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  • Creating the Perfect Wedding Invitation

    wedding rings in the vintage arrangementWhether you are planning a traditional wedding or a modern ceremony, your invitation will set the tone for your big day. Learn what to include on your invitation and what type of invitation is best for you.

    Weddings have become more than ceremonies and receptions. Often, these events are themed and include activities for guests beyond dinner and dancing. Creating the feel of your wedding in invitation form does not have to be a daunting task. Take into account your theme, venue and your personality as a couple to send off a welcome that will excite and prepare guests for your big day.

    Choosing a Wedding Invitation Style

    Choosing a wedding invitation can be like assembling the perfect outfit: all parts match and work together to create a smashing, finished look. Identifying the style of wedding you’d like to have will help you to build the foundation in announcement form. You can play by the rules or craft your own unique styles. These tips will help you bring that style into view:

    Traditional Weddings

    • Look for muted colors such as beige, off white or soft pinks.
    • Understated designs with monotone floral, flourish or elegant art make for a classic presentation.
    • Include a response card and envelope so guests can easily RSVP. Don’t forget to attach postage.

    Modern Weddings

    • Be bold and brave with color and style.
    • Seek out chalkboard and highly artistic invitations to highlight your personal style.
    • Create a custom response card or include a URL directing guests to your wedding website, email or app and easy RSVP instructions.

    What to Include on Your Invitation

    It is important to note the basics on your wedding invitation, including the hosts, the venue, date and time, as well as gift registry. If you and your groom are paying for the wedding yourselves, there is no need to include a host. When your hosts, such as divorced parents, sets of parents or friends are hosting, unmarried hosts should be listed on stacked as opposed to single lines like so:

    Married Hosts

    Bob and Jean Smith

    Unmarried Hosts

    Mary Jackson


    Phil Thompson

    For formal weddings it is of the utmost importance to include attire advice. This is a helpful hint that prepares your guests for pomp and circumstance. When the wedding has a theme or requires a casual style of dress, you’ll want to note that as well.

    Formal Wedding Attire Advice

    Black tie and formal dress encouraged.

    Casual or Themed Weddings

    Come as you are for the casual celebration of our marriage.


    Don your best cowboy boots and hat for our country chic celebration.

    Dates and addresses are often spelled out rather than presented in numbers. With many of the modern invitations available today, a more artistic combination of text and number is acceptable. Tickled Pink is here to help you create an unforgettable wedding invitations with a variety of invitation styles and our personalization services.

  • Kitchen Bridal Shower

    Stock Her Kitchen Bridal Shower

    Perfect for the bride who is a foodie and loves to experiment in her kitchen, the Stock Her Kitchen bridal shower theme is a sure win. Whip up a memorable shower with a few of these great ideas.   

    Every woman has something she just loves to do. If the bride-to-be enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and throwing sensational sit-down suppers, the Stock Her Kitchen shower is sure to knock off her oven mitts. This is a wonderful opportunity to present her with specialty cookware, utensils and gadgets she may never buy for herself. When you encourage her to register at a boutique kitchen shop, guests will have a map for picking out treasures she will cherish.

    Kitchen Shower Location: Home or Away?

    Figuring out a few important details will help you decide whether to throw her shower at home or at a local cooking school or rented kitchen:

    • Number of guests.
    • Budget.
    • Is it a surprise or is the bride in on the plan?
    • Her personal style.

    Depending on at-home kitchen spaces available to you and your budget, you may just opt to bring her pals to a cooking class. Make sure the school or facility has a dining room for you all to gather after the class for opening gifts, and enjoy a few treats and a glass of champagne. This may be the best option when the bridal shower is a surprise. For bridal showers at home just make sure your space will accommodate the guest list. Have friends cook a meal together or order appetizers from her favorite restaurant while you play games and swap recipes.

    Recipe Cards for the Bride

    recipeboxRecipe cards are perfect to send along with bridal shower invitations. This gives guests lots of time to write down a favorite family recipe to share with the bride. Craftier guests may even affix the card to her gift, or supply her with a few specialty spices, pastas or a bottle of wine to complement the recipe. With several styles to choose from, you will be sure to find a recipe card to match shower décor. Recipe cards can be personalized with the names of the bride and groom for an extra-special touch of wonderful she will keep forever. Go the extra mile and create a special box for her and decoupage it with photos of the bride and groom. She’ll be excited to fill it with the recipe cards she received at her shower.

    Creating a Stock Her Kitchen bridal shower can be easy and fun. When you choose a theme that speaks to something the bride loves to do, she’ll be so thankful you touched on something she truly appreciates.

  • Three Smart Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget

    Plan the perfect baby shower on a budget by choosing the right time of day, snacks, beverages and girl baby shower invitations.

    As a savvy party planner you know milestones such as a baby shower need to make a lasting impression. What do you do when you are working with a small budget and limited time? Choose boy baby shower invitations, an in-between meal party time and refreshments that keep your schedule intact and your wallet full of cash. 

    The Invite: Making Wise, Hassle Free Invitation Choices

    If you’ve ever seen websites such as pinterestfail you know the very real pitfalls of all of the many craft ideas on the Internet. Close your eyes and imagine glue in your hair and snippets of pink and blue paper littering your kitchen. Choosing affordable baby shower invitations at Tickled Pink will quell your fears, won’t muss your hair and gives you a welcome Mom will love. With everything from comic to sleek and modern designs, Tickled Pink has something fitting just for her. Rather than fighting your printer or trying to master calligraphy, opt for invitation personalization services. These time-savers put you ahead of the game and leave you ample time to solidify a perfect shower plan.

    Time of Day Saves Money on Snacks & Treats

    Food costs can often be the most expensive piece of your budget puzzle. Avoiding lunch and dinner hours will save you some serious coin. Look at a time of day which is between major meal times. For instance, garden and tea party themed showers can be held between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, while parties including cocktails or featuring a contemporary twist, should be held between 7:00pm and 10:00pm. Invitees will arrive nourished and ready for a treat half-way through the party. Daytime shower menus may include finger sandwiches akin to those of English teatime, and petit fours, which can be purchased at a local bakery. For evening gatherings, look toward tasty snacks such as warm spinach dip in a bread bowl with a sliced baguette and a gorgeous diner cake, which is nice and tall and can be sliced thinly without giving the appearance of skimping.

    Look Past the Punch Bowl

    Glass pitchers showcase scrumptious ingredients while giving the appearance of abundance. Try a cucumber water with a citrus fruit for a refreshing thirst quencher. You will only be picking up a few fresh cucumbers, oranges or lemons and your water tap will do the rest. When including a cocktail, give mojitos or wine spritzers a spin in your glass pitcher. The muddled mint of a mojito adds a pop of color while adding fresh berries to a wine spritzer will make guests salivate.

    These time and money saving tips can make you look like a baby shower planning pro and make Mom feel like she’s attending a top-notch event.  Creating a simple plan can equal big rewards. Everyone will be impressed with your savvy style and asking you for planning tips.

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