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May 6

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Wedding Paper Divas Pinterest Sweepstakes -- Reception Stationery

Don’t forget about the day-of details when planning your dream wedding! From ceremony program cards to reception menus, Wedding Paper Divas offers an entire suite of reception stationery. Enter our Pinterest Stationery Sweepstakes for the chance to win $500 worth of Wedding Paper Divas premium wedding stationery.

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  4. Repin your favorite items from our Reception Stationery Board.

Sweepstakes ends May 13, 2013.

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March 19

Eye Candy: Wedding Reception Photo Ideas

Starting with a Save the Date that incorporates photography in a fun and unique style, we’re loving these wedding day details. From table settings incorporating photos of each guest to a ceremony aisle runner that acts as a physical walk down memory lane, these five photo ideas will spark decor inspiration for your own wedding day.

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picture place setting

photo ceremony runner

 

 

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September 23

Rant or Rave: Brides Planning Their Own Bridal Showers

A co-worker recently shared a story of a bridal shower she attended, where the bride had the shower at her sister’s house but did all the planning herself. Right down to the catering, the place cards and the invitations. The sister didn’t even know any of the details.

If your bridesmaids weren’t taking the lead, would you ever plan your own bridal shower? Or would you just go without a shower? Rant or rave!

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April 15

A Plus One You Can’t Stand? Rant or Rave

You love your friend. She’s been there for you through thick and thin ever since you can remember. Sadly, she just moved in with a guy you can’t stand.

He’s pushy, boring and he doesn’t treat her well enough for your tastes. Even if he isn’t any of those things, for some reason, you neither like him nor believe he’ll be around for the long haul, so you don’t really want him at your special event.

Do you accept the fact that he’s her live-in boyfriend and invite them both, or do you leave him off the invitation? Rant or rave!

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January 24

Preventing Random Gifts: Today’s Diva Dish

Almost any bride will tell you that random gifts (like Aunt Louise’s infamous handmade paper mache coasters) are practically inevitable, but there are a few things you can do to help direct your guests’ gift purchases a little more carefully. Here’s our best advice for a reader who wrote in asking:

Dear Divas,

I love my extended family, but they all have styles that are VERY different than mine and my fiance’s. I’m worried they are all going to shop off the registry, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings if they send us something we don’t like. What advice do you have for handling this sort of situation?

Thanks,

Guilty But Grateful


Dear Guilty,

Don’t worry—this is what gift registries are for! And there are a few things you can do when you create your registries to help ensure that everyone can find something:

  • Make sure there are enough items on your registry for all of the people on your guest list (not just the ones who RSVP yes!)
  • Pay attention to price points. If people can’t find something within their price range, they’re sure to go off the grid…
  • If you want cash, register for gift cards, a honeymoon registry or some other tangible way for people to give it to you.

If you do end up with random gifts, don’t feel guilty returning them. People understand that weddings are expensive, and we’re sure they’d want you to enjoy their gesture. If you can’t return them to major department stores, you can keep the gifts and enjoy the funny stories behind them or donate them to charity—whatever makes you happy and causes you less stress!

What advice would you give to a bride in this situation? 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!

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January 3

Making DJ Requests: Today’s Diva Dish

Once you have your perfect DJ and playlist all set up, there’s only one thing that can throw a wrench in your plans: requests from guests. Here’s what we recommend should you find yourself in this type of situation…

Dear Divas,

I hired a great DJ and put a lot of thought and care into the songs I selected for my wedding reception. I want to be sure that the music is appropriate for my entire guest list, young and old, and does not offend anybody. However, I have several friends who will be attending that I fear may request songs from the DJ that might not be appropriate. What should I do?

Thanks,

DJ Dilemma

Dear DJ Dilemma,

We applaud your efforts to try and make sure that everyone will enjoy the music at your reception. It’s very thoughtful of you! Just make sure you don’t get too bogged down in details like this—we promise that as long as the mood is lively and cheerful, everyone will be sure to have a good time.

As far as DJ requests go, you can always tell the DJ you hired to simply not take requests from guests. Alternatively, you can give him or her a set of guidelines (no songs with inappropriate lyrics, no heavy metal, no gangsta rap…whatever sounds most appropriate to you). Either way, make sure to put the DJ in charge so you can just sit back and enjoy the big day without worrying about the music.

What advice would you give to DJ Dilemma? 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!

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November 12

Involving Both Families in the Holidays: Rant or Rave

Living in a different part of the country from our respective families makes holiday planning a bit tricky for my significant other and me. Should we fly to your family or mine for Thanksgiving? Should they come to us? What about Christmas? It’s a dilemma that many of you are probably faced with, too. How do you involve both sets of families in your holiday season?

Are you planning to carve the bird with his family or yours this year? Do you have any advice for newlyweds splitting their time between families during the holidays? Does coordinating with both families during the holidays make you want to rant or rave?

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August 15

Party Favors to Match Your Bridal Shower Invitations

Ever wish you could get your bridal shower invitations and favors in the same place? Well you’re in luck—you can find both on Wedding Paper Divas! Our wedding favors boutique offers adorable wedding and party favors from our partner, Beau-coup, right in the same place as our selection of wedding invitations, party invitations, save the date cards and more.

Look how easy it is to find favors to match your favorite bridal shower invitation designs!

For the Fashionista Bride-to-Be

This pretty Banded Damask bridal shower invitation would look perfect paired with these damask tealight holders.

For a Couple’s Kitchen Shower

Pair this fun Popular Potluck shower invitation with those adorable coffee scoop party favors for a kitchen-themed couples shower that is sure to inspire a few at-home cooks.

For the Dapper Vintage Couple

Any couple with a chic sense of style is sure to appreciate the lovely look of this Vintage Couple shower invitation just as much as they love these unique personalized mini oil and vinegar bottles.

For the Bride-to-Be with a Sweet Tooth

What could be a better favor than something sweet to eat? The only way to improve upon these personalized wedding cake cookies is to pair them with this charming Tiered Cake thermography bridal shower invitation.

What’s your favorite pairing of Wedding Paper Divas invitations with Beau-coup favors?

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June 11

Honeymoon-Inspired Destination Favors

The wonderful thing about deciding upon a wedding theme is that you then have a general direction to help you select everything from flowers to fashion and favors. And when your wedding theme matches your honeymoon destination, everything you pick out will make you more and more excited not only for your wedding but for your big trip, too!

To finish up our week of honeymoon-inspired localista weddings, we’ve collected a few of our favorite travel and destination-themed favors below. I absolutely love the suitcase tins! Imagine all the fun you could have personalizing them…

Travel-Themed Favors

Tropical Destination Favors

Unique Destination Favors

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June 9

A Bride’s Diary: Planning My Bridal Shower

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

Planning a bridal shower can be a lot of fun. I know it’s more traditional to be surprised for your shower, but I wanted to help out. We are planning the bridal shower along the lines of a princess bride shower with soft pinks and blues. I originally wanted to have a tea party, but tea in the middle of July in Fresno is not a good idea for an outdoor party. Instead, I want to make sun tea and ice cold punch for refreshments. For snacks, we will have fruit, veggies and finger foods, like cucumber sandwiches. Lastly, for dessert, I’d like to have a simple cake with the darling cake topper I found of a princess kissing a frog. My wedding cake topper is a monogram, so I think it will be nice to have the more traditional cake topper for the shower.

We are using the Glass Slippers bridal shower invitation by Wedding Paper Divas. It’s simple, elegant, and has the fairy tale charm I love—but most importantly it was designed by me! Being a designer for Wedding Paper Divas is really something special.

To add to the theme, I found some cute clear pink table decorations to use as centerpieces or accents. I also have some diamond confetti I saved from my brother’s engagement party to use on the tables. Additionally, I have been looking for fun party games that everyone can have a good time playing. Some ideas include: the toilet paper wedding dress game (my favorite), guessing how many diamonds are in a container, finishing the lines of popular quotes and Disney quotes, and some more surprises! Some of the games will have handouts, so I want to design them so they look more finished and get everyone in the mood to play games.

The bridal shower sounds like a great way to have some fun before the wedding and an excuse to get together with everyone. I still have a lot of planning to do for it, along with my wedding planning. August seems to be fast approaching and it just can’t get here faster!

Meet Brittany

Brittany B. is marrying her best friend, Jared, on August 28, 2010. The couple met at Brittany’s older brother’s wedding, where he was a groomsmen and she was a bridesmaid. It was love at first sight, and the couple now plans to marry at the same location as where they first met.

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