Delicate lace, lush florals and whimsical flourishes—these are the hallmarks of fashion label Marchesa. And now, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the design duo behind the beautifully crafted gowns, bring their stunning designs to paper. Designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas, the Marchesa Collection is pure romance and decadent details—perfect for wedding stationery.
“The Marchesa bride is someone who wants a dress that is romantic, timeless and makes her feel her most beautiful.”
Here comes the bride-to-be. And since April showers bring May flowers, why not give her a floral tribute? Inspired by bright poppies, soft pink roses and the timelessness of daisies, our bridal shower invitations set the tone for an elegant brunch, a rustic luncheon or whatever tickles the blushing bride’s fancy. Botanical borders in subtle shades or pops of vibrant hues lend springtime cheer to any bridal shower. So establish the festive mood with these invitations and finish with lively bouquets or sprinkles of petals as the bridal shower décor. Our fresh picks are on trend for spring and blooming lovely, if we do say so ourselves.
We’re excited to announce a hand-picked wedding stationery collection, chosen exclusively by the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom. Curated by National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman, the trend-forward stationery picks represent the best of new wedding trends.
Not only does Nordstrom offer exceptional service to their brides, they know that design is critical when it comes to planning a wedding. “We love stationery that reflects who they are as a couple—brilliant color, bold fonts, a chic design or a custom monogram,” said Andrea. We couldn’t agree more!
Shop Andrea’s Picks here, or visit one of 18 Wedding Suites to see samples in person. Along with the curated collection, you can visit an in-store Nordstrom Wedding Suite to find inspiration boards, catalogs, and stationery samples.
“Seeing stationery options alongside the wedding attire completes the picture, helping couples achieve a cohesive look and feel for the entire event, from start to finish,” Andrea said. Brides visiting the exquisite Wedding Suites will be able to try on their dream dress, and find shoes, accessories, and more – even looks for the entire wedding party.
In the coming months, we’ll be sharing an in-depth look into the trends and styles, and get insight into the Wedding Suite’s own thoughts on bridal fashion. Make sure to check back on the blog for updates!
We are so excited to share two brand new styles available for wedding invitations. With so many different and unique wedding celebrations out there, we are happy to be able to provide designs that really capture the essence of the bride and her wedding day.
Jewish Wedding Invitations
Featuring styles that are perfect for both the traditional and the modern Jewish bride, our new designs range from subtle incorporation of the Jewish faith to bold wedding invitations that use the Hebrew alphabet and the Star of David.
The designs highlight two traditional Jewish wedding quotes:
“Where you go, I will go.” Book of Ruth
“I am my Beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Song of Solomon
This week, we’re seeing how our inspiration of Pantone Alloy translates to wedding stationery. This steely hue fits with a variety of designs ranging from ultra modern and chic to a timeless, traditional wedding invitation. The classy color stands on its own, but also pairs well with bright pops of color. Incorporating save the date cards and response cards gives a bride more options to customize for her special day.
While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs, we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. Meet Etta, our expert in all things etiquette. She’s ready to delve into your every dilemma.
My husband and I have a very large group of friends that have been a part of my son’s life, and we want to have a celebration before the destination wedding (definitely not after). We are inviting all the people that will be invited to the destination wedding, plus all our other close friends. What do I call this type of celebration? And do I have to state “no gifts’? Should I stick an insert with the invitation explaining that we are having a small destination affair?
Thanks for writing in, Debbie.
Holding an “at-home” or local celebration is quite common for couples who chose to have a destination wedding. But usually these receptions take place two to six weeks after the marriage ceremony (and thus celebrate the newlyweds).
With no marriage completed, hosting a wedding reception may be a bit misleading for your guests, particularly since the ceremony will still be over half a year away.
Since you are planning the celebration prior to the destination wedding, I suggest that you host a send-off celebration for the engaged couple. I also recommend that your celebration be a casual affair – which it sounds like you are planning.
An engagement party invitation or couples shower invitation can easily be modified to fit this unique celebration. Simply alter the wording along these lines: “Please join us to celebrate the upcoming marriage, and send off the happy couple with your best wishes.”
It can feel awkward to host a second reception, when attendees have not been invited to the destination ceremony. But remember that you are making an effort to include all loved ones in the celebration of your son’s marriage. It is widely understood that destination weddings are smaller, more intimate events – and your guests will be happy to be included in this larger celebration.
Formal etiquette calls for no mention of gifts on the invitation, even in the case of requesting no gifts. It is appropriate, however, for you to share this information yourself, in casual conversation.
If you do hold the reception after the wedding, a wonderful way to notify guests is through a wedding announcement, along with a photograph from the destination wedding, which requests their attendance at the reception.
While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs (aka the fun parts of wedding planning!) we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. So, we would like to formally introduce you to Etta, our new etiquette expert. She’s ready and happy to delve into your every etiquette dilemma.
Quite a few people have asked about who to invite to non-wedding events and how to invite them. So here’s what Etta had to say…
Who to Invite
When it comes to weddings with a large amount of out-of-town guests, it is completely normal to have pre and post-wedding activities to entertain them while they’re in town. It’s also fine to to invite only certain people to these activities, as long as you have defined guidelines for who those people are. For example, it is totally acceptable to invite only out-of-town guests to your events, and to leave the local people out. This is done regularly for weddings and most guests will completely understand that your goal is to entertain the people who do not live there and have to stay in hotels, pay for travel, etc.
If, however, you decide to invite some local people and some not, you may end up hurting feelings or causing resentment between guests unless you have clear guidelines for your decisions. Since your wedding is meant to be a celebration of a joyful time, make sure that your events either include everyone, just out of towners, just bridal party, just family, or a combination, etc. You want to try to avoid inviting some local friends but not others, or some local family but not all. If you decide you want some local people, etiquette states there really is no choice but to invite them all. You may also want to mix events; for example, have one event that includes everyone and then have a collection of smaller events only for your out-of-town guests. This way, everyone will feel included in something!
How to Invite Them
It is customary to send a separate invitation for the non-wedding events. This allows you to invite the people you want included for that particular event. Keep in mind, this invitation does not need to be as formal as the wedding invitation nor do you need to include formal response cards. It is perfectly acceptable to have email, phone or online RSVP for events like the rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch, etc.
If you are having multiple events that the same people will be invited to, another idea is to create a little packet to inform guests of all the events. This informational invite can outline your pre-wedding events as well as post and also be sent separately from your wedding invite. Think of it as a little itinerary for the weekend.
Are Non-Wedding Events Mandatory?
It is perfectly fine not to have additional pre and post-wedding events. However, it is recommended to have a rehearsal to practice the details and logistics of the next day. But, a postrehearsal party isn’t obligatory although a nice opportunity for the couple’s families to come together. Another nice gesture for out-of-town guests is to provide a list of local restaurants and/or things to see and do in lieu of or in addition to a physical event.
Hope this helps clear up all the trickiness around the non-wedding events!