Wedding Planning

August 21

Wedding Etiquette: Guest Experience

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog letting us in on what wedding guests really care about when it comes to the big day. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

When it comes to your wedding day, your guests really just want to have a great experience! With that being said, your wedding guests won’t like waiting around. They don’t care so much about the expensive party favors and they also don’t want a ten course meal that just tastes average.  At the end of this big day, it’s all about how your guests feel, not what you gave them!

Hi, it’s Amber! Today on Small Talk Big Day, Kim, an Editor from Glamour Weddings is here to give you the skinny on what your guests really care about. So Kim tell us, in your experience, what do guests really care about at a wedding?

Kim: Guests just want to have a great experience. They don’t want to wait around a lot. So, they don’t want to wait between your ceremony and your reception. They don’t want to wait to get a drink at the bar, and they don’t want to sit at the table and wait for dinner.

Amber: What are some of the biggest misconceptions that couples should think about when planning their wedding?

Kim: Brides go on a Pinterest spree and they see all these amazing favor ideas. Then, they end up getting really wrapped up in the details of the wedding favors and spend a lot of money for items that get left on the table.

Amber: You mentioned foregoing a favor, what would you recommend as a more appreciated alternative?

Kim: I think guests appreciate really good food. Think quality over quantity. Serve one wonderful main course instead of a salad with a less great main course and your guests will really appreciate that.

Hopefully your wedding to-do list has just got a little bit shorter. Like we said, it’s how your guests feel, not what you give them that they will remember.

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com.

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August 7

Wedding Etiquette: Gifts, Bridesmaids and Invitations

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog answering questions from all of YOU. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

No matter where you are in your wedding planning, it’s true that a lot of us have the same questions. Amber is here to answer your questions and provide tips and tricks on all things wedding etiquette from gifts to invitations. Let’s get answers and get inspired!

Nicole from Charleston asks…

Is there ever an appropriate way to ask for money?

Amber says…

No, there really isn’t! There are some ways around it however. You could use a site like Honeyfund, Newlywish or Zola to create a registry that has traditional gifts, honeymoon experiences and even cash funds.

Carla from Kansas City asks…

What are the traditional responsibilities for a bridesmaid?

Amber says…

I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot to do! From hosting the bachelorette party, the bridal shower and attending all of the wedding festivities the to-do list for a bridesmaid definitely seems never ending. Also, the bride may ask you to help with some planning tasks along the way, but your biggest role is to support her all through the planning process and on the big day.

Laura from Belgium asks… 

What’s the best way to handle stationery for a multi-lingual wedding?

Amber says… 

Double-sided is the easiest way to go! Ask your stationer if they can print the same invitation design on the front and the back, just in two different languages. The other option is to print two different versions of your invitation and send each guest the one that suits them best.

What’s keeping you up at night? Let me help, ask away at Small Talk Big Day!

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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August 5

Rustic Wedding Inspiration on a Farm

We are smitten by today’s wedding inspiration done by the lovely photography of Jill Houser Photography who let us share this chic and rustic wedding inspiration. Set on an adorable farm in Colorado, it holds all the perfect elements; an adorable dairy farm, cute animals, and vintage decor.

Jill’s shoot was inspired by a beloved lamb given to her on her 5th Birthday. When Chef Alex Seidel of Fruition Restaurant and Mercantile gave Jill permission to use his farm for their styled wedding inspiration, she was overjoyed! There is something extremely romantic about the idea of a man and his wife surrounded by the complete stillness of nature. Open air, sunshine, and a fuzzy lamb made this day perfectly special.

rustic tablescape for wedding inspiration with flowers and a love sign

wedding photography from a pink polaroid camera

white washes wooden accent piece for a wedding reception

white plate wear with gold napkin holders for a wedding reception

wedding decor accent pieces with a flower crown and wooden watch

pretty bride in a cream and white wedding dress holding a pink wedding invitation

wedding bouquet with orange, brown, red, and green, flowers

close up shot of wedding rings by a wedding photographer

smiling bride and groom on a rustic farm taking wedding photos

rustic wedding decor with a baby lamb in a flower crown

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laughing bride and groom taking wedding photos in the mountains

pretty bride and groom taking wedding photos on their rutic farm venue

Vendor Credits

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Models: Connor Green and Torrie Starkweather

Flowers: Arthur at Babylon Floral

Hair: Elizabeth Rivera at Star Salon

Makeup: Jackie at The Look Beauty Boutique

Dress & Gold Crown: Anthropologie’s BHLDN

Venue: Fruition Farms Dairy and Creamery

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July 31

Destination Wedding Planning Tips

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog sharing some helpful destination wedding planning tips. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Amber is in Mexico at the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit talking destination weddings with industry experts including, Marcy Blum, David Beahm and Aimee Monihan. From what to research to guest lists and budget factors, these tips will help you plan the perfect destination wedding for you.

Aimee Monihan, the found of Tropical Occasions says that the first step in planning your destination wedding is research. Every country has different legal requirements for weddings and did you know that ome have a grace period that you have to be in the country for a couple days before you can actually legally get married? A few countries have different types of people who can legally marry you, and some do a lot of civil ceremonies. It’s very important that you find out what each countrie’s legalities are and then follow suit.

David Beahm, the founder of David Beahm Experiences says that the ideal size for a destination wedding is what you feel comfortable with, and really depends on how much time you want to spend with all your guests. Personally for him, he likes around 100 people.

Marcy Blum, the president of Marcy Blum Associates says that the interesting thing about destination weddings is that the clients often come to her thinking it’s going to be the budget option when actually it’s just the converse. She says that while food and beverage and other certain things may be a little less expensive in the destination wedding, by the time you add up all your other expenses it’s much more expensive than in a hotel ballroom close to home.

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For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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July 21

Tips For Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our blog with Susan Moynihan of The Honeymoonist sharing some helpful tips for planning your perfect honeymoon. Amber is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Hi friends!

On this episode of Small talk. Big day. I was so excited to have Susan Moynihan, the founder of the boutique travel company The Honeymoonist, chatting with me about one of the more exciting aspects of wedding planning…the honeymoon! Before starting The Honeymoonist, Susan was editor in chief of a national destination-wedding magazine, so she has insight into what really works for couples and what some of the hottest destinations are today. Here are some of my favorite honeymoon planning tips from our conversation together:

The Timing is Up to You
There really are no rules! Some couples plan their trip soon after the wedding while others delay a few months to accommodate their schedules or wait for more ideal weather. If you’re having a destination wedding, you can start the honeymoon almost right away and just move to a new hotel or new island. If you’re planning an out-of-town honeymoon shortly after your wedding, it would be best to give yourself a few days to recover from all the festivities (trust me, you’ll be exhausted!). Overall, the timing really depends on what works for you and your lifestyles – just be sure to do it within six months of the wedding or you may never get around to it!

Plan on Some Downtime

Your honeymoon is a different kind of trip; you’ll remember it for the rest of your lives and it’s really a chance to spend quality time with your new husband or wife. Many couples make the mistake of simply planning too many activities during their honeymoon and tiring themselves out. You can certainly see new things and explore on your honeymoon, just make sure you set aside time to relax – think laying by the pool, getting massages or simply having breakfast in bed. Those simple moments with your honey will be ones you’ll never forget.

Bora Bora and Southeast Asia are Hot Honeymoon Spots
Bora Bora is super popular right now; it’s the honeymoon dream! Couples just love the overwater bungalows, the sparkling blue water and the romantic vibe. For couples looking to go more exotic, Southeast Asia is huge. You can do multi-country tours of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and more. This is perfect for couples who really want to see and experience the world on their honeymoon and is best suited for those who have a little more vacation time at their disposal.

Small Cruises are a Great Option
Cruise honeymoons are perfect for couples who want to experience multiple locations with minimal stress. Smaller, luxury ships are more optimal than megaships (days on a ship with thousands of partiers and families doesn’t exactly scream romantic). There are some great small cruise options in amazing places like Mekong River in China or the Galapagos Islands. You can even end your time with a few days in a luxurious hotel on land for an ultra-relaxing vacation.

No matter where you go or what you decide to do, your honeymoon is all about spending quality time with your honey. Soak up every bit of it!

Cheers!
Amber

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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July 10

Look Your Best With These Wedding Picture Ideas

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with advice for looking and feeling your best on your big day with these wedding picture ideas and poses. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. Being in front of the camera daily means that Amber knows just what it takes to have that “picture perfect look” that feels comfortable and natural. With the help of some professionals , in this segment, Amber is here to provide us with advice for classic wedding photos that will take anyone back to the big day!  She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Look and Feel Great in Front of the Camera at Your Wedding

Hey it’s Amber. Do you ever feel awkward or uncomfortable when having your picture taken? You’re not alone. And today’s episode of Small talk Big day is for you. I have three world-class photographers giving their best tips on how to feel amazing in front of the camera.

Dennis Kwan (Dennis Kwan Photography) – When photographing people at weddings, I tell them to look at each other and say something nice and that brings out a good, natural smile in people. You can also give someone a hug and that’s instantly slimming.

Kristi Drago-Price (Kristi Drago-Price Photography/Editor’s Edge) – Not sure what to do with your arms while you’re being photographed? Take a tip from my favorite celebrity. It’s not exactly straight, it’s not exactly Barbie, it’s just a little Beyonce.

Carla Ten Eyck (Carla Ten Eyck Photography) – I get my clients to be comfortable by giving them a lot of feedback. I am easily excitable and I love, kind of, interacting with them in that way and yelling and swearing and getting excited. I love watching them reflect that energy back to me and me back to them, and then we end up creating great portraits.

Now you’re all ready for your big red carpet moment! Be that walking down the aisle, any major celebration or just laughing with friends and family. I’m sure you’re going to look and feel your best.

After your big day in front of the camera comes to an end show off your photogenic poses and ideas with these wedding thank you cards and more from Wedding Paper Divas of course!

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

Follow on Instagram: @weddingpaperdivas | @amberkharrison

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