Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on the blog sharing tips for the bride at her bridal shower. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.
Hey, I’m Amber. Today on Small talk. Big day we are going to talk all about your Bridal shower!!
Your girls have worked long and hard to plan a really special day for you, but being showered with attention doesn’t come naturally to all of us. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy every minute!
Look the part. You’re the star of this show, lady! Pick out an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks. You shouldn’t be able to stop grinning when you put it on. Let your ladies in on your outfit choice ahead of time so everyone is clear on the general dress code.
Don’t forget to say thank you. Bring a gift to the hostess(es) to show how much you appreciate all their efforts! Jewelry, homemade goodies, flowers or anything with a monogram always make great gifts. But you didn’t need me to tell you that! Bonus points for something personal celebrates your relationship.
You also need to thank your guests – obviously! Get those thank you’s out ASAP but certainly don’t wait longer than a month. You can do it. OH! And don’t even think about using your new monogram before the wedding. Bad luck!
This is not your party to plan but it’s totally ok to have an opinion! Give your hostess a heads up if you’re uncomfortable with racy games or opening gifts in front of guests. You also get a say when it comes to the guest list.
For goodness sakes HAVE FUN! This is one event that you don’t have to plan. Relish every pampered, spoiled minute!
This week’s Real Wedding features Mary-Martha and Nathan’s outdoor wedding celebration on the beautiful bay of Fort Walton Beach, FL. This location holds a special, and very interesting, meaning to the couple.
Mary-Martha is named after her great aunt, Mary Rush, and Nathan proposed to her on Christmas day with her 1950′s engagement ring. Ten months later they we were married in the backyard of the house that Mary Rush and her husband built together years before.
The couple chose Wedding Paper Divas foil-stamped wedding invitations Gilded Romance and fun personalized cocktail napkins with their initials printed on them.
We are pleased to have the folks from Wedding Party here today sharing their thoughtful items to include in wedding guest welcome baskets. Wedding Party is the new way to share your wedding journey with your guests. Seamlessly collect photos and share important info with guests on your custom Wedding Party app and website, and stay updated on the most fun and unique wedding trends.
10 Thoughtful Items to Include in Wedding Guest Welcome Baskets
The days leading up to your wedding are an exciting time — as the bride, you’ll be spending a lot of time with close friends and family, finishing final wedding details and generally celebrating before the big day! During this time you can expect your out-of-town wedding guests to start trickling in and filling up the rooms in your recommended hotels. No matter if it took your guests one hour or one entire day to travel to your wedding, the fact that they made the trip is an important fact for couples to acknowledge and appreciate!
One of the most popular ways to welcome out-of-town guests to a wedding weekend is with a sweet wedding welcome bag full of important info and goodies for guests to enjoy. If you’re planning on making a welcome basket for your own upcoming wedding, use our suggestions below to craft a useful and thoughtful gift that your guests will love and appreciate.
Maps, a schedule and important info – Your guests just traveled a long ways to celebrate with you — so you want to make it as easy as possible for them! Putting together a quick schedule with an itinerary of events and important info is a helpful way to make sure your out-of-town guests are kept in the look. Include contact info for a point-person (a close relative of perhaps one of your bridesmaids — not the bride, obviously!) in case guests have questions. One bonus suggestion: chances are your out-of-town guests don’t know many people in the area, and are looking for things to keep them occupied. Arranging for a quick and casual cocktail hour for out-of-town guests is an easy way to give them a warm intro to the wedding weekend. No need to book anything special, giving guest a time & place (like a favorite local dive) is enough to get them gathered and begin the mingling!
Something to keep them hydrated – Bottled water is always a good idea to keep guests feeling happy and hydrated — and hotel tap water always tastes a bit funny, anyway.
Snacks – local treats encouraged! – Make sure that your guests have something to nibble on when they arrive at their hotel room. The last thing anyone wants is hangry guests! To add a special touch, use a snack or food item that’s unique for your wedding location. Treats from a local favorite bakery or in-season fruits are just a couple ideas, but feel free to get creative!
Suggested activities – If your guests are go-get-em travelers like me, they’ll enjoy spending as little time in the hotel room as possible — especially if your wedding location is somewhere exciting! Putting together a list of local sights and fun activities for them to do will keep them occupied and happy right up to your wedding.
Personal care items – It seems to be a rule of traveling that you’re always going to forget something. Including simple items like ibuprofen, sunscreen or hand sanitizer is a small gesture that goes a long way in ensuring their comfort!
A postcard & stamp – I always love sending postcards when I travel — there’s something about it that just seems so much more fun and thoughtful than posting on Instagram. Including a postcard and stamp in the welcome basket is a sweet and memorable touch that guest might just love!
Mini champagne – No wedding is complete without champagne! Help guests get the party started by adding a little bubbly to their baskets.
A souvenir – Again, this is an aspect of your wedding welcome basket where locally sourced goods will make the biggest impact! Think of something sweet for your guests to take home that’s unique to your wedding location — they’ll remember you when they look back on it for years to come!
A handwritten card from the couple – Yes, a wedding welcome basket is obviously a thoughtful gesture of appreciation to your out-of-town guests. However, nothing really says thought and appreciation like a handwritten thank-you note. Make sure to include a personal note (even if it’s short!) to tell guests you are excited they were able to make it to such a special celebration.
A memorable bag/basket – It’s not a wedding welcome bag or basket without the container, of course! While this particular piece of the wedding welcome puzzle doesn’t have to be fancy or personalized (who really wants to carry around a tote bag with your names on it after the fact?), do make sure that it’ll be useful for the wedding weekend and easy for your guests to transport back home! (A wicker picnic basket sure looks nice, but is a little hard to take back through the airport, you know?)
Blue colored weddings may range from shades of navy to sapphire, or turquoise to aqua, but today we’re focusing on the dreamy Pantone color of Scuba Blue. This color inspired us to bring this collection of blue wedding ideas together, that also includes one of our very popular blue watercolor wedding invitations.
We like to think of blue as the sea-and-sky color that will add elegance to any wedding celebration. It’s perfect for all seasons, and any wedding venue locations.
Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on the blog sharing advice about using social media during wedding celebrations. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.
Hi, I’m Amber. Today on Small talk. Big Day, we will be tackling everyone’s favorite topic. Postage.
Now, I know postage isn’t the most glamorous conversation BUT it is super important and is one of those sneaky hidden costs that you don’t want to overlook.
Put it in the budget! Don’t forget – postage costs extra and is a necessity, so put it in the budget folks. Wedding invitations cost more than the standard letter rate, thanks to all the fancy stuff like liners, belly bands and response cards!
Weigh in. Put together a complete invitation and weigh it before you buy your postage. If you are going to use personalized photo stamps or a cool, custom design… this step is key.
Time to visit the post office! Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT, drop your invites in the mail box, they’ll end up going through automated postage machines and that is a no-no. If you splurged on calligraphy, have a wax seal or a really thick envelope, you are going to want to plan a field trip to ask the postmaster for a hand-cancelling process. Hand-cancelling is when the postage is marked individually, by hand… ensuring that your outer envelope will stay in perfect condition.
Now the your beautiful invitations are in the mail it’s time to celebrate with a cocktail or two, because things just got real.
This week’s Real Wedding features Alyssa and Shane’s romantic wedding celebration at the elegant and luxurious wedding venue, The Grandview in Poughkeepsie New York. With the beautiful Mid-Hudson bridge as the backdrop this wedding venue offers a true panoramic view of the majestic Hudson River.
The couple met in preschool and were childhood friends growing up together. Once they were in high school they began dating, and six years later Shane popped the question. As you can see below, Alyssa said yes! Their wedding took place at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie NY on a beautiful fall day, surrounded by the ones they love. They described the day as the Best Day Ever!
To add a special touch to the wedding, the bride used the lace from her mother’s wedding dress to wrap around her bouquet. They also added a clever sign at the open bar reminding their guest that this event would be well documented through photography, so they should proceed with caution while showing off their best moves on the dance floor. Tradition with a sense of humor. We simply adore this couple. Congratulations!