Tag Archives: reception

May 14

Ask Etta: Are Wedding Programs Really Necessary?

Tasha asks…

Hello! I was wondering if it is necessary to have programs for the wedding ceremony? Thanks!

Etta says…

Wedding programs are an oft-forgotten piece of a complete wedding stationery suite. While programs aren’t absolutely vital to wedding success (you wouldn’t get very far without a wedding invitation!), including a program at the start of your wedding ceremony offers the bride and groom a special way to include their guests in the ceremony.

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I particularly recommend creating a wedding program if you will be holding a religious ceremony, or one incorporating cultural rites. Explaining to guests why certain passages are read or certain rituals are performed will create a richer experience for all involved.

A wedding program is also the ideal place to list the wedding party, and to thank friends and family for coming to celebrate the happy bride and groom. It is also commonly a space for the couple to acknowledge any deceased loved ones, such as grandparents.


Tip: Passing out ceremony programs is a great kid-friendly job! If you are searching for a way to include a younger niece, nephew, or cousin, I suggest giving them a sweet basket filled with programs to hand out to seated guests. Alternately, ushers traditionally will hand out programs as they direct guests to their seats.

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An added bonus to a wedding program? If your wedding location gets hot, it makes the perfect fan! I have seen great DIY projects that turn programs into fans.

I hope this helps, Tasha!


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


May 6

Plan Your Party, Pin and Win! Enter Our Pinterest Sweepstakes

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.

It’s easy to enter – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the image above to sign up.
  2. Complete the form and click “Submit” then “Start Pinning”
  3. Follow all @weddingpaper boards on Pinterest
  4. Repin your favorite items from our Reception Stationery Board.

Sweepstakes ends May 13, 2013.


April 9

Wedding Stationery Cake Pop Inspiration

We are so delighted to share Sweet Lauren Cakes beautiful cake pop artistry. Using our wedding invitations, save the date cards, and bridal shower invitations as inspiration, she crafted these gorgeous eye catching deserts.

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Save The Dates - Painted Garden

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower - Petite Flags

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Invitation - Archer’s Affection Wedding Paper Divas Response Cards - Archer’s Affection

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop-Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Cake Pop Designs

Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Invitation - Fine Filigree

Wedding Paper Divas Response Cards - Fine Filigree

To see more of Sweet Lauren Cakes please visit her gallery.


April 3

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Winery Weddings

When choosing wedding invitations for a vineyard wedding, brides have many options open to them. From a cheeky nod to wine barrels for save the date cards, or more subtle accents of water color grapes on response cards, a bride can plan her wedding stationery suite to fit her style.

Which of these vineyard designs is your favorite?

Wedding Paper Divas Vineyard Splash wedding invitation

Wedding Paper Divas Modern Vineyard response card

Wedding Paper Divas Charming Cask save the date card

Wedding Paper Divas Rustic Romance wedding invitation

Wedding Paper Divas Rustic Grapevine save the date card

Wedding Paper Divas Vibrant Vineyard response card


April 3

Eye Candy: Vineyard Wedding Romance

Choosing  a winery or vineyard for a wedding venue offers brides an almost built-in wedding theme. From vineyard wedding invitations to themed decor, a beautifully inspired wedding is easy to create. Combine the elegance of a winery with the rustic outdoors of the vineyard for a truly classic wedding. Vineyard inspired details, like cabernet colored bridesmaid shoes or a wine barrel tabletop, tie in your theme without becoming too over-the-top. Here are five of our favorite winery wedding accents:

Bride and groom vineyard photo

burgandy bridesmaid shoes

cork decoration

cellar room reception

Wine barrel tabletop


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




February 19

Beyond the Invitation: Reception Stationery

You’ve set your venue, sent your Save the Date cards, and already have your wedding invitations picked out and ordered. Now that the big decisions are finalized, it’s time for you to choose all the special details that will make your wedding day reflect you.

A great place to start is with the stationery you will need for your wedding weekend.

Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinner invitations should be sent as early as possible, to allow out of town guests to plan accordingly. Flights, hotel rooms, and rental cars will all need to be sorted, so make sure you give your guests plenty of time.

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Rehearsal dinner guest list etiquette calls for the bride and the groom, their immediate families, the wedding party (along with their spouses or partners), and the officiant and their spouse. Aside from those guests, it is up to the bride and groom – or the host – to decide how large of an event the rehearsal dinner will be. Some brides choose to have an intimate affair, while others use this night as an informal get-together or cocktail party for out-of-town guests.

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No matter the size of your rehearsal dinner, this is an opportunity for the bride to relax before her big day. Invitations for the rehearsal dinner don’t need to follow your wedding theme – though, of course, they can.

Wedding Programs

Wedding programs are an important way to share each special moment of your ceremony with your guests, particularly if you are having a ceremony that may be unique to your guests. If you are having a religious ceremony, or one that incorporates cultural rites, a wedding program will give your guests a step-by-step timeline to better understand the events.

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This is the perfect place to list your music selections, an explanation of any ceremonial elements, or attribute a reading.

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Aside from the logistics of your ceremony, the wedding program can provide a space to give more information to your guests.  Including a list of your bridal party and groomsmen will help relatives sort out who’s who. And the wedding program is a lovely place to mention your thanks for friends and family who have traveled far distances to celebrate.

Reception Menus

You took the time to taste each morsel of food served at your reception – now let your guests know what they are eating with custom wedding menu cards.  To start, ask your caterer for a description of each dish. They will be able to help you craft the most mouth-watering way to tempt your guests.

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Identifying unique qualities of each dish will make the menu even more special. For instance, listing the farm your vegetables come from, or the type of sauce that accompanies a chicken dish will personalize the plates, and have your guests licking their lips in anticipation.


Menu 1


For a fun twist, include a personal note on your menus. Serving macaroni and cheese as a side dish? Let your guests know that this dish is the groom’s favorite – and the only “meal” he can cook up at home. Including a traditional dish from your family? Share the history with your guests, and they’ll love the dish even more.

After Wedding Brunch

A popular trend allowing brides to extend their wedding weekends is to send out after wedding brunch invitations. Hosting a brunch the following morning gives the newlyweds one more chance to thank their guests in person, as well as spend a bit more quality time with each guest.

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Make sure to send out invitations in advance, to give friends and family time to plan accordingly. Out-of-town guests will want to book flights later in the day, and make appropriate arrangements.








January 30

Introducing: DIY Printable Table Cards

Did you know DIY printable table cards are available on Wedding Paper Divas?  They’re the perfect way to tie your theme into your reception, and the best part is that they’re oh-so-easy to create. We love seeing the creative ways in which brides incorporate the cards into their table designs! We’re sharing a few of our favorite ways to DIY below.

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We have over 80 different printable table cards designs to match invitation suites, allowing brides to coordinate a cohesive and beautiful reception.

Most of our printable table cards will fit into your home printer, but we also have some great suggestions for applying your DIY creativity to them:

  • Calligraphy
  • Stamping
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
  • Cut-outs
  • Collage
  • Paper Quilling
  • Screen printing
  • Gocco printing
  • Hand Lettering
  • Cricut Machine
  • And more…

Below are the various paper types we offer and what kind of printing they’re optimized for. Something to keep in mind—some of these table cards won’t work for home printing, so the best way to figure out what will work for you is to order samples and test them out at home before purchasing.

Signature Matte: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Textured Matte: prints best on an ink jet printer and is not optimized for laser printing.

Pearl White Shimmer: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Premium DoubleThickMatte: too thick to run through a home printer (it’s awesomely thick!). Although we don’t offer samples of this paper, our Signature Matte is the same stock and we recommend testing a sample of our Signature Matte with a calligrapher before ordering DoubleThick™ paper.

Need a little inspiration? Here are some fun ways to DIY your table cards…

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For printing at home: Set your file using your program of preference (Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) to a custom size, and set print page size to custom size. 4.56×6.18″.  You will need to use a front feeding printer.

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 Are you planning any DIY projects for your big day? Leave us a comment below!


September 17

DIY: Card and Gift Box

Even if guests send wedding gifts ahead of time, it’s likely that you’ll have some card-carriers showing up to the reception. Give them a cute place to stash well wishes with this DIY card box. Play with papers and patterns to match your theme, and wow guests when you tell them that you made it yourself.


  • Cardboard shipping box (one without a lid works best)
  • Paper of your choosing. We went with a gorgeous ombre striped option.
  • Ribbon in a complementing color
  • Exacto knife and scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler

Step 1: Prep the Box

Tape the box shut using a strong, sturdy tape that will hold well. Then, use your exacto knife to cut a slit big enough to fit the cards through, and measure how far the end of your slit is from each side of the box so you know exactly where to cut after you wrap the box with paper.

Step 2: Wrap It Up Pretty

Use spray adhesive and wrap box—like you would a gift—with your paper. Measure in the same distance and use your exacto knife to cut a slit from the paper.

Step 3: Add the Embellishments

Lastly, use your ribbon (or raffia, or whatever you find and love) to embellish the box—we did a double wrap and added a double bow. Be sure to tuck and glue your ribbon into the card opening for a clean, luxe look. Pretty… and pretty simple to make!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.