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May 31

A Styled Bridal Shower Photoshoot

We are extremely excited to share this styled bridal shower photo shoot with you! The talented Sandra over at Simply Peachy created this gorgeous and perfectly coordinated bridal shower photo shoot, which was inspired after one of our bridal shower invitation designs. Sandra beautifully displayed that by using an entire stationery suite, including invitations, thank you cards, address labels and even gift tags, you can harmoniously pull together the theme for your celebration. We especially love how she displayed the thank you cards in front of every place setting, for a unique and personalized touch. Not to mention, those gorgeous desserts look simply decadent! Which detail is your favorite?

Bridal Shower Shoot by Simply Peachy

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Bridal Shower Styled-Shoot

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Styling // Simply Peachy

Photography // Isa Photography

Bridal Shower Invitations and Stationery // Wedding Paper Divas

Florals // Divine Floreal

Cupcakes // Sakura Cupcakes

Macarons // Once Upon a Bake

Cake Pops // Chocolate Kisses Bakery

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May 14

Ask Etta: Are Wedding Programs Really Necessary?

Tasha asks…

Hello! I was wondering if it is necessary to have programs for the wedding ceremony? Thanks!

Etta says…

Wedding programs are an oft-forgotten piece of a complete wedding stationery suite. While programs aren’t absolutely vital to wedding success (you wouldn’t get very far without a wedding invitation!), including a program at the start of your wedding ceremony offers the bride and groom a special way to include their guests in the ceremony.

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I particularly recommend creating a wedding program if you will be holding a religious ceremony, or one incorporating cultural rites. Explaining to guests why certain passages are read or certain rituals are performed will create a richer experience for all involved.

A wedding program is also the ideal place to list the wedding party, and to thank friends and family for coming to celebrate the happy bride and groom. It is also commonly a space for the couple to acknowledge any deceased loved ones, such as grandparents.

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Tip: Passing out ceremony programs is a great kid-friendly job! If you are searching for a way to include a younger niece, nephew, or cousin, I suggest giving them a sweet basket filled with programs to hand out to seated guests. Alternately, ushers traditionally will hand out programs as they direct guests to their seats.

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An added bonus to a wedding program? If your wedding location gets hot, it makes the perfect fan! I have seen great DIY projects that turn programs into fans.

I hope this helps, Tasha!

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Have an etiquette question for Etta? Email us at blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and she’ll post an answer for you.

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April 22

DIY Wedding Reception Stationery

We are thrilled to share with you once again the beautiful DIY project by Jennifer and Jessica from Linen, Lace & Love. See how they’ve added that special personal touch to our reception stationery.

This beautiful Watercolor Garden wedding program on pearl white shimmer paper is just stunning. With all of Wedding Paper Divas stationery, it’s so well designed that you don’t want to add too much, or it takes away from what is already there. So we decided to do some watercolor of our own.

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Programs

Using a drugstore watercolor set I painted a sheet of watercolor paper in the color palette of the program. After it was dry, I used a heart shaped hole punch to make homemade confetti.

Then, I put my homemade heart confetti into a mini glassine envelope, typed Love in Bloom onto watercolor paper, painted over it, punched it out, and glued it onto the front of the envelope.

I took a small hole punch and punched the top of the envelope, and then punched holes equal distance from each side, on the spine of the program. Next, I threaded a purple ribbon through the bottom of the program, through the confetti envelope, and then back out through the top hole and tied it in a bow.

Now all of the guest will have a fun surprise when they open their program, as well as confetti to throw when the bride and groom walk down the aisle.

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Programs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Programs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Programs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Programs - Watercolor Garden

This modern, tribal themed invitation suite was so much fun to work with. Your first impulse will be to over arrow. Arrows are so much fun to use, but I found this amazing gold leather cording in the jewelry making section of Michael’s and thought it would be the perfect addition.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

I made arrows by painting cake pop sticks gold, and cutting the arrow head and tail out of black glitter paper. I also used the black glitter paper to create the program and table number.

For the table display we found the most amazing linens at Concepts Event Design; the table cloth is a black raw silk called onyx shantung, and the napkin is a shimmery gold raw silk called miss metallic dupionu shantung. It’s a rustic, but formal feel that ties the look together.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

The table number is a stamp from Paper Source, that I embossed using gold embossing powder. (DIY: embossing here) The table number is made to hang on a wine bottle, and then it can be cleared when everyone has been seated, and the wine is poured.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Reception Menus - Archer’s Affection

This bright and joyful Petal Cluster collection made me think of a dandelion, because the menu card looks like a dandelion’s petals blowing off as someone makes a wish…so that became the theme of choice.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

We went back to water coloring and made confetti out of tangerine, fuchsia, and lime. Then punched either side of the program, for a different look, and over the glassine envelope typed out My heart made a wish (for all of you Disney fans out there, this phrase was inspired by a dream is a wish your heart makes), and then wrapped it up in some pink bakers twine.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

For the menu we took the same idea with the side punches and the pink bakers twine, but we used the phrase Wishes do come true.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

The linens we chose were: coral conch shantung, and fuchsialishous shantung.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

The coloring of the table number and name cards reminded me of the Watercolor Garden program, so I kept with the floral theme and added fake flower blooms to both the table number and name card.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

I again used embossing to create the actual number, this time with a purple embossing powder.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Reception Table Cards - At Last

What is cuter than a bicycle built for two? A wedding stationery line using a bicycle built for two. These were so darling that all I could do was wrap them up like a present!

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

The back of the bike has a ribbon that says we do so I carried that phrase over into the decor. I printed out we do on water color paper, and painted it red. Then when it was dry I punched it out with a large, heart-hole punch and added little punches above it to string the twine through…cause everything is more fun when it’s wrapped like a present!

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

I took the same idea for the menu, except the menu said celebrate so I used that phrase, and wrapped it around with bakers twine.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

For the table linen we used Natural Burlap and the red napkin is cranberry kiss shantung.

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Reception Stationery

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Reception Programs- At Last

All linens and chiavari chairs provided by Concepts Event Design in San Diego. Design and photography by Linen, Lace, & Love.

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April 17

Get Inspired by Our Top Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is less than a month away (May 12, if you need a reminder!), and if you are looking to do something extra special for Mom this year, it’s time to start planning.

Not only did Mom raise you, but she probably acted – or is currently – as head wedding coordinator for your special day, assisting with everything from addressing envelopes to helping with table seating. Take this Mother’s Day to share your gratitude with a gift that lets Mom know how much you appreciate everything she does.

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1. Make an album she’ll cherish forever

She may have seen your wedding photos already, but pulling the very best images into one beautiful parents’ album will create a brag book Mom can share with her friends. Try to choose photos that will speak to her – a shot of her dancing, your father’s speech, or the cutting of the cake are all great memories.

2. Create a daily reminder of your love

A family photo from your wedding day is the perfect shot to put on a photo mug. If you live far away, this gift is a daily reminder of your love as your mother sips her morning tea.

3. Give a gift as unique as your bond

A photo gift makes a stunning present for Mom to display in her home. Family shots, or a photo of you and your mother, are the best to display here.

4. A special space for everyday notes

If your mother is a listmaker, help keep her to-dos extra sweet with a custom notepad. Pick a style that fits her, and match a photo from your wedding (a shot of the two of you would be extra sweet).

5. DIY a photo project

Roll up your sleeves and spend a Saturday creating these one of a kind photo vases. With just a few supplies, this simple DIY craft makes a big statement. For an extra bonus, fill them with Mom’s favorite blooms.

6. Pamper Mom with her favorite treats

For a special gift, fill a basket with luxurious treats that all have one purpose – to help Mom relax. Bath salts, candles, perfumes, and lotions are perfect for this. You can even add in an extra soft towel or robe. And we don’t think Mom would mind if you slipped in a bar or two of specialty chocolates!

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April 9

Wedding Stationery Cake Pop Inspiration

We are so delighted to share Sweet Lauren Cakes beautiful cake pop artistry. Using our wedding invitations, save the date cards, and bridal shower invitations as inspiration, she crafted these gorgeous eye catching deserts.

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Save The Dates - Painted Garden

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower - Petite Flags

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

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Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Invitation - Fine Filigree

Wedding Paper Divas Response Cards - Fine Filigree

To see more of Sweet Lauren Cakes please visit her gallery.

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March 19

Eye Candy: Wedding Reception Photo Ideas

Starting with a Save the Date that incorporates photography in a fun and unique style, we’re loving these wedding day details. From table settings incorporating photos of each guest to a ceremony aisle runner that acts as a physical walk down memory lane, these five photo ideas will spark decor inspiration for your own wedding day.

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January 30

Introducing: DIY Printable Table Cards

Did you know DIY printable table cards are available on Wedding Paper Divas?  They’re the perfect way to tie your theme into your reception, and the best part is that they’re oh-so-easy to create. We love seeing the creative ways in which brides incorporate the cards into their table designs! We’re sharing a few of our favorite ways to DIY below.

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We have over 80 different printable table cards designs to match invitation suites, allowing brides to coordinate a cohesive and beautiful reception.

Most of our printable table cards will fit into your home printer, but we also have some great suggestions for applying your DIY creativity to them:

  • Calligraphy
  • Stamping
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
  • Cut-outs
  • Collage
  • Paper Quilling
  • Screen printing
  • Gocco printing
  • Hand Lettering
  • Cricut Machine
  • And more…

Below are the various paper types we offer and what kind of printing they’re optimized for. Something to keep in mind—some of these table cards won’t work for home printing, so the best way to figure out what will work for you is to order samples and test them out at home before purchasing.

Signature Matte: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Textured Matte: prints best on an ink jet printer and is not optimized for laser printing.

Pearl White Shimmer: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Premium DoubleThickMatte: too thick to run through a home printer (it’s awesomely thick!). Although we don’t offer samples of this paper, our Signature Matte is the same stock and we recommend testing a sample of our Signature Matte with a calligrapher before ordering DoubleThick™ paper.

Need a little inspiration? Here are some fun ways to DIY your table cards…

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For printing at home: Set your file using your program of preference (Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) to a custom size, and set print page size to custom size. 4.56×6.18″.  You will need to use a front feeding printer.

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 Are you planning any DIY projects for your big day? Leave us a comment below!

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December 12

DIY Favor Inspiration: Macaron Favor Box

When we hear the words “Parisian” and “pastels” the first thing that comes to mind is macarons (of course!). Here’s a lovely, elegant DIY idea for your favors if you’re planning a French flair affair. Wrap your favors up pretty with a simple clear box and a bit of ribbon. Your guests will love (and love to eat) this sweet, delicate treat.

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November 21

DIY Art Deco Wedding Cake Topper

Add a glamorous Art Deco touch to your wedding cake with today’s simple but stunning cake topper DIY.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam ball, 3.5″
  • 4″ clear plastic prism picks (we found ours online at a restaurant supply store)
  • Metallic gold craft paint
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • One wood kabob skewer (cut in half)

Step 1: Cut

Cut a styrofoam ball in half with a sharp knife to make sure you have a smooth, flat half dome.

 Step 2: Paint

Paint the styrofoam ball with gold metallic paint and let it dry for a few hours.

 Step 3: Spraypaint

Lay out about 100 plastic prism picks and spray paint evenly to make sure all edges are covered. Flip them over and spray any unfinished sides.

Step 4: Assemble

Stick the prism picks in the styrofoam in an organized pattern at first, and then fill in any gaps as you see fit.

Step 5: Top it Off

Stick the wooden skewer into the flat side of the dome. Then, place the cake topper on the top of your wedding cake (making sure the styrofoam is very slightly elevated from the top of your cake and not touching). Get ready for a dazzling finish!

If you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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October 17

DIY: Custom Wedding Backdrop

We’re seeing dreamy wedding backdrops everywhere these days, so we thought it high time to create one of our own. And with a bit of crate paper, streamers and string, you can too. It’s easier than it looks—we promise!

We measured a six foot string (butchers twine will do just fine). Then we measured 16 foot strips of crate paper and metallic streamers and knotted them at the top of the string, so 8 feet would fall on each side.

Tie each piece close together and be sure to alternate colors/textures as you go along. You can even fold the crate paper to create waves, or trim the sides to get a cool effect. Once you’ve covered the entire string, you’re done. A voila! Use it as a backdrop for a photo booth, the dessert table or gift table.

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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