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With restrictions on large gatherings loosening up, the vaccination-era wedding boom has begun. Venues and vendors all over the US are accommodating bookings as far as late 2022 and early 2023, as couples who have had to put off a big wedding during the pandemic and those who had always intended to marry this year drive up demand. With that in mind, planning your nuptials can feel like a lot of pressure. Here are five questions couples should ask for smooth wedding planning: 1. How many guests should you invite? As soon as you get engaged, couples should start thinking about the guest list. Keep in mind that the wedding venue will often dictate the size of the wedding. To estimate the number of guests you’re going for, start building a list based on the people you can’t imagine not being there for your big day. This helps spell out the difference between people who will DEFINITELY be invited, people who you'd LIKE to invite, and people you'll consider if there's room in the budget/venue. Afterwards, you’ll need to prepare the wedding invitations. A wedding invite is a peek into the celebration that lies ahead, so it should convey the tone and style your guests should expect for your big day. Naturally, an invite should also include the most important details, like the couples’ names, the venue, and the date and time of the event.

2. How much money are you ready to spend? Many couples dream about having a big wedding with all the bells and whistles, but are concerned about the money they’d need to spend. Aside from wedding costs rising every year, couples have other expenses to consider — like buying a home. If you are planning for the long-term, say three years, you still have time to save up. Certified financial planner Michelle Brownstein recommends setting up an investment fund, so you can generate income. Another option is to keep your money in a high-yield savings account. High-yield accounts compound interest rates on your balance, so you can gain additional interest every day. Of course, you can still have a stunning wedding on a tighter budget, but it may require some DIY projects and creativity on your part. If it's in the budget, we highly recommend hiring a wedding planner. They have experience in stretching budgets and prioritizing your "must haves." They can negotiate deals with vendors they’ve worked with before, and guide you through ideas you may not have considered. Even seemingly small details — like hiring a band versus hiring a DJ — can provide more cost-savings than the other, and no one knows better than a wedding planner. 3. Who should be in your wedding party? Both people getting married would need to choose their wedding party well ahead of the big day. Typically, couples choose from their siblings, best friends, and closest family members. You also have to ask a number of questions: How many people do you want in your wedding party? Does the number of people need to match on both sides of the aisle? Do you want them to stand up with you the whole time or sit down to keep the focus on you? How many people can fit in the space around you while you’re saying “I do?”

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You can also include some members of the wedding party by asking them to serve in active roles as ushers or readers. Finally, wedding party costs can add up, so they should be handled with sensitivity and transparency. Be mindful of everyone’s budget, and try to stay upfront about any time-related commitments. You should give your loved ones the option to refuse if they wish. 4. Where should you host the ceremony and reception?

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Given the pandemic restrictions, many people are itching to travel — which is why wedding venue trends are headed towards the beach or other exotic destinations. A destination wedding is any celebration that requires a majority of guests to travel and is planned remotely from another city. Destination weddings are fantastic experiences, but they often come with logistical challenges. Why not plan a local wedding using a travel-inspired theme instead? Another consideration is choosing between indoor and outdoor venues. Outdoor weddings are beautiful, but they’re not always ideal for every season — if you're asking your guests to attend an outdoor fall or winter wedding, consider adding outdoor heaters and blankets to your “must have” list. A backup plan for inclement weather is also something to consider for outdoor weddings; this is why some people choose covered areas like barns and pavilions, or indoor venues like museums and hotels. If you can’t decide, then a fully-equipped wedding tent could be a great backup option too. 5. What do we want the wedding day to feel like? We encourage couples to focus not only on the look but also the feel of their wedding. The ‘feel’ of the wedding may sound unfamiliar, but it’s a great way to narrow down your choices. You will likely start building your mood board with florals and color palettes to match the season or venue, but also consider building on words like ‘cozy’, ‘elegant’, ‘timeless’, ‘adventurous’, ‘romantic’, and so on. Think about details that can describe you as individuals and as a couple, then focus on how to tell your love story through the little things. Once you’ve figured out what really matters to both of you, it'll be easier to narrow down your options to create your wedding vision. It’s important to bring in vendors and suppliers who can really carry the theme you’ve set.

Paper Daisies is a design studio that specializes in stationery for big celebrations. We’re committed to serve our clients as a one-stop shop for personalized invitations, napkins, and signage. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.


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by Amy Calmers

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Updated: Jan 11

As we look back on 2020, it has been a year full of reflection. And with that comes a new level self-awareness, defining what’s most important. To that end, we’ll see in the upcoming year weddings that are rich with personal style and incredible attention to detail. While we all continue to adjust in this pandemic, the wedding industry continues to evolve with welcome creativity.


Intentionality

If this past year has taught us one thing, it’s to forge ahead the best way you know how. In 2021 we’ll see couples forego traditions, making their own rules for their day.


With wedding stationery we’ll see old conventions broken, such as the continued reduction in the use of inner envelopes. Though this tradition once served a purpose, we will see many couples spend those dollars on their invitation suite in more meaningful ways. One might forego the inner envelope and replace that with a wax seal and an envelope liner or high end press techniques.

Modern wedding invitation suite with wax seal, vellum and leather cord

Statement Motif

Save the Dates and wedding invitations will continue to remain a priority when it comes to setting the event tone. We’ll see the aforementioned intentionality dictate a very custom design motif – one that is personalized specifically for the couple. Custom designed motifs, also referred to as wedding logos, can be as simple and stunning as a beautiful 2-letter interlocking monogram used throughout the suite. Or it could be a more elaborate watercolor crest design coupled with soft, romantic, or rich florals and a custom script monogram. Motifs that are inspired by location can also provide great design direction for the rest of the suite.


2-letter interlocking monogram

Custom floral crest with script monogram

Wedding motif inspired by location

For many, commissioning a boutique stationer may be the best first step. If budget allows, a stationer can start from scratch with a custom, one-of-a-kind invitation suite tailored to the couple’s style and event tone. And with so many tools to personalize pre-designed invitations these days, making this happen on a budget is easier than ever.



Personalized Touch

In 2021, we’ll see a lot of fun and excitement generated around personalizing the many details of the wedding. Welcome boxes will be filled not only with the necessities of sanitizers and customized masks, but also a carefully curated set of goods that tells a couple’s story. We’ll see more and more personalized items with tags and stickers as well as items that are fully customized to further enhance the design motif, or wedding brand.


Well-curated wedding welcome bag

Custom welcome bag with wedding motif
Personalized welcome bag for wedding guests

We’ll also see a lot of couples gifting their guests. These tokens may vary in size and cost due to the number of wedding invitees. For ideas on what to give, couples can lean on their shared passions and hobbies. For example, a pair who might have a shared passion for wine could consider giving a bottle of their favorite bubbly to each guest tagged with a special thanks.

Custom monogramed wedding champagne favor
Custom matchbox and cigar wedding give-away

Custom cocktails will also be a great way to personalize at the reception. Each cocktail is an opportunity to tell a little story about the couple with unique names and artwork along with the name they choose and the signage that adorns. In 2020 we saw a definite rise in custom watercolors of pets that were added to bar signs. We see no stopping this trend anytime soon.

Custom cocktail wedding signage with pups
Custom designed wedding cocktails signage

Intimate Seating

In the coming year we’ll see a more intimate ceremony and reception setting born out of safety measures. This may include smaller indoor ceremonies with larger outdoor receptions. We’ll see fewer crowds at food stations and more seated dinners. We saw the rise of seated zones and bistro tables in 2020, especially for more intimate celebrations, allowing families to sit together within their own bubble. One exciting addition has been the introduction of individualized charcuterie boards. We hope will stick around for years to come!


Seating charts and escort cards will also remain a priority as guests are seated with safety in mind. While serving as a useful tool, seating charts and escort cards can also provide added beauty, fun, and interest at the reception.

Seating chart wall with live floral monogram

Custom escort cards on floral background
Custom escort cards with blue tassels
Escort cards pinned to boxwood backdrop
Custom escort card wall with leaf ornaments

Surprising textures

Unique texture will take center stage in 2021. From velvet gowns to luxurious linens we’ll not only see a layering of texture but use in surprising ways.


No longer just for bridesmaid’s dresses, velvet is now making its way onto the wedding invitation itself. Ribbons will continue to grace the suite from classic satin to delicate hand-dyed silk. Handmade liners with its varied textures and colors will provide balance for a couple who might seek out a bold touch to a classic invitation suite. We’ll also see natural textures, like sisal grass or leather with its variations in color and texture make its way into the suite.

Custom velvet-backed debossed invitations
Custom sawgrass wedding envelope liner

Bold Accents

Be it suits or stationery, bold colors is a trend that is holding its own. While gray carries on as a reliable accent, we’re seeing bold colors make their way into wedding design.


Soft colors haven’t gone away; however, bolder colors like emerald and plum are popping up in stationery suites in motifs, or the RSVP envelope. It helps to add flare and define mood ever so equally.

Moody green accent colors and RSVP envelope
Deep plum RSVP envelope


At Paper Daisies, a design studio specializing in stationery for big celebrations, we help engaged couples, event planners and celebration hosts bring their unique vision/brand to life. As a small company made up of genuine people pleasers, our designers walk our clients through the process from beginning to end.


We are a Pinterest page come to life, offering a one-stop shop that provides everything from save the dates and invitations to napkins and signage. For clients choosing from our Online Collection, paper-daisies.com offers an easy way to personalize and place their order with a designer who is ready and excited to get started.


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Updated: Jan 5

In this new climate of uncertainty and change, couples are needing to be more flexible than ever with their planning. Over the past few months we have worked with numerous couples and their wedding planners to update changes to their wedding information so their guests are well informed. Today we are sharing with you some of the new communications that we have started to send out and the sample copy we've paired with it.


1. Postponement card or email

If the original wedding date has to be postponed but guests have already received their Save the Dates or even their invitations, then a postponement card or email is typically sent out. Whether shared by email or in the form of a mailing, this will let guests know to update their calendar with the new wedding date.

Family and Friends,

Our wedding celebration has been postponed until we can celebrate together on

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Despite the circumstances and delay, our hearts remain filled with joy and excitement for our

celebration and we are forever thankful to have such supportive friends and family. Please be on the lookout for more information over the summer.

We are so excited to celebrate with you!



2. Change of Date card

Change the Date cards may be needed to accompany an invitation suite that is currently in the middle of production but where it might be too expensive to reprint all pieces. Couples might also choose to send this card out as a follow up if the Invitations had been sent but changes were made afterwards.

Due to our rescheduled wedding,

please find the new dates below:

RSVP | Friday, the twenty-fourth of July

Wedding and Reception | Friday, the fourth of September

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and communicate any necessary changes as soon as we can. We are hopeful that we will be able to move forward with our wedding date in early September and we appreciate your flexibility as it is so important for us to be able to celebrate our special day with friends and family.


In light of recent world events, our wedding is postponed until we can celebrate together on August 22nd, 2020. Despite the circumstances and delay, our hearts remain filled with joy and excitement for the wedding and we are forever thankful to have such supportive friends and family. Please RSVP on our wedding website at www.tbdwedding.com to confirm your attendance for our rescheduled dates:

Friday, August 21st | Welcome Party

Saturday, August 22nd | Wedding

Sunday, August 23rd | Farewell Brunch

We will also keep our website up-to-date with additional information as needed.


3. Covid card

Never seen before are these new enclosure cards that let your guests know that you are keeping watch on the constantly-changing information surrounding Covid-19. These cards will usually be included with the wedding Invitation suite and may also serve as a reminder for guests to routinely visit the wedding website for important updates.

Dear Family and Friends,

We are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and CDC social distancing guidelines. We are hopeful that we can move forward with our wedding in August and we appreciate your flexibility as it is so important for us to be able to celebrate our special day with friends and family. We will communicate any changes on our website at: www.tbdwedding.com as soon as we can. In the meantime, we have all of you in our prayers for continued health and safety.

We thought the weather would be the most stressful part of planning our wedding day, but instead it is a viral pandemic! We feel the need to address this as most of our guests will be traveling to join us for our special day. Our #1 concern is the health and safety of all our friends and family.

Please continue to check our website at www.tbd.com for the most up-to-date information regarding how coronavirus may affect travel and wedding plans. At this point in time, our wedding plans have not changed. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and ask that you bear with us as we watchfully wait.

We have extended our RSVP deadline to July 18th to allow for more flexibility in travel plans. Should our event be cancelled or postponed, we will send out further correspondence. If you have an underlying health condition, are not comfortable traveling or feel sick in anyway, we ask that you celebrate with us from afar! Most of all, we hope that you all stay safe in the coming weeks. please reach out to us with any specific questions.

4. Updated RSVP card

We have found that for those who have postponed their wedding date but had already sent out their Invitations prior to the date change, that they are needing a new RSVP card to help get an accurate count. These simple cards can act as both a wedding date reminder and can serve as an RSVP. We are currently seeing many couples ask their guests to RSVP directly on their wedding website, especially if the original wedding date was postponed.

It is with hopeful hearts that we continue to plan our October wedding celebration in Sea Island. We are continuing to monitor gathering mandates and planning for the safest gathering allowed. Our wish is to have each one of you in attendance on October 18th to the extent you are comfortable for the wedding, reception, or both. We also understand if you choose to celebrate from afar. We kindly ask that you submit your current RSVP intentions on our website at www.tbdwedding.com so that we may begin to understand our guest count. A reminder correspondence will be shared closer to the wedding date, and you are able to change your response until then. Our website will be continually updated with the precautionary measures we plan to take at our celebration.

Thank you for your continued support and love.


Dear Friends and Family,

It is with joyful hearts that we continue to plan for our August 22nd wedding! In preparation for the big day, we ask that you please visit our wedding website at www.tbdwedding.com to update your RSVP. For planning purposes, we would greatly appreciate it if you could respond by July 18th.

Please know we are continually monitoring news and CDC guidelines regarding COVID 19 and we are prepared to take every precaution necessary to keep our loved ones safe. If you feel uncomfortable attending for any reason, we completely understand. Please contact our wedding planner if you have any questions or concerns as we approach the big day.

Many thanks - we look forward to seeing you next month!

We hope to see you at our wedding celebration

on Saturday, the twenty-second of August

at half past six o’clock.

We ask that you kindly respond

by the eighteenth of July at

www.tbdwedding.com

Please continue to check our website for

accommodations info as well as any potential

wedding weekend changes or announcements.


Carlie and Davis have rescheduled their wedding celebration to

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Please visit our wedding website and

update your RSVP by October 8, 2020.

www.carlieanddavis.com

Scaling Back

If there is a need to downsize the wedding count then telling your guests as soon as possible is of up most importance. Sharing the new details with a mailed card is ideal. And if the budget allows we recommend considering A Distant Toast gift thanking your guests for their support as you share your updated plans.

Dear Family and Friends,

Even though these times have changed so many things in our lives, our love for each other remains the same. We will be exchanging our wedding vows on August 22nd, 2020 at home in a small, private ceremony. We wish you could be here as we begin our married life together, and know you’ll celebrate with us from afar. Thank you for your love and support. We look forward to sharing our future with you.


During this time of constant change be prepared with how you will connect with your guests should you need to send out additional communications like those listed above. And if you find yourself in need of one of those new enclosure cards or announcements, drop us a line or visit our online shop to get started.


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