unique wedding ideas

July 6

An Industrial Modern Wedding in a City Winery

We hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! Today, we are sharing a stunning wedding with some epic city flare. Katie and Brock wanted a non-traditional wedding, and made sure to incorporate some unique elements within their big day. Their fun modern wedding in Portland included a glittery champagne wedding dress, Corn Dog toasts, and a standing room ceremony.

From the mismatched bridesmaids dresses to simple reception centerpieces, we love how effortless this stylish wedding feels. The mix of vibrant reds, pinks, and burgundy flowers really tie everything together.


Photography Credit: Joshua Rainey Photography

blonde bride in glitz wedding dress

red and pink flower bouquet

shimmery champagne wedding dress with red flowers

4th of july wedding party colors attire

bride and groom kissing near Oregon bridge

4th of july wedding party

wedding in a modern winery venue

modern boho style wedding centerpieces

winery wedding with twinkly lights

coopers hall oregon venue

wedding first dance at coopers hall in portland


Venue: Coopers Hall

Florist: Swoon Floral Design

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February 24

New Wedding Trends

We’re so excited to have celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss back on the blog talking about new wedding trends for 2016. Mindy is the leading wedding planner to the stars with over 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for Hollywood personalities like Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and more.

mindy weiss poses in black dress with white polka dots

As we all know, weddings tend to evolve year after year. Of course certain elements, styles and looks are timeless but adding in a few of-the-moment trends to your soiree is always a fun idea! So what do I think will be big in 2016? Read on…

The Dress: Sexy and Daring. Brides these days are willing to go a little more risqué with their bridal look. They want to feel their best, which means sexier silhouettes and open backs are becoming more popular. In general, many brides are striving to make a fashion statement with their gowns. But don’t fret if you’re not as comfortable with a more daring look. Your comfort level is always key and, remember, nothing is sexier than confidence!

Colors: Bold Hues will Brighten up Neutrals. The soft green and cream palette is here to stay but is getting a bit of an update in 2016. Pops of bold colors like sunny yellows, burnt oranges and vibrant fuchsias will now make an appearance. These will look especially gorgeous in florals or wedding party attire.

Food: Homey and Satisfying. Really fancy sit-down meals are not as prominent these days. Instead, we’re seeing couples opt for comfort food as they aim for a more homespun vibe to their wedding. Things like sliders, mini grilled cheese, hearty soups and Southern cuisine are now the star of the show. Yum!

Music: ‘90s is the New Throwback. Sorry guys, looks like the ‘80s are on their way out when it comes to staple “throwback” music for wedding receptions. Now it’s the ‘90s time to shine! From Backstreet Boys and ‘Nsync to Salt ‘N’ Peppa and Spice Girls, these are the tunes that are ruling the dance floor these days.

Destination Weddings: Out with the Beach, In with the Mountains. When you think of destination weddings you immediately think of a tropical island, right? These days, couples are looking for unique locations and are turning to the mountains. Locales like Aspen and Montana are becoming big for destination weddings. And the woodsy vibe is sure to give your guests a one-of-a-kind experience!

Most importantly, whether you choose to incorporate a trend or two or go completely classic, your wedding should be a reflection of your personalities and your love story. Have fun with it!


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November 23

Colorful Ideas for a Rustic Wedding Theme

Rustic doesn’t mean brown neutral tones. Soft creams and weathered wood can be a perfect backdrop to pops of color, like turquoise, fuchsia, orange or a buttercream yellow. These vibrant colors add a wake-up call to any wedding. This rustic revival is sprinkled with colors that accent tables, adorn cakes and spruce up invites. Show your guests a colorful setting that awakens their senses and adds a unique spin to a rustic wedding theme.

color-your-rustic-wedding-ideasPhoto Source: Tablescape | Bridesmaids | Cake | Turquoise Barn | Favors


colorful-ideas-for-your-rustic-weddingFeatured Wedding Invitation: Brilliantly Wreathed. See our full Wedding Invitation Collection here.

A wedding invitation is a perfect way to show your guests your color theme and your style. See how the invitation’s design and colors are used for the wedding day decor? Brilliantly done.

Here’s how you can add vibrant colors to accent your wedding theme:

Turquoise Barn:
We all love the way a red barn door acts as a dramatic backdrop to wedding photos. Take your wedding theme a step further and step out of the box. You don’t even need a barn to create this backdrop. Find old wooden boards or doors, paint them and prop them up behind your photo booth, dessert table or use as a backdrop to your wedding photos.

Bare wooden tables and neutral colors offer the right base to colorful table decor. Use napkins as your color accent. It’s the perfect way to use a bold colors like turquoise without overdoing it. Don’t forget the little details like favors decorated with pretty gift tags. Fill bottles with honey, a cocktail mixture or candy—whatever fits your personality.

Say a special “thank you” to your guests with DIY favors. Have an aunt who’s famous for her homemade jam, or how about a friend who makes salted caramel? Utilize your friends and family—most are more than happy to contribute. Then add your finishing touch with stylish gift tags or stickers with a personalized note. Tie it with twine and decorate the favor with fabric for more color.

Bright and bold colors can look beautiful next to your wedding dress and your partner’s outfit. Make a colorful statement with your bridesmaid dresses. If you want to tone down the pop of color a little, add neutral cardigans or denim jackets. They also add more of a relaxed and casual look to your rustic wedding theme.

Let’s talk about the icing on the cake—the dessert. After dinner, guests await a treat that satisfies their sweet tooth. We love how this cake looks handmade and natural with the cake showing through the frosting. This type of cake is called a naked cake and it’s really trending for rustic weddings right now. Not even the cake is left behind without color. Here, flowers provide pops of color for a colorful wedding theme.

When planning a rustic wedding, don’t be shy about including your favorite vibrant colors to your backdrops, and accenting your tables and cake with turquoise, fuchsia, orange and yellow. Show off your style and how unique the two of you are. Happy planning.