Wedding Planning

July 3

Help Your Wedding Guest Feel Welcome with Rachel Hofstetter

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with the founder of Guesterly, Rachel Hofstetter. She reminds brides and grooms that wedding guests will remember not what their wedding looked like, but how it felt and gives great tips for making it memorable. 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.

Give Your Wedding Guests An Experience To Remember

Amber: We often think of a wedding as being all about the couple but really there are so many ways to give the guests a great experience. Why don’t you give us a few tips for how to do that?

Rachel: Amber, what I find is that guests remember how your wedding feels more than they remember how it looks. And there are two great ways to do that and they’re both fast and free.

  • Give your guests information: Send them an email the morning of the wedding with all of the transportation details. You’ll be amazed at how that makes people feel taken care of.
  • Put guests in carpools: If people are coming to your wedding from a city, connect them via email and say “Hey, you might want to drive together, you might want to take the train together so you make new friends.” Again, they feel connected, included and taken care of.

Amber: So do you have any tips for encouraging friendships between guests?

Rachel: So my favorite thing to do is appoint guest ambassadors. Find someone who knows lots of people at your wedding like, your aunt for example or somebody who’s an extrovert and say “Hey! Can you watch out for this person? You know, take them around at cocktail hour, help them make new friends, pull ‘em out onto the dance floor.” And, that is so amazing because both people get so much out of it.

Amber: So remember, when planning your big day don’t forget to make your guests feel at ease and they will have an experience of a lifetime.

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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June 19

Best Tips For Picking Out The Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with designer Jenny Yoo in New York for bridal fashion week. 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 in New York for bridal fashion week.

I’m here with the incredible designer, Jenny Yoo. Jenny has become a go-to for gorgeous dresses for the entire wedding party! Bridesmaids, flower girls, and the bride herself. Jenny is going give us her best bridesmaid dress advice and tips for picking the perfect bridesmaid dress!

You’ve got such variety with color, length and style – but too much pretty can get overwhelming, especially when wedding planning! So, tell us, where do you begin when choosing a dress for your bridesmaids? I think it’s really important that you get your color theme because that is going to set the tone for what your bridesmaids are going to wear. Look at your bridal party, how different are the shapes and sizes of your bridesmaids. It’s really important that they are comfortable, and also important that they feel pretty in their dresses.

What about the trend of coordinating, but not matching ‘maids. Any tips for how to pull that off? So the big trend right now is metallics. I love mixing different shades of metallics textured together. There are no rules with bridesmaids dresses anymore.

Flower girls are always a crowd-pleaser. Tell us what we need to know when dressing the little ones in the bridal party. We typically think flower girls are dressed in this big poofy gown that matches the bride, but I’ve toned down the formality of it and the flower girls can coordinate back to the bridesmaids dresses. Looking very exciting and fresh is the new way to dress flower girls.

See the beautiful Jenny Yoo Flower Girl collection:

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses

Jenny Yoo Flower Girl Dresses Photo Credits: Flower Girl Campaign: Andrea Lowry Photography

See the beautiful Jenny Yoo Bridal & Bridesmaids collection:

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

Photo Credits: Bridal / Bridesmaid Campaign: Caroline Tran

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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June 12

Wedding Calligraphy 101: Calligraphy for Invites & Envelopes

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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 wedding calligraphy on your wedding invitation envelopes. 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 going to learn all about Calligraphy. Here to tell you everything you need to know Deborah Nadel, the go-to calligrapher for Tiffany’s, among others.

People LOVE seeing their names in beautiful hand writing – it makes such an incredible first impression and really lets the recipient know that this is something special!

Let’s start with a little education. What is the difference between hand-lettering and calligraphy? Calligraphy means “beautiful writing”, think gorgeous script with flourishes and embellishments. I approach Hand-lettering as more of an illustration, involving layouts and lots of hand-drawn details.

What other tips do you have for those considering calligraphy?

  • Choose a Style: Ask to see samples – style sheets show a line of each style they offer. Show the calligrapher your invitation or printers proof – the calligraphy style for your envelopes can match or compliment!
  • Choose a Color: Envelope and ink color can also match or compliment your invitation. It’s a great place to play with color for a big impact.
  • Plan ahead : Hire a calligrapher 3-4 months before your wedding. They will need from 2 weeks to a month to letter your envelopes. And don’t forget to provide extra envelopes!
  • Pro tip: When mailing your completed envelopes, take them to the post office to be hand cancelled.

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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June 5

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Be The Perfect 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 perfect 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.

It is officially wedding season. Are you going to a wedding? Then today we are talking to YOU!

So you want to be the perfect guest? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Dress Appropriately: If you aren’t clear on the dress code, dress for the season or venue. Sometimes, the invitation can offer a clue. Do your homework so you are aware of any important cultural preferences. If you’re really unsure, chat up someone in the wedding party. They’ll be happy to give you the scoop.
  • Post with Caution: Keep an eye out for any wedding day social media guidelines. If there aren’t any specific requests, follow the lead of the couple when it comes to sharing. And definitely don’t live tweet the ceremony.
  • Don’t Be That Guest: Avoid anything that will make you the center of attention –this day is all about the happy couple. Pace yourself with the bubbly friends. Participate in all the festivities of course, and have an amazing time celebrating, but keep yourself in check and be considerate.

Most importantly, be present! Soak in every moment of this incredible day and show your support for the newlyweds.

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 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.

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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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