Clearly it’s been a while since my last “Wedding Wednesday” post. To be honest, wedding plans fell by the wayside as a result of the holidays and purchasing a home! With less than five months to go though, it’s about time to start checking more things off my list.
Today I’m discussing our search for save the dates, invitations, and flowers.
Save the Dates / Wedding Invitations
To start, let me say this is not a part of the wedding that I really care about. Therefore, I didn’t want to allocate much of our budget to either of these things. Luckily, nowadays there are tons of options online at sites such as Minted.com and WeddingPaperDivas.com. Plus, there always seem to be coupon codes for 15% – 30% off purchases from these sites.
We ended up using Wedding Paper Divas and spent less than two hours in total selecting our save the dates and invitations. The options are unique and I love the flexibility to personalize them however you want. I’m keeping our invitation design under wraps since they haven’t been sent yet. However, I can at least share an example of what our Save the Dates looked like!
Ok, I realize the title of my post says “paper goods”, so you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about flowers. Stay with me. To start, I’m not a big fan of flowers in general. I know literally nothing about them, don’t have any favorites, and even hate the smell of roses (odd, I know).
However, I can’t just not carry a bouquet. So, I started to research florists in my area. From what I could tell online, the wedding packages were expensive and typically didn’t include enough bouquets for all 5 of my bridesmaids. Therefore, it would cost even more to add on additional bouquets / boutonnieres. Plus, going this route meant meeting with at least two or three florists, which takes up time and forces me to talk to people I don’t know. Can you tell I wasn’t excited?
To avoid this problem, I started to look up alternative bouquet ideas. Of course, Etsy came to the rescue. I discovered a whole world of bouquets made out of paper. To my delight, I even found a few made from pages of books!! When I stumbled upon a gorgeous collection made from Harry Potter books, I knew that would be my bouquet.
I reached out to the owner of ThePaperGirl shop and she put together a custom listing for me. She was an absolute dream to work with and I’d highly recommend checking out her shop. She accommodated all my requests, including making the entire collection out of Harry Potter books and using whiter pages than what was shown in her pictures.
I could not be happier with my experience. She also offers a 10% discount if you follow her on Instagram. Now, I’m just waiting impatiently until they arrive!