November 18

Elegant Wedding Invitations- Black, White & Gold

We are so pleased to have Brittany, a guest blogger for our “Real Brides” blog series. Brittany and her husband, who live in NYC, were recently married in Chicago. She is sharing tips, inspiration and ideas on the Wedding Paper Divas blog for engaged couples who are navigating the world of weddings! Today she is sharing about the process of selecting these elegant wedding invitations.

It’s said that wedding invitations are one of the first expressions of a couple’s taste and wedding style. Eric and I had a favorite design in mind from the onset – Marchesa’s stunning Night Blooms. This design was inspired by a gorgeous gown from one of Marchesa’s recent collections.

up close of floral pattern on dress

We loved the elegant watercolor flowers and gilded stems and how they contrast against the moody and dramatic background. We felt it represented the beauty and charm of the Chicago Botanic Garden and signaled a slightly formal, glamorous feel that we were after. We were so lucky to work again with the amazing team at Wedding Paper Divas to customize the suite and make it our own.

We had a very specific hand calligraphy design in mind for some of the invitation text, and worked again with the talented Debi Zeinert of Blooming Quill to bring our vision to life. Wedding Paper Divas helped us every step of the way with layout, language recommendations and other style advice for the full suite; which included the invitation, envelope liner, response card, “chuppah card” (more on that below!), mini enclosure card (great for including a link to the wedding website or other information that doesn’t typically go into the formal invitation) and a very unique wraparound return address label. In keeping with our subtle theme, we also personalized our postage with a photograph of a bee that my mom had taken years ago at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Debi’s stunning calligraphy on the inner and outer envelopes gave it that extra beautiful, formal touch.

floral black and gold wedding invitation suite

up close of black white and gold wedding invitation

front and back of black white and floral wedding invitation

My mother and I made a project out of lining, stuffing, hole-punching, ribbon tying etc. and while it certainly was a time-consuming task, it was a great mother-daughter bonding activity! (And one of the many reasons I wanted to get my parents a great thank you gift!)

I spent a lot of time developing the invitation and suite and wanted to find a prominent way to incorporate the beautiful design into our ceremony. I knew that not everyone would be able to make it to our wedding, especially with a lot of guests living outside Chicago, and wanted to find a way to include everyone in the ceremony, regardless of whether they were physically there. Thus, the idea for the “chuppah card” was born. We hole-punched the response card and tied it with black ribbon to a beautiful blank card featuring the Night Blooms border. The response card directed guests to write a message to us, with the following copy:

black white gold and floral reply card for wedding

wedding invitations black and gold

We were totally blown away by the messages on our chuppah cards as they came back. Each one was so special and meaningful. We have to give props to my sister-in-law as hers was particularly creative – she dipped her 3-year-old and infant twin sons’ and dog’s hands, feet and paws in yellow paint to create a bee design with the words “We would BEE honored to attend!”

Our wonderful planner, Misha Newgren of Liven It Up Events helped us incorporate the chuppah cards into the most beautiful garlands, which were strung up on the beautiful birch chuppah. I will never forget how incredible they looked, swinging in the breeze over our heads as we were married!

wedding invitations hanging at the ceremony

close up notes for the bride and groom hanging at the ceremony

notes for the bride and groom on a table with gold glasses

bride and groom at their outdoor wedding at the alter

bride and groom leaving the ceremony all smiles

Stay tuned for a final post on our other day-of stationery and details!


November 16

Greenery Ideas for a Green Wedding Theme

When it comes to floral arrangements, flowers get all the “Oohs and Ahhs,” but here’s a trend that’ll give blooms a run for their money: arrangements with greenery.

Using greenery, like olive branches, ivies, ferns, boxwood shrubs, eucalyptus, and lily grass, not only offers brides a budget-friendly alternative to flowers, but also creates a refreshing look for the wedding day. This is especially beautiful during the Winter and Spring months.This green wedding theme is affordable, and always looks chic.

Greenery is no longer bound to one kind of arrangement (i.e. garland), but looks gorgeous in bouquets, centerpieces, and even within the wedding day decor. With so many different hues, from forest green to sage, this beautiful color is at your fingertips.

green-and-greenery-wedding-ideasPhoto Source: Escort Card Wall | Tablescape | Bouquet | Bridesmaid Dresses


greens-and-greenery-wedding-invitationFeatured Wedding Invitation: Serene Love. See our full Wedding Invitation Collection here.

Whether it’s a rustic, garden or an elegant outdoor wedding, we love everything green on this wedding invitation and think it suits any wedding style.

Here’s how greenery can be used for an elegant outdoor wedding:

Bridesmaid Dresses:
Nature comes in many hues of green, so why can’t your bridesmaid dresses? Let your venue’s environment inspire your wedding theme. Forest, olive, moss and sage greens are up for grabs when it comes to choosing your bridesmaid dress colors.

There’s something special about an arrangement made with a variety of ivies, ferns and other green plants—so simple, yet elegant and effortless. Forget the traditional flower bouquet. Add contrasting greenery into your arrangements: two-tone leaves, dark forest ferns, and light sage greens to make your bouquets pop.

Escort Card Wall:
Go bold and create an oversized “art piece” like this quilted garden wall. It makes the best first impression when guests enter the reception. The strung ribbon and escort cards on lush green vines and white roses are a big and daring statement that will be remembered.

Elevate a garden theme with details like this lime green garland that beautifully embraces the chairs. The greenery and big bloom centerpieces with long stemmed candles set the table with romance.

Whether it be a simple outdoor or an elegant themed wedding, greenery is a perfect accent to any wedding day. Be bold and unique while keeping your wedding true to the two of you.


November 12

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement

Today, we are so delighted to share with you Stephanie and Steven’s sweet real engagement. Stephanie and Steven met on about six years ago and it’s been bliss ever since. These two lovebirds make the perfect couple(remember that saying, something about opposites attract?) He’s 6’4″ and she’s 5’2″. He’s the sports enthusiast and she’s the graphic designer. In their own words, he’s the sensitive teddy bear and she’s the sassy bull. What a perfect duo.

This Brooklyn Bridge engagement shot by the talented Cassi Claire Photography not only shines a bright spotlight of love onto this couple, but also shows off the stunning Brooklyn Bridge. We absolutely love the bustling, city life feel that the bridge adds to these photos. The backdrop along with Stephanie and Steven’s unique love make for a beautiful shoot.

In her own words…

We spent the evening walking around DUMBO, enjoying some vintage Coca-Cola, and watching the sun set over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Congratulations Stephanie and Steven!

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Do you have a Real Wedding or Engagement Submission? We would LOVE to see it! Please see our submission guidelines here and we hope to hear from you!


November 11

Rustic Backyard Wedding during Autumn

Today, we are overjoyed to be sharing this beautiful Autumn wedding. Blake and Melissa were recently married in her parent’s stunning backyard, in Minneapolis MN. This majestic multi-colored field only enhances the beauty of this wonderful season. This wedding is chic and elegant, yet incorporates some subtle rustic flare as well. Their nuptials encompassed the true heart of any great, rustic backyard wedding!

From the Bride:
We were married at noon, on a perfect Saturday. I was lucky enough to walk down the aisle to a song that my husband had composed and recorded all by himself! We had a brunch reception, and then rented out lanes at a Bowling Alley for our wedding party and family to party/play at after the reception was over.

Photography Credit: Kate Becker Photography

golden striped wedding invitation from wedding paper divas

ariel view of a wedding ceremony in the fall season

wedding party in a golden field during autumn

bride holding a red and white flower bouquet with her husband

wedding flower crown on bride's head

fall wedding under a clear open tent that's pinterest worthy

white and gold wedding invitation with elegant typography

white and green rustic outdoor wedding decor during autumn

wedding tent inspiration and ideas for fall

ultimate exit ideas for the bride and groom

wedding decorations for a rustic wooden wedding in the fall

black and white wedding photography by kate becker

Do you have a Real Wedding or Engagement Submission? We would LOVE to see it! Please see our submission guidelines here and we hope to hear from you!


November 10

Unique Wedding Favors

Hi Everyone! This is Sarah and Emily from Boxwood Clippings, and we’re so thrilled to be here at Wedding Paper Divas blog today!

Our little brother got married this summer and we’re here to share these beautiful, organic and unique wedding favors we created for the event.

groom holding bride's train and bride holding bouquet in field

Kristina, the bride wanted the wedding to be simple, elegant and organic. Everything from the dress and flowers to the wedding cake displayed this perfectly.

white round tables and white folding chairs at wedding

bride wearing white chiffon dress with bouquet and gold ribbon

naked three tier wedding cake with green leaves and white flowers

strawberries and cream dessert at wedding

A wedding favor for your guests to leave home with is the perfect way to show your appreciation and the perfect opportunity to show your personal style.

bride holding wedding party favor let love grow with seeds

We thought the sentiment of “Let Love Grow” accompanied with wild flower seeds fit Kristina’s style and vision of her wedding perfectly.

We created a card that read “Let Love Grow” and printed planting instructions on the back.

We then sprinkled wild flower seeds and enclosed in a cellophane envelope and twine.

let love grow with seeds wedding favor

The wedding couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Simplicity always wins in our eyes!

 It was a beautiful day celebrating a beautiful couple we’ll cherish for years to come!

bride and groom dancing in a green field

Thanks to Loblee Photography for the beautiful pics!

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November 9

Elegant Purple Wedding Ideas

We’re falling in love with the color of the season: majestic purple. The color of royals, this wedding inspiration palette is made with shades from deep amethyst to soft orchid. From the bridal shoes to candle centerpieces, this wedding is anything but color-shy. Don’t be afraid to go bold with this beautiful hue. A purple wedding theme is both elegant and timeless- it adds a touch of feminine flare, without going overboard!

wine colored pink purple wedding board. pinterest inspiration ideas

Photo Source:

Bouquet l Bridesmaids l Cake l Centerpiece l Shoes

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Featured Invitation: Luscious Lacing

A classic lace-inspired invitation gets a fresh update in deep purple. Rich and royal, it preps the guest for an affair to remember. The lace design extends to the back of card for a beautiful detail.

A jewel-tone hue like purple makes a bold statement against a white bridal gown. Mix roses and lilies to create this vibrant flower bouquet. Mix and match shades to create contrast.

An ombre palette of lavender, orchid and grape wine look elegant in floor-length bridesmaid dresses. Mismatched gowns are such a trend, and make a dramatic entrance in this spirited hue.

Clusters of roses take the cake on this tiered wedding cake. The wedding cake is simple and minimal in its design so it serves as the perfect backdrop to a beautiful cluster of purple roses and orchids.

Nothing says lavish more than romantic lighting at a wedding reception. Dress up your tablescape with hurricane candle holders, mercury glass votives, and decadent purple candles.

Radiant orchid is so luxe in satin pumps. Pretty bows add a flirty touch. These add the perfect pop of color as the bride walks down the aisle or grooves on the dance floor.

Love makes us rich and so does this royal, radiant hue of the season. Purple is the color of kings and queens and in our case, brides and grooms. Don’t be afraid to go bold and dress up your ceremony and reception with gorgeous shades in a purple palette.