May 13

Fun Ways To Spend Your First Wedding Anniversary

We are pleased to have the folks from Wedding Party here today sharing their unique wedding ideas for your special celebration. 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.

The wedding day: it’s an important event that you’ll remember forever, but many engaged couples forget one simple fact… the wedding is really just the beginning! Once you’re married the time will fly by, but it’s important to commemorate your wedding day with a little special something every year.

If you’re a newlywed coming up on your first year of marriage, the congratulations! The first year of marriage is joyous, challenging, surprising and special. It’s important to mark that day and celebrate your first anniversary in a meaningful way. The task of finding the perfect first anniversary gift can be overwhelming, so we’re here to share a unique ways to celebrate year one of marriage in style.

1. Spend the night at your wedding venue

What could be more romantic than revisiting the place where it all happened? Spending the night at your wedding venue could be a lovely way to remember the big day and reflect on the past year. Didn’t get married in a hotel or B & B where staying overnight is an option? Revising the location and spending time in the surrounding area can be just as special!

Wedding Night Venue [Photo via Auberge du Soleil]

2. Recreate your wedding dinner

Chances are, you took a painstaking amount of time to make sure the wedding day dinner would be perfect. Why not recreate the first meal you had as husband and wife to celebrate your first anniversary? You can DIY the meal or ask the caterers to prepare the food — whichever way you do it, you can’t go wrong!

Wedding Party Food [Photo via Amy Neunsinger]

3. Open a bottle of wedding wine

Did you keep a bottle of wine from your wedding day? Now’s the time to open it! Pack it on a picnic and visit your favorite spot to cheers to a well-done year one.

Wedding Wine Table Number [Photo via Jamie D Photography]

4. Schedule an anniversary shoot

Having a photo shoot for your anniversary is an increasingly popular way for couples to celebrate, and we think it’s an adorable idea! Not only will you end up with gorgeous photos, you’ll be able to look back on your anniversary shoot and your first year of marriage for years to come.

Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot [Photo via Adene Photography]

5. Create a photo book of your first year

Did you make a lot of memories and take a lot of photos in your first year together? Now’s the time to share them! Making a photo book of your adventures together in the first year of marriage is a sweet way to look back, while also preserving those special moments to look back on in the future.

Wedding Photo Album [Photo via Wedding Paper Divas]

6. Customize a gift with bits from your wedding day!

Repurposing a piece of your wedding day as a gift can be a meaningful way to celebrate your anniversary. Small things like turning a piece of your lace wedding dress into a necklace, or turning some old fabric from the big day as a new pocket square are sweet and quite easy! Love this idea and want more tips? You’re sure to find them with our post on repurposing your wedding day.

Unique Wedding Gifts [Photo via Green Grass Gifts]

7. Create a piece of art

Maybe you’re a DIY whiz and you’re missing the fun of DIYing your own wedding? Well, it’s time to get your crafting hat on and create your own piece of art for your anniversary! This could be a fun activity for you and your partner to work on together, and at the end of the day you’ll have a new piece of art for your home that will always remind you of your anniversary.

DIY Wall Art [Photo via The Fox and She]

8. Start a collection
Make your own anniversary tradition by starting a collection, and add to it every year. What should you start collecting? Well… that’s up to you! We recommend finding something meaningful to both of you — vintage items, music, wine… the possibilities are endless. Whatever you end up collecting to celebrate your anniversaries, it’s bound to become a meaningful and fun tradition to look forward to every year you’re together.

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May 12

DIY Champagne Flutes for Bridal Showers

Create a city chic themed bridal shower for that sophisticated yet modern bride-to-be in your life. Lary, from Inspiration Nook, shows us how to effortlessly glam traditional champagne flutes by adding a touch of gold paint and custom name stickers. The perfect solution to help you host a fun and memorable city chic celebration.

Gold Champagne Flutes DIY – City Chic

Champagne flutes can be pricey. Specially the ones with cute golden details. The good news is you can easily update a regular champagne flute into a golden one with this easy DIY. All you need is some metallic gold paint and a brush. I got these flutes at the thrift store and now they look like a million bucks! To get yours follow these easy steps.

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Paint the bottom of your champagne flute with your gold paint, let it dry, pour some champagne and toast away! Is that easy! Plus they matched perfectly with the City Chic collection. I absolutely love the black, white & gold combination. Adding these golden champagne flutes brings an extra elegance touch to the mix.

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If you want to take it to the next level, add some ribbon with a gift tag and let your guest take the party home! Aren’t these fun? I’m sure your guests will be thanking you for years to come.

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Cheers everyone!

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May 11

Bright & Bold Orange Wedding Ideas

For a bright wedding the colors tangerine and orange make a beautiful bold statement. An orange wedding is perfect for a tropical destination wedding or a backyard rustic celebration.

  • Orange Cake – this modern cake with an ombre twist and pop of a pink tropical flower is fun and sophisticated.
  • Orange Bridesmaids Dresses – flowing and cool, perfect for a beach wedding.
  • Orange Dream Mimosas – A light signature cocktail with champagne and orange sherbet.
  • Floral Centerpieces – Bright orange Peonies, orange Ranunculus, white roses, yellow mums, and greenery makes a beautiful and vibrant statement on your wedding tables.

Featured Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitation: Aztec Allure

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May 8

New York 2015 Bridal Fashion Week with Mark Ingram

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on the blog as she goes behind the scenes at New York Bridal Fashion week with Mark Ingram from Mark Ingram Atelier. 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.

Today on Small talk. Big day we’re going behind the scenes at New York Bridal Fashion week and hear about the hottest trend in bridal fashion – SEXY! – from Mark Ingram of the Mark Ingram Atelier.

GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016 GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016: The collection is called Les Reves Bohemiens and is inspired by a bohemian love story. The entire collection is inspired by romance with subtle fairytale elements. It’s all about big extravagant skirts and the eternally glamorous bride.

Meet Mark: Mark Ingram began his fashion career at the legendary Fifth Avenue specialty stores, Bonwit Teller and Bergdorf Goodman. Exposed to the world’s top designers and arbiters of style Mark had a successful wholesale career in New York’s garment center until he joined the renowned bridal house Amsale as National Bridal Sales Director in 1995. Mark visited the best couture bridal stores meeting brides-to-be across the country, all preparing him to open the renowned Mark Ingram Atelier in 2002. Today Mark is often featured in national media as a bridal fashion expert.

GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016 GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016: The collection is called Les Reves Bohemiens and is inspired by a bohemian love story. The entire collection is inspired by romance with subtle fairytale elements. It’s all about big extravagant skirts and the eternally glamorous bride.

Mark has seen it all. What is his favorite? It is an exciting time in bridal – it’s very diverse. I’d say what’s selling right now are angels and devils. Grace Kelly-like dresses and then we have the devils. Vamps and Sirens. Skin is in. And I’m happy to see it because brides are young and they are sensual, and they want to be beautiful on their very important day.

Sheer, illusion backs (and fronts!), low cuts and even crop tops and cut-outs are popular on the runway but it can be hard to find just the right look! If you are shopping for sexy, here is what Mark says you need to know: You should know that you’re sexy. Just because the trend is toward sexy and being revealing and low cut, you should push the envelope only as far as you push it for your own personal taste. It is your wedding day after all. When you look back on those photographs for years to come and say I made the right choice – not just for me at the time but I made the right choice for me timelessly.

GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016 GALIA LAHAV ‘LES REVES BOHEMIENS’ SPRING 2016: The collection is called Les Reves Bohemiens and is inspired by a bohemian love story. The entire collection is inspired by romance with subtle fairytale elements. It’s all about big extravagant skirts and the eternally glamorous bride.

Remember, this is your red carpet moment. You have permission to play and break tradition with your fashion statement! Whether you bare it all, cover up or select a colored or floral printed dress, choose a style that makes you feel your best and you are guaranteed to look radiant.

I want to hear from you! Post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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May 7

San Francisco Lover’s Lane Engagement Photo Shoot

Today’s Real Engagement photo shoot features our own Wedding Paper Divas Site Merchandising Manager Laura, and her fiance Derek. They met halfway around the world in Shanghai, China, only to discover that they live 15 minutes apart back here in the Bay Area! During their month in Shanghai, their friendship grew over good food, playing volleyball and Laura depending on his Chinese to navigate through the city. They kept in touch when they got back to the states, and are very excited to be tying the knot this July.

Their engagement shoot combines Laura’s love of DIY and nature with Derek’s love of photography and industrial textures. The day was much colder than they had planned for, but it made for some cozy photos and gorgeous views of San Francisco and Lover’s Lane.

Photography: LKC Studios

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San Francisco Engagement Photo Shoot

San Francisco Engagement Photo Shoot

San Francisco Engagement Photo Shoot

San Francisco Engagement Photo Shoot

San Francisco Engagement Photo Shoot

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May 6

One Month Countdown! Last – Minute Wedding Tips from Mindy Weiss

It’s wedding season! Today we have celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss back on our blog with some useful tips for the month leading up to your wedding. Mindy is the leading wedding planner to the stars with over 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for Hollywood personalities like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and more.

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The final weeks leading up to your wedding are a flurry of excitement, nerves and, of course, last-minute planning! Here are some important things to keep in mind so you can keep your sanity during this crucial month.

  • Get your marriage license. You’re so involved in planning that you might’ve forgotten that you actually need to make this legal! Be sure to have your marriage license in hand in time for your ceremony. Check with your county clerk for requirements and specifics.
  • Create that schedule. Don’t procrastinate on this one! You’ll want a clear, day-of schedule detailing set up and how you want things to run. Your wedding planner (if you have one) can help you out with this. Include preparatory essentials like vendor arrivals and photography sessions as well a run-of-show for the ceremony and reception. This is especially important for your wedding party and DJ/emcee, who will help guide the flow of events. Just bear in mind that things are very likely to shift…and that’s OK!
  • Pack an emergency kit. Speaking of things shifting, an emergency kit is the perfect way to conquer the unexpected. Pack a small kit of necessities like makeup, hairpins, safety pins, wipes, super glue, a sewing kit and any other provisions you can think of. Trust me, these will come in handy when you least expect it.
  • Prepare the seating chart. If you’re planning on assigning seating at your event, get started as soon as your response cards start rolling in to give yourself plenty of time. Your goal should be to finalize your seating chart at least five days before the wedding to account for any last-minute cancellations. Be comfortable knowing that things might change right up until the big day. And be sure to have copies of an alphabetized seating list for your attendants for easy reference.
  • Pre-pack for your honeymoon. If you’re going on your honeymoon shortly after the wedding, do yourself a favor and pack at least one week before the wedding. The last thing you’ll want to do when you’re exhausted from all the celebrations is dig out suitcases and plan outfits.
  • Stick to your routine. Now is not the time to try that trendy juice cleanse for the first time or start a new workout program. You just never know how your body might react to new elements in your health and beauty regimen so stick to what you’ve been doing. If you’ve been getting regular facials, schedule this last one at least a week or two prior to the wedding…just in case!

Finally, don’t let the stress of final fittings and vendor appointments get to you. Take a step back, breathe and remember that the ultimate goal of the day is to celebrate your love story and ENJOY!

XOXO, Mindy

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