Wedding Planning

January 20

Winter Sale – 30% off Everything

If you got engaged over the holidays, you’re going to love this deal! Get 30% off everything and anything during the Wedding Paper Divas Winter Sale.

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Announce your engagement and wedding date with these beautiful heart-shaped save the dates!

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Featured Card: Confetti Date

Have you been eyeing thermography, letter-press, foil or laser-cut wedding invitations? Now is the perfect time to save big on these premium choices!
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January 20

How To Brand Your Wedding

We are so excited to have Whitney Blake share these incredible tips for branding your wedding. Read on as she shares the special details that help her plan the perfect wedding true to her and husband-to-be!

As a graphic designer, planning out and designing my own wedding has been the most fun and challenging project I’ve ever had! With my specialty in branding, creating a cohesive and meaningful look for our big day is top priority. Before designing, purchasing, or renting anything, I highly suggest establishing your wedding brand. It’s extremely helpful for your vendors to see what you’re envisioning in terms of specific colors, fonts, and the overall aesthetic of your big day.

custom save the date from wedding paper divas with photo and green leaves

I created a wedding branding checklist to guide you as you start your wedding planning journey! Download it here, and then follow along with my tips to create a meaningful brand for your wedding and translate that in to your paper goods.

wedding brand checklist

When and where? Before deciding on anything else, you’ve gotta figure out when and where you’ll be saying ‘I Do’! This is critical in determining your other vendor’s availability and seasonal themes, plus it will set the tone for all of your design choices. We decided on late May at a very southern historic venue in North Carolina.

reasons i want to marry you note on pink letter with leaves and flowers

Start with colors. Figuring out your wedding colors can seem really overwhelming at first with pretty much infinite possibilities. I suggest picking one or two colors that y’all adore, then accenting those colors. We decided on a palette of four colors:

  • Blush pink – I fell in love with an antique chaise lounge in our venue and decided to pull inspiration straight from our venue! This shade of pink is muted with gray tones and will be easy to mimic in flowers that are in season (check out this chart for seasonal blooms).
  • Dusty navy – I love how the color adds depth to our color palette (not all pastels) but mimics the color of my finance’s suit and gorgeous vintage velvet.
  • Sage green – While my style is distinctly feminine (and minimalistic), I wanted to pull in my fiancé’s aesthetic and incorporate more lush color. I found myself drawn to weddings with lots of greenery, so we set the tone for the decor by adding sage as a main color in our palette.
  • Soft gray – the walls in our venue are a gorgeous shade of light gray and I wanted to pull this in to our palette as a neutral.

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Define your aesthetic. Are you rustic? Modern? Nautical? Preppy? Pick three or four words that pinpoint the vibe you’re looking to achieve. We chose: organic, modern, and romantic.

From those words, build your visuals! What shapes, patterns and textures fit the words you just chose? When designing your paper goods, it’s important to keep everything cohesive and use three or four elements that really convey to your guests the type of event it will be. For instance, you wouldn’t create a black tie wedding invitation with a bubbly and young fuchsia font. We are using clean lines, watercolor organic patterns, and modern fonts. I addressed each envelope with watercolor block lettering to pull together the return address stamp (best time saver of all time!) and watercolor design on the back of our save the date cards.

save the date invitation suite with envelopes and stamps

Design with purpose. When designing your paper goods, make sure that every detail has a purpose. Keep things simple so as not to overwhelm your guests, and include relevant information. For our save the dates, we included the essentials on the front: our names, wedding date, call to “save the date!”, location, and a note that the formal invitation will follow. On the back we added a link to our wedding website where we have linked all of the extras that guests need: registry link, hotel blocks, timeline, venue info, a silly story about our relationship and engagement.

I had so much fun designing my stationery, and I am so grateful for the Wedding Paper Divas custom printing service. The print and paper quality is exceptional and gives us brides-to-be the freedom to design our hearts out!

Now I’m off to start designing our invitation suite! Cheers y’all!

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November 20

Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog interviewing two amazing, expert wedding professionals. Celebrity stylist Mindy Weiss, and the President of Tracy Taylor Ward Design talk with Amber about common wedding planning mistakes to avoid. 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.

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Weddings are an emotional, action-packed and fun-filled day that can also be filled with some unexpected moments. We have some of the best wedding planners in the world with us today to talk about some of those unexpected moments and what to do when they happen.

Mindy says…

A big mistake that a lot of couples make is actually signing a contract with a hotel which includes food and beverage before they’ve even talked about the budget. A lot of times they come in and their entire budget has been used just for the hotel. You know what that means, no flowers!

Tracy says…

A common blunder that brides make is forgetting about the littlest details. If you don’t have a wedding planner to help you with this, right before you walk down the aisle, make sure you double check that the best man actually has the wedding rings.

Mindy says…

Another big mistake that a lot of couples make is when they make their guest list they assume that a lot of the guests won’t come, they’re going to come and you may run out of room in the ball room.

Tracy says…

No matter how much planning you do something unexpected is always bound to happen and it’s how you recover from that situation that says the most about you. So here’s some advice, if anyone says something to you that rubs you the wrong way or if you see anything that happens that doesn’t make you feel good, don’t react to it. Just smile and keep on keeping on. Because it’s how much fun you’re having that your guests will remember and that will result in them having the time of their lives.

Just remember that things happen. What’s important is to move passed them and soak in every moment of this magical day.

  • Watch out when signing contracts 
  • Don’t forget about the littlest details 
  • Don’t assume that guests won’t come 
  • Your reaction says it all 

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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October 20

Best Wedding Advice for Real Couples with Mindy Weiss

Celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss is back on the blog with some advice for real couples planning their big day. Mindy is the leading wedding planner to the stars with over 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for Hollywood personalities like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and more.

A few weeks ago, Wedding Paper Divas and I hosted a really fun Instagram sweepstakes where I was able to help real couples solve a wedding planning conundrum. It was so difficult to pick the winners since everyone had such great questions. Wedding planning can be tricky, after all!

Below are my video answers to the winners’ dilemmas plus a few extra tips for you. I know many of you are facing similar issues in your wedding planning process, so I hope some of this advice will keep things running smoothly.

Going DIY

Cassidy asked: “I’m a crafty lady and would love to make all of my wedding decorations! But is that very smart? Should I make some and not others or just buy everything?”

Incorporating DIY projects into your wedding is a great idea. Guests always love personal touches, but there are certainly some considerations involved. Going all DIY can be pretty stressful and is often not realistic, so I recommend DIY-ing some meaningful items but not all. Don’t overwhelm yourself!  Any fresh flowers, for example, should be outsourced if possible since arrangements and bouquets can’t be prepared too far in advance. The last thing you want to worry about the night before your big day is arranging centerpieces! Food is also a perishable that should be left to the pros.

Things like favors, signage and accents for your tablescapes are all great DIY options and are a fun, budget-friendly way to add a little personality into your decor. Just be sure to start well in advance—timing is everything! Set aside small chunks of time every day or every week to work on these project rather than tackling everything at once. And don’t forget to ask your friends, family and wedding party to help. They’ll likely be more than happy to get their craft on!

Keeping Guests Engaged

Teresa asked: We are interested in having alternatives to dancing during our wedding reception. What are your favorite fun alternatives?

If dancing just isn’t your thing, there are lots of fun options for you! The important thing is to keep your guests engaged. Play a quirky video about how you met, relationship stories or even the planning process leading up to the big day. Have a few friends from your wedding party prepare a great, engaging speech. Invite some sort of entertainer or comedian to keep the energy up. You can also prepare other small activities to keep guests entertained and encourage mingling throughout the rest of the night. Think a cigar bar, themed photo booth, or a DIY dessert bar. Think you have some brave guests? Set up a karaoke station! And these are activities you can offer even if you are planning on dancing that will keep the party going for those guests that don’t particularly enjoy boogying down.

No matter what activity you choose, the goal of the event is to celebrate your love story. As long as you keep your guests involved and entertained, they’ll remember all the most important parts of the day.

Handling All Those Opinions

Meg asked: What is the best way to stay true to your wedding vision while receiving lots of opinions from family and friends?

The fact is, everyone has opinions. Your best friend thinks big, grand weddings are overwhelming while your mother is already planning on inviting the entire town. Listen to everyone’s thoughts, keep an open mind, appear receptive, but do what’s in your heart…and in your budget. Your friends and family are trying to help and are just as excited for your big day—but it’s still your wedding day! Only you and your fiancé know exactly what’s right for you and what is most realistic for your situation.

The most important thing is to stay true to your personalities and your vision so you can look back on everything with few regrets. But do keep listening to all those ideas! You just never know when something brilliant will pop up.

And my biggest tip of all for all of you in the throes of planning? Enjoy the process, despite some of those bumps in the road. This is an exciting time in your life that you’ll look back on for years to come. Have fun!

XOXO,

Mindy

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September 29

5 Wedding Tips for Making Your Big Day True to the Two of You

We are so excited to share these expert wedding tips from Kristin of Bridentity Crisis!

wedding shoes tied to carSource: Michael Comte for Vogue

As wedding inspiration seems to be around every corner of the Internet, it can be difficult to plan a celebration that is reflective of you and your fiancé, and not filled with trends that are as likely to stay as relevant as Taylor’s #SwiftSquad (amiright?). So today I’m sharing 5 tips on how to make sure your wedding is true to the two of you.

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1. Only include things you LOVE

When I was getting married, the decor detail of the moment was a Mason jar. Mason jars as vases, Mason jars as glasses, even Mason jars as chandeliers. So I thought to myself, “I guess we have to have Mason jars, even though they totally won’t fit in with the black tie art museum wedding we’re planning.” That’s when it hit me: I don’t like Mason jars and they have nothing to do with our vision. So why would I include them? It can be easy to be swayed by details you see on Pinterest boards and in Instagram photos, but you’ll end up being so much happier and less stressed if you cut the extras and keep only what you really love.

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2. Stop comparing your wedding to others. Theirs has nothing to do with yours.
I’ve heard versions of this quote by everyone from Jenna Lyons to Teddy Roosevelt, and while the language may be slightly different, the sentiment is the same. No two couples are alike, nor are their celebrations. So why would you compare your very personal and intimate wedding to someone else’s over-the-top affair? It’s like apples vs. oranges: each is great in its own way.

bride_groom_ceremonySource: LL Style Photo

3. Listen to your Significant Other’s opinions

I was lucky if my groom so much as looked in my direction when I asked his thoughts on save-the-dates or flowers. However when it came to picking the reception menu, he was the chief planner in charge. Even though he didn’t care about some of the details I felt were incredibly important, he cared a lot about the food, and thus I heeded his opinion. Remember: you don’t need to make every decision together but when your partner does speak up, it’s best to pay attention.

wedding_decor_outdoor_rusticSource: Weddingomania

4. Think to yourself: What will I remember in 10 years?
Spoiler alert: not much. You probably won’t remember what font you used on the invitations or if your cake had one flavor or two (as I type this, I’m currently trying to remember what flavor ours was and have literally no idea, and our wedding was less than three years ago). But you will remember the laughs you shared about clumsy foxtrot steps you took during your couple’s dance lessons. So don’t agonize over the minutiae of every detail and instead enjoy the wedding planning journey. Simple, right?!

beach_wedding_receptionSource: Studio B Photography

5. Remember: There ARE no rules

And this might be the easiest way to plan a wedding that is authentic, not trendy: You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Don’t like lengthy sit down dinners? Then serve your favorite food at stations instead. Hate awkward receptions where no one is dancing? Skip it and do something fun like karaoke! What makes a great wedding is when it feels like the couple. And if that means tacos and a dance party on the beach at sunset? Even better.

Kristin Joy is the founder of Bridentity Crisis, a humorous and helpful blog about how to navigate wedding stress while staying true to yourself. She lives with her husband, son, and two cats in Chicago and is dreaming of planning her second wedding to her same husband (that’s a thing, right?)

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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.

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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