Love is in the Air: Hot Air Balloon Invitations

For this week's W*Ink Wednesday, we thought we'd share a bit of loveliness from Oh So Beautiful paper (top image), and then another option that might work better for those on a time and/or budget constraint (bottom image).

The top image is actually for a bridal breakfast, but we love the idea of carrying the whimsy and romance of a hot air balloon ride throughout a wedding suite. Our "Love is in the Air" invitation suite is perfect for this. It's fully customizable, from colors to fonts, and is also available as a print-it-yourself file if you're more the DIY type. To get the look of the top invitation, we suggest  coordinating ribbon from Hobby Lobby or Walmart, and box mailers, like this one here, from Papersource. Tuck the invite into the box with some pretty crinkled paper shreds, such as the ones here and violá!*

*We are also perfectly happy to customize this invitation to fit a shower, bridal luncheon or other event, just email us from our website,

**Print-it-yourself pricing on the Love is in the Air suite starts at $65 for the invitation. Flat printed pricing starts at $150 for 50 invites. Pin It

W*Ink Wednesdays: Hello W*Ink Shop!

Hello from W*Ink's headquarters within Finery! We are excited to announce that we are officially open for business and have launched both the W*Ink website (that's the photo at top), and our Facebook page.  Our facebook page is where we'll keep you updated on our latest designs and specials, so please be sure to like us.

W*Ink represents the culmination of years spent designing all sorts of event invitations and a desire to bring something extra special and unique to North Alabama. We carefully curated our invitation lines, selecting amazing designs you are not likely to find anywhere else around. In addition, we offer custom design for those who want to have something uniquely their own on their wedding day or special occasion. From custom printed handkerchiefs, bags and mugs to amazing wedding monograms and paperie, we are confident we can give your event and extra special touch.

Like Finery, we operate by appointment or during our weekly drop in hours. More info on that here.

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It's Trunk Time!

Project Runway alum Heidi Elnora is coming to Finery! 

We've had the pleasure of getting to know Heidi throughout the process of opening Finery and are humbled to call her a friend. This Alabama born and bred designer is on the up and up in the land of couture and we consider ourselves lucky to have her as a feature designer at Finery. Her line draws on classic silhouettes, intricate stitching, immaculate bead work and just enough lace to stay true to her Southern roots. 

Fresh from NYC Bridal Market, we are excited to give North Alabama {and surrounding area} brides an opportunity to meet with Heidi to create your ultimate dream gown! Not only will you get a one on one experience but you will also receive a custom sketch of your gown signed by Heidi Elnora. How cool is that? If that's not enough, brides that book an appointment for the trunk show will receive 10% off their gown purchase. I mean, it's enough to make your friends jealous. 
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Color theory

{photos borrowed from Loverly}
Prior to the Victorian era, a bride married in any color-even black was popular in some countries. In Eastern cultures brides often chose red to symbolize auspiciousness. It wasn't until Queen Victoria wed Albert of Saxe-Coburg where the savvy Queen wore white only to incorporate some lace she adored. After the official wedding portrait was published, brides opted for white to follow suit to the  Queen. (Some things never change.)

Many people assume that the color white is chosen to symbolize purity, truth be told and art historians will agree that the color blue is actually connected to purity, piety, faithfulness and the Virgin Mary.

So as we prepare to hit the NYC Bridal Market next week we expect to see more of a push into even deeper shades of Ivory, Ecru, Blush, Blues and Red for the coming season. After all, what is more pure than colors found in nature?

The REAL question is- are brides ready?

We've got one Finery bride that is and we can't wait to post pictures of her custom Olia Zavozina gown and her wedding next month. I die, you die-it's going to be AMAZING.

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