Summer Color Scheme: Teal + Green

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 09, 2013

Our final favorite summer color scheme of the week AND series — teal and green! This inspiration board is fit for a retro bride who wants a peacock-themed wedding. Wear a feathered headpiece, similar to Sarah Jessica Parker’s in the movie Sex and the City, statement necklace and pair of dangling earrings to show off your unique sense of style. Dress your bridesmaids in sweetheart ruched dresses and groomsmen in solid colored ties, but let your groom stand out in a checker patterned tie. Follow your ring bearer carrying a moss pillow down the aisle with a bouquet of greenery and scabiosa pods. And be sure to make your exit as dramatic as your entrance with a old-fashioned Volkswagen beetle.

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Sweet Sensations, Ryan Ray Photography, Wedding Paper Divas, Natalie Franke Photography, Carmen Ash Photography, QWeddings, Jasmine Star Photography, Meg Perotti Photography, and One Love Photo 

What was your color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!

Best Save-the-Dates I’ve Seen

Posted by jtrumpower on Jan 18, 2013

Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas 

Guest Post By: Sandy Malone, Weddings in Vieques

Save-the-dates for weddings are getting so much more fabulous every day.  I remember when a save-the-date was just a little card that literally said what date to mark on your calendar for the wedding.  I thought I was super creative when I got married because I bought note cards from the boutique hotel that was my wedding venue and printed the save-the-date info directly onto them so guests would see where the wedding would be.  But I had nothing on clients of mine these days.  This crew is creative, and they put a lot of time and energy into announcing their big day to their families and friends.

Some people are just plain silly.  They get their point across, but don’t overload you with information because in the case of a destination wedding like they’re having on Vieques Island, they absolutely need to have a comprehensive travel information packet sent out behind the save-the-date.  The actual save-the-date is a flag for the calendar, the meat of the document will follow in a much more functional format.

Another popular way to announce the date of a destination wedding is with mock plane tickets or actual luggage tags that are filled out with your wedding information instead of the guests’ contact info for lost luggage (don’t forget to give them the real inserts too so they’re actually usable).  I can’t even believe how madly popular the luggage tags and anything travel related have been – I’ve seen some amazing creativity!

Rosaleen Ortiz and Daniel Macht put a crazy amount of time and effort into the save-the-date for their Caribbean destination wedding last January with a full-length video of how they met including documentary footage of Daniel’s amazing proposal to Rosaleen, and how so much of it went very, very wrong.  It’s hilarious. Not only did it give the info to their guests to block their calendars, but it also give a little insight for the guests into the person whom their friend/family member was about to marry. Because most of Rosaleen’s family still lives in Puerto Rico, and Dan’s family is from the West Coast, creating this special save-the-date video about their lives together in New York City was like an introduction for friends and family, who had never had the benefit of getting to know their loved one’s intended.  Just watch it and see!

Finally, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing something very straightforward with your save-the-date – it can be a postcard or written like an invite or something creative and silly like a magnet.  All of that stuff is available online and is relatively inexpensive to make.  If you’re crunched for time, consider making your save-the-date and travel info packet one mailable package – it will save you postage and cut down on time.  It’s perfectly fine to print out mailing labels for save-the-dates and travel info packets as long as you remember to hand address the actual wedding invitations.

What’s my take on doing the save-the-date online?  I guess it’s okay.  Given that people are sending out E-vites for far more important aspects of their weddings, I suppose an online save-the-date isn’t the worst thing ever.  It’s just that I still believe there is supposed to be a little bit of ceremony and romance involved in this process.  And unless you’re in a time crunch when email is absolutely your best timely route to reach people, I think it’s kind of sad if the bride and groom don’t care enough to want to do more than just send out an email that says to mark your calendar – like you would any other date for beer, dinner or party.  If you don’t make your save-the-date look special, don’t expect folks to necessarily actually mark the date on their calendars.  They’re going to treat it as importantly as you treat it.  Think about it.

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques  and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy Malone | Owner, Weddings in Vieques

Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a Caribbean destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and public affairs expert, Sandy has executed more than 400 destination weddings on Vieques and Culebra islands, and writes a wedding planning column for the Huffington Post.

Our Menus

Posted by apple on Oct 01, 2012

So, I was going back and forth as to what I wanted to do about our menu situation.  I’ve been to plenty of weddings and who really cares about the menus on the table anyways?  Since I’m obsessed with wedding details , I definitely appreciate them, but most people could care less.  However, they do dress up the tables, so we went ahead and used menus from Wedding Paper Divas that matched our wedding invitations.  Here’s our rough draft:

I’m happy how they turned out.  Sure, not everyone will remember or even know that they match our wedding invitations but that’s okay because they’re so pretty!

What did everyone do about your menus?

Wedding Invitations Done!

Posted by apple on Aug 06, 2012

Phew, one more thing to cross off the ever growing wedding checklist – the invitations!  If you guys haven’t checked out Wedding Paper Divas yet, you should!  They have a fabulous selection and they’re prices are super reasonable.  Here’s a few rough drafts of our wedding suite, what do you think?  I especially love the back of the invitation itself.

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Do you have some tough wedding planning questions that are causing you sleepless nights? We’re here to help!

On Tuesday, July 31st at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT we’ll be hosting a “Wedding Planning Happy Hour” on Twitter, along with our friends at Wedding Paper Divas. It’ll be a forum where you can chat with other brides and share your thoughts on all things weddings. Our experts will be on hand to answer your wedding planning questions and provide helpful advice. And how could we forget? There will be prizes (and lots of ’em!). There are just three rules:

  • Make sure you’re following both @WeddingWire and @WeddingPaprDiva on Twitter.
  • Tweet away! We’ll be asking lots of questions that we’d love to hear your thoughts on. And feel free to ask us your own wedding planning queries – or share your best advice to assist other brides. Just include the hashtag #wedplanhh at the end of each tweet so we can see your responses.
  • Stay until the end of the hour! We’ll be giving away 14 prizes at the party’s end – but only to those who tweeted using the #wedplanhh hashtag!

Here are the amazing prizes you could win:

  • 2 sets of wedding invitations (50) from Wedding Paper Divas Signature Collection
  • 2 sets of save the date cards (50) from Wedding Paper Divas Signature Collection
  • 2 Erin Condren Wedding Planners
  • 2 sets of thank you cards (25)
  • 2 sets of party invitations (25)
  • 2 custom self-inking stamps
  • 2 sets of address labels (48)

Can’t wait to see you at happy hour! Happy tweeting!