July 23

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Bridal Shower Invitations with Shimmer

A little shine, a dash of shimmer, a lot of celebrating… From jewel tones to polka dots, there’s always room for glitz and glimmer. That’s why we’re featuring bridal shower invitations that cast the bride-to-be in a golden light. So, go on: pop some champagne, gather the ladies and throw a party your best friend will love.Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-1 Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-2 Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-3 Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-4 Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-5 Bridal-Shower-Invitation-Shine-7

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July 16

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Save the Dates in Modern Brights

Thanks to this week’s inspiration board, we’re turning on the brights. From delightful blues to beautiful greens (and every bright shade in-between), popping colors are a wonderful way to announce happy news. That’s why we’ve chosen some of our favorite save the dates in sunny hues—after all, nothing says “get ready to celebrate” like an envelope full of color.

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July 14

Modern Brights Inspiration Board

For the couple who doesn’t shy away from color, why not go all out with bold, brilliant hues. Magenta, chartreuse, and ice blue work surprisingly well when paired with bright white. To keep your wedding theme from looking too loud, focus on one bright color as your main hue, and use the other colors as accents in the details.

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L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Breathtaking Bliss invitation, CenterpieceDrinksClutchBridesmaids

 

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July 10

Real Engagements: Jade & Kyoung

Today’s Real Engagement features Jade and Kyoung’s shoot at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California. The pair only had a one month window to get to know each other while working at the mall, before Jade departed for an extended trip to China and before Kyoung started law school. The pair enjoy spending their time cooking, wine tasting, and cheering for their favorite professional baseball and basketball teams. Here are some of the lovely photos, courtesy of rachelle derouin photography.

 

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July 9

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Rustic Revival Invitations

Alpine forests, night skies, shaded trails… If you’re yearning for the great outdoors, you should meet Rustic Revival, one of our gorgeous Fall Winter trends. With unexpected details and natural accents, these designs capture the romance inherent in adventure. Perfect for outdoorsy couples and weddings set in nature, these invitations will get you packing your bags for the next big trip…

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July 7

Woodland Wedding Inspiration Board

Natural textures and earthy hues add to the whimsy of a woodland wedding. Play up the rustic feel of your outdoor venue, but incorporate elegant touches through feminine fabrics.

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L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Winsome Wildflowers invitation, TablescapeCakeFlowersFavorsBride

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July 3

Real Wedding: Krystal & Brian

This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Krystal and Brian which took place at West End Banquet Hall, Mahanoy City, PA.

The couple had 315 guests and their theme was Gatsby/Old Hollywood glam The bride got ready in a second empire Victorian mansion built in 1874 where they also had pictures done after the wedding in the brides hometown of Mahanoy City. In lieu of a traditional dollar dance they did a cake smash. Guests put money in a jar of their choice who they wanted to see get hit with a mini smash cake.

Photos courtesy of: Rachel Imschweiler

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July 2

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Pantone Cognac Invitations

A bit of warmth, a touch of vintage, that’s what the color Pantone Cognac is all about. Inspired by this week’s inspiration board, we’ve found wedding invitations that capture that special mix of sophistication and subtlety. Take a peek through these chic designs and see if they strike the right vibe for your big day…

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July 1

Whitney Port: Getting the Groom Involved

We are so excited to introduce a new guest blogger, Wedding Paper Divas designer and bride-to-be, Whitney Port. Most recognizable as one of the cast members on The Hills and The City, Whitney Port is also the creative force behind her fashion label Whitney Eve.

Whitney Port is collaborating with Wedding Paper Divas on a vibrant, bold and eclectic stationery collection that reflects her bohemian and creative style and will be available to Wedding Paper Divas customers exclusively later this summer. Whitney is also busy working with the team here to create her own personal stationery suite for her upcoming wedding!

Whitney will be guest blogging here for the next few months, sharing both her design process and her experiences as she plans her own wedding! See her last post DIY with Whitney Port.

If you know me, you know that I have very strong convictions when it comes to design, styling an event and the look and feel of a space. But planning our wedding is (by definition) a joint affair, so Tim and I have made sure that it’s a combined effort, where both of are styles are incorporated and reflected throughout!

We’ve been working closely with Wedding Paper Divas on meshing our design preferences, finding elements that are meaningful to both of us and defining our style as a couple. This means a mix of me doing the legwork on certain tasks and getting Tim’s support before making the final decision, as well as helping Tim find projects that he’s excited about and can take the reins on.

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For example, the location and venue is very important to us, and as with any wedding, will dictate a lot of the style choices that we make. Tim has said he’ll be happy with whatever makes me happy, but to make sure his preferences are considered in such a big decision, we made a joint list of “must haves” for the venue. I did a lot of research with these in mind and made sure he visited all of the contenders. For us, the venue will play such a huge role in setting the tone of our wedding that you will see elements of it factored into our save-the-dates wedding stationery and decor.

On the flip side, one area of planning that’s a no-brainer for Tim to have a heavy hand in is developing our music playlist. Practically since we got engaged, Tim and I have been picking out music that will make our reception a blast – it’s very important that our wedding is a ton of fun not just for us, but also for our guests.

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Here’s a sneak peek from Tim of some of the songs you’ll find on our playlist!

Tim: If the music is just “ehh,” people won’t dance and less fun will be had. Whit and I have a number of songs we consider “ours,” but we will save those for the night. To give you a taste of what we’ll be playing, here are some slower songs and a few fast ones to get the party started!

 “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding

“Pursuit of Happiness” – Kid Cudi

“To Be Loved” – Jackie Wilson

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

“Weak” – SWV

“The Heat Is On” – Kenny Loggins 

This is just one of the areas where Tim is getting involved (and having a blast, I might add!). Even if your significant other is more of an “I’ll just show up on the big day” type of groom, here are some other areas where you can encourage him to pitch in.

  • Featured drinks: Especially if your significant other is a budding mixologist, ask them to work with your caterer to select, and even name, a pair of featured cocktails (one named after each of you, reflecting your tastes!)

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  • Get creative: Write some unique personal copy for the RSVP cards. The standard wording (I will/will not attend) is a bit too formal for us. This is a great place to break tradition to infuse our personalities, and surprise and delight our guests.
  • Honor his family: Ask him to find a way to incorporate his parents, grandparents or other loved ones in the ceremony. For example, we can incorporate a family token in the bridal bouquet or print our grandparents’ wedding dates in the wedding program.

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These are just a few of my tips that I have found helpful as I help Tim unleash his inner wedding planner. Leave a comment and tell us a creative way that you found to involve your significant other in wedding planning!

Check Wedding Paper Divas’ blog often for more of my wedding planning posts, tips, and stay tuned as we unveil the Whitney Port custom collection, designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas, later this summer!

- Whitney

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June 30

Pantone Cognac Inspiration Board

This week we’re focusing on Pantone Cognac, a warm neutral with a vintage vibe. We paired it with shades of lilac, mauve and cream for a sophisticated theme that’s still light and fresh.

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L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Timeless Rings invite, BridesmaidsShoesReceptionFlowers

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