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May 28

How-To: Gift Tags and Ribbon DIY

Whether you’re looking to add airs and graces to your wedding stationery suite or more of a handcrafted shabby chic feel, our circle gift tags and ribbon will tickle you and your wedding guests pink. Here are two easy ways to add simple embellishments that add to your love story.

DIY #1: Circle Gift Tag, Ribbon & Envelopments©

For this DIY, you will need thick ribbon, an envelopment and a circle gift tag. Style tip: Your circle gift tag selection will depend on where it’s being used. Here it is closing up your wedding stationery suite. In other places, you may choose a simple monogram for the gift tag.

DIY Ribbon Invitation Gift Tag

Get the Look:

  1. After you’ve enclosed all the wedding invite essentials within the envelopment, cut a long piece of ribbon.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the envelopment and place the circle gift tag over the ribbon and the envelopment to seal it. Ta da!

DIY #2: Gift Tags, Ribbon & Favor Boxes

For this DIY, you can choose thick or thin ribbon or both. The world is your oyster! You’ll also need favor boxes and gift tag stickers.

Wedding Favors, Ribbon, Gift tags

 

Get the Look:

1. After you have enclosed your delightful favor within the box, cut a piece of ribbon to wrap around the box. The stylish possiblities here are endless: you can double wrap, use two different ribbon colors and different sizes as well.

2. You can choose to tie the ribbon in an elegant bow, or add a gift tag—a circle or square will both do nicely—to seal the deal. Most importantly, remember that good things come in small packages.

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April 23

How To: DIY Wedding Invitation Ribbons

We’re very excited to add another elegant DIY dimension to Wedding Paper Divas—ribbons! Since you’re preparing to tie the knot, why not literally tie them around your wedding invitations, favors and gifts—oh my.

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Invitations

These lovely DIY Wedding Invitation Ribbons are satin and come in two sizes—thick (1 ½ inches) and thin (3/8 inch)—and a luscious array of 24 colors.

Wedding Ribbons in 24 different colors

Whether you’re inspired to create a bold accent or more of a refined embellishment, our ribbons will add a lush layer to your wedding theme. They make a charming statement, go the extra mile, a decadent piѐce de résistance, if you will.

Wedding Ribbons for your DIY Wedding Invitations

Now that you’ve been introduced to ribbons, stay tuned for future DIY posts on how to incorporate this graceful style with your big day. The possibilities are sophisticated, romantic and oh so je ne sais quoi.

See more Ribbon DIY: How-To: 4 Fabulous Ribbon DIYs for Wedding Invitations

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March 21

Modern Union BHLDN Inspiration Board

The ever-chic team at BHLDN put together this inspiration board for us, and it perfectly captures this week’s theme of a modern wedding. Classic black and white decor and attire are accented by blush pink details and pops of silver sparkle.

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BHLDN Tia gown, Deco makeup, Flowers, Ballroom, Bow tie, Modern Union Wedding Invitation

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March 12

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Pantone Aluminum

Planning a fall wedding? Take a cue from our Pantone Aluminum Inspiration Board and set the tone for an elegant affair, which begins with your save the date cards. Aluminum—one of Pantone’s Top 10 Colors for Fall 2014—carries solid weight as a sophisticated silvery shade.

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A cross between gray and silver, it adds an understated polish that will catch the eye—as any save the date card should do—and allows the bride and groom to be the stars. This futuristic neutral will shine, maintain its steely edge or establish a timeless mood as needed. From small details to large swashes, Aluminum hints at the wedding to come and opens to the possibilities of artful combinations in the suite that follows.

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January 17

Introducing BHLDN for Wedding Paper Divas

With much anticipation and excitement, we are proud (and slightly giddy) to announce BHLDN’s exclusively designed collection for Wedding Paper Divas. Think feminine details mixed with graphic elements and bold florals for a truly swoon-worthy collection.

BHLDN for Wedding Paper Divas

We asked the BHLDN designers a few questions to let us in on the inspiration behind their romantic collection, and unsurprisingly we fell even more in love.

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August 16

Post Wedding Checklist

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Photo Credit: Jihan Cerda Photography

The post-wedding to-do list can seem almost as long as your wedding planning list! Today we’re highlighting the top duties a newlywed must check off her list. And don’t worry; we’ve included a longer list below.
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Photo Credit: Foot Candles Photography

1. Organize Your Photos

You will likely have more photos from this one day than any other day in your life. Take the time now to organize, compile, store, and share these photographs – you’ll be thankful later.

The first step is to gather together these images. Find out from your photographer when and how you will receive your photos. Most often it will be digitally, which is the best way to save your special shots. A photo Share Site is a fantastic way to gather any candid shots friends and family may have snapped during your wedding. Post a call out to friends on your social profiles to see what they can share. Often, you’ll laugh at the silly moments your guests were able to capture that the professional photographer may have missed.

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Next, decide how you will share and display these photos. From hanging prints in your home to creating personalized stationery, the possibilities are endless. Our favorite way to gather together wedding day memories is with a gorgeous wedding photo book. Pull together images, add in quotes or memories, and you have a keepsake you’ll treasure forever. A photo book is a fantastic anniversary gift, if you can’t find the time to make one just after your wedding.

2. Send Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are a must for any bride, and should be one of the first items tackled after the big day. If you have a wedding registry, you can often get a head start on this by writing thank you notes as gifts are delivered in advance of the wedding.

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Etiquette asks that brides wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the wedding ceremony to send thank you cards. If you are planning to send a photo thank you card with a special shot from your reception, ask your photographer to give you one or two options the day after your wedding. That way, you can order your thank you stationery as soon as possible.

Every person who attends your wedding should receive a thank you note – even if they did not bring a gift. Their presence at your wedding took time and cost, and should be recognized. It’s also a great idea to send thank you notes to your vendors.

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Photo Credit: Renee Brock

3. Change Your Name and/or Update Marital Status

If you are changing your name after your wedding, be sure to think through all of the possible accounts you’ll need to update. Start first with your Social Security card, your driver’s license, and your major bank accounts. Then move on to your employer, insurance companies, and other major accounts. You’ll also need to update your marital status in many of the same places, as well as beneficiary for life insurance. See our Ask Etta feature Do I Really Need to Change My Last Name?

4. Preserve Your Wedding Day Memories

Beyond photos and videos, there are other mementos from your big day that you will want to save. Start with your bridal bouquet the day after your wedding, whether you plan to preserve the entire bouquet or just dry out a handful of petals (a great keepsake to tuck into your wedding album). Hint: many brides have a special “toss” bouquet to throw to guests, and keep their bridal bouquet for themselves.

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Photo Credit: Foot Candles Photography

Take proper care to clean your wedding dress and veil. Find a trusted dry cleaners (with experience in cleaning wedding dresses) to take on this task for you. Then, carefully store your dress. You likely won’t be taking it out of storage too often, so limit exposure to sunlight, heat, and other damaging factors.

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Need a few more ideas of what might be left to check off? See below.

The Days After

  • Return all rented clothing
  • Return all borrowed accessories
  • Return all rented equipment
  • Contact your gift registry to have gifts delivered
  • Send your picture to the newspaper

For the Honeymoon

  • Put your mail on hold, or resume your mail service if you have already returned from your honeymoon
  • Turn on/ off your out of office / away message on your email

Upon Your Return

  • Contact your videographer for a viewing
  • Put any wedding photos taken personally on the internet for friends and family to see
  • Get an official registered copy of your marriage certificate
  • Change your address (if applicable)
  • Create a wedding memento box
  • Update your Will
  • Get (or change) a life insurance policy
  • Update your beneficiary for life insurance / superannuation

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