mershon Hall, which seats 100 guests. Surround your wedding party with fragrant orchids and exotic plants at the Fuqua Orchid Center. To experience the peak orchid season, book a reception around February or March. 


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Flint Hill

    Surrounded by a romantic arrangement of striking oak trees, Flint Hill offers an Atlanta wedding reception drenched in historic charm and many modern features. The mansion was built in 1835 and now provides the perfect setting for special events. The home and grounds are used for wedding ceremonies and receptions and include award-winning food, décor, and cakes.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Reception Site: Emory Conference Center Hotel

    If you want a traditional Atlanta wedding reception, the Emory Conference Center is found only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Complete packages include all of the special details, including ice carving, valet parking, and exquisite catering options. The Emory Conference Center Hotel can accommodate up to 500 guests.


     


    Piedmont Park – Magnolia Hall
    http://www.piedmontpark.org/facilities/magnolia.html


    Atlanta Botanical Garden
    http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org


    Flint Hill
    http://www.flinthill.com


    Emory Conference Center Hotel
    http://www.emoryconferencecenter.com/

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  • Are you meeting with a potential photographer?

    Here are some important questions to ask and/or find out about through investigating a potential photographer on their website or blog!  Print off this checklist, highlight questions that are important to you, and keep it in your records.  This is especially helpful when comparing several photographers.  


    No matter what, look up reviews of any photographer that you are considering hiring!  Project Wedding has a great vendor reviews directory: click here.


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    Packages & Cost




    What do your packages cost?
    What is included in each package?
    Can you work with us to make a package that fits within our budget?
    How much of a deposit do you require?
    Is the deposit refundable?
    Will you take payments towards the deposit, or do you require it all up front?
    When would the balance be due?
    Do you do engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shoots?
    How much extra would something like that add to our current package?  
    How soon do you usually book weddings before the date?
    Can/will you hold our requested date while we consider our options?






    Contracts and Obligations




    Once the contract is signed, what happens if we break it for any reason?
    What happens if you break the contract for any reason?
    If you are unable to attend our event, how is that situation handled?
    Are you part of a network of photographers that can jump in and take over your obligation if something unexpected were to happen?
    What happens in the case of an equipment or accessory failure?
    What if that equipment failure also causes a significant loss of the images from our wedding day?






    Photography and Equipment



    Do you do film and/or digital photography?
    If you use film, what kind of film do you use and where is it processed?
    Please tell us about your equipment.
    How often is your equipment serviced?
    How, when, and where do you back up your digital images?
    Are you comfortable with flash photography?
    Do you have & use a variety of lenses to achieve different composition and artistic aspects in your photography, and can you show us some examples?
    Do you use flash?  Can you show us some examples?




    Experience


    Is your primary focus on wedding photography or is it simply part of your overall work as a photographer?
    How many weddings do you shoot per year?
    How long have you been a photographer?  
    How long have you considered yourself a professional?
    Did/do you take classes for photography and participate in conventions and forums for new techniques? 
    How many weddings have you shot before?
    Can you show us examples of your work?
    Can you show us one entire weddings worth of photography, instead of just the 'best of' so that we may evaluate what we would be getting?
    Can you show us examples of your engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shots?
    Can you show us examples of your work when the lighting situation was tough (indoors, churches that don't allow flash, candlelit dinners, bright sunlight, dusk, etc.)
    How long have you been working with digital photography (if recently switched from film)
    Do you do your own editing?




    Style and Form




    What would you say your photographic emphasis and strong points are?  (Journalistic, posed, artistic, landscapes, details, etc.)
    When shooting at a wedding, do you direct people into poses or work in a stealthy, quiet manner?
    What do you typically wear to shoot a wedding?
    Are you open to inspiration photos from other weddings that we like, or do you prefer to draw inspiration from our day without outside influence?








    Rights and Inclusions


    Will our engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress photos include rights to the images in digital form, or will we need to purchase them separately from our package?
    Will our wedding day photos include rights to the images in digital form, or will we need to purchase them separately from our package??
    What digital media do you use to distribute photos that we will receive the rights too?  (CD, thumb drive, etc.)
    Will that media contain RAW or JPEG files?
    Will the images be culled and edited, or will we receive every photo taken in it's original form?
    How long can we expect to wait for the images?  
    Will the images on the digital media contain watermarks?
    Will the images be in high or low resolution, and what can we expect as far as printing capabilities?
    If no rights are included, can we purchase the printing rights to individual images?
    Will there be an online gallery for friends and family to see?
    Will friends and family be able to purchase prints of images from the online gallery?
    What website do you use for your online galleries?
    How long can we expect to wait for teasers?
    How many images total can we expect from our wedding day?  
    How many images total can we expect from our engagement, boudoir, anniversary, bridal, or trash the dress shoot?

    Logistics





    Will you be the one behind the camera, or will an assistant, intern, or other hired help be shooting?
    Do you bring an assistant?  
    Does the assistant also shoot or do they just provide lighting & technical support?
    Do you shoot destination weddings?

    In foreign countries, do you have all the paperwork to work legally?
    Have you ever shot at our venue/location?
    Are you willing to check out our venue/location before the event to get ideas?
    Do you shoot more than one event in a day?
    Will you and/or your assistant require a meal on our wedding day?
    Do you require a timeline of our wedding day?
    What happens in the case of inclement weather?  
    Are there specific situations where you will not take photos?




    Albums and Printing



    Will an album be included in our package?
    Will prints be included in our package?
    What kind of albums do you make (flush mount, magazine, etc.)
    Where do you get your albums and prints made?  
    Do you design every album by hand, or do you use album templates?
    Can you show us some examples of albums you have created in the past?
    Can you show us some examples of large prints you have created in the past?
    If our package does not include prints or an album, how much can we expect to pay for them out of pocket?















    This is an article written by the savvy and knowledgeable Project Wedding Hostess team!  If you are interested in becoming a hostess, click here.  To ask one of them a question,click here.

     

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  • Determining the best wording for your wedding invitations or save the date magnets can be a stressful task. While the design and layout of your invitations reflect the vibe of the event and the personalities of the couple, the wording needs to both inform guests of wedding-day logistics and include hosting and family information. The latter can be tricky, so consult below for traditional wording examples in some common scenarios.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride's Parents Host

    Traditionally, if the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, their names appear first and the groom's parents are not mentioned.

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James Brown

    Saturday, the fourteenth of August, 2025

     

    If you choose to include the groom's parents when the bride's parents are hosting, list them below his name:

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Both Sets of Parents Host

    If both parents are hosting, the bride's parents are listed first, followed by the groom's parents on a second line. The children are then listed in the same order as above, only with the groom's surname omitted.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe &

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their children

    Anne Marie and Timothy James...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom Host

    In the case of the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, exclude parents' names altogether and begin with the bride's name.

     

    Ms. Anne Marie Doe and Mr. Timothy James Brown

    request the pleasure of your company at their marriage...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced or Single Parent Hosts

    In the case of a single parent hosting the wedding, word the invitation as you would if two parents were hosting, but with a single name.

     

    Mr. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of his daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced Parent Hosts with New Spouse

    If a divorced parent is hosting, but has a new spouse, include both names but specify with pronouns that the bride (in this example) is the daughter of the woman, not both of them. Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the parent who raised her sends the invitation. If the bride has a different surname than the divorced parent, you might choose to indicate this on the invite to negate confusion.

     

    Ellen and Christopher Andrews

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of her daughter

    Anne Marie Doe

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorces Parents Host Together

    Often, divorced parents will come together to jointly host their child's wedding. If this is the case, list the mother first.

     

    Mrs. Ellen Andrews and Mr. John Doe

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    If divorced parents are remarried, include each set of parents on their own line.

    It's often wisest to consult with parents before sending out the invitations to ensure that all parties are happy with the wording.

     

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  • Atlanta Wedding Rings


    It's the lasting symbol that makes 'I do' official – the wedding ring. Sparkling with diamonds or keeping in line with classic traditions, the Atlanta wedding jewelers mentioned below supply exquisite customization and fascinating antique pieces.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 1: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry


    Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, three brothers have been providing Atlanta wedding rings to eager engaged couples since 1982. After Ivan Solomon became a certified gemologist and appraiser through the Gemological Institute of America, he chose Buckhead, Atlanta as the base of his operations. Offering platinum, tungsten, diamond, and titanium wedding bands, Solomon Brothers carries a range of fine jewelry. Want a wedding ring that expresses your love in writing? Choose an engraved message, phrase, or other words. For example, a satin band with a beveled edge bearing the inscription "Strength, Honor, God" costs less than $300.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 2: Laura Powers Jewelry

    If you're looking for elegant customization, Laura Powers Jewelry boasts the highest quality in certified diamonds, sapphires, and colored stones. Offering competitive prices with local and online jewelry businesses, Laura delivers customized Atlanta wedding rings with the gemstones of your choice. Working with clients to meet their goals and stay within their budget – face-to-face meetings are encouraged. Take your wedding ring visions to Laura to see them digitally come to life on a computer, where metal is then shaped into a wax model of the design. It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to complete a masterpiece.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 3: Mariloff Diamonds

    From white gold ring settings with princess cut diamonds to classic 4k white gold wedding bands for under $200, Mariloff Diamonds offers a variety of wedding rings and bands. A large selection of men's wedding rings include understated platinum bands with a single diamond, 18k yellow gold and platinum designs, and two-tone metal creations. Located in Atlanta America's Mart, Mariloff Diamonds offers a jewelry showroom of Atlanta wedding rings to tempt your budget – driven by the success of more than five decades of selling quality diamonds.


     


    Atlanta Wedding Rings Jeweler No. 4: Topazery

    Often possessing a unique and mysterious history of their own, antique wedding rings make memorable wedding rings. Hailing from estate sales and purchased at heirloom jewelry sales, Topazery offers a fine collection of antique and vintage pieces dating back to the 1800s. Working with Topazery is also a learning experience, as they take pleasure in educating you on specific jewelry periods. From old European cut diamonds to rose-cut creations, learn the differences between the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco designs. 

    Links:


    Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
    http://www.solomonbrothers.com


    Laura Powers Jewelry
    http://www.laurapowersjewelry.com/


    Mariloff Diamonds
    http://www.mariloff.com/


    Topazery
    http://www.topazery.com/

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  • Wedding invitations come in all shapes and sizes, but it's easy to get caught up with traditional designs, layouts and materials. For the couple that wants something unique and fresh, consider wedding invitations that embrace out-of-the-ordinary style. Posters, unique shapes, custom graphics and unconventional elements create wedding invitations that won't be quickly forgotten.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Sound

     


    Invite by Voice creates custom voice invitation cards. Record a message in your own voice; guests will open their invitations to hear from you in a unique way. Share your love story, a quick anecdote, or just extend the formal invitation out loud. The stationary company also allows you to select music from their music library. The "William Tell Overture" or "Wedding March" will add to the excitement of your impending wedding while charming guests with a novel invitation idea.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Caricatures

     


    Avoid using stock photos or graphics and consider having caricatures of your likeness in your invitations. Fun designs by Simple Difference are customized, so even the details will reflect you. Incorporate pets, kids, ethnic elements and hobbies; these designs are meant to capture you as a couple. The artist will work with you to create a cartoon that best suits the formality of your affair. Be the star of your unique wedding invitations. Simple Difference can also create save-the-dates, programs or table numbers, so you can use caricatures throughout your event or simply opt to use this fun idea in the most casual element of your stationary needs.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Pop-Up

     


    Pop-up cards are fun and could be a great option for the lighthearted couple. The card company Up With Paper has several fun 3D cards perfect for wedding invitations. Have a pop-up castle announce your fairytale wedding in whimsical style, or let a 3D bouquet anticipate the bouquet toss to come. Your prospective guests will break out into smiles when they open the unique wedding invitations that can be displayed as miniature works of art.


     


    Unique Wedding Invitations: Cutting-Edge Custom

     


    For couples looking for a completely different approach to wedding invitations, check out the inspiring designs by Corndog Industries. Each design is personalized, capturing the vibe and theme of your wedding. Some of their previous custom work includes a Ouija Board wedding invitation printed on cherry veneer, a backstage-pass invite perfect for the rock-and-roll couple, a coffin-shaped card created for a Halloween wedding, and a rolled-up Medieval invitation printed on baked parchment with burnt edges. The designs are so impressive that your guests will want to frame their invitations.


    Custom made Pop-up Invitations


    Photographer and pop-up book artist Colette Fu can custom make your wedding invitations using your own photographs to creatively personalize every card.  Colette also works with other respected artists if you prefer your card to have more of a fine art appeal.


    Resources:


    Invite By Voice: http://www.invitebyvoice.com/


    Simple Difference: http://www.simpledifference.com/


    Up With Paper: http://www.upwithpaper.com/


    Corndog Industries: http://www.corndogindustries.com/


    Colette Fu, Pop-ups and Photography http://www.colettefu.com/


     

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  • Planning an Atlanta Wedding


    The versatile city of Atlanta means wedding planning may include the sultriness of summer and the everlasting beauty of the great outdoors. When planning a wedding in the capital and most populous city in the state of Georgia, you'll need all the help you can get when sifting through the never-ending wedding vendors competing for your business. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride through the city that incorporates the flair of the New South with the charm and grace of the Old.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: The Highlights of the City

    Atlanta is filled with many attractions and landmarks that can help a couple entertain visiting guests and prepare for their special day. For starters, history runs deep throughout the city that offers glimpses of the Civil War right through civil rights movement. The largest indoor aquarium in the world resides in Atlanta. Attractions of interest in Atlanta include CNN Studies, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Dome, a wealth of museums, and the glorious Piedmont Park – a favorite wedding reception choice.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: Weather Watch

    When planning an Atlanta wedding, the weather will play an important role. Expect 90-degree days in July filled with the kind of humidity that spells disaster for some hairstyles. However, hotels and other venues offer summer discounts. March weddings in Atlanta bring rain, while October offers the driest conditions with clear skies.

    Spring and autumn in Atlanta are rather long seasons, but perfect for weddings taking advantage of moderate temperatures and the natural allure of the city. Outdoor weddings will benefit from the colorful displays of nature, including blooming azaleas and striking dogwoods. For this reason, May and October are popular months for Atlanta weddings.


     


    Planning an Atlanta Wedding: Insider Tips

    Atlanta is known as a major convention and trade-show city. When planning a wedding in Atlanta, citywide events could put a damper on booking reception space and lodging out-of-town guests. For example, Labor Day weekend brings in thousands of people for a popular convention event held downtown. The Hyatt Regency, Marriot Marquis, Hilton and Sheraton hotels fill with an estimated 30,000 attendees. Make allowances for busy tourist seasons and city events when setting a wedding date. Take note of popular convention times which take place in early to mid-January, the third week of February, and mid-July.


     


    Links:


    Piedmont Park Conservancy


    Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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