September 2

Through September 8th- Save 30% off Your Entire Order

That’s right all you brides-to-be! Today on our wedding blog we’re kicking off our 30% off your entire order sale at Wedding Paper Divas. This labor day weekend is your chance to splurge on the extras you’ve been debating with Wedding Paper Divas promo code LABORDAY30 at checkout, today through September 8th. wedding paper divas promo codes labor day saleYou have been looking forward to this day your whole life. The dress. The venue. The décor. The bridal shower. The invitations. The list goes on..

Every detailed piece of this day should be exactly what you have imagined your whole life. Announce your big day with wedding invitations that are true to the both of you. The possibilities are endless and your expectations are sure to be exceeded with Wedding Paper Divas. From hand-stamped foil-designs to letterpress and thermography options you will be able to design impeccable and timeless invitations that represent you, as a couple. When your guests invitations arrive in their mail box and they get their sneak peak of what this happily ever after is all about, they are sure to be counting down the days until the beautiful ceremony. Now is the time to play up your wedding invitations and all your wedding must-haves! Don’t wait, this sale won’t last long, design what you have been dreaming of now!

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Featured Wedding Paper Divas Silver Foil-Stamped Wedding Invitation: Gilded Romance

We are thrilled to see what you create. Comment below and fill us in, we can’t wait to be inspired.

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September 1

Bringing the Outdoors In: A Bridal Shower for Jamie Chung

Have you seen all the gorgeous photos floating around from actress Jamie Chung’s bridal shower? Did you know that it was hosted by Wedding Paper Divas and planned by celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss? Today we have Mindy on the blog revealing all the fun details on how to get that garden party look for yourself! 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.

I had so much fun last month working with Wedding Paper Divas to host a bridal shower for gorgeous actress and style star Jamie Chung! I worked with Jamie’s bridesmaids to come up with the perfect garden-inspired theme at the newest celebrity hotspot, Jon & Vinny’s. So how did I pull off a garden party at a restaurant without an outdoor space? I brought the garden inside, of course!

Listen up, bridesmaids! Whether your space or climate prevents you from having an outdoor party, or you simply want to take part in this hot trend, here are my tips and tricks for the perfect indoor garden shower:

  • LOTS of Greens and Florals: These will be your best friend! Use lush flowers and greens in any way you can imagine—hang them from the ceiling, create centerpieces, lay small stems with the table settings or even put up a flower wall if you’re feeling ambitious. You can stick with classic green and cream color tones or add in fresh, bright pops of color.Mindy Weiss Wedding Planning Jamie Chung Bridal Shower

At Jon & Vinny’s I (with the help of my friends at Mark’s Garden) used the beams in the ceiling to hang lots of elegant florals and greens like orchids, seeded eucalyptus, ivy, amaranthus and more. The space really felt like a garden and smelled amazing! (Photo by Jana Williams)

  • Use Garden-Inspired Stationery: The invitations will help set the theme of the event. For Jamie’s shower, I used Wedding Paper Divas’ Fresh and Bright design for the invitation. The floral design helped convey the garden theme while the fun, vibrant colors gave the event a more hip vibe. And don’t forget all the special décor details! You can get custom menus, place cards, napkins and more that match your theme and color scheme. These little touches are some of the most memorable details because they can be so personal and make a huge impact without breaking the bank.
  • Mindy Weiss Wedding Planning Jamie Chung Bridal Shower

Wedding Paper Divas’ Lovely Garland design fit perfectly with the clean color palette we chose for the day. I used that design for the menus and even had it applied to custom placemats from Shutterfly! Small décor touches like these help bring an entire event together. (Photo by Jana Williams)

  • Think About Your Glassware and Tablescapes: Aside from stationery, there are tons of other touches you can add to your tablescapes to get that garden feel. Get some ethereal crystal glassware for a chic vibe or dainty tea cups with a greenery design for a tea party. If you’re in a pinch, remember you can always try to borrow from bridesmaids or family members. You can also use your tablescapes to get personal! I used Shutterfly to create acrylic blocks with fun facts about Jamie and her fiancé, Bryan. They matched the design theme and were a great conversation piece.Mindy Weiss Wedding Planning Jamie Chung Bridal Shower
    I used vintage green glassware to add a bit of charm to the tablescapes. In addition to the basics, try adding fun napkins, loose flowers or goofy pictures of the bride and groom in floral frames to add pizzazz to your tables. Don’t be afraid to go crazy! (Photo by Jana Williams)
  • Plan a Garden-y Activity: Light activities are the perfect way to get guests to mingle and get to know one another. Keep it short and simple like a quick succulent potting or flower arranging station. This also does double time as the perfect take home-gift for guests. Who doesn’t love a two-in-one?! Mindy Weiss Wedding Planning Jamie Chung Bridal Shower

We set up the cutest flower crown making station at Jamie’s shower. Guests had a blast getting their own flower crowns and it made for really fun group shots! (Photo by Jana Williams)

You can go all out with your décor and theme or simply host a casual get together with the bride’s family and friends. Just remember the focus is to make the bride feel important, appreciated and celebrated. Happy planning!

XOXO,
Mindy

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August 31

BBQ Inspired Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Who says your wedding colors have to be solid? We’re all in favor for the bride and groom to show off their personalities with unique decor and textures. So use your favorite bold patterns and personalized decor that celebrate your style. Chic, rustic and hipster, we love this look for a BBQ-themed rehearsal dinner.

Here, we stepped outside of the box and juxtaposed a gingham pattern and wood-grain texture with warm peach, coral and yellow tones. Try using soft colors like these cream and pink hues to create a balanced look. The gingham pattern—worn by the groomsmen and placed on the table as a runner—hints at a picnic/BBQ theme. rustic-hipster-wedding-rehearsal-dinner-ideasPhoto Source: Hanging Gift Tags | Napkins | Peaches | Sign | Shirt and Tie | Centerpiece
Featured Rehearsal Dinner Invitation: Sweet Barbecue. See our full Rehearsal Dinner invitation collection here.

What we really think brings this palette and BBQ theme to life is the table setting and intricate finger-food desserts. It’s not about the fine china, tuxedoes and creme brûlée for this dinner—bring on the pie pops! (Jackets not required.)

Let’s point out the details that can bring your rehearsal dinner to “party” status:

Set the mood—Give your guests a glimpse into your dinner style with invites that use similar colors and elements from your party scene. The Sweet Barbecue invite, below, is a fun way to say “Get ready for a rustic BBQ dinner!”

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Dessert table—These marshmallow-topped s’more cupcakes are a tasty treat—if not better than their gram cracker counterpart. They’re fun, sassy and go with the dinner theme. Encourage eating and mingling with these extra festive grab-and-go pie pops.

Mason jars—Turn any party into a rustic one with mason jars for your beverages. We like the idea of adding gift tags to the mason jars, turning them into usable party favors. (Notice the celebratory, personalized napkins!)

As long as you embrace and incorporate your unique style, you’ll create an unforgettable celebration. There’s no limit to what you can bring to your tables!

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August 28

Hidden Wedding Costs to Watch Out For

small talk big day video wedding series logoToday we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog uncovering those hidden wedding costs we don’t usually think to make room in our budget for. 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.

Your wedding budget doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s all about planning ahead and today, Amber’s making it easier to do just that! Exploring these commonly overlooked extra costs will give you the confidence and assurance you need to plan a ceremony that is true to the two of you AND in-line with your bank account.

Hey, it’s Amber! Did you include clean up fees in your wedding budget? What about gratuity charges? No? Well, today on Small Talk Big Day, we are going to uncover some of those hidden wedding costs!

While not exactly hidden, some of these costs come as a surprise: 

  • Gratuities: Vendors will often add a gratuity automatically, so make sure to ask about policies when signing contracts. Also, don’t forget to make allowances for all those awesome vendors who helped to make your day perfect. Agree on an amount of cash that you two are comfortable giving each vendor at the end of the night.
  • Clean Up: Some vendors charge extra for delivery and clean up, so make sure you read your contract carefully and know what it’s going to cost you to get the whole job done. It’s easy to budget for the fun festivities, but don’t forget to add the aftermath of it all to the bill too. Ask your reception venue if the fee is per hour, or a flat rate.
  • Post-Wedding Costs: I’m sorry to tell you, but there are still expenses incurred even after you’ve tossed that bouquet. Remember to budget for things like dress preservation, purchasing thank you cards and more! Don’t forget to stick to your wedding planning checklist, that way you almost newlywed’s won’t be blindsided with wedding costs on your wedding day and beyond.

Even with those sneaky hidden wedding costs taken care of, it’s a good idea to keep a few bucks in the bank for any other surprises.

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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August 27

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Arizona Springtime Wedding

It’s almost Friday which means we’re dreaming of the weekend, but today, we’re also dreaming of this sensational Phoenix wedding captured by the lovely Nia Noyan with Noyan Photography. The dress. The landscape. The details. This ceremony is full of casual elegance and intimate details that were just what the couple was looking for. Nadia and Andrew’s big day incorporated shimmering jewels, classic formal attire and gold hues that mirrored the natural lighting that the ever-gorgeous JW Marriott Desert Ridge landscape has to offer.

We are absolutely loving the unique beauty of this venue and its surroundings. From the tall palms, to the intimate “I, Do’s” on the grass, it just doesn’t get much better. The bride’s elegant a-line gown is more than eye-catching. This wedding day is all about the details, the almost Mrs. little black waistband matches her bridesmaids’ dresses as well as the décor of the reception-think classic black and gold.

From the shimmering gold and white wedding cake, to the festive reception favors and the fun well wishes for the Mr. and Mrs, this springtime wedding is too spectacular not to share.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

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wedding paper divas wedding invitationsFeatured Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Invitation: Modish Marriage

Special details about the big day…

Andy and I had only a few requirements for the wedding:

  1. To have an intimate, quiet, and romantic ceremony
  2. To have the Mother of the Bride and Bride’s best friend/bridesmaid design all decorations and centerpieces (mostly created using Shutterfly & Wedding Paper Divas)
  3. Since this was one of the last nights before Nadia moved to Austin, TX to join her now husband – they mostly focused on making sure that the reception was a true party consisting of great dance music, glow sticks, light up glasses, a guest appearance by Sparky the Sun Devil (college mascot) and a confetti cannon to end the night.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venueFeatured Shutterfly Reception Favor: Luggage Tag

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venueFeatured Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Menu: Classy Scallops

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix AZ wedding venue

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August 26

Should My Groomsmen Wear Bow Ties or Neck Ties?

We simply adore getting reader email, and this one from newly engaged reader Melissa that had us wondering how to make the decision between your groomsmen wearing bow ties or neck ties.

Melissa asked: My fiance and I are deciding whether to have our groomsmen wear bow ties or neck ties, I’d love to get your thoughts on this.

wedding groomsmen wearing green bow tiesPhotographer: Melanie Duerkopp | See more of this wedding here.

Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison answers Melissa’s question below:

Personally, bow ties are a favorite but ultimately the decision has to match your collective style. Bow ties are great for very formal events or a playful affair that showcases your personalities throughout.

Here are a few questions that might help you make your decision:

  • What is the wedding venue? Would bow ties look out of place there?
  • Will your wedding be formal or a bit more casual or playful?
  • What is the style of your groom and of those in the wedding party? Would they feel comfortable in a bow tie?
  • Will bow ties help enhance the overall feel of your wedding or assist in the sharing of your personal love story?
  • And of course, do you love bow ties so much that you just HAVE to have them no matter what?

Best of luck and congratulations!!

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