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Having a lot of out of town guests? Destination wedding? Need a great map tool to help your guests get around town, well we found one for you! Its a website called Wedding Mapper and it is great! Easy to navigate and create your own map no matter where your wedding is going to be. You can set up a free account or for just a one time fee of $9.95 you can upgrade your account which includes a personalized link to your map.

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Along with creating a map, you can also check out local vendors. There are so many tools and the website is easy to navigate. You can even have it create your own DIY map and it works with Google. I definitely recommend this product!

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Our little family

I know this has nothing to do with weddings, romance or relationships…but I thought I would share our little family with you. They are having a little drama on their own. SO here is the story. First there was Zora, she is a border collie/husky mix. She was my first. I got her when she was six weeks old, which was five years ago and we have been together through the thick and thin. She is way too smart for her own good, and she can definitely be the old lady at times.

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very focused

very focused

Next is Bear, we got him about 2 years ago. I LOVE rottweilers and I was bound and determined to get another rottie. We found Bear at a kill shelter and he was a mess. Anemic, 60lbs under weight, and had heart worm. Obviously he is fine now…120lbs of fine and he is the SWEETEST guy you will ever meet. He does not see a dog or person that he does not like. His real name is Teddy Bear if that gives you any hint on how cuddly he is…

cuddly bear

cuddly bear

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Then this is where the drama kicks in…I found a small cat in a parking lot. She came up to me and started to purr and meow. Of course she was saying TAKE ME HOME! So I did. My husband was like, seriously! But he knows I am a big animal lover. I swear I was going to take her to a shelter, but as I called around, everyone was full. So needless to say she has become a part of our family.

I am sure you can guess the drama…neither Zora or Bear has ever lived with a cat and the cats they do see they chase. So its been quite interesting. Keiko basically stays downstairs and the dogs remain upstairs. We are slowly integrating the two, but with Zora’s herding instincts, she wants to herd Keiko, so its been kind of difficult. And Keiko doesn’t seem to care for the dogs too much as well. But we are taking things day by day…

sweet kitty

sweet kitty

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so these are the days of our lives and I will keep you updated as the drama progresses or degresses..which ever one takes place first.

Hello!

Sorry I have been gone for so long. We have been busy doing a complete overhaul! We are redesigning the office, the website, creating ready made invitation lines. We are also adding some special(freebie) stuff as well. So keep checking back for updates, hopefully we will at least have the office done by next week. But in the meantime we will keep you up to date on all the great stuff happening in this crazy world.

Thank you!

We are extending the deadline to April 17th! So hurry up and register!

To play a part in the economic stimulus, we are giving away a custom designed wedding invitation suite to one lucky bride.  That means you will receive a unique wedding invitation suite especially designed for you and your fiance. We will work one on one with you to bring your vision to life AND help you out with your budget!

The free invitation suite includes: design, printing of the invites along with the accompanying pieces. And any specialty accents you would like, ribbons, rhinestones or feathers(just as some examples).

FAQS~

1.) So why are you doing this? We know that times are tough for some people and we would like to help, its pretty plain and simple.

2.) Will I get spammed to death if I register? No. Absolutely not. We hate spam, so we won’t do it to you.

3.) What is included in the invitation suite? Custom design, the printing of the invites along with accompanying pieces, envelopes and any specialty accessories you would like to add. The offer is good for up to 125 invites which is a value of $1250.

See below for all the fun and necessary information!

No purchase is necessary. To be entered in the drawing, please fill out the contact form on the web site and let us know you would like to be entered into the drawing or email your information to invite@nikkibsboutique.com. The lucky winner will be named on April 18th. Good luck to everyone!

REQUIREMENTS AND RULES: Only one entry per person. The maximum amount of complimentary invites will be 125. You wedding must be within the next 14 months. We respect your privacy, your personal information will not be sold.

Check out our website at: www.nikkibsboutique.com

I met with the energetic couple Sunara and Tyler last year to discuss invitations for their wedding. They got engaged in Vegas and wanted to include the Vegas theme in their wedding, but definitely not Elvis style. We laughed, we discussed, we brainstormed…and the vision for this energetic wedding emerged. The theme for their wedding invitations and other papery…”Vegas Glamour”. Why a theme you may ask? Themes are great, because they give you focus and feel for your wedding and reception. Also its a great starting off point for me, the designer, it helps us understand your vision, so we can design a beautiful cohesive papery ensemble for you!

Sunara and Tyler wanted the papery to be glamorous, dramatic and modern, with a touch of bling, while utilizing their colors of pink, cream and gold. My solution for this lovely couple was a square pocket fold invitation with a touch of modern style and glamour. This style fit them, it is modern, glamorous, a little touch of drama and bling. I am so excited to share Sunara and Tyler’s wedding stationary papery with you!

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Beautiful photo of the cute couple by Banks Photography

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Wedding Stationary Designed by Nikki B’s Paper Boutique

So tell us what is your theme for your wedding day?

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Growing up, I was never the girly girl. I was a tomboy, I played sports, I climbed trees, I did not care for dresses too much. Then somewhere in my teenage years I discovered boys and BAM! I started to dream about my wedding. What kind of dress would I have, what would my flowers look like and so on. I even designed my wedding dress, a few times, because as we know trends change.

Anyway I constantly dreamed of that perfect day when I would marry the man of my dreams. Then reality hit, first I have to find the man of my dreams to get married. You can\’t have one without the other. Needless to say, I went through many frogs before I found my prince(I know cliche´, but you understand).

So when I found my prince and he proposed and I said yes…then I realized, I have to plan the wedding of my dreams ON MY OWN! I know what you are thinking, how does an artist plan, we are spontaneous, free spirits, we never follow the rules, who was I kidding. But in the end I did okay with a little help from my friends and family. Although, the one thing I am is detail oriented and a PERFECTIONIST! I am sure many of you can relate. I wanted everything how I dreamt it to be, the dress, the flowers, the reception hall, the food. Then the true budget creeps in and you have to cut corners and some things just go to the way side, because you can’t afford them or its just not realistic.

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So that is when I started to realize the true nature of a wedding. It is to share your love with the people that mean the most to you and your fiance. The day of my wedding was one of the best days of my life, because I was surrounded by the people that my fiance and I loved. And we were able to share that special day with them. It meant the world to me to have both of my sisters there standing by my side, to have my brother there as one of the groomsman, to have my dad walk me down the aisle and to have my mother look at me with pride and love. A girl could not ask for more. So after the extremely long day and boy was it long…..I was one of the happiest people in the world, because I got to share one of the most important days of my life with the people that truly meant the most to me.

So I guess the morale of the story is this, yes we all want the day to be the vision that we have seen for most of our girly lives, but the reality is that not everything is going to be perfect, things happen. But you have to keep these things in perspective. One, you are marrying your best friend, the man that is going to love you for the rest of your life during your good days and bad. When you are sitting at home on the couch with no makeup on and in your robe, when you are crying about nothing and when you vent about work. He is there for you. Two, you are sharing this day with people that love you and they won’t notice that those were not the exact flowers that you chose, or the seating cards were not perfect, all they will truly remember is how beautiful you were on that day and how much fun they had.

I know planning a wedding can be stressful, but if you keep these few things in mind, you will be okay.

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Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

Bride’ Dress: Maggie Sottero

Flowers: Nikki B

Statiionary: Nikki B’s Paper Boutique

Photos: Shutter Happy Studios

Now that weddings are my business, I am constantly searching the web for bright new ideas for you, the bride! I have come across some great fun trends that I had wished I knew about when I was planning my wedding. They make me want to get married all over again!

The first one is colored wedding shoes. What a great fun way to add color to your wedding and they make great photo opps!

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The second one is bird cage veils with flowers or feathers. They are gorgeous and props to the women that design them. If your wedding has a vintage theme, these fit right in. They add a touch of class and elegance. Below are some of my favorites.

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The bride, Justine is wearing a veil by castle bride.

Photo courtesy of  Greg Gibson and the bride is Justine Ungaro the author of the theunbride.net

Another great piece by Castle Bride

Another great piece by Castle Bride

Isn't this a gorgeous photo!

Isn't this a gorgeous photo!

Another beautiful photo from Punam Bean

Another beautiful photo from Punam Bean

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Photo courtesy of  Punam Bean you should definitely check out this photo shoot it is gorgeous! It can be found here at Snippet & Ink.

There are so many more great birdcage veils out there, these were just some of my favorites. You can find many more at www.castlebride.com :: www.unveiledbridaldesigns.com :: www.tigerlillyjewelry.com :: www.birdcageveils.com to name a few. Etsy.com is always a great place to shop for handmade products.

So which trends are you seeing out there that you have absolutely fallen in LOVE with?