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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Photo Source: Bridal Guide

  • 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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June 25

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Dark Romance Wedding Invitations

Looking for a little drama? Meet Dark Romance, our beautiful new fall winter line. Inspired by Dutch still lifes, these sumptuous designs are all about rich colors, painterly textures and vivid typography. A perfect trend for those who love rainy days, Wuthering Heights, bold wallpaper, nightfall and true romance.

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June 20

Real Wedding: Mary & Andreas

This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Mary and Andreas which took place at Casa Tortuga in San Pedro, and Ambergris Caye in Belize.

Mary and Andreas met while she was traveling in Thailand. He was her diving instructor. So they held the wedding in Belize to capture their love found deep at sea – complete with recycled driftwood, sea turtles, and diving during the week getaway.

Photos courtesy of: Jessica Christie Photography
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You can see full wedding and read more about it here.

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June 20

Real Bride: Abbie – Bridal Shower

We are thrilled to have Abbie from All Things Tiffany Blue here today to share her bridal shower stationery with our readers. Abbie and Matt will be married on July 12, 2014.

Hello again! I’m Abbie from the blog All Things Tiffany Blue! I have to say that my bridal party is quite amazing! They pulled off the most amazing shower I ever could ask for! My bridesmaids & bridesman know that I am OBSESSED with the color Tiffany Blue and planned my shower around it.

Guests were asked to attend the shower using beautiful blue invitations that featured gold polka dots! They were beyond adorable!

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My fantastic bridal party set up a fancy tiffany blue themed candy table that was a hit with guests! Guests made cute striped & polka-dot baggies filled with sweet confections to take home with them!

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We played hilarious games that showed who knew me the best, who carried too much in their purse, and who had the talent to draw the best bride without looking.

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Finally, we devoured tasty Tiffany box-eque cake and fruit tarts. I could not have asked for a better day.

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It is such an amazing feeling to know how much everyone in your life truly cares and cannot wait for the wedding!

Shop: Bridal Shower Invitations | Mini Enclosure Cards | Bridal Shower Games – How Well Do You Know the Bride | Bridal Shower Games – What’s In Your Purse

More wedding stationery inspiration from Abbie – Save the Dates & Wedding Invitations & Address and Assemble Wedding Invitations

Be sure to visit Abbie on her Blog and Instagram for more wedding and fashion updates!
Blog: All Things Tiffany Blue | Instagram: allthingstiffanyblue

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June 18

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Pantone Aurora Red Save the Dates

This week’s inspiration board has us seeing red—or more specifically, one special shade of red. With a name that invokes the sky and a richness to admire, Aurora Red brings with it a promise of style perfection. Whether you’re looking for an autumn palette or a summer splash, this hue might be for you—take a look at some of our favorite save the date designs in shades of this dreamy color and see if you agree…

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June 17

The Ultimate Bridal Shower from The Container Store

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Are you planning a bridal shower soon? We’ve partnered with the The Container Store to showcase tips, ideas and inspiration for the ultimate bridal shower. Whether it be a Stock the Kitchen shower, a His and Her shower or a Travel shower, you’ll find the ultimate inspiration and beautiful bridal shower invites to match your party theme.

See the online Shower Guide here.

Shop the stationery: Stock the Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitation | Chevron Hanger Bridal Shower Invitation | Krafty Bride Bridal Shower Invitation

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June 16

Pantone Aurora Red Inspiration Board

If you’re planning an early autumn wedding, but still want to keep the bright feel of summer, Pantone Aurora Red is your color match. For stunning impact, play up this vibrant hue by pairing it with colors of equal intensity, like fuchsia, vermillion, and magenta.

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L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Blossoming Amour invite, TablescapeCocktailsShoesBridesmaids

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June 14

A Southern Summertime Bridal Shower

A hot southern summer can still be cool and relaxing, as this bridal luncheon that South Carolina-based wedding planner and caterer Leah McCarthy has created.

All parties should start with an invitation that sets the tone and style for the day. This front-porch, bridal shower invitation, created through Wedding Paper Divas, resonates the same garden-chic, Southern style of our honorary bride, Kate. The beautiful floral shower invitation design of coral, green, purple and teal hues, gave me inspiration for the entire day’s design.

Bridal Shower Invitation

Bridal Shower Invitation

The dining plates reminded me of oyster shells, so I used shells that I have collected from our local May River to create these simple (and quick!) napkin holders.

Oyster Shell Plates

Oyster shell napkin holders:
Step 1: Start with clean oyster shells
Step 2: Hot glue the backside of the shell to twine (you may use any color twine)
Step 3: Tie around your linen napkin!

Oyster Craft

Glue Oysters

Finished napkin holder

The aqua braided place mats and small braided raspberry drink coasters blended perfectly with the invitation, as well. A summertime, outdoor dining table should be fun and colorful, so don’t be afraid to mix and match as long as you stay within the same color patterns.

Place mats

Table setting

Porch Setting

To help your guests stay cool on those hot, humid, Southern afternoons, delicate paper fans placed on the guests chairs are a simple touch that lets your guests know that you are considering their comfort on a hot Southern afternoon.

Any good Southern party starts with perfectly cool libations. I’ve created a self-serve table of cucumber iced water, orange infused sweet tea and blueberry lemonade.

Sweet Tea

Blueberry Lemonade

A refreshing bourbon libation is also a near-necessity. My favorite Southern summer drink is Spiked Georgia Peach Bourbon Lemonade.

To make this refreshing beverage, I start by heading down Route 170 from Bluffton, SC to Savannah, GA, to Mikes’ peach stand. Mike is always there with a smile, but more importantly, the juiciest Georgia peaches around!

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Recipe: Spiked GA Peach Bourbon Lemonade
I used 4 fresh roadside stand GA Peaches (or the best in your local grocery), peeled and sliced.

Then, puree the peaches with one teaspoon of sugar.

For each Mason jar, I add:

6oz lemonade
1 shot (or more) of your favorite bourbon
3 Tbs of peach puree

Serve with a fresh peach slice for garnish

Peach Blender

Bourbon Drink

For non-bourbon drinkers (gasp!), offer a refreshing glass of Peach Prosecco Bellinis.
Using the same peach puree, place an ounce in the bottom of a champagne glass, top with Prosecco and a splash of peach liquor.

My summertime southern bridal shower lunch menu:

Assorted “Wedding Ring” Finger Sandwiches
Fresh Fruit Salad
Mixed Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Mini Ham Biscuits with Poppyseed Spread
Local Shrimp Skewers with Andouille Sausage and Plum Sauce
Roasted Grape Tomato Bruschetta
Deviled Eggs (What is a southern party without them?!)
Roasted Vegetable Platter with Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce
Dessert: Chocolate Whoopee Pies (The brides’ favorite!)

Finger Sandwiches

Ham Biscuits

Mixed Green Salad

Shrimp skewers

Whoopee pies
Recipe: Roasted Grape Tomato Bruschetta: (This easy go-to appetizer sounds fancier than it is!)

1 Container Grape Tomatoes
2-3 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Baguette Sliced
1 Container Herb Cheese Spread (I usually go with Boursin cheeses. Pick your favorite flavor)
Salt and Pepper
1 Tbs Chopped Fresh Basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Begin by laying out the grape tomatoes on a sheet pan. Cover the tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes until soft.

Place the sliced baguettes on a sheet pan. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt and pepper and toast in the oven until golden brown (about 5-7 minutes).
*Both steps above may be done ahead of time*
Right before guests arrive, spread the toasted baguette with herb cheese spread, then top with a roasted grape tomato. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Ingredients

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Anytime I entertain, I always enlist a helping hand. For a small investment of their time (or bartering for services), ask a friend or colleague to assist you on the day of the party with set up and clean up so that you can enjoy your guests.

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