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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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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May 9

Industry Influencer – Jubilee from Jubilee Lau Events

Today we have the talented Jubliee from Jubilee Lau Events for our Industry Influencer series. Jubilee is a wedding and event planner in the San Francisco Bay area specializing in creating beautiful experiences for her clients, from beginning to end.

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Photo by Jennifer Skog Photography

1. How did you get your start in the industry?

I went from Logistics Manager to HR Manager (focused on Conflict Resolution) to Corporate Event Planner before I started my own event planning business 12 years ago. Needless to say, all those previous positions gave me tremendous skills and knowledge to handle everything that I do now, as a Wedding Planner.

2. Favorite perk of the job?

The people! I get to meet and work with the most interesting people from all over the world, and I love getting to know my clients on a deeper, more personal level as we plan their wedding. I have come to believe that every person has interesting stories to tell about their lives when you give them an opportunity to do so. It’s also such a privilege to be the one to take the reins on one of the most important days of people’s lives. I love seeing how happy everyone is on a wedding day, and getting to lead them through an incredible, unforgettable experience.

3. What are your favorite wedding trends right now?

I’m not a big trend person, as I feel that trends come and go so quickly. I stay on top of them to be aware of what’s out there, and to be inspired, but when it comes to my events, I try to create an experience that really represents the clients. If I must pick a favorite trend though, I’m liking the come back of the blush pink and am just eager to get a bride who will wear one of Vera Wang’s 2014 collection of pink gowns!

4. Go-to color palette?

We’ve done so many amazing color palettes inspired by our clients’ style but I feel that you can’t ever go wrong with neutrals—the ivories, grays, whites. They can be classy and beautiful as a monochromatic palette, or paired with pops of brighter colors.

5. Describe your own personal wedding style.

My own personal wedding style is definitely more on the simple, clean, minimalistic side. I like clean lines, symmetry, and personal details in the right places. I also like elements of surprise as it really enhances the overall experience for guests.

6. What’s your favorite Wedding Paper Divas design?

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7. What is one thing you tell all your brides-to-be?

Savor the journey!! It’s really easy to get caught up with the little things, both during the planning and on the wedding day. As cliche as it sounds, it goes by very quickly, so it’s important to savor the moments. Keep things in a broader perspective because while the wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most special days in your lives, the marriage is the important, long term commitment. Wedding planning is a really good opportunity for couples to learn to make big, important decisions together. It can be hard, and there can be some pretty tense moments, but it’s a really great chance to understand each other on a deeper level.

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April 11

Industry Influencer – Allison from Engaged & Inspired

For our first Industry Influencer series we are excited to announce our interview with Allison from Engaged & Inspired today.

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1. How did you get your start in the industry?

There were so many moments that lead me here, each of which built on top of each other and put me right where I am. But the short answer is that I became a part of this industry over 4 years ago when I started up a little blog called Engaged & Inspired. That blog gained some traction and, well, here we are!

2. Favorite perk of the job?

Experiencing wedding days. So much goes into planning a wedding and it isn’t always easy for the couple, but when the ceremony starts and the festivities begin, well, nothing beats that moment.

3. What are your favorite wedding trends right now?

I try not to look too far into trends. I try to create awesome weddings that are free of trends as I wouldn’t want a couple to look at their wedding photos 5 years later and have it outdated. That said, I’m totally loving the flowing organic trends that are happening with flowers right now, and the crazy amount of foliage. It was time for bouquets to loosen up and centerpieces to have a little bit of a raw edge to them.

4. Go-to color palette?

I am lucky enough to work with so many couples who pull me out of my comfort zone and inspire me to create great designs in many color palettes. But my go to color palette always involves gold, bright colors (who doesn’t love fuchsia?!) or a little hint of blush pink or mint green.

5. Describe your own personal wedding style.

Humm. I think about this a lot seeing as I do a lot of weddings at the venue I was married at. I would love to say that my personal wedding style was something bold and daring, but I tend to heavily gravitate toward soft colors, romantic lines and whimsical details. I just love the timeless look of simple and beautiful wedding that isn’t overdone with details.

6. What’s your favorite Wedding Paper Divas design?

There are so many good ones! I can’t just pick one.

Air of Affection – Wedding Invitation

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Until Ever After – Foil Stamped Wedding Invitation

black wedding invitation

Floral Dreams – Wedding Invitations

floral chalkboard wedding invitation

7. What is one thing you tell all your brides-to-be?

Enjoy it. I’ve worked with a few brides (and honestly, I was one myself) that obsessed over the details and had a very specific look in mind when it came to designing and setting up the details. I have always found that being that type of bride are really hard to make happy. You have to plan everything down to the detail and then literally let it all go on the day of. The more you micro-manage and care about every single inch of your wedding, you won’t be able to enjoy it like you should. Letting it all go and just being in that moment with the people you love, that is what a wedding is all about. Sometimes that gets a bit lost in all the details! So really, enjoy it!

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March 25

Ask Etta: Wedding Day Details to Include for Guests

Angie asks…

I am ready to order my wedding invitations, but I am not sure what details to include for my guests. Other than the date, time, and place, what other information should be on the invitation? Our wedding venue is a little tricky to find so I would like to give detailed directions to my guests, but I don’t want the invitation to look cluttered.

Etta says…

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that will help to keep your wedding invitation chic and stylish, and still get all of the information to your guests: Enclosure cards! Enclosure cards are the perfect way to share wedding day details like directions, special requests, and your wedding website with guests. While much of this information should be listed on your wedding website, it should be remembered that not all guests will be internet-savvy. Here are a few ways you can use this handy stationery trick.

Wedding Paper Divas Map Enclosure Card

Directions

Including directions with your wedding invitation is absolutely necessary if you have a difficult-to-find location. After all, you invited your guests – you want to make sure they can find the venue! However, your wedding invitation is not the place to include these directions. Simply list the directions on an enclosure card that accompanies the wedding invitation. Enclosure cards can even be customized to include a map of your location.

Wedding Paper Divas Information Enclosure Card

Special Instructions and Details

Listing nearby accommodation options is also helpful for out-of-town guests. Be sure to note if you have reserved a block of rooms for your wedding. Sometimes a bride will want to share useful information with her guests, like “The reception will be outdoors, so please bring something warm”, or “Shuttles will provided to and from the reception venue.” An enclosure card is the perfect place to convey these messages, and will save you multiple calls or emails to your guests.

Wedding Paper Divas Mini Enclosure Cards Effervescent Sparkle

Wedding Website and Social Media

Include your wedding website information on an enclosure card, so that guests know where to find these details, and more. For couples who are encouraging guests to use Instagram or Twitter to share photos during their wedding, including a personalized hashtag on your enclosure card is a fun touch. Alternately, you could include a request for no sharing of photos on social media sites. Our new Mini Enclosure Cards are the perfect size for any extra-special details!

Wedding Paper Divas Mini Enclosure Cards Donation

Gift Preferences

Your wedding registry should never be listed on your invitation. Instead, an enclosure card can be a simple way to announce your registry, or to direct guests to your wedding website for more information. You may prefer that guests do not send or bring gifts, but instead send a donation to a chosen charity. Use an enclosure card to be specific about your preferences.

Wedding Paper Divas Enclosure Card

I hope this helps, Angie! There are so many fun ways to customize enclosure cards, and to share the details of your wedding day.

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

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August 16

Post Wedding Checklist

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Photo Credit: Jihan Cerda Photography

The post-wedding to-do list can seem almost as long as your wedding planning list! Today we’re highlighting the top duties a newlywed must check off her list. And don’t worry; we’ve included a longer list below.
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Photo Credit: Foot Candles Photography

1. Organize Your Photos

You will likely have more photos from this one day than any other day in your life. Take the time now to organize, compile, store, and share these photographs – you’ll be thankful later.

The first step is to gather together these images. Find out from your photographer when and how you will receive your photos. Most often it will be digitally, which is the best way to save your special shots. A photo Share Site is a fantastic way to gather any candid shots friends and family may have snapped during your wedding. Post a call out to friends on your social profiles to see what they can share. Often, you’ll laugh at the silly moments your guests were able to capture that the professional photographer may have missed.

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Next, decide how you will share and display these photos. From hanging prints in your home to creating personalized stationery, the possibilities are endless. Our favorite way to gather together wedding day memories is with a gorgeous wedding photo book. Pull together images, add in quotes or memories, and you have a keepsake you’ll treasure forever. A photo book is a fantastic anniversary gift, if you can’t find the time to make one just after your wedding.

2. Send Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are a must for any bride, and should be one of the first items tackled after the big day. If you have a wedding registry, you can often get a head start on this by writing thank you notes as gifts are delivered in advance of the wedding.

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Etiquette asks that brides wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the wedding ceremony to send thank you cards. If you are planning to send a photo thank you card with a special shot from your reception, ask your photographer to give you one or two options the day after your wedding. That way, you can order your thank you stationery as soon as possible.

Every person who attends your wedding should receive a thank you note – even if they did not bring a gift. Their presence at your wedding took time and cost, and should be recognized. It’s also a great idea to send thank you notes to your vendors.

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Photo Credit: Renee Brock

3. Change Your Name and/or Update Marital Status

If you are changing your name after your wedding, be sure to think through all of the possible accounts you’ll need to update. Start first with your Social Security card, your driver’s license, and your major bank accounts. Then move on to your employer, insurance companies, and other major accounts. You’ll also need to update your marital status in many of the same places, as well as beneficiary for life insurance. See our Ask Etta feature Do I Really Need to Change My Last Name?

4. Preserve Your Wedding Day Memories

Beyond photos and videos, there are other mementos from your big day that you will want to save. Start with your bridal bouquet the day after your wedding, whether you plan to preserve the entire bouquet or just dry out a handful of petals (a great keepsake to tuck into your wedding album). Hint: many brides have a special “toss” bouquet to throw to guests, and keep their bridal bouquet for themselves.

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Photo Credit: Foot Candles Photography

Take proper care to clean your wedding dress and veil. Find a trusted dry cleaners (with experience in cleaning wedding dresses) to take on this task for you. Then, carefully store your dress. You likely won’t be taking it out of storage too often, so limit exposure to sunlight, heat, and other damaging factors.

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Need a few more ideas of what might be left to check off? See below.

The Days After

  • Return all rented clothing
  • Return all borrowed accessories
  • Return all rented equipment
  • Contact your gift registry to have gifts delivered
  • Send your picture to the newspaper

For the Honeymoon

  • Put your mail on hold, or resume your mail service if you have already returned from your honeymoon
  • Turn on/ off your out of office / away message on your email

Upon Your Return

  • Contact your videographer for a viewing
  • Put any wedding photos taken personally on the internet for friends and family to see
  • Get an official registered copy of your marriage certificate
  • Change your address (if applicable)
  • Create a wedding memento box
  • Update your Will
  • Get (or change) a life insurance policy
  • Update your beneficiary for life insurance / superannuation

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August 13

Ask Etta: Do I Really Need to Change My Last Name?

Cora asks…

I always planned to change my name whenever I married – I wanted to have the same last name as my children, be a unified couple, and follow tradition. But after all of the work I put into my wedding day, I’m ready to relax! I don’t want to spend a lot of time and stress going through the legal process of taking on my spouse’s name. And to add to that, it will be tough to let everyone at work know.  Is changing my last name really necessary in this day and age?

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Photo Credit: Jim McGinley

Etta says…

Changing your name is a choice every bride faces, and it’s not an easy choice to make.  I can’t offer a definitive yes or no for this question, because it truly is a personal decision. I recommend you have a frank discussion with your spouse about this choice, and think about how you identify yourself in regards to your last name.

From what you wrote in, it seems as though you want to change your name – you just don’t want to do the work! Well, it’s a fairly easy process if you handle it correctly. Most of the work comes after you’ve filed the appropriate paperwork, and start the process of updating your accounts and records.

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Photo Credit: Carla Shierman

If you have decided to go forward with changing your name, take the stress out of the legal process by reminding yourself of the fun that comes along.

  • Update your stationery! Treat yourself to notecards, address labels, and a notepad with your new moniker. It’s a fun way to get used to referring to yourself as the new Mrs., and it will help others adjust to your name as well.
  • Set up a new email address (and be sure to forward emails sent to your old address).
  • Share the news. Letting coworkers and friends know you’ve changed your last name should be a happy moment, allowing you a brief chance to share a detail or two about your wedding day.

And, just so you don’t forget the important changes that go along with a name change, here’s a quick list:

  • Change your Social Security card
  • Change your driver’s license at the DMV
  • Update your bank accounts, credit cards, and checks
  • Change other accounts (this includes your employer’s records, doctors’ records, insurance companies, and your passport, to name just a few!)

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

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March 26

Eye Candy: Earthy Greens

Continuing with this week’s Pantone Deep Lichen Green inspiration board, we’re falling in love with earthy greens in wedding decor. Complement your deep green wedding invitations with natural, botanical touches to complete a rustic wedding reception. We especially love the pops of green that come in the vintage wedding getaway vehicles!

Deep green wedding getaway car

Green bridal bouquet

Green wedding cake

Mr. and Mrs. Chair signs

Trolley wedding transportation

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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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February 22

2013 Spring & Summer Wedding Guide

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2013 Spring & Summer Wedding Guide!

To download a digital copy please click here. If you’d like to receive a physical copy in your mailbox please sign up for the Wedding Paper Diva’s newsletter here. Not only will you be on our mailing list for catalogs and emails, but you will also receive exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else on our site.

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