Making it Fabulous: Make Merry!

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We've got a fun new column to share with you! In each issue of Making it Fabulous, we'll be asking one of our fab vendors to give us an insight on industry trends, their personal style and how they bring the fabulous to the weddings they work on. Today, I'll take on the task of kicking it off myself as I give you a little peek into what I do when I'm not working on Floridian Weddings.

AND YOU ARE... ?

Laura McGlynn, owner and principal designer of Make Merry! - I work one-on-one with my clients to create custom invitations, paper goods, favors and other design details for weddings and parties.

TOP TREND OF THE MOMENT:

I'm seeing more and more of my clients be creative, take risks, and look beyond the traditional in order to create a unique wedding that truly represents them as a couple. Whether the style is formal or casual, elegant or rustic, my clients want to infuse their invitations and day-of paper goods with personal touches that tell the story of their life together. I like to tell my couples, "There are no rules! Do what feels right". Having a custom designer working for you makes it easy to infuse your personalities into your big day.

YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE TOUCH:

Lined envelopes are the perfect creative element to tie your whole invitation suite together. Use a liner to bring in a bright pop of color (either complementary or contrasting to the design) or a personal detail that speaks to your wedding design scheme. I'm currently working with a couple on a set of hand-drawn invitations featuring envelopes lined with a nautical map - the perfect touch for their yacht club wedding.

THE SPLURGE YOU'RE LOVING MOST RIGHT NOW:

On invitations, my favorite place by far to splurge is in printing - either in letterpress (for a luxurious, vintage feel) or engraving (elegant, refined and classic); either will make for an invitation your guests will want to hold onto long after the wedding day.

For the reception, I would splurge on a beautifully printed custom menu - some couples feel it's not necessary, or just use what the venue provides, but that's a missed opportunity to add style and luxury to your table. Think of the menu as another important detail that's as much a part of the decor as your centerpieces (but a lot cheaper); there are many affordable options for creating a gorgeous custom menu piece.

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