Wedding Planning

May 29

Bridesmaid Dress Advice

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog as she goes behind the scenes at New York Bridal Fashion week with Lauren Griffin, president of sales at Donna Morgan with bridesmaid dress advice. Amber Harrison 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.

Today on Small Talk Big day we are in New York for bridal fashion week. I’m here with Lauren Griffin, president of sales at Donna Morgan. Donna Morgan is a great choice for stylish, versatile bridesmaids dresses but also for any wedding guest with their gorgeous ready to wear line.

Let’s talk about the bridesmaids: let’s face it – sometimes they won’t be totally comfortable with the dress choice.

How can you make sure your bridesmaids feel and look their best?Within our new collection we offer many different shapes, textures, colors as well as fabrications. Whether the girl is looking for something sparkly or she’s looking for a print, she can obviously mix and match.

Wedding Paper Divas recently conducted some interesting research around the wedding party and learned that while 96% of bridesmaids LOVED their dresses, only half would consider wearing them again.

What is your advice for making a selection that is truly wearable?So in our new collection we have some great pieces that will take you to several events in your life, after the bridal party. They will stay in her closet for years to come. We have some great cocktail pieces as well that take her to any sort of event that she’s looking for. Very fun, very flirty, and a great way for her to showcase her style outside of that big day.

Remember, with the couple is the main attraction, everyone wants to look and feel their best. Show me your favorite wedding party looks on Instagram using the hashtag #SmallTalkBigDay

I want to hear from you! 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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May 22

Wedding Guest Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Guest

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog giving you advice and tips on how to be the best wedding guest. Amber Harrison 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.

If you’re not planning a wedding this year, chances are you’ve been invited to one! Today on Small talk. Big day. I’ll help you be the best guest.

Here are a few tips for great wedding guest etiquette:

  • RSVP On Time! You know that fill-in-the-blank card that came with the invitation? Yep, you’re supposed to mail that back, like, right now. Don’t make the couple hunt you down – just mail it before the listed deadline. Oh, and texts and emails? They don’t count!
  • Don’t Assume a Plus-One Unless your invitation specifically lists another guest, don’t assume you have a plus-one or that you can bring the kids. If you think you’ve been slighted, don’t take it personally and don’t confront the couple. There are a million reasons why you weren’t invited with a guest—including budget, which can be a really sensitive topic.
  • Stick With the Registry The registry is there for a reason – you really can’t go wrong! If you can’t find a registry, ask a family member or someone from the wedding party – it’s their job to point you in the right direction. Good exceptions to this rule include really personal, meaningful gifts, gift cards or cash.

Countless hours have been spent planning the perfect event with you in mind, so be a gem and return the favor. It’s bound to be an epic celebration with or without a date.

I want to hear from you! 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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May 15

The Perfect Wedding Proposal with Sarah Glick

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on the blog as she goes behind the scenes at New York Bridal Fashion week with Sarah Glick from Brilliant Event Planning, to learn how to plan the perfect wedding proposal. Amber Harrison 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.

Hey it’s Amber. Today on Small Talk Big Day we are going to learn how to plan the PERFECT wedding proposal. So listen up!

I am so excited to be in the beautiful Bryant Park in New York with Sarah Glick of Brilliant Event Planning. Sarah has a unique specialty – planning incredible proposals!! You may have seen some of them, as her perfect proposals have been seen on Good Morning America, Today, E!, and many more places.

The perfect proposal

  1. Bring the bling – The engagement ring is pretty much the most important part of the proposal. It’s what seals the deal and makes things official.
  2. Capture the moment – Hire a professional videographer and/or photographer to capture the entire moment so you two can share the memory with friends and family.
  3. Always have a plan B - Think ahead to what could possibly go wrong and try to troubleshoot as much as possible before the actual day.

I want to hear from you! 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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March 27

10 Unique Wedding Ideas

We are pleased to have the folks from Wedding Party here today sharing their unique wedding ideas for your special celebration. Wedding Party is the new way to share your wedding journey with your guests. Seamlessly collect photos and share important info with guests on your custom Wedding Party app and website, and stay updated on the most fun and unique wedding trends.

10 Unique Wedding Ideas

It goes without saying that every bride wants an unforgettable and totally unique wedding day! No matter if you’re having a rustic outdoor wedding or a black-tie affair, the little touches you add to your wedding day are a great way to personalize the event to you and your new spouse. And couples all over the globe have come up with some amazing and creative ways to showcase their relationship and entertain guests on the big day!

While every wedding is different and beautiful in its own way, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique ideas from real weddings. Whether you incorporate these details or turn them into a new, fun idea for your own day, you’re sure to love the creativity behind these extra-special touches!

  1. Seed packet wedding favors
  2. Perfect for a springtime wedding, these seed packet wedding favors are darling when displayed in a wheelbarrow. Plus they’re also functional — when your guests’ plants bloom in the summer, they’ll think of you!

    seed packet wedding favors Photo Source: Jason and Anna Photography

  3. iPad video guest book
  4. Have your wedding guests leave a personalized video message for your guest book! After the wedding, you can combine them all into one awesome video of well-wishes. All you need to add is an iPad, and your guests will be having a blast right from the start of your reception!

    iPad Wedding Guest Book Photo Source: onelove Photography

  5. Photo table runner
  6. Sprinkle a little bit of personality into your wedding tablescape with a table runner made out of family photos — or even photos of your early lives! It’s a sweet way to pay homage to your roots, and it looks fabulous!

    Photo Table Runner For Wedding Photo Source: Krista Mason

  7. DIY kid’s coloring book
  8. Got little ones attending your wedding? Keeping them happy at the reception is easy (and cheap)! These printable coloring books for kids at weddings will make sure they stay occupied. Just add crayons!

    DIY Kid's Coloring Book Photo Source: Something Turquoise

  9. Send song request cards with their wedding invites!
  10. An easy way to make sure your guests are happy right off the bat? Give them an opportunity to play their jam at your wedding! This is a fun way to get them engaged even before the big day — and you might even get some good reception song ideas along the way.

    Wedding Song Request Card Photo Source: Play My Jam Enclosure Card from Wedding Paper Divas

  11. An offbeat wedding cooler
  12. Add the wow-factor at your wedding bar with a fun statement-making cooler! We love this canoe filled with soft drinks and beers, but you can get creative with barrels, troughs, or just about anything!

    Canoe Cooler at Wedding Photo Source: Jeff Sampson Photography

  13. An alternative bridesmaid bouquet
  14. Who says a bouquet needs to be made out of flowers? Opt for a more whimsical and economical option with an alternative bouquet of streamers.

    Unique Bridesmaid Bouquet Photo Source: Floataway Studios

  15. A DIY confetti bar
  16. What’s more festive than confetti? (Answer: nothing.) A DIY confetti bar is a fun reception activity for guests, and will make for amazing photos later on in the night!

    Wedding Confetti Bar Photo Source: Best Friends for Frosting

  17. A fun, offbeat ceremony program
  18. Wedding ceremony programs get forgotten half a second after the ceremony is over — but they don’t have to be a quickly-forgotten detail! Making your programs useful with maps, a schedule of the wedding day and important info can go a long way!

    Fun Wedding Programs Photo Source: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography

  19. Donate to a charity instead of buying favors
  20. Let’s face it — sometimes, wedding favors aren’t worth all the money and effort they take. Why not skip them and donate to a charity instead? Your guests will be relieved at not needing to take home another trinket, and you’ll all love the feeling contributing to something important. Let them know with some custom seals on a to-go dessert box.

    Wedding Embosser Photo Source: Wedding Embosser from Wedding Paper Divas

    Want more unique wedding ideas for the big day? Check out our previous posts on unique wedding ideas on Wedding Party for more inspiration!

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November 26

Simple Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas

With Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) approaching, Gillian from Coastal Bride shares these simple yet completely chic place setting ideas for the holiday.

Wedding Paper Divas Menu Place settingHi everyone! I’m Gillian from Coastal Bride, a Charleston, SC, based wedding blog. I am so excited to be sharing some fun Thanksgiving table-scape DIY’s with you today. Each of these place settings are super simple to create yet will make a splash with your guests!

For the first setting I decided to work with a purple color palette. I chose the eggplant ribbon from Wedding Paper Divas collection as well as the Midnight Beauty place cards in Amethyst. I kept the florals simple and organic by using fresh greenery, which gives the table a pop while letting the décor shine. I created a gold wishbone that doubles as a place setting and a favor for guests to take home.

WPD tablesetting placecardThe second place setting has a pink undertone. Thanksgiving is a time of harvest so I kept the décor natural with wheat husks serving as place settings tied off with elegant wine colored ribbon. The Krafted Love menu cards in copper foil are the perfect contrast to the bold tones of the protea centerpiece.

WPD Menu 2I repurposed the wheat husks to create the centerpiece for the third tablescape and added a navy table runner for a pop of color. I decided to keep this setting simple so that the Thanksgiving greeting card could take center stage.

WPD place setting treat cardPlates: Anthropologie || Silverware: Pier 1 “Collier Flatware” ||  Clay, Gold Foil and Wheat Husks: Michaels

 

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July 1

Whitney Port: Getting the Groom Involved

We are so excited to introduce a new guest blogger, Wedding Paper Divas designer and bride-to-be, Whitney Port. Most recognizable as one of the cast members on The Hills and The City, Whitney Port is also the creative force behind her fashion label Whitney Eve.

Whitney Port is collaborating with Wedding Paper Divas on a vibrant, bold and eclectic stationery collection that reflects her bohemian and creative style and will be available to Wedding Paper Divas customers exclusively later this summer. Whitney is also busy working with the team here to create her own personal stationery suite for her upcoming wedding!

Whitney will be guest blogging here for the next few months, sharing both her design process and her experiences as she plans her own wedding! See her last post DIY with Whitney Port.

If you know me, you know that I have very strong convictions when it comes to design, styling an event and the look and feel of a space. But planning our wedding is (by definition) a joint affair, so Tim and I have made sure that it’s a combined effort, where both of are styles are incorporated and reflected throughout!

We’ve been working closely with Wedding Paper Divas on meshing our design preferences, finding elements that are meaningful to both of us and defining our style as a couple. This means a mix of me doing the legwork on certain tasks and getting Tim’s support before making the final decision, as well as helping Tim find projects that he’s excited about and can take the reins on.

Wedding planning with the groomPhoto Source: Bridal Guide

For example, the location and venue is very important to us, and as with any wedding, will dictate a lot of the style choices that we make. Tim has said he’ll be happy with whatever makes me happy, but to make sure his preferences are considered in such a big decision, we made a joint list of “must haves” for the venue. I did a lot of research with these in mind and made sure he visited all of the contenders. For us, the venue will play such a huge role in setting the tone of our wedding that you will see elements of it factored into our save-the-dates wedding stationery and decor.

On the flip side, one area of planning that’s a no-brainer for Tim to have a heavy hand in is developing our music playlist. Practically since we got engaged, Tim and I have been picking out music that will make our reception a blast – it’s very important that our wedding is a ton of fun not just for us, but also for our guests.

dancing at wedding receptionPhoto Source: Real Simple

Here’s a sneak peek from Tim of some of the songs you’ll find on our playlist!

Tim: If the music is just “ehh,” people won’t dance and less fun will be had. Whit and I have a number of songs we consider “ours,” but we will save those for the night. To give you a taste of what we’ll be playing, here are some slower songs and a few fast ones to get the party started!

 “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding

“Pursuit of Happiness” – Kid Cudi

“To Be Loved” – Jackie Wilson

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

“Weak” – SWV

“The Heat Is On” – Kenny Loggins 

This is just one of the areas where Tim is getting involved (and having a blast, I might add!). Even if your significant other is more of an “I’ll just show up on the big day” type of groom, here are some other areas where you can encourage him to pitch in.

  • Featured drinks: Especially if your significant other is a budding mixologist, ask them to work with your caterer to select, and even name, a pair of featured cocktails (one named after each of you, reflecting your tastes!)

wedding cocktail ideas

Photo Source: Bridal Guide

  • Get creative: Write some unique personal copy for the RSVP cards. The standard wording (I will/will not attend) is a bit too formal for us. This is a great place to break tradition to infuse our personalities, and surprise and delight our guests.
  • Honor his family: Ask him to find a way to incorporate his parents, grandparents or other loved ones in the ceremony. For example, we can incorporate a family token in the bridal bouquet or print our grandparents’ wedding dates in the wedding program.

photos displayed at a weddingPhoto Source: Society Bride

These are just a few of my tips that I have found helpful as I help Tim unleash his inner wedding planner. Leave a comment and tell us a creative way that you found to involve your significant other in wedding planning!

Check Wedding Paper Divas’ blog often for more of my wedding planning posts, tips, and stay tuned as we unveil the Whitney Port custom collection, designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas, later this summer!

- Whitney

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