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For a simple yet chic look, this woodland green and gold set from Gem Printing (1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-1762) are sure to impress. The ecru invitation and reception card by William Arthur Fine Stationary are 100 percent wood pulp, Bristol weight with rounded corners, a gold foil border, a watermarked envelope and a grosgrain ribbon. The invitation is available in either thermography or engraving. For the unconventional bride, this wedding suite from Tupelo Honey Designs (3712 Magazine St., 891-1333) features a traditional design with quirky elements. The hand water-colored illustrations are classic, but it’s the little touches that make it unique. The fabric bag features the phrase, “Bring along to N’awlins: things you’ll need to know and have,” and the last line of the reply card reads, “What will get you out of your chair and onto the dance floor?”

Theresa Cassagne

The announcement of your engagement and wedding is an exciting one – brides will want to choose invitations and save-the-dates that embody their personalities as well as the style of the wedding. There are so many choices: Color or black-and-white? Cursive or print? Whimsical or formal? While the decisions may seem overwhelming, here are a few samples to help you narrow them down. These local designs also feature some unexpected additions, including menus, maps and other ways to personalize your big day.

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