This is called a bleg

Posted on February 25, 2009. Filed under: contest |

Bleg = i.e., using your blog to beg for something.

Here’s the thing: I am DREADING designing our invitations.  And when I say “designing,” I literally mean typing out the information in two fonts that go together, not actually designing by any means. My expectations are low and I still can’t manage to reach them myself.  I get stuck on wording, can’t manage to combine fonts in a way that’s not ugly, and am now thiscloseImeanit from handwriting a message and photocopying it.  Swear.

So, I’m here to ask for your help.  Will you design my invites, pretty please? In exchange, I’ll hook you up with my own personal copy of “The Wedding Book” by Mindy Weiss, shipping compliments of yours truly.  I’ll even promise not to autograph it.  Contest ends Friday, March 6th.


I have white 5.5 x 8.5 invitations with a green floral thingamabob in the top center (save 2 inches at the top for it) and 5.7 x 4.25 response cards with an apple green border.  You can find Word templates for both at the bottom of this post.

In terms of style, I like classic, simple, and bold. We both dig typewriter fonts. I’m a girl on a budget using a Canon printer, and I don’t want anyone to think that I think that I’m trying to fake letterpress, if you know what I mean.

Here are pics I’ve saved in my “ideas-invites” folder:

Bumblebee Press via Style Me Pretty

I so love the r (heart) k.  In fact, I even like the way I just typed that with the “heart” spelled out.

ABCD Designs via Style Me Pretty

I realize that I said simple and bold, but the swoopiness of the words, “Celebrate the Newlyweds” appeals to me, what can I say?

Modern Girl Invitations

Modern Girl Invitations

Betsy White Stationary Boutique

And, because no inspiration post is complete without a nod to my peeps here at Weddingbee, I-so-wish-I-could-be-just-like-her Mrs. Lovebug’s invites:


Now that we have the style situation out of the way (um, yea, those links are all I have to offer**), let’s talk about details.

  • I need three different invites: one for our May 24th ceremony and reception, one for our reception only, and one for our July 4th hometown reception.
  • I’m a casual gal, so casual wording is preferable.
  • The Cheeses are hosting in Knoxville but we’ll need to include two sets of parents on the hometown invite – my mom and stepdad and dad and stepmom.
  • The RSVP will need to allow for three options: join us in Knoxville, join us in New Mexico, or join us at both!  I’d like space for people to send us a note.
  • I’m not comfortable posting our full names on here (Big Brother, ya know*) so we’ll go with pseudonyms for typography reasons: Melissa Nance Tollis and Jonny L. Minton, Jr.  Bonus points for incorporating a monogram that I can reuse later.
  • Feel free to make up the rest of the details.

Whew.  Ask questions in the comments…!

To sweeten the deal, Indiana Jones Jr. (the dog) will give you the sweetest puppy smoochies for helping me out – will that convince you to submit an entry?  Email me with your entry — including the fonts you used — at by Friday, March 6th and I’ll post my favorites and the winner the following week!

Puppy smoochies and kitty kisses,

The Cheesiest

Invitation Word template

Response Card Word template

*I’m totally kidding.  Mr. Cheese is not.

**I’m reminded of “Days of Thunder,” when still-a-cutie Tom Cruise could drive the car but not “speak car.”  I don’t “speak design.”

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We have a winner

Posted on November 18, 2008. Filed under: contest |

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  As promised, I’ve randomly chosen a winner:



Congratulations to lmariea!

Our wedding is July 3, 2009 and I’ve been worried since booking our site (a local park/barn) about the heat. Fortunately, the barn just got air conditioning last summer, so the reception will be nice and cool. I would pick the wedding program fans to keep our guests cool during the ceremony and keep them informed (something that both of us value highly, since we’re both reporters!).

I (or Mrs. Bee) will be in touch shortly!

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Contest! Contest! Contest!!

Posted on November 10, 2008. Filed under: contest |

I love contests, don’t you?  Okay, really, I don’t love contests, but I do love any excuse to daydream, and this is it, so join me!

Here’s how it works:

1)      Pick one or more products from Beau-coup’s Wedding favors section.

2)      Using that product, please tell us how it would fit a wedding theme. You could tell us about the color palette, table decor, the type of venue, the overall mood, how you would use the product, or anything you can think of. You’re welcome to create an inspiration board or pictures to illustrate your ideas for extra points, but it’s not mandatory.

The deadline for readers to submit their entries is Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at 11:59pm. One winner per blog will be randomly selected by the blogger and will receive a $75 gift card to Beau-coup.

Woo, hoo!  We’re having an outdoor shindig that I like to think of a cocktail party under the stars.  You know, drinks and swizzle sticks and overdressed people lounging in rustic settings, eating yummy finger foods (ahem, canapes) and dancing to waltzes.  Ohhhh, yea.

And so I need these, right?  If I was a guest, I’d bust these babies open and use them during the reception!


And we need to fill these with one perfect chocolate or one tiny crispy rice treat… Mr. Cheese loves chocolate and I prefer buttery wonders of goodness.  The boxes are just formal enough to lend some elegance, but with sweet treats inside, are just like us.  Ya know, in our formal duds but sweet and sappy all at once.


How fabulous would it be to get a monogrammed flask as a wedding party gift?  Very decadent.


“Happiness held is a seed. Happiness shared is the flower.” Swoon.  We’re getting married in our garden and I’ll be attempting to grow my own bouquet, so gifting seeds fits perfectly.  How great would it be to get pics of the results?


Your turn.  You have until Monday at 11:59 pm to picka favor and explain how it would fit a theme.  Let the imaginating begin!

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    I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt (and divorce papers) to prove it. Here I am again, pledging my life to my (new) love with eyes wide open (and heart racing) knowing full well how emotionally traumatic this can end… and doing it anyway.


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