Tag Archives: invitations

January 17

Ask Etta: A Plus One Dilemna

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.

Melissa Asks…

My friend and her boyfriend broke up recently and he was her plus one (sent our save the dates). Will she still expect to have that plus one or can I get away with only inviting her on the wedding invite?

Etta Says…

Well, this certainly is a tough one. It all really depends on how the save the date was addressed. If it was addressed to the friend by name and guest, then your friend may still expect to receive an invitation that allows for her to bring a guest, in all fairness. If the save-the-date was addressed to her boyfriend also by his name, then she will probably understand when the invitation is sent only addressed to her. The best suggestion I have would be to call the friend directly and explain the situation, and ask if she intends on bringing a guest. This will avoid any confusion when it comes time to addressing invitations.  Most likely the friend will completely understand limitations in space, budget, etc.

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


September 19

Bride’s Diary: 251 Days to Go

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

Yes, I know… that is still quite a bit of time left to plan. But I refuse to leave things til the last minute. Granted, that may mean a little extra stress the entire time leading up to the wedding, but I am hoping this planning will help avoid the crazy crunch right before the big day.

Since I last wrote, we have almost booked a singer for our ceremony, a dj, a classic car to take us to our venue and our honeymoon hotels. The final agreements are dropping into place, and then we can move on to all the little details. By far one of the most exciting advancements in our planning comes in the form of our save the dates and invitations. Tonight we will place our order for stationery… and here is what we picked:

The colors couldn’t be more perfect with our theme, and I love the whimsical and artistic feeling of the dots.

For a girl who lives and breathes shoes (and spent the last 7 years working in the shoe industry), finding the perfect wedding shoes was a top priority. Not too traditional, not too crazy. Not too outrageously priced, not too cheap. Not too high, not too low. Truly the Goldie Locks story in full effect. Well, I am happy to share with you what I decided on:

Leave it to eBay to come to the rescue! These shoes are the perfect amount of dazzle, but the gradating color really is something I have never seen before. One more thing to check off the list!

We are already planning our next trip to LA over Thanksgiving. We’ll be shooting our second round of engagement photos, meeting the dj and singer and transporting all our fun DIY projects down there (we haven’t started making them yet, but I am counting on having lots done by late November). I am sure we will find a way to pack a ton more into our trip… we always do! Stay tuned…

Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.


March 21

A Post-Wedding Celebration: Today’s Diva Dish

Sometimes family and friends can’t be there for the wedding itself, so an after-the-fact celebration is necessary. How do invitations work for a post-wedding celebration? Find out in our response to this reader’s question:

Dear Divas,

I am hosting a reception in honor of the marriage of my daughter, which took place last November in Jerusalem, Israel. None of her family or friends attended. Therefore, they will be invited to help them celebrate upon their arrival here at home in July. I don’t know whether to send wedding invitations, save the date cards or party invites.

It is rather informal compared to a traditional reception, yet nonetheless one that will include cocktails, dinner and dancing. This gathering will celebrate a homecoming, congratulations on your marriage and farewell again (as they plan to go back there to live). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!



Thanks so much for writing in, Kathy! Here’s what our etiquette experts suggest:

  • Save the Date Cards: If you are inviting anyone from out of town or anyone who will need to make any sort of arrangements in advance in order to attend the event, we would strongly recommend sending save the date cards. They let everyone know that the big event is coming up soon.
  • Wedding Invitations vs. Party Invitations: We recommend sending wedding invitations, but selecting a design that matches the more casual feel of your event. We also think our new collection of photo wedding invitations would work perfectly in your situation, since it will allow you to use photos from the wedding in your design. Here are a few examples:

  • Suggested Verse: Here’s a sample of what the text could look like:

[BRIDE'S PARENTS] are happy to announce
the recent marriage of their daughter
on November X, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel

Please help welcome the happy couple home
at a reception in their honor…

Do you agree with our advice for Kathy? What would you recommend? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Do you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post an answer for you.


March 14

A Tricky Guest List: The Divas Dish

One of the hardest parts about wedding planning is culling through your guest list—especially when it comes to family. Take this question from a reader, for example:

Dear Divas,

I have a question regarding wedding invitation etiquette and hope you can help. Our situation is a little complicated by the fact that we really only want 30 guests at our wedding. My fiance is one of eight kids and he’s 50. This means that his siblings have grown kids, and those kids have kids. How can we handle this as we do not want to offend anyone, yet we are only inviting siblings and spouses? To complicate this a little further, one of his siblings has two grown kids that we are close to and would like to have there. Is there any hope for us?? Please help.

Getting a Headache in Chicago

Dear Headache,

Our hearts go out to you! It’s not easy to host such an intimate wedding, but we applaud your efforts to stay true to the celebration you have in mind. Our advice for your situation is twofold:

1. It’s perfectly reasonable to limit the guest list to siblings and spouses, but by inviting two of the grown children and not the rest of the pack is pushing the limits of proper etiquette (not to mention increasing the likelihood that someone will be offended). We suggest limiting the guest list to siblings and spouses and excluding all children in accordance with proper invitation etiquette.

2. That being said, we think a big family like yours would probably love the chance to celebrate all together. Have you considered hosting an informal party after the wedding? Invite everyone over, ask them to bring a bottle of wine, lay out some snacks and let everyone raise a glass to your new union without the formality of the ceremony and reception (or the obligation to bring gifts!).

We hope this helps ease your headache a little! Your extended family will likely understand your desire to keep the ceremony small, but by offering a second celebration they can all attend you might make a little headway in repairing any hurt feelings.

What would you suggest Getting a Headache in Chicago do? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Do you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post an answer for you.


February 2

Fresh Designs for 2011: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

We’ve shown you some of our chic new save the date cards for 2011 and now we’re thrilled to share the launch of even more fresh designs for all you couples tying the knot this year. Below are some of our newest wedding invitations, filled with elegant watercolor details, clean, modern lines and loads of floral accents. Can you pick just one for your favorite?


January 19

Haute Heritage Trend: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

Increasing numbers of engaged couples are turning to their cultural heritages as wedding inspiration, leading to a gorgeous array of rich cultural motifs and bold color palettes inspired by destinations spanning the globe. If this striking trend sounds like you, you’ll be sure to fall for these elegant designs.

European Swirls Signature Wedding Invitation

Posh Pomegranate Signature Wedding Invitation

Lotus Blooms Signature Wedding Invitation

Abstract Elegance Thermography Wedding Invitation

Fire Light Signature Wedding Invitation

Rich Romance Signature Wedding Invitation

Love these looks? Shop all invitations in this trend. If you’re planning a celebration inspired by your heritage, we’d love to hear about it—just leave us a comment below!


January 5

Wedding Trends for 2011

OneWed recently emailed us a list of the site’s top 10 wedding trends for 2011, and for most of them we couldn’t agree more! Here are a few of the top trends we agree will be making a big splash in the coming year:

Outdoor Venues

From big vineyard weddings to intimate backyard events, we love the idea of getting married in the great outdoors this year.

Gray is the New Black, Crazy for Navy

We particularly love pairing gray and navy tones with vibrant hues for a bold look in 2011.

Mad for Metallics

The right hint of gold, silver or copper will add a welcome sense of luxe style to your wedding planning.

Wedding Invitations Go Green

Wedding Paper Divas has always been way ahead of this trend! All of our collections feature a combination of recycled paper, post-consumer waste material, elementally chlorine-free ink or sustainable forestry practices.

Cultural Wedding Details

Our new collection (which has already started to be released!) features a wealth of culturally inspired designs that we’re calling “Haute Heritage.”

What are your favorite trends for the upcoming wedding season? Leave us a comment and let us know!


December 10

Are Electronic Bridal Shower Invitations Ever Okay?

In today’s digitally-driven world, we’re not surprised to get this question time and again. Take this reader’s situation, for instance:

Dear Divas,

My co-maid of honor wants to send an evite for our best friend’s bridal shower, but I think it’s tacky for such a special occasion. What’s your ruling on digital invitations for bridal showers?

Please help!


Stressed Out in St. Louis

Dear Stressed Out,

We’re thrilled to hear you want your best friend’s shower to be special—she is getting married after all, so it very well should be! Our best advice for your predicament is this: electronic invitations are great for certain things,  like a girl’s night out on Saturday, but for bridal showers we always recommend printed invitations. Here’s why…

  • Electronic invitations are not user-friendly for every guest. Sure, nearly everyone is “online” these days, but what about Grandma? Or guests who might not use email to keep in touch? Even if Grandma is a computer whiz, the important thing to remember is that she (and other guests) probably won’t be expecting emailed invitations for such a special occasion.
  • Printed invitations make perfect keepsakes for both the bride-to-be and guests. Better yet, all of our gorgeous bridal shower invitations can be transformed into custom wall art and photo gifts—a flawless (not to mention gorgeous) gift idea your best friend will love. They’re a unique way to commemorate the day!
  • If it comes down to a question of budget, we have a wealth of chic designs starting at just 69¢ in our Studio Basics collection. And, always make sure to check our special promotions for opportunities to save even more.

Bridal showers are a special way for friends and family members to literally shower the bride with gifts and well wishes to help her prepare for married life. Your best friend is not going to forget this day, so why wouldn’t you take the time to pick out the perfect invitation in her honor?

Do you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post an answer for you!


November 18

Translation of Inspiration: Diann Valentine’s Tip of the Week

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Fashion genius Tom Ford has been my muse for many years. While at the helm of Gucci, he redefined feminine sexuality with a masculine edge like no other designer before his time. I have always been intrigued by his use of sleek lines, predominantly black silhouettes and the relation between these elements that manifest into captivating fashion moments for women around the globe. When the occasion called for me to design my own engagement party invitation, I immediately thought, “What would Tom Ford do?” He would keep it clean, sexy and all about love!

Photo courtesy of Mike Colon

Tom Ford

My use of imported graphite snakeskin paper, the storm double-faced satin band, the sexy custom broach and my love’s affinity for purple rounded out the design. In it’s creation, I pondered the ways Tom Ford interpreted his creativity not just in fashion but in gifts far beyond the runway and into environments and home goods.

Tom Ford Boutique in Canada

Tom Ford Fragrances

In fact, most people do not know that it was Tom Ford who inspired the hardcover of Weddings Valentine Style. The paperback cover was vibrant and expressed my intense love of color, but underneath the paperback cover was my ode to my muse!

Weddings Valentine Style Hardcover

As I began developing my invitation collection, I knew that I would never duplicate my personal design, but I wanted to include an invitation that was inspired by my own “Call To Attend.” Taking hints from the elements that moved me the most, I created “Lola.” And much to my delight, Jasmine Harris—the winner of the 2010 Essence Magazine‘s WILL YOU MARRY ME Sweepstakes—chose this design from the Diann Valentine Collection from Wedding Paper Divas to announce her I Do celebration.

Lola Save The Date

Lola Invitation

Lola Respond Card

The fashion world is buzzing about Tom Ford’s return to women’s apparel, and I could not be more excited for this next phase in his brilliantly orchestrated career.  So you see—being inspired by another designer’s interpretation is never about copying their work, but more so about allowing them to speak to you through their work so that you will create your own translation from their inspiration!

Keep spreading the love,


September 30

Tip of the Week: Retro Remix!

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

When I started designing my new invitation collection, I knew one suite in the collection would reflect my love for retro pop art. In my interior work, nostalgic textile patterns and wallpapers with an updated modern flair from designers such as Osborne and Little and Flavor Paper have found a place in many of my environmental interpretations. I was compelled to extrapolate renditions of these motifs into a wedding stationery ensemble. The Lingering Love suite started with inspiration from the curvaceous lines of delicate antique perfume bottles and the geometric lines in a Chopard watch with a hidden abstract heart embedded in the design as a symbol of my love.  As I studied the elements, bold colors screamed for recognition.

Vision Board for Lingering Love Suite

As an artist, I took this opportunity to design from my soul without a client or a project in mind. I took a chance and simply did something that moved me.  You see, artists are always in a tug of war between what people believe will sell and what we know in our hearts will satisfy our need to create.  For this one, I threw caution to the wind and I’m thrilled to see in this month’s Elle Décor—a headline that proves I was a little ahead of the trend.

Elle Decor, September 2010

As the collection made its debut, Lingering Love was born. After months or percolating, it is building steam and growing in popularity (which is an amazing validation). This suite supports my belief that (1) women in love are ready to embrace color and (2) they truly want a fresh perspective on their weddings, but the options are far too limited! Like never before, I will represent the women who are ready, willing and able to embrace color in their life celebrations!

Lingering Love Design Suite

So who out there is giving their own retro remix to the most important celebration of their life?

Keep spreading the love,