Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Pumpkin Inspired Cocktails

If you’re planning a fall wedding, you need a signature cocktail to match the season! We recommend a pumpkin inspired drink to fit the feel of your big day. Like a Pumpkin Spice Latte, these orange concoctions are pretty and delicious. Your guests will be asking for the recipe long after your wedding day!

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Check out this Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule! 

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We love the color of this Orange Zest Pumpkin Martini!

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This Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Cocktail is picture perfect!

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For cider lovers, try this Pumpkin Apple Cider Shandy!

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Finally, how cool is this Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Cocktail? Yum!

We really think there’s an awesome pumpkin beverage in this round-up for your signature cocktail! Plus, how can you not love those warm, rich colors? We’d love to see a pumpkin spice colored invitation and menu to match! To view our pretty paper, please follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Enjoy!


Confessions of a Customer: Laura & Jesse

Wedding invitations from The Dandelion Patch are truly a one-of-a-kind, custom work of art. With the expertise of Bellwether Events, Laura and Jesse had a beautiful winter wedding at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC.  When it was time to choose their invitations, Laura had an idea in her mind, but was having a hard time imagining it on paper.

Laura shared, “My husband Jesse and I used The Dandelion Patch for our wedding invitations, and they turned out beautifully! I had a general idea of what I wanted in my mind but nothing I had seen was exactly what I wanted. The process of selecting wedding invitations can be overwhelming, especially when there are dozens of huge binders to look through. The Patchettes were incredibly easy to work with; so patient! They pulled together elements from a couple of different invitations to create exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommend using The Dandelion Patch for your wedding stationery!”

We are always excited when we help the bride’s vision comes to life on paper! Congratulations Laura and Jesse! We also want to thank Shelby Leigh Photography for sharing these beautiful images from the big day!

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How adorable are those macaroon favors? Laura & Jesse are just the cutest! For more wedding inspiration, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Happy Friday!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Lindsay and Matt

Happy Real Wedding Wednesday! Today’s wedding is such a treat! If the cooler weather had you feeling dreary, this Florida wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach will definitely brighten your spirits! Palm trees. Ocean views. What more could you really hope for on your wedding day? The best part is Lindsay’s family used to vacation at this spot, making it a meaning destination for the big day. Thanks to Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings, you can see all of the beautiful shots from Lindsay and Matt’s ceremony and reception! This wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty!


Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Band: Project Soul | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Event Planning + Floral Design: The Breakers Palm Beach | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Confessions of a Customer: Annie & Barrett

We fell in love with Annie and Barrett when we heard their sweet proposal story! At the end of a business trip to Northern California, Barrett flew Annie out to so they could enjoy a few days at the vineyards in Napa Valley. At the point when they were riding a gondola to a favorite tasting room overlooking the vineyards, Barrett to got down on one knee and popped the question!

When Annie began the process for planning the big day she turned to the web. “I came across The Dandelion Patch while searching for wedding invitations online and I am so happy that I did.”

With the guidance of our team, Annie was able to find the perfect wedding invitation suite and also her bridal shower invitations! When asked about her experience Annie told us, “My experience has been great and the employees have been extremely helpful! My invitation suite with the pearl band border is a perfect way to set the stage for my June wedding at Keswick Hall.”

We are grateful to Annie for letting us be a part of her special day, planned by Donovan-Groves Events, and are thankful to have added another raving fan to our roster. Best Wishes to Annie and Barrett! Also, thank you to Aaron Watson Photography for sharing these beautiful photos of this favorite couple!

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Hopeless romantic? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more real wedding stories! 


Pumpkin Perfect Weddings

October weddings were meant for pumpkin decor! Make your autumn wedding pumpkin perfect with these creative idea for adding a splash of orange to your big day. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to look like Halloween. There are so many classy ways to say fall without going overboard! Here’s how:

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White pumpkins with orange flowers are the perfect combo!

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For extra shimmer and shine, spray paint your pumpkins gold!

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We love the idea of using pumpkins as ceremony decor too!

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Ask your photographer to get this stunning shot!

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Mini pumpkins make great centerpieces!

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For the fall obsessed, create a pumpkin cake topper!

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Put a seasonal spin on your candy bar with pumpkin candies!

Are you planning a pumpkin perfect wedding? We would love to see how you’re using pumpkins as decor! Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Confessions of a Customer: Tara & Daniel

Tara and Daniel had a beautiful wedding at The St. Regis with the planning expertise of Anne Kelley from Atrendy Wedding.  Tara tells us about her experience:

“As a firm believer that the invitation sets the tone of an event, I knew that I wanted our wedding save the dates and invitations to be classic and elegant. I’m so grateful that my wedding planner, Anne Kelley, suggested The Dandelion Patch for our wedding paper products. The friendly and knowledgeable Patchettes helped us create the most amazing custom save the dates, invitations, welcome notes/itineraries, programs, place cards, and thank you cards. Many of our guests have said that our invitations were the most beautiful they had ever received. We couldn’t be more pleased with the way everything turned out.  Thank you, TDP!”

We are always humbled to hear such positive reviews from our brides. Thank you for your kind words Tara and Daniel! We also want to thank our dear friend Rodney Bailey for sharing these photos of the happy couple!


How adorable is that sweetheart table? We love personalized touches like those home state cutouts! For more wedding inspirations, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter



Real Wedding Wednesday: Jenn & Corey

It’s the best day of the week: Real Wedding Wednesday! Jenn & Corey’s story is just as beautiful as their wedding day. This super sweet couple met at George Mason, where they were both in the ROTC program. After college, Jenn was stationed in Hawaii and then Guam. However, the couple’s love held tight! Corey traveled all over the world to see Jenn, until they decided to settle down together in Virginia. Their wedding, photographed by the amazing Kelly Ewell Photography, was held locally at the Piedmont Club.

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We really can’t thank Kelly Ewell Photography enough for these amazing photos! We’re also so proud of the entire vendor team!

Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography | Venue and Catering: Piedmont Club | Officiant: Dave Brown | Florist: Twinbrook Floral Design | DJ: DJ Derek Romanoff for Bialek’s Music | Strings: Palm Strings | Cake: Edibles Incredible | Hair and Makeup: Up Dos for I Dos | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Bride’s Dress: Posh Bridal | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch

We had a blast creating Jenn and Corey’s invitations, and we want to be a part of your big day too! Call today to make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!



Breast Cancer Awareness

Did you know October is breast cancer awareness month? Whether you’ve personally been affected by the disease or not, it’s a great idea to take this month to bring attention to breast cancer. We all have fabulous women in our lives –  our sisters, moms, aunts or best gal pals. Encourage them to stay healthy and know the warning styles!

In honor of breast cancer awareness, we’re sharing our favorite pink wedding looks today:

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Check out this pretty-in-pink, Virginia wedding!

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We’re obsessed with this pink peony cake!

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Add a little glitter for a glam wedding tablescape!

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Or, keep it romantic and classic with a vintage floral plate!

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You’ll want pink drinks too! Don’t miss this strawberry cream mimosa recipe!

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Pink crystal and gold accents make for a modern look!

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Your guests will love this cotton candy cart – amazing!

We hope all this pink has reminded you to take part in breast cancer awareness month! If you’re looking to donate or get involved, we recommend the Susan G. Komen foundation! 

Happy Monday!


Confessions of a Customer: Robin & Michael

Event styling has become increasingly more popular and important to couples in the DC area. And of course, paper products are the first glimpse your guests see of your theme and vision for your wedding. When Robin and Michael decided to use the show “Downton Abbey” as their inspiration for their wedding at the Carnegie Institute of Science, the Patchettes were excited to design a wedding suite that was reflective of the epic period drama.

“Working with the Dandelion Patch was a seamless experience. They worked within our budget to find the perfect invitations for our Downtown Abbey inspired wedding, helped pick the perfect shade of gold for addressing the envelopes, and suggested language perfectly suited for the occasion. The invitations really set the tone for what was to come,” says Robin.

We loved working with HJ Planners on this unique theme and are grateful to Ruben Gamarra Photography for documenting the gorgeous event. Cheers to the newlyweds!

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This wedding was such a royal affair! We love a good wedding theme. What’s your wedding look? Share with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


Theme Thursday: Travel Back in Time

Hello everybody!

It’s Theme Thursday again and today’s theme is the 1920s! Take your guests back to the days of fantastic entertainment, great music, and, sadly, prohibition! The 20s had a really awesome aesthetic and this theme will make for a wonderful wedding! Who knows, maybe Leonardo DiCaprio will even make an appearance!

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First off, make sure your guests know prohibition won’t actually be a part of your wedding!

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Use an actual record player to play music!

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You’ll certainly make a grand entrance in this car!

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1920s shoes

You’ll be dancing all night in these heels!

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1920s hair

Create a fun 1920s inspired hairdo!

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1920s dress

This wedding dress screams 1920s!

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Have your guests leave you a note on an actual typewriter!

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Make sure your cake is a statement piece!

These are all great ways you can be a part of the rolling twenties! For more wedding inspiration like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!