Monthly Archives: October 2014

Stonebridge Companies Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek Hotel Announces Promotion for Upcoming Holiday Parties


Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 19, 2014

The Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek hotel has announced a special offer for organizations who book their holiday party by November 15, 2014 for events taking place by 1/15/2015. The newly renovated hotel offers 6,500 square feet of beautiful function space, including the Skyline Ballroom, which offers breathtaking views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains. The on-site culinary team is available to craft the perfect menu for the holiday season, and event professionals will assist with the details.

Groups who spend under $ 2,500 are able to select one, and groups with a total bill of over $ 2,500 choose two from the following special offers;


    Waived bartender fee
    Complimentary dance floor
    Complimentary wine toast
    Complimentary vegetable tray
    Double Marriott Rewards Points
    Complimentary hot beverage station (2 hours)

Availability is limited, and organizations are encouraged to reserve their party by calling the hotel at 303-757-8797. Additional information on function space and the hotel may be found at http://www.courtyardcherrycreek.com.

Conveniently located in the popular Cherry Creek area near downtown Denver and I-25, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek hotel is close to great shopping, dining and attractions. It is also just minutes away from the University of Denver, the Cherry Creek Shopping District, Denver Zoo, Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Ritchie Center. The full-service hotel offers stylish comfort in a growing urban setting with features like spacious, comfortable guest rooms, modern, plush bedding, stylish bathrooms, room service, in-room refrigerator and microwave, complimentary wireless Internet access, customizable work spaces and a variety of other luxury amenities. Additionally, the hotel’s spacious, versatile meeting and banquet spaces, with catering services and an on-site highly experienced catering and event manager available, are a great place to host business events, weddings and special occasions. The Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek hotel is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The company’s current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse portfolio includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







Recipe: dr. pepper cherry marshmallow cake

Recipe: dr. pepper cherry marshmallow cake

Dr. Pepper Cherry Marshmallow Cake
This is a self-icing cake.

Yields 16 servings.

2 cans dark sweet cherries, pitted and drained, syrup reserved
3/4 cup reserved cherry syrup
1/4 cup Dr. Pepper® (not diet)
1 (3 ounce) box cherry gelatin
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 (3 ounce) box cherry gelatin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Dr. Pepper® (not diet)
4 eggs
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Arrange cherries evenly on bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small saucepan, combine the cherry syrup, 1 box cherry gelatin and 1/4 cup Dr. Pepper; gently heat until gelatin is dissolved. Add almond extract and cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, combine yellow cake mix, 1 box cherry gelatin, oil, eggs and 3/4 cup Dr. Pepper. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes. Pour cooled gelatin mixture over cherries in pan.

Sprinkle evenly with the miniature marshmallows and then carefully and evenly spoon the batter mix over the marshmallows. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool on rack for 45 minutes. Chill for 3 to 4 hours.

Celebrating Special Occasions and Juvenile Diabetes

Celebrating Special Occasions and Juvenile Diabetes

You may be worried about the long-term effects on your child once they are diagnosed
with diabetes but their immediate concerns may be quite different. It is natural for them
to focus on things they can’t have anymore or might miss out on. Such as cake and ice
cream at birthday parties, candy from Halloween, and a big dinner with pie at
Thanksgiving and Christmas. But being diabetic does not mean that you have to abstain
from all sweets all the time.

Plan and plan some more. If you know that your child is going to be going to a birthday
party on Saturday afternoon, alter their food intake for that day to allow them to have a
small piece of cake. Until your children are much older, it is a good idea for you to stay
with them at a birthday party in case of any emergencies.

If there is a class party at the school, volunteer to make something that the class can share
and your child can have safely. If your children’s teachers are aware of the special
dietary requirements they can include sugar-free treats on special occasions.

The same holds true for Christmas and Thanksgiving as for birthday parties. Planning
ahead and adjusting meals earlier in the day will allow your child to participate in all of
the festivities at holiday time that revolve around food. There are many recipes and
variations to recipes that are considered diabetic friendly. These include cakes, pies, and
other desserts.

There are things that can be done so your child does not feel deprived. It will make the
transition smoother for everyone if you can continue on with life with only while
integrated the changes needed for someone living with diabetes. But the allowances
should not be made every day – keep them to special occasions only.

Screw Roses and Celebrate Valentines Day at the Museum of Sex with Extended Hours and Special Ticket Packages


New York, NY (PRWEB) February 03, 2012

Each year, couples and singles alike flock to the Museum of Sex to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, to enhance the celebration, the Museum of Sex will extend the opening hours and giving away sexy fortune cookies to all museum visitors as well as offering special ticket packages, drink specials and unique Valentine’s Day gifts.

Extended Hours:

From Saturday, February 11th through Tuesday, February 14th, the museum will extend the opening hours from 10:00am until 10:00pm, with the last ticket sold each day at 9:15pm. Admission to the museum includes access to all exhibitions, including two recently opened exhibitions: Universe of Desire and F*ck Art.

“Screw Roses” Valentine’s Day Sexy Ticket & Gift Packages:

Special admission & gift packages are available at the museum’s online store and valid between February 11th – February 14th, 2012. You can choose from “Her & Her,” “Him & Her,” and “Him & Him” Screw Roses packages.

Screw Roses Her & Her Gift Package:

http://www.mosexstore.com/browse.cfm/her-her-screw-roses-kit/4,481.html

Screw Roses Him & Her Gift Package:

http://www.mosexstore.com/browse.cfm/him-her-screw-roses-kit/4,480.html

Screw Roses Him & Him Gift Package:

http://www.mosexstore.com/browse.cfm/him-him-screw-roses-kit/4,479.html

Each Screw Roses Kits contain the following:    

2 Museum Admission Tickets

2 Drinks at OralFix Aphrodisiac Bar

1 Edible Heart Massage Candle

1 Three-Speed Vibrating Ring OR Vibrating Bullet

Packaged in a Satin Gift Bag, White Rose Petals & Ecstasy Lube Packets OR Boy Butter            

$ 69.00        

Sexy Valentine’s Day Gifts

The products offered in the Mosex store and at the museum’s online store, blur the distinctions between form and function and art and apparel, demonstrating how sex and sexuality have come to influence all facets of design. The museum store features an array of products that make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts from sexy handcuffs to Kama Sutra oils, beautiful art books and a selection of fine toys.

http://www.mosexstore.com

OralFix Aphrodisiac Bar

Inside the OralFix Aphrodisiac Bar, guests can explore the world of aphrodisiacs and experience exotic flavors that excite and delight. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the OralFix Aphrodisiac Bar will be featuring the following specialty aphrodisiac cocktails: Get Laid (Mixed Berries, Basil and Ty Ku Sake), Spank Me (Bulldog Gin, Aperol, Roi Rene Rouge Cherry Liqueur) and My Slutty Valentine (Prosecco, Mathilde Raspberry, Royal Combier).

The food menu at the bar offers small plate sweets and savory nibbles of proven aphrodisiac foods to arouse the appetite for more.

http://www.oralfixbar.com

Exhibitions on Display

Universe of Desire

Type. Swipe. Search. Upload. Download. Post. Stream. These are the new verbs of desire. Our most intimate thoughts, fantasies, and urges are now transmitted via electronic devices to rapt audiences all over the world. These transmissions—from sexts to personal webcam feeds—are anonymous yet personal, individual yet collective, everywhere and nowhere, and they are contributing to the largest sexual record to date. In short, desire has gone viral. But what does this mean? And what does it reveal about us? This exhibition explores these very questions through a lens of digital experiences by examining what we are searching for, how we do it, and what we leave behind on these electronic devices. In piecing this together, we begin to expose staggering truths about who we are and how we interact in this ever-changing world of modern sexuality. Universe of Desire is an exhibition about human desire as seen through the lens of digital behaviors.

F*ck Art: A Street Occupation at the Museum of Sex

In response to the growing anti-institution sentiment pervasive in our culture, the Museum of Sex has engaged a group of select street artist to occupy the museum’s third floor gallery. Expanding upon existing notions of the museum-going experience by pushing the boundaries of what artists create in a museum environment. Artist have mined the fringes of society and used the gallery space as a forum to create critical, provocative commentary around sexuality and its relationship to both human and cultural identity

The Sex Lives of Animals

This exhibition reveals sex is more than the drive to reproduce. The expanding knowledge of the natural world has revealed that animals participate in an astonishing array of sexual behaviors, where all conceivable sex acts and sexual partnerships exist. Animals engage in foreplay behaviors such as kissing, hugging, mutual and self-stimulation, oral sex and every kind of penetrative intercourse imaginable. Sex in the animal kingdom is just as complex and nuanced as it is for humans, and pleasure, it seems, is not restricted to the human realm.

After viewing the exhibits, guests can visit the museum store to discover unique Valentine’s Day gifts and enjoy an aphrodisiac drink in the OralFix Bar.

About The Museum of Sex

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. In its exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum of Sex is committed to opening discourse and exchange and to bringing to the public the best in current scholarship. The Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Additionally, the museum houses both a research library as well as an extensive multimedia library, which includes 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS and DVDs. From fine art to historical ephemera to film, the Museum of Sex preserves an ever-growing collection of sexually related objects that would otherwise be destroyed and discarded due to their sexual content. In a city that never sleeps, the Museum of Sex is constantly evolving and has no plans to slow down. http://www.museumofsex.com

For high resolution images and press questions please contact:

Jim O’Shea

212‐689‐6337 ext. 125

joshea(at)museumofsex(dot)com

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Amazing Vintage Lace Wedding Dresses Released by DressThat.com


(PRWEB) October 26, 2014

Recently, DressThat.com, a famous dressmaker in the world, has released its latest collection of vintage lace wedding dresses. According to the CEO of the company, the new collection is created to expand the company’s market share. At the moment, all new and old clients can get a discounted price, up to 75% off.

The fashionable vintage lace wedding dresses are all designed according to the latest fashion trends. All of them have the same outstanding characteristics: stylish designs, cool cuts, elegance and uniqueness. These dresses feature trendy designs, gorgeous looks and delicate craftsmanship.

“We want to offer one-stop-shop dress solutions for worldwide ladies. What’s more, custom made items are provided without any extra costs at our online shop. All ordered items will be delivered as soon as possible. Also, our company offers great after-sale services. Ladies from around the world do not have to worry about anything when shopping at our website,” the CEO of the company says.

The company’s wedding dresses have a great market performance now. Among them, the hottest one is the Vintage White Long Taffeta Scalloped Neckline A-line Wedding Dress WD-50456. The detailed information about the Wedding Dress is as follows:


Season: Spring, Fall
Style: Gorgeous
Silhouette: Sheath/Column
Dress’ Length/Train: Floor-Length
Embellishment: Lace
Neckline: Scalloped
Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
Back Design: Zipper-Up
Built-in Bra: Yes
Fabric: Taffeta
Shipping Weight: 3KG
Customized: Yes
Wedding Venues: Party

About DressThat.com

Founded in 2008, Dressthat.com is a leading company of women’s dresses, aiming to offer trendy and high-quality dresses to each customer. The company is providing a wide range of women’s dresses, like wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, and more. Legendary customer service, high quality standards, speedy delivery, and competitive prices, are the reasons to choose DressThat.com. More details at http://www.dressthat.com/cheap-lace-wedding-dresses.html.







How To Choose Digital Photography Books

How To Choose Digital Photography Books

For those of you who simple cannot make it to a Digital Photography class, do not lose faith. There is still plenty of information to obtain through reading a digital photography book! Plus they also make a great complement to taking a class.

I know what some of you are saying. “With so information out on the web, I can just find something on Digital Photography. After all I’m reading your website, aren’t I?”

This is all very true. And while I am very pleased that you’re reading my website, however there is more to be said. In my personal experience, I have never come across a website that can hold the amount of information in a 300 page book. Plus the book is great guide to carry around when I use my camera outdoors!

Walk into any bookstore and you are bound to find a very good selection on digital photography books that encompass everything from beginner levels to much more advanced photography techniques. Obviously you’re going to have to do a little research but the one thing you want to keep in mind is that “You’re looking for a book that will tell you what you want to know about Digital Photography!” So if you want to know about shooting outdoors, or simply how to work your camera then look for a book that discusses just that!

Make sure you read over the books. You might feel a tad intimidated and overwhelmed (Trust me, I’ve been there) but you will eventually find what you’re looking for. Also try to ask a salesperson. They may know some popular titles that others like yourself have enjoyed.

While you’re free to do your own research, I would like to pass along one of my own favorites entitled “Complete Digital Photography” by Ben Long. What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author takes you through a very comprehensive instruction on not only the proper steps to take great pictures, but also how to buy the right digital camera for you. Its not as basic as “Digital Photography for Dummies,” but its not as though you need a PhD to understand it either. By either looking around the bookstore or just running a “Google” search on Ben Long, you should have no problem finding his books.

Some of the other books you may want to look into are ones that deal with Digital Camera Printers.

Some books also come with software help you. I find these to both good and bad. Some of these are touting their own products and some are just using up space on my hard-drive.

Photo Editing Terms 5 – R to S

Photo Editing Terms 5 – R to S

Red Eye
Red Eye is the reflection of the camera flash off of the back of the subject’s eyes. It happens most often with a bright flash in dim light. Many photo editing applications have red eye removal features.

Resize
Resize is one of the basic photo editing tools. It’s used to change the size or resolution of an image.

RGB
RGB is the standard color format for digital images. It stands for Red, Green, Blue. Each of the three colors is given an amount between 0 and 255, and the blend of the three produces all of the other colors. Three zeroes produce white, and three 255s produce black.

Rotate
Rotation is one of the basic photo editing tools, and is commonly used to fix portraits that have been downloaded from the camera as landscape.

Saturation
Saturation is a measure of the richness of the colors in a photo. When a picture is desaturated, all of the color information has been removed, and what’s left is a grayscale or black and white picture.

Shadows
The shadows are the darkest part of an image, just as highlights are the brightest.

Sharing
Sharing photos generally involves uploading them to a website (like Flickr) so that other people can view them or even order prints and photo gifts.

Sharpness
Sharpness is a description of the focus and clarity of a picture. It concerns how clearly the details appear to be.

Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed is the amount of time the shutter remains open when a photo is taken. Shutter Speed and Aperture together determine just how much light hits the film or camera sensor. The shutter speed is also a fraction, just like the aperture. A shutter speed of 500 is actually 1/500, or “one five hundredth of a second.”

Smart Media ™
One of the several versions of digital camera media.

Debt-Apocalypse is Turning People into Zombies; Warns the Experts at Debt.com


Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 25, 2014

Debt.com staff members dug deep this Halloween season to uncover a grave problem: Debt can turn consumers into overextended decaying zombies, but with the help of Debt.com people can come back from the debt and regain financial health.

The sixty second video “The Day of the Living Debt” is an irreverent grassroots effort where the actors are Debt.com staff member and volunteers. “The Debt.com team became zombies to illustrate how debt can eat you alive and if people are careening towards problem debt, there is a way out, and that way is with Debt.com,” says Howard Dvorkin, CPA and Chairman of Debt.com. In Debt.com fashion the entire production cost under $ 1,500.

The video illustrates how Americans are plagued with student loans, credit cards, wedding debt, high mortgage payments, and stolen identities. “Rotting credit scores and rancid debts are the enemy of Debt.com and we offer people a trusted place with vetted solution providers to find the debt cure they need,” Dvorkin continued.

With household debt including mortgages, credit cards, auto loans and student loans, at $ 11.65 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and consumer spending increasing $ 13.5 billion last quarter, it’s not a far reach to say that debt has gotten out of control for many consumers. Debt.com urges consumers to seek help.

The video concludes “One website for any debt problem… Debt.com turns the day of the Living Debt into Day of The Debt-Free Living!” and that is truly what Debt.com hopes to accomplish.

About Debt.com: Debt.com is a merge of financial experts, business journalists, certified solution providers for credit card debt, student loan assistance, credit monitoring, tax debt, identity theft, credit repair, bankruptcy and debt collector harassment. Collectively, the Debt.com experts have more than a century of experience in the personal finance field.







History of Photo Faking

History of Photo Faking

Almost as soon as the first photographs came out of cameras, people were using them to manipulate images.

Take, for example, the very famous portrait of Abraham Lincoln, standing with one hand on his desk. Analysis in the 20th century showed that his mole was on the wrong side of his face, and further research turned up a picture of North Carolina Congressman John Calhoun in exactly the same pose. Someone in the 1860s had taken Lincoln’s face and pasted it onto Calhoun’s body, and the resulting fake photo was spread all across the Union.

Through the Civil War, photo staging was much more common than photo editing. It was very difficult to get an “action” shot because of the long exposure times, so war photographers would pose their shots.

Later, through the early twentieth century, photo postcards showing monstrous fish, grasshoppers, and crops were very famous, and nearly all of them were made by merging two shots into the same frame. As the Dust Bowl ruined crops, the postcards of apples the size of watermelons and corn cobs as big as fireplace logs showed a very dark humor–almost a sick joke.

Josef Stalin made photo editing famous, as those who fell out of favor simply “ceased to exist.” There are numerous examples of pictures where people standing beside him have simply been painted out and forgotten.

Even magazines and newspapers today are not immune. One magazine over-darkened OJ Simpson’s mug shot for it’s cover, making him appear much darker and more menacing than he was in real life. And a number of photojournalists were caught using Photoshop tools on their photos to either merge two scenes into one or increase the smoke and battle damage far beyond what was really there.

Photo faking goes beyond simply posing a scene, because it’s a blatant attempt to lie to the viewer.

Owner of MajesticInvites.com Discusses 2008 Trends in Wedding and Corporate Invitations


(PRWEB) March 14, 2008

New York, NY Invitations do more than just invite your guests. They lay the groundwork for your party’s style and theme, whether informal, traditional, seasonal, or reflecting a destination. In an interview with Alina, owner of MajesticInvites.com, the high-end NYC invitation boutique catering to VIP and celebrity clientele, she talks about the 2008 trends in invitations.

While discussing trends in invitations, Alina emphasized that they should reflect one’s personal style rather than the trend-of-the-moment. Moreover, throughout the entire process of planning your event, Alina reminds us that the event, and therefore the invitation, is about you and not what is hot or popular.

That said, you may choose trends that appeal to your style to create unique invitations that are timeless yet elegant, sophisticated and chic, and most of all, perfect for your event. During your decision making, keep in mind that your invitations should be worthy of framing and should always remind you of your perfect day.

The most recent development in party invitations involves high-concept customization that reflects the party’s theme as well as the personality of the party-giver or guest of honor. A related emerging trend is the use of less formal wording on invites, save-the-dates, and programs.

Along these lines, Alina discussed with us some of the latest trends for invitations:

USE BOLD COLORS:

Traditional invitations used to be white, ivory, ecru, or cream, with black or brown font colors. Since today’s generation loves to experiment with colors, bright colors that stand out have taken the invitations market by storm. Red, blue, tropical orange, hot pink, fuchsia, turquoise, yellow, and purple invitations with either dark or light fonts are the latest rage in cards. These colors make for vivid and eye-catching invitations. If you prefer a tone closer to traditional colors, warmer mochas, pale pinks, and lavenders are also popular. Remember that guests often post invitations on their refrigerators, so use color to turn your cards into a work of art.

The best-selling color for 2008 is purple. Also “in” for 2008 is the use of shimmering and metallic papers. Alina noted that silvers and gold are timeless colors, and work especially well with formal events. If you prefer a more subtle approach, try silver or gold ink, as this can still make your invitation stand out.

MATCH THEME COLORS:

When we asked Alina about theme colors, she said that the color of your invitation doesn’t have to match your color palette, but the invitation is a good time to introduce your color scheme if you know what it will be.

Alina noted that the trend for 2008 is to match the color of your invitation with the location of your event. With destination weddings becoming more popular, convey your style and locale with the colors you choose. For an island or beach wedding, for instance, you might want a sand-colored invitation with green text. For your garden wedding, use a range of greens from dark moss to leafy sage. For a winter wedding, select a deep blue with silver print.

Another 2008 trend for wedding invitations, sweet 16 invitations, or quinceanera invitations is to match the invitation color to the color of the honoree’s outfit. Alina’s clients give her swatches of their outfit fabric, to allow her to exactly match colors.

“BRAND” CARDS WITH GRAPHICS:

These days, themed parties are the rage. Alina suggests that themed parties should be represented by themed invitations. Clients flock to her with requests for symbols and artwork with which to customize their invitations. She pointed us to her website, MajesticInvites.com, with its huge gallery of artwork that clients can request to have printed on their invitations. Clients can also submit their own artwork. Alina said incorporating wedding themes into your invitation is easy, such as a beach theme, a Hawaiian theme, a fairy tale theme, a Jewish theme, a Christian theme, a garden theme, a tropical theme, a destination theme, a butterfly theme, a winter theme, a snowflake theme, a fall theme, an autumn theme, a lighthouse theme, a nautical theme, a yacht theme, an ocean theme, a seaside theme, a by-the-ocean theme, a seashell theme, and many more.

A new trend is taking a graphic and using it as a theme throughout all of your print items. Therefore, as Alina emphasized, your invitations, RSVPs, placecards, menu cards, and thank you cards would all have the same graphic in different scales. The point is to stick with one universal design element, whether that is the color, the pattern, or the position of the graphic.

Another top design trend is ‘branding’ your names on the invitation using a special invitation monogram — almost like a logo. When we asked Alina what this does for invitations, she said that if you use this idea on all of your wedding stationery, you’ll create a truly unique and personalized design that will represent the uniqueness of a couple’s union. She highlighted a couple of examples, such as an intercultural marriage depicted by a fusion of symbols, or a special design carried through on all of the invitation trousseau items. Entwine both of your first initials in a beautiful, artistic way as a design to accent to your invitations, and carry that monogram to your envelopes above your return address. MajesticInvites.com offers a service that creates a monogram for your names. Creative interracial monograms done by MajesticInvites.com include one for a Jewish-Hindu union, where Alina designed a symbol that subtly integrated a Jewish star with an Indian symbol, and one for a Sikh-Christian wedding, where she designed a graphic that combined ‘ekonkar’, a Sikh symbol, and a ‘cross’.

Custom-designed map artwork for the invitations is also creating trend in 2008. “We’re doing custom maps for the invitations,” Alina says. “Couples give us all the landmarks they want included, and we put together an artistic map that complements the invitation.”

CHOOSE UNIQUE STYLES:

When we asked Alina about card styles, she noted that the traditional single-panel card styles are rarely used. Instead, she said that today’s invitations come in a range of card presentations, from pocketfold cards and tri-fold cards (the latter opening up like doors to reveal your invitation inside), hard-cover padded book designs, scroll invitations, and designs embellished with embroidery, crystals, sequins, jewels, and tassels. The expanded formats eliminate space concerns while the embellishments create a one-of-a-kind sentiment.

Alina also mentioned that boxed invitations have taken over the market, with the invitation placed on top of a gift as a pre-wedding favor of sorts. This gift might be a music CD, flower petals or a packet of plant seeds, a little something special to show your very special event is coming up.

Her most popular invitations this year feature uniquely designed cards inserted in beautiful sheer organza drawstring bags. Pockets to organize the various inserts for invitees for pre-wedding and wedding day festivities, RSVP cards, gift registries, and directions are featured on many of her invitations.

Scroll invitations, pocketfold invitations, stack form designs, and book designs are still bestsellers with her clients.

FIND DISTINCTIVE FONTS:

Alina finds that printed calligraphy over hand-written print is more frequently requested these days, for both invitations and mailer envelopes. Over the Internet, clients can find a million very artistic typestyles available either free or for a small fee. MajesticInvites.com allows its clients to submit their own fonts to use when printing their invitations.

Alina encourages her clients to take some time to find a font they love, to write the text out and then try it out using a range of different fonts, so that they can determine whether the lettering conveys their style and location, if desired. She says that you’ll know your favorite font when you see it, and not to limit yourselves to what is expected.

CHOOSE UNIQUE PAPER STOCK:

We then asked Alina about paper stock. She said that the trend today is to use card stock that offers a design element all on its own. This might be smooth imported paper from Thailand, a delicate silk handmade paper from India, or, as offered by Alina, a variety of handmade papers, vellum papers, velvet cloths, wooly cloths, silks and many others that fill her range of gorgeous papers. Alina also mentioned another 2008 trend–the use of fabric. Fashion has moved into invitations, with slips of colored silk, satin, or velvet having found their way onto invitations.

GO NATURAL:

Another invitation trend that Alina discussed with us that’s been picking up speed in 2008 is the use of earth-friendly papers and conserving paper. Instead of an envelope, one couple chose an invitation card that could be folded and mailed without a seperate envelope and asked guests to RSVP online. More and more couples are doing their part to protect Mother Earth by using recycled paper or paper made from other materials, such as hemp or bamboo. Another popular trend is to feature an object from nature–leaves or flowers–on the invitations, or to use sandalwood or cinnamon sticks to decorate the card. Alina also noted that you can replace individual escort cards with an attractive poster displaying the seating arrangement at the reception facility’s entrance.

IN SUMMARY:

Today, the ‘East Meets West’ or the ‘Fusion’ look dominates invitation designs. Ultimately, the design you choose for your invitations should reflect the mood, style, or theme of your wedding. Your invitations excite your guests about your affair so choose carefully! Most importantly, as Alina emphasized, you should love your invitation!

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