If you ask artists what inspires them, many will tell you that inspiration comes from the things we experience in the world around us! For this design challenge, a group of designers used gorgeous Hallmark Signature wedding cards as inspiration for place settings. Hallmark editor, Signature team member and first time contributor, Meg B., tells us all about the varied choices the designers used to create these elegant tablescapes.
Place Settings from Wedding Cards
It’s wedding season! And the Hallmark Signature team is feeling the love and inspiration! Signature’s own Mandy F. designed three gorgeous wedding cards featuring distinct style trends. With these cards as their inspiration, designers Ellie K., Piper W., Mandy F., and Jen K. created formal place settings that might be just right for your wedding season needs.
We must admit, we’re crazy about weddings. But we also know not everyone else shares that mindset. Jessie L., a designer in Hallmark’s visual merchandising department, came to this realization when her sister got engaged. To help smooth the process (for both her and her sister) Jessie created this amazing “don’t freak out, we’re here for you” gift bag to give her sister. We thought it was such a good idea that we asked Jessie (long time reader first time contributor) to share her idea. Happy Planning! (Or not.)
Gift for a Bride to Be
As soon as my sister announced her engagement, I went into over-planning, design-thinking, inspiration-gathering mode. In my mind, this was the best way to help her begin the journey of planning her wedding. As a designer, I pull together color inspiration and mood boards all the time, and I figured putting all of my ideas on paper would help my sister’s ideas come to life. I was wrong.
Believe it or not, not every person out there planning a wedding finds it fun, or inspirational, or a bonding experience between sisters. It isn’t all “pin this” and “save that” or “this is perfect!” I quickly learned that the wedding planning process felt daunting to my sister. There are so many options out there! The truth is, sometimes our non-DIY-loving friends and family need a little help from us crazy crafters.
What to Write in a Wedding Card
Imagine yourself in the parking lot walking in to your friend’s wedding reception—pen in hand, necktie/pantyhose in a twist, desperately trying to think up a warm and meaningful personal message to write in your wedding card for the happy couple. One would hope you’re not really that last-minute, but even if you are, our friendly writing staff can help.
Our “What to Write in a Wedding Card” guide is full of writing tips, wedding message ideas and inspiration from Hallmark writers. We humbly offer you not only some basic go-to wedding wishes that can work for just about any couple tying the knot, but also more personalized messages and ideas based on your relationship with the couple, the amount of time you have to write and your preferred style of expression.
Collaborating Artist Spotlight: 100 Layer Cake
100 Layer Cake is an extremely talented group of women with inspiring ideas to celebrate all the special events in life. Today we’re excited to be sharing their artist collaboration for Hallmark Signature’s 2016 Everyday offering. Their offering, which can be found in Hallmark Gold Crown Stores and online, is filled with beautifully designed, keepsakeable cards. Read on to learn more about what they love, where they find inspiration, and lots more!
Tell us a little bit about your blog.
100 Layer Cake is an online lifestyle destination focusing on weddings, parties, and all the good stuff in between. Our uniquely curated content inspires modern, stylish women every day as they plan for the most special events of their lives.
Where did the idea of forming 100 Layer Cake come from?
We were all three working as designers and spending a lot of time reading blogs! Two of us had recently planned our weddings and saw an opening for a more curated, design-influenced take on weddings and parties online. We had lots of ideas, but decided to launch a blog first to join the online community and generate interest for our point of view. As luck would have it our blog became a business of it’s own!