One-Hit MP3 Wedding Invitation Wonder

When Karen and Michael were planning their wedding back in 2011, they asked their designer friend, Kelli Anderson, to come up with the wedding invitations. Kelli wanted to do something original for her friends, and the result is pure artistic genius.


Photo Credit: Kelli Anderson

The paper invitation when folded just so, turns the card into a manually operated paper record player that plays a flexi disc pressed with an original song, inviting guests to the wedding.


Photo Credit: Kelli Anderson

If you can’t find the rhythm of 45 RPM manually (and also don’t enjoy the scratchy, tinny sound) you just pop the record out and play it on your vintage turntable. Awesome.

Kelli’s boyfriend, Daniel, made this video that shows you how to use the player part of the invitation.

Paper Record Player from kellianderson on Vimeo.

Seems like a lot of work, right? According to the bride, “All that singing, clapping, recording, cutting, affixing, hole punching and needle taping turned out to be worth it.”

It also might help that she has brilliant designer friends and she married a Grammy-nominated audio recording engineer. Details.

Check out Karen and Mike’s original wedding invitation song here.

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Have Some Fun with Something Blue

Every detail of your wedding is important, and if you subscribe to the traditional tokens of good luck (and really, it couldn’t hurt) then the old Victorian rhyme of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” might just be running through your head on repeat.

Even if you’re not superstitious, these small personal treasures can be a beautiful and unique secret to each bride and those who love her most. It’s also a bit of fun to find creative ways to hide a hint of color in an all-white ensemble. And what’s not to love about that? We’ve scoured the blue-brigade web for a few not-so obvious inspirations.

Blue embroidery added to the underside of your dress is a soft and delicate way to weave an important reminder into your big day. (Like you will ever forget your anniversary!)


Photo courtesy of Nate Henderson Photography

Ever wondered what “blue” smells like? Oscar de la Renta says that it’s a romantic fragrance that “opens with a sparkling burst of mandarin and linden blossom and warms to an irresistibly sultry finish with notes of bourbon vanilla and white musk.” Sounds secretly dreamy, and might just be worth the splurge.

Photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta


And for something a little more… cheeky, let’s talk panties. Available in almost every shade of blue and whether you’re a thong girl, bikini, brief, or grandma-panty lady, there’s a pair out there for your sexy bride-backside.

blue panties

Photo courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

Now get out there and have some fun with your something blue!


– Catherine Thorpe

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Invitation Interview: What To Expect When Speaking With An Invitation Designer

Wedding invitations have never been more beautiful! Invitation designers are now often graphic designers and can create works of art for you to hand out to your guests before your wedding. Every couple can have an invitation catered to them that is unique and tailored to the couple’s design. However, many couples know little about this fascinating industry. Recently, I sat down with Erin Flannery, a graphic designer who specializes in unique, modern wedding invitations to find out the facts about what couples should know when speaking with an invitation designer. (more…)

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