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January 24

How to Prepare for your Engagement Photos

Now that you have started your wedding planning, you might be brainstorming more and more about your engagement photos. The lovely (and extremely talented) photographer, Hannah

Colclazier, shares a few extremely helpful tips to consider before getting in front of the camera.

Where to shoot: Are you more of an urban couple or do you want to have a more earthy feel? Maybe both! It might be a place of particular significance to you and your fiance or maybe just somewhere beautiful! When you’re thinking about locations, also think about your wardrobe and how it will fit together.

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When to shoot: The magic hours of the morning or before sunset are my favorite times to shoot. It’s beautiful and the photos look warm. But any time during the day will work just fine. Worried that it’s cloudy outside? Worry no more! Cloudy days make for beautiful photos!

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What to wear: This should be all about you, so be comfortable in what you choose to wear. Don’t be afraid of colors and statement pieces. Have you been eying that perfect piece? Pick it up for the shoot! From bright colors to soft creams and neutrals, almost everything can work as long as it stands out and you feel wonderful. Bring accessories! Bring shoes! The clothes you choose should tell a lot about you as a couple, so put some thought into the look you want to go with and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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What to bring: This shoot should be about the two of you as a couple. Bring things that are meaningful to your relationship. Try to incorporate things you love or do together into the shoot. Bring props! It’s fun to bring a little zest into the picture.

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What to expect: Expect to have fun! Engagement photos are a wonderful way for you and your fiance to know what it’s like to be in front of the camera together. It’s like a dry run for your wedding! I might ask you to do something silly, but I promise, the results will be wonderful. It’s all about you and the one you love being yourselves.

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Thanks again to the fabulous Hannah for sharing these amazing tips and stunning photos!


January 8

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Engagement Party Invitations

Inspired by our Engagement Party inspiration board, we’re featuring a few of our engagement party invitations that are sure to set the tone for your celebration of love.

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Darling Bouquet – engagement party invitation

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Bubble Blowout – engagement party invitations

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Enchanting Engagement – engagement party invitations

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Forever Classic – engagement party invitations

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Chalkboard Bliss – engagement party invitations

Are you planning an engagement party this year?


March 2

New Engagement Party Invitations: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

We’ve shared some of our newest wedding invitations and bridal shower invitations with you and this Wedding Stationery Wednesday we’re bringing you a gorgeous new batch of engagement party invites! From the charming graphics and bright colors to the stunning typographic elements, these darling designs are sure to get your favorite people in the mood to celebrate your new status. Which one is your favorite?


January 23

The Perfect Proposal: Things to Know

We’ve heard that 80% of engaged or married women say their marriage proposal wasn’t exactly romantic, and we think that’s just plain sad! Sure, not everyone wants to plan out an elaborate scavenger hunt across the city or arrange for a flash mob to take over the street to help pop the question, but there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your proposal is as memorable and wonderful as it deserves to be.

Here are our top tips for the perfect marriage proposal:

1. Know What You Want.

Planning a wedding is one thing, but planning to spend the rest of your life with someone is an entirely different story. Make sure you really know what you want. Can your relationship survive the best of times and the worst of times? Will this person be your partner through thick and thin? Can you stand his or her mother at every family holiday? A happy proposal starts with true commitment.

2. Get Family and Friends Involved.

My personal favorite proposal stories are private, but then include friends and family for a celebration after. Have them make a surprise appearance or play a part in the big event and it’ll make it that much more special for your future spouse.

3. Find the Right Ring.

Don’t get cynical on me just yet! I don’t mean that the ring you choose has to be gigantic or pricey, but it does have to reflect the person you’re giving it to. From vintage styles to chic and modern ones, offbeat colored engagement rings to heirlooms handed down through the family, all you have to do is make sure it’s the right style. After all, this is one of the only accessories that will be worn every day for the rest of your lives together!

4. Pick the Perfect Place.

Get creative and make it personal. There are probably places in your city where everyone seems to propose (here in San Francisco, it’s Coit Tower), but if that spot isn’t personally relevant to you it won’t have the same impact. Trust me—you could propose at the diner you two love to go to for Sunday morning breakfast and it’ll mean more than a fancy restaurant you’ve never been to before.

5. Make a Speech.

I know you’re probably nervous and hoping to just blurt out, “Marry me!” to get it over with, but this is a special moment and the person you’re asking to spend the rest of his or her life with you is going to be hanging on every word. Now is the time to dig deep and come up with a few short things you want to say to lay a foundation of love, respect and trust to build a marriage upon. Just don’t get cliched—no one wants to hear that they had you at hello!

What’s your best advice for someone getting ready to pop the question? Leave us a comment and let us know!


January 5

Engagement Party Invitations: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

Newly engaged? Celebrate your new status with a stylish soiree! Wedding Paper Divas has the perfect engagement party invitations for every couple’s style and budget, from utterly chic to cute and casual. Here are a few of our favorite designs—the perfect way to gather all of your favorite people in honor of your ever after.


December 1

Chic Engagement Party Invitations: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means many special engagements are in the works too! If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a winter engagement, you’ve got to check out our fresh collection of engagement party invitations. These charming designs will not only delight your friends and family,  they’ll serve a stylish keepsake from an unforgettable holiday season.


November 18

Engagement Party Inspiration Board

We turned to this witty party invitation in a beautiful deep sea green for inspiration for an engagement party! Pair this hue with white and subtle accents of chartreuse green as we did below for a fresh and stylish combination.

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L to R:  Wedding Paper Divas Our Plan Party Invitation, ABS Cascading Flower Dress, Table decor, Monogram Cupcake Wrappers, Rings, Petal Top Truffle Boxes, Cookies


October 29

Bella’s Engagement Ring: Rant or Rave

This weekend is bound to be crawling with vampires from coast to coast—think any of them will be popping the question to their human counterpart? That’s right, all you dark romance fans, famed author of the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer, has teamed up with Infinite Jewelry Co. to design a replica of the ring that Edward Cullen presents to Bella in “Eclipse.” Cullen-esque gentlemen looking to pop the question can pick up the ring for as low as $59 or as high as $1,999, according to eclipsemovie.org.

What do you think about Bella’s Engagement Ring? Enchanting or over the top? How do you feel about engagement rings borrowed from Hollywood? Rant or rave!


October 22

Public Marriage Proposals: Rant or Rave

You’ve all heard the stories before. A proposal on the jumbotron at a Yankees game. A choreographed dance routine ending on one knee in the middle of Grand Central Station. A woman in a restaurant biting into her crème brûlée only to discover a diamond ring hiding inside. The act of public marriage proposals is not an unfamiliar one—but is it for you?

We love hearing about how he popped the question. What do you think about public marriage proposals? Were you proposed to in public? Do public marriage proposals make you want to rant or rave?


August 25

Real Engagement: Ailene and Jason

Today’s Real Engagement photo session features Ailene and Jason. The shoot took place on a warm summer evening at Valley Forge National Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which was a meaningful location since the couple often ride their motorcycle all around the park together. The gorgeous natural light, greenery, and stonework set the perfect ambiance. Here are some of the beautiful photos from the shoot, courtesy of Lindsay Docherty Photography.

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