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November 14

DIY Hot Cocoa Wedding Favor

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For a winter themed wedding, we suggest finding a wedding favor that matches the season. We always enjoy when brides send their guests home at the end of the night with a sweet treat, and this DIY project helps with just that task! Whether you choose a tried-and-true family recipe, or find a recipe online, this favor will be a personal touch that your guests will love.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Find a favorite hot cocoa recipe that can be made ahead of time (without the liquid, of course!), and print it on a recipe card. You can even coordinate your recipe card with your wedding invitations by using enclosure cards.
  2. Layer the ingredients in a clean Mason jar – this is a fun place to play with colors, by separating the sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Secure the lid of the jar, and attach the colored craft paper circle to the top for an added pop of color. Attach the gift tag stickers to the front of the jar.
  4. Punch a hole in the recipe card, then loop a ribbon through the hole. Tie the ribbon around the neck of the jar to complete the gift.

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Your guests will love this personalized treat, especially during the cold winter season.

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November 13

DIY Winter Wedding Invitations

While our personalized wedding invitation designs offer plenty of options for customization, many brides choose to  go above and beyond, adding DIY elements to their wedding invitations.

Since we’re heading into the winter wedding season, we put together a snow inspired twist on the traditional invitation. Simple but stunning, this easy DIY adds a ton of personality to your wedding invitation.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Steps:

  1. Match a thick ribbon to your wedding invitation. Wrap the ribbon around the invitation and cut, leaving a bit of overlap. Secure with glue or double sided tape on the back of the invitation. We suggest that you do not attach the ribbon to the invitation, but instead to itself.
  2. Turn the invitation back over to the front. Take the thin ribbon and tie a knot around the middle of the thick ribbon. It should slightly pinch the thick ribbon.
  3. Take the plastic snowflake and tie another knot with the thin ribbon to attach the snowflake to the ribbons. Depending on your snowflakes, you may need to secure it with a small bit of string.
  4. Complete the invitation by tying the thin ribbon into a pretty bow.

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Remember to keep the extra materials in mind when choosing an envelope! This DIY project would be perfect to tuck inside a pocket fold.

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October 4

DIY Wedding Ceremony Confetti Cones

When dreaming of your perfect wedding, you may think back to weddings of the past, when rice was thrown as the bride and groom exited their wedding ceremony.

It’s a beautiful image, but unfortunately one that is unpractical – and often not allowed – for many modern weddings. To keep this tradition alive brides have become creative, giving their guests everything from bubbles to glitter to toss as they make their way down the aisle as husband and wife. We put together a fun DIY project just for this occasion, and think these confetti cones are the perfect item to fill with rose petals.

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Making the cones is an easy project that can be done in a day. We love the added personal touch of custom gift tags, which you can match to your wedding invitations. Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A square sheet of decorated paper
  • Gift tags
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Scissors

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Steps:

  1. Turn the square sheet of paper so it is a diamond, and simply fold in one side, then the other. You’ll want to make sure the bottom of the cone is tight, so your confetti doesn’t fall out. Secure the cone with a piece of tape.
  2. Add an extra piece of tape where the paper crosses at the opening of the cone. This is where you will attach the gift tag, so the tape will add extra support.
  3. Punch a hole in the gift tag and the cone, then secure the gift tag to the cone with a pretty ribbon bow.
  4. Fill the cones with your choice of confetti – we suggest flower petals! You can ask your florist to supply flower petals on the day of your wedding, or you can find silk petals at a local craft store.

Quick tip: Wait to fill the cones until you arrive at your ceremony site – the petals may fall out during transport!

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August 8

DIY Wedding Favor Inspiration: Succulents

DIY wedding favors are the perfect way for a bride to add a touch of her personality to a wedding reception. We love favors that coordinate with the theme of the wedding, whether rustic, modern, outdoors, or seasonal.

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For this easy DIY wedding favor project, we chose to complement a trendy wedding theme – rustic elegance that is perfect for fall! With succulents popping up everywhere from bouquets to center pieces, the hardy plant makes for a fantastic wedding gift for your guests, especially when paired with a chic wedding gift tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mini Glass Bell Jar with Base
  • Sand
  • Succulents
  • Gift Tag & paper
  • Twine

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Steps:

  1. Fill the base with sand, and arrange the succulent cuttings. Use 2-3 varieties of succulents for the best look – we recommend pairing contrasting heights and widths!
  2. Delicately place the mini bell jar onto the base. You may want secure with invisible tape for transportation purposes.
  3. Attach the gift tag sticker to a piece of paper, and cut around the border. Using about 10 inches of twine, wrap the handle of the bell jar several times, and then tie on the gift tag.

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It’s a simple DIY that your guests will love to take home. An added bonus? They’ll look gorgeous placed on the reception tables!

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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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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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