Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spotlight on Paper: the Crimson Poppy

I cannot keep a plant alive to save my life...which is probably where my love of paper flowers started! But beyond that, they are simply stunning to look at! Some of my absolute favorites come from a little shop on Etsy called the Crimson Poppy. My jaw literally hit the floor when I saw some of their creations! Aside from the lack of the florally scent, you'd be hard pressed to tell these weren't the real thing! And a quick bottle of perfume can easily take care of that:) Ok, it was tough but I narrowed it down to a few favorites...

All photos via the Crimson Poppy

Check out their blog for more amazing flowers!! They even sell DIY kits if you are feeling crafty! No water required:)

Would you ever consider using paper flowers for your wedding??

Monday, September 24, 2012

Four Fun DIY Ways to Package Mason Jar Favors ~ Free Printable Labels!

It's officially fall and that means all kinds of jams, jellys and other goodies...all of which make wonderful wedding favors! I still owe my amazing mom and grandma for picking thousands of berries and making hundreds of jars of jam for my wedding seven years ago. The jam was delicious..the packaging not so much. I clearly had not found my true calling yet when I got married! I still shutter when I see the little leftover jars. Yes, they made enough jam to last seven years:) SO, today I bring you four easy ways to style your mason jar favors with free printable labels included!

Style #1

  •  Use the lid of the mason jar as a stencil to draw a circle on heavy cardstock in the color of your choice.
  •  Cut out the circle and use an exacto knife to cut a half circle for the handle.
  • Glue the cardstock to the top of the jar. Make sure you don't glue the handle!
  • Wrap the handle in ribbon or washi tape for an added detail.
  • Print this label on blank sticker paper. Sign your names, cut and attach to the jar.

Style #2

  •  Use the lid of the mason jar as a stencil to draw a circle on scrapbook paper in the color of your choice. 
  • Cut out the circle and glue it to the top of the jar.
  • Wrap washi tape around the edge of the lid.
  • Print this label on white or light colored cardstock. Sign your names, cut and attach to the jar with ribbon or string.

Style #3

  •  Cut large circles out of tissue paper. I used two different colors but you can use one as well.
  • Wrap the tissue around the bottom of the jar and secure with a small rubber band.
  • Cover the rubber band with washi tape or ribbon.
  • Print this label on blank sticker paper, cut with a craft punch or scissors, and attach to the mason jar lid.

Style #4

  • Cut small circles out of tissue paper. I used two different colors but you can use one as well. If you use two different papers, make the circle that will be on top slightly smaller than the bottom circle.
  • Wrap the tissue around the lid of the jar and secure with a small rubber band.
  • Cover the rubber band with washi tape or ribbon and add craft string for a pretty bow.
  • Print this label on blank sticker paper, cut with scissors, and attach to the mason jar.
Are you using mason jars for your favors?? How are you going to dress them up?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

*Guest Feature* Tyler Adams ~ Invitation Wording

As promised the wonderful Tyler Adams of The Girl Tyler is back for another Wed-iquette lesson. This week she is going to chat about invitation wording which we all know can get a little tricky! Have no fear! She breaks it down into easily understood bits that will have you on the right track in no time. If you missed her great post on the anatomy of an invite from last week you can check it out here. It's a great reference to keep on hand as you navigate your way through the world of wording.

There is etiquette for everyday and then there is something extra special that I like to call “Wed-iquette.” Let’s be honest, your wedding day requires a whole new set of language and rules for proper correspondence. What used to be the right way to word an invitation and it’s enclosure cards has since gone out the window and branched off into endless options for the modern couple. I know there are those that might cringe at some of the wording out there today, but weddings as a whole are no longer the same celebrations our parents had decades ago.  Couples are having all sorts of ceremonies and receptions these days – from big formal bashes to small destination beach weddings. They are also putting on their big day in a variety of different ways – everything from the bride’s parents hosting to everyone chipping in to support the happy couples. Overall, people are also putting more personality into their weddings, which means they need to put their personality into how they invite their guests too!
Design by The Girl Tyler. Photo by Bit of Ivory Photography
The paper goods you’ll need for your wedding aren’t only just about creating pretty pieces, they are essential for communicating the who, what, when, and where to your guests. A great place to begin your “wed-equitte” education is invitation wording.
Start planning your wording by considering the formality of your wedding day, which is typically dictated by location along with date and attire. Is your big day happening on the beach in flip-flops with a casual cookout style reception or will it be at your house of worship with a seated dinner in a grand ballroom?  Thinking about this will help you determine how traditional or casual you can be with your wording.
Host Line  Who is helping to throw the grand (or intimate) affair? These days it could be one set of parents, both, split parents or just the bride and groom. The “hosting” line on invitations is a way of acknowledging this support so you’ll need to think about who gets included and how that gets worded.
  • Formal: Dr. & Mrs. Peter M. Price
  • Casual:  Peter and Cindy Price
Request Line – Asking for the guest to join you at the celebration! Consider the wedding location – religious or secular will determine how you word this. Typically use “honour” for religious venue and “pleasure” for a secular space.
  • Formal: request the honour of your presence at the wedding of their daughter
  • Casual: requests the pleasure of your company at the wedding of
Bride & Groom Line – Where your names go! You can choose to be formal and include your full name or go more casual by using only first and last, even simply what people call you (ex. your name is Katherine but you go by Katie)
  • Formal: Katherine Anne to Mr. James Ernest Smith, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Smith*
  • Casual: Katie Price to Jimmy Smith.

*two things to note here:

1. since bride and her parents have the same last name, it does not need to be listed again here

2. Formality can also include an acknowledgement of groom’s parents

Design by The Girl Tyler. Photo by Bit of Ivory Photography
Date & Time – List the date of the wedding and time the ceremony will begin.  Choose to go formal with the numbers spelled out or be more casual and use actual numbers. Another piece to consider here is if your events be held over a holiday. If so, you may want to work that into the wording by mentioning both reasons to celebrate! It’s also a factor to consider in when to send out Save the Dates and Invitations… but paper timelines are another post all together.
  • Formal: Saturday, the thirty first of December, Two Thousand Twelve, half past four in the afternoon
  • Casual: Saturday, December 31st, 2012, 4:30pm in the afternoon
Location – List where the ceremony will take place, include name of location, street address, city and state (no need for zip code).  If you are having the ceremony and reception in different locations, you will need to provide the reception location either in the line to follow or on a separate reception card.
  • Formal: Christ and Saint Luke's Church
                        Norfolk, Virginia
  • Casual: The Sanderling Resort & Spa
                        1461 Duck Road
                        Duck, NC
Reception Line – What will come after the ceremony? This is a newer addition to the invitation as previous sets typically included a Reception card.
  • Formal: A dinner reception will follow at the Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Casual: Dinner, dancing and merriment to follow
Other things to remember when wording your invitations, is the importance of titles (for example doctors, lawyers, military)… but we’ll do another post on that when we address, well addressing!
Great sources to get you started on wording your invitations:
Thank you Tyler for another great lesson!!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Paper Made it Pretty: Whimsical Wonder

I spotted this wedding over on Grey Likes Weddings and I couldn't help but smile as I looked at all the wonderfully whimsical paper details! This wedding was captured by Kerinsa of Kerinsa Marie Photography and is another perfect example of just how big an impact paper can have on your big day!

Paper streamer backdrop in every color and pattern under the rainbow! Instant fun!

Hello yellow camel illustration! I would love to see this happy little guy show up in my mailbox.

More simple paper streamer backdrops with a little origami flair. And look at the stitching detail on the menu card! Details matter people!

More fun pops of colored paper! Yes please! Paper umbrellas and ceremony backdrop add extra cheer to the ceremony space.

Wait...there's more? Colorful paper fans for the guests!

These precious little birds add yet another fun twist to the paper streamer decor.

White tent plus colorful paper streamers = bright & beautiful

Last but not least...a playful seating card display with tags in the same illustrated style as the invites!
all photos via Grey Likes Weddings
What do you think? Are there some DIY paper streamers in your wedding future??

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

*Guest Feature* Tyler Adams ~ The Anatomy of a Wedding Invite

Today we welcome the wonderful Tyler Adams of The Girl Tyler with the first in a series of guest posts all about wedding invite etiquette or Wed-etiquette as she likes to call it:) Tyler is a multi-talented designer/photographer whose love for paper is evident in everything she creates and I'm delighted to have her be a part of Paper Wedding!

This week Tyler has put together two great graphics outlining the different parts of a formal and casual wedding invitation. Then stay tuned for next week when she will be back with the ins and outs of invitation wording along with lots of great resources for more information! Keep these posts handy and you will be all set for your own wedding invite wording adventure!


Check back next week for more Wed-etiquette from Tyler!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

*Guest Feature* Molly Jacques ~ Tips for Working with a Calligrapher

Today we have the ultra-talented illustrator and calligrapher Molly Jacques as a guest. She is here to give us the inside scoop on working with a calligrapher for your wedding invitations and event pieces. Her gorgeous work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and on blogs like  Oh So Beautiful Paper, Design Work Life, and Paper Crave. She even has a fabulous online shop full of little lettering beauties for you to buy!

Welcome to Paper Wedding Molly Jacques!

Hi everyone! Kate recently asked me if I could share a little info with her readers about working with a calligrapher to create beautiful, hand written pieces for a wedding or any special event. The process can seem a bit overwhelming, but hopefully with these few tips, you'll have no problem finding and working with a calligrapher that fits the overall aesthetic and budget of your big day! Here are a few steps to get you started...

 This is definitely the tricky part of the whole process as you want to find someone who fits your event's aesthetic and budget. Pinterest is a great way to find calligraphers with pricing at all different levels. Whether you want something traditional, modern, or whimsical, there's a calligrapher out there that specializes in one or all of those styles.

For example, my portfolio really highlights a modern, whimsical vibe. I love working with moving baselines and funky calligraphy styles, creating an image that is clean but also innovative.

 Next, you'll have to book time in your calligrapher's schedule. The earlier you contact him or her, the more likely he or she be able to fit you into their schedule. To be safe, contacting your calligrapher 6-10 months in advance is always a good idea. When contacting, be sure to include whatever amount of this information you can:

-What type of project is this (envelope addressing, invitation design, place cards, etc.)?

-How many will you need?

-What color is your paper and what color ink do you want?

-When will you need everything finished?

-Any information regarding a style of calligraphy you'd like (most calligraphers have a signature style that they are known for).

Most calligraphers can also work on a rush order for an additional fee.

From that point, your calligrapher will most likely take a 25-50% deposit to secure your place in their schedule, and voila, you've created a wonderful partnership!


Be sure to send the paper materials to your calligrapher for him or her to receive on or before the date scheduled to begin. I usually ask for 20% extra materials in case of any added on names or spelling errors.


 When the time comes for working on envelopes (or place cards, or other day-of paper materials), you'll need to submit a list of names and addresses in the same wording that you'd like them to be written out. Most calligraphers ask for a typed, alphabetized, numbered list as a PDF or Word Document. I always make sure to remind brides that I despise working from Excel sheets.


 When your calligrapher is finished, he or she will ship everything back to you.  At this point, you'll let them know if there are any spelling errors.  Next, you'll send out your invitations and wait to hear back from your guests!


All photos via Molly Jacques

 For more information on the calligraphy process or to book time in my schedule, please visit me at (link to my website - htpp://  Thanks so much Kate for asking me to contribute!

Thank you Molly Jacques!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Link Love

photo via

Hope you all are enjoying a fabulous end-to-the-summer holiday weekend! This summer girl has thoroughly enjoyed her fun in the sun and is more than ready to embrace my sweaters and boots! Oh and pumpkin spice latte season:) Today I'm showing a little link love here on Paper Wedding so sit back, relax, and check out these little gems.

Safe Labor Day celebrating everyone!

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