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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July 2

Country Cottages and Gardens Wedding Venue in Ohio

This weeks Real Wedding features Jessica and Cody who were married at the stunning Country Cottages and Gardens wedding venue in Mineral City, Ohio.

We always ask our couples what elements did they incorporate into their wedding that were unique to them as a couple. For this couple it wasn’t about what they chose to incorporate, it was about what they chose to exclude. They excluded common elements such as the garter and bouquet toss because they wanted their wedding to feel clique-free and inclusive to everyone.

For their wedding decor they spent months prior to the ceremony treasure hunting flea markets for unique decor like vintage plates and glass containers they used throughout the day.

Photographer: Yvonne Goll Photography

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country cottages and gardens wedding venue

country cottages and gardens wedding venue

country cottages and gardens wedding venue

country cottages and gardens wedding venue

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July 1

Through July 8th – Save 25% on Wedding Invitations

Today we are kicking off our 25% off sale at Wedding Paper Divas. It’s a great time to purchase your wedding stationery with Wedding Paper Divas promo code SPARKS25 at checkout, today through July 8th.

Wedding Paper Divas Promo CodeMake an impression with our premium wedding stationery collection including foil-stamped, letterpress, laser cut, and thermography wedding invitations.

Our real hand-stamped foil-design invitation adds that extra glam for the stylish bride. Our letterpress invitations make sure every detail is imprinted with love. Our laser-cut invitations feature intricately cut design elements, and our thermography invitations makes an impressive statement  and create a three-dimensional effect

Featured Wedding Invitations: Modern Marriage | Lovely Garland | Laced Together

Happy wedding stationery shopping, and let us know in the comments what you chose!

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June 30

Mindy Weiss: Stationery Featuring 2015 Wedding Trends

Today celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss is back on our wedding blog. This time she has some beautiful styled photos of her stationery collection, designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas. Mindy is the leading event 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.

Hi friends! I am so excited to share some styled shots of my wedding stationery suites for Wedding Paper Divas! Each of the suites below show you some of my favorite wedding trends for 2015!

2015 wedding trends This suite is inspired by Asian influences to create the perfect chinoiserie pattern. Elegant and delicate!

2015 wedding trends You can never go wrong with bright, jewel tones. Add some gold foil and we have a perfect modern twist.

2015 wedding trends Lace is definitely one of the biggest trends for brides that love a girly flare. This suite represents the quintessential romance.

2015 wedding trends Green living walls are taking over the world. These invitations are so fun and such a great way to bring your wedding outdoors or bring the outdoors in!

2015 wedding trends I love watercolor because it tends to look artistic yet so custom! This polka dot watercolor suite embraces soft ombre colors for a classic look.

XOXO, Mindy

Click here for more fun posts from Mindy, or shop her wedding stationery collection here.

This post was originally seen on Mindy Weiss.com

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June 29

Tropical Beach Wedding Ideas

A beach wedding is an opportunity to have a laid-back romantic wedding where you can kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes. Fun in the sun, and a gorgeous seaside sunset to the end the beautiful and intimate ceremony sounds like a lovely fun-filled wedding. We’ve put together some tropical beach wedding ideas for you below in hopes to make your planning a breeze.

  • Bride Bouquet: This soft white roses and blush colored lilies with bear grass is the perfect tropical beach bridal bouquet.
  • Wedding Shoes: We are in love with these super girly light pink Badgley Mischka wedding shoes.
  • Grooms Boutonniere: A single white rose is lovely and romantic; perfect for a beach wedding.
  • Wedding Reception Table Card: Our table cards will arrive blank, so you can add table numbers or clever names that fit the couples personality.
  • Wedding Reception Menu: Carry your stationery theme throughout your entire wedding with matching reception menus.
  • Personalized Cocktail Coasters: Our custom drink coasters add a chic personalized touch to parties, cocktail hours and receptions.

Featured Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitation: Tropical Romance

See our full collection of tropical beach wedding invitations here.

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Photo Source: Bride Bouquet | Shoes | Grooms Boutonniere | Wedding Reception Table Cards | Reception Dinner Menu | Coasters

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June 26

Wedding Thank You Etiquette Tips

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with advice on sending wedding thank you notes & cards. 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.


Featured Wedding Paper Divas Thank You Cards: Flowery Touch


Wedding Etiquette: Thank You Cards

Today on Small talk. Big day we’re talking Thank you notes. Here are a few easy tips that won’t leave your hand in cramps.

  • Set up a system! – There is nothing more embarrassing than sending a thank you note twice, or worse, not at all! So get yourself organized. Use a spreadsheet, or a list in a notebook – track the guest, the address, the gift and mark whether a thank you note was sent. Not just written but actually mailed.
  • Make it personal – Email just doesn’t cut it. Take the time to hand-write a note and make each one personal.
  • Thank You Stationery – Order your stationery in advance so you can write notes as gifts arrive. This helps lighten your load later on and no one is left waiting for a year to hear from you.
  • Pro Tip – DO NOT use your new monogram before the wedding. It’s bad luck!
  • Thank the Gift-less Guest – What if a guest didn’t bring a gift? No biggie. But they still deserve a thank you note. Thank them for attending the wedding and helping to celebrate your day.

I promise, it’s not as bad as it seems. It can actually be a really fun way to relive special moments and connect with loved ones!

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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