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Ask the Expert Post: Why should I use specialty linens if my venue already provides white tablecloths?

How many of you knew that we have a Nuage Designs showroom right inside of StudioWed-Atlanta? Nuage Designs has two other showrooms in New York and Miami, so StudioWed is pleased to represent them in Atlanta! Brides love coming in and looking through the racks of gorgeous specialty linens. Our friend and Nuage Account Executive, Eleanor Simmons, can help you with any of your linen needs. Today she serves as our Vendor Expert in a post on why you may want to consider specialty linens for your big day.

Why should I bother with specialty linens if my venue provides white tablecloths?

Incorporating specialty linens is one of the most effective ways to express your personality at your wedding reception. Rather than using a solid white linen that is provided by the facility and simply disappears in a room, a colored or textured linen establishes a mood, demonstrates your color palette, and provides an intentional foundation for the many details throughout the room.

Just as your wardrobe is unique to you, so should be your table linens. An engaged couple in search of a feminine, romantic feel may choose soft textures like organza, lace and tulle in tones like cream, blush, or champagne; glamorous types will gravitate towards sequins and beading, and those with modern tastes might choose a bold print or vibrant colors.

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Even with simple centerpieces, a specialty linen can provide tremendous impact in a room. Each textile expresses a unique feeling that can really influence the event!

For a budget-conscious couple, choosing a few key places to feature a specialty linen is a great way to incorporate a personal touch without overextending yourself. I recommend prioritizing your specialty linen budget in places that will receive the most exposure, especially on any table that will be heavily photographed. Cake tables, sweetheart or head tables, and escort card tables are all areas that will be focal points throughout the night so consider something special for those tables.

Finally, if you just can’t seem to find a linen that really expresses who you are, consider going completely custom! Nuage Designs offers complete customization for all kinds of elements including table linens, chair covers, napkins, napkin accessories, and even pillows. Custom linens are an investment, but their one-of-a-kind nature has the ability to set your reception apart.

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Vendor Spotlight: Papered Wonders

One of my favorite components of a wedding is its stationery. You can incorporate your stationery into your wedding in so many ways. Of course there are the save-the-dates and invitations, but there are also your menus, escort cards, favors, programs, seating charts and more. The team at Papered Wonders has over 13 years of experience creating luxury, custom stationery for your wedding. They also specialize in providing stationery for any of your event and business needs. Keep reading to learn more about the incredibly talented and visionary team behind Papered Wonders.

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Where you based?
Atlanta, Georgia

Do you offer your services to clients outside of Atlanta?
Yes, we have provided services to many clients outside of Atlanta. We are happy to provide our custom stationery to clients all over the globe!

What do you specialize in?
We specialize in all things paper and graphic design. We offer custom business stationery and collateral as well as social stationery. Perhaps, we are best known for the custom wedding stationery we provide. It is our pleasure to create “papered” dreams for each of our clients as they journey to their wedding day. We love to document the journey from start to finish with purely wondrous inspiration.

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How did you get started and when?
Our founder, Lisa R. Zachery, started designing invitations and other stationery pieces as a hobby. She loved assisting loved ones with life’s celebrations. She began the business part-time in 1995, while working in Corporate America. Papered Wonders, Inc. began to operate as a full-time entity in 2001 and since that time we have grown our client base and have serviced hundreds of brides throughout the years.

How do you customize stationery for your clients?
Our customization process starts at the very beginning. Every piece and detail of stationery, whether business, social or wedding, is a unique combination and representation of the client’s desires and vision. We focus on the intricate details so that each piece of stationery differs from the other and so that the client is fully embodied into the work.

© 2012 Ross Oscar Knight Photography

© 2012 Ross Oscar Knight Photography

© 2012 Ross Oscar Knight Photography

© 2012 Ross Oscar Knight Photography

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What do you offer in addition to invites and save the dates?
We offer all things paper! In regards to wedding stationery, we offer save the dates and thank you cards and everything in between including, but not limited to, wedding invitations, programs, menu cards, escort cards, favors, seating charts, directional signs, banners, keepsake boxes, and the list goes on!

What is your favorite part of the process?
Our favorite part of the process is the process itself! We take great pleasure in working closely with our client throughout the design process. We love interacting with them and learning more about them by learning their distinct preferences. When the journey is over, we are pleased when the client is pleased but saddened that the process has to come to an end. Fortunately, we seek to build relationships so that when one celebration ends and the other begins, we are there to start the process all over again!

 Where do you get inspiration from?
We look to many sources for creative direction, but our greatest inspiration is our clients. So much of our work is dependent upon who the client is and what they seek to convey that they become the driving force for all of our creativity.

What makes you different from other stationery specialists?
We would like to believe that what makes us different is the personal approach we take to business. Rather than viewing our clients as business transactions, we consider them to be an extension of the work we do at Papered Wonders, Inc. We do not merely service our clients, but we seek to serve them and provide them with the absolute best experience possible.

 

Where can I learn/see more?
You can visit our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

How do I contact you?
Phone: 678-384-1500
Email: hello@paperedwonders.com

Biggest Celebrity Destination Weddings

Picking out your wedding venue and location can be somewhat of a challenge at times.  However, if a destination wedding is on your mind, then look no further! ET online, has rated the top 5 celebrity destination weddings including couples from Katy Perry to Paul McCartney.  One couple that wasn’t mentioned on ET‘s countdown, which we cannot ignore, is Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s gorgeous wedding in Florence, Italy.

Whether you are looking for an elaborate destination such as these celebs or prefer a more intimate affair, one thing is for sure, these destinations will have you in awe and maybe even give you an idea for a wedding destination yourself.

5. Katy Perry and Russell Brand – Rajasthan, India

4. Madonna and Guy Ritchie – Sutherland Scotland

3. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills – Glaslough, Ireland

 

2. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil – Montreal, Quebec

1. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes- Bracciano, Italy

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Ask the Expert: How to Incorporate Your Wedding Colors in Your Stationery

Sarah Sorrentino, owner of Foglio Press,

recently gave us the inside scoop on unique and creative ways to incorporate your wedding colors into your stationery.  Your stationery is often the first impression your guests will have of your wedding; you might as well give them a little preview of what your big day will look like. Read Sarah’s thoughts on the topic below:

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is your chance to make an amazing and unforgettable first impression on your wedding guests – so it goes without saying that it’s a super important part of your wedding design scheme! Your save the dates and invitations should introduce and underscore the style of your wedding celebration in every way, including, of course, your color scheme. While we’ve gotten away from very strict and “matchy-matchy” wedding “theme colors” in modern event planning, it’s still important to create a cohesive and beautiful plan for the use of color throughout your wedding day. And as brides and grooms get more creative and sophisticated in their overall event designs, they’re also moving far away from the very traditional idea of ivory paper and black ink as the only acceptable options for their save the dates and invitations.

Here are a few creative ways to infuse a little color into your wedding stationery and set a beautiful mood for your guests, well before they set foot inside the chapel door!

1. Ink Colors

If you lean a bit towards the traditional, but want to incorporate just a hint of color into your invitation suite, ink color is a great place to do so. Add a pop of color for just the bride and groom’s names, or use a beautiful hue for all of your text for a sophisticated alternative to the usual black. Here, we designed an accent of deep plum ink in a bold calligraphy-inspired font, and balanced it out with a soft, warm grey for the main invitation text.

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2. Artwork

For a more dramatic presentation, add colorful design elements to your suite – these can be more literal representations of your wedding theme (introducing a beach wedding with shells or starfish, for example) or they can be more modern or abstract like the watercolor wash used in the seaside wedding suite below.

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

3. Paper layers, Belly Bands and Ribbons

If you like a clean and simple design layout, layering papers and ribbons can be a great way to add a bit of texture as well as color to your suite. You can create a paneled effect with colorful papers, or just bundle all of the pieces in your suite with a gorgeous ribbon to finish things off and keep everything together inside the envelope.

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

4. Pocket Folders

Speaking of inserts, if you have a lot of them you may want to consider packaging everything neatly inside a pocket folder – this gives your guests an easy place to keep it all together. And, it’s a perfect place to add color – you can go subtle or bold, traditional or modern, solid colors or playful patterns! This springtime invitation suite incorporated a fresh, light Tiffany blue shimmer in the pocket folder, and accented with a classic butter yellow grosgrain ribbon and a wax seal to finish.

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

5. Edge Painting

This is by far one of my personal favorite ways to add unexpected, modern color to an invitation – paint a thin stripe of bold color along the edges of extra-luxurious, double-thick paper!

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

6. Colored Paper

For a super traditional bride, this might be considered heresy – but we’re seeing more and more couples opt for colorful papers in their invitation suites, and when done with a bit of restraint, this can be a gorgeous and unexpected twist on a classic look! Here, we printed on a gorgeous, light blush paper with gold foil stamping and warm grey screen printing for a look that was at once sophisticated and whimsical.

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery

7. Envelope Liners

This is one finishing touch that I firmly believe no invitation suite should be without. Lining your envelopes just completes a suite like nothing else. Go for a simple, solid color, add a little bit of shimmer, or use a one-of-a-kind handmade paper for a completely unique twist in an elegant and modern application. Whatever paper you choose, your envelope liners are the perfect place for that final pop of gorgeous, statement-making color!

Foglio Press Stationery

Foglio Press Stationery