Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog
Aug31st

Monday Funday: Castle Weddings

Every Bride has thought about her dream princess wedding at one point or another. Even if you decide to go a different route, there is always a little piece of you that thinks about that ballgown and castle wedding, so we thought we would share some of our favorite pictures from beautiful castle weddings all over the world!

This Italian castle has a gorgeous open air location for a dinner, how lovely! We can’t get enough of the history of these beautiful castles.

Featured Below: Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor Italian Castle

This gorgeous French castle is something out of a fairy tale dream! It looks so magical, and how amazing would it be to get married in France?

Featured Below: Steve Steinhardt

Steve Steinhardt France

You don’t have to travel all the way around the world to have your dream castle wedding. This amazing venue is in New Jersey!

Featured Below: Bryce Covey Photography

Bryce Covey Photography New Jersey

This nighttime picture at Oheka Castle has us swooning. The lights are perfect!

Featured Below: Mel Barlow Photography

Oheka Castle Mel Barlow Photography

This soft and pale color palette at Crom Castle is so romantic, the inside and the outside of the castle are taking us into a whole new world! 

Featured Below: Peaches & Mint Photography

Crom Castle Peaches & Mint

Peaches and Mint Photography Crom Castle Ireland

The amazing pictures you get in front of a castle are just part of the excitement of a princess wedding, the castle atmosphere will really make you feel like royalty.

Featured Below: Polly Alexandre Photography

Polly Alexandre Photography England

This goofy picture is adorable, but it also shows off the beauty of the inside of this castle. At your reception you can bring everyone into a renaissance style banquet hall.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

Belvoir Castle

Of course, if you are still dreaming of the perfect Disney wedding, you can always get married in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle like this couple! How magical!

Featured Below: Fairy Tale Hair and Makeup

disney castle

Tell us about your fantasy wedding! Make sure you are keeping up with the Patchettes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch

-Sam


Aug27th

Theme Thursday: Preppy Wedding

A great way to have a theme that ties your wedding together without being over the top is to choose a word that describes you as a couple and to keep that in mind when making your wedding decisions. For example, preppy couples having a preppy wedding! We love preppy weddings because they are the perfect mix of classy and fun.  We often hear brides describe their preppy weddings as “Kate Spade-inspired.” Just like this bouquet!

Featured Below: The Wedding Scoop bouquet Navy blue and bright pink is becoming a popular choice for preppy weddings. We think they look great together! 

Featured Below: The Sweet Iced Tea Soiree / Wedding Wire navy and pink This preppy table setting is simple, but still so fun!

Featured Below: Burnett’s Boards table Looking to go all out preppy?! Vineyard vines and Lilly Pulitzer are two classics you can’t go wrong with!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty / Style Me Pretty  lilly vv The combination of stripes and flowers makes this cake the perfect fit. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks cake You can never have too many monograms at a preppy wedding!

Featured Below: Colin Cowie Weddings / Calling It Home monograms How fun is this groom’s seersucker suit?!

Featured Below: A Low Country Wedding Seersucker This couple looked stunning at their preppy beach wedding! 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty couple Did you have a preppy wedding? We’d love to hear about it! Share with us on Facebook! And of course, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram/Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!  -Jessica 


Aug26th

Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda and Mike

Being so close to the nation’s capital, we’re suckers for a classic D.C. wedding. Amanda and Mike’s elegant affair at The Ritz Carlton in D.C. was absolutely breathtaking! Engaging Affairs did an amazing job helping the couple’s vision come to life! And a big shout out to Bonnie Sen who fabulously captured the big day and all of the important details. 

Their classic invitation suite tied in perfectly with their classically beautiful wedding. 

Invitation

Amanda was an absolutely stunning bride! 

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The Ritz Carlton is one of our favorite venues in D.C…it’s pretty obvious why!

Venue

Amanda’s bridesmaids pulled off the mismatched look flawlessly!

bridesmaids

Amanda and Mike’s choice of flowers, stunning greenery, and beautiful candles all contributed to the overall elegance of their wedding. 

Candles

Bonnie Sen’s ability to capture the little details never ceases to amaze us! 

details

Congrats to the happy couple!

couple

Check out more of Bonnie Sen’s fantastic work here. And check out the Style Me Pretty Feature on Amanda and Mike’s wedding here. And as always, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more real weddings and pretty paper!

-Jessica 

 


Aug25th

Tuesday Trends: Gorgeous Greenery

Florals at a wedding are definitely essential, but a new trend has been popping up all season and it is adorable greenery. Whether your greenery is real or a perfect paper decoration, we adore it! We think this trend is one that’s going to stick around into the fall and winter.

Use greenery to embellish a rustic, hand painted sign and add a touch of color in a bohemian way.

Featured Below: Mod Wedding

Sign

Greenery as a table runner is one of our very favorite uses! It is so classic and elegant and makes your guests feel at home at a long family-style table. 

mod wedding

 

These DIY balloons would look great in wedding pictures or even as decorations at your cocktail hour.

Featured Below: Bloglovin’

balloon

Use the lovely leaves as a way to dress up an outdoor tent and make it just a little bit more special. We love the way these garlands drape the opening.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

draped

This garland is a gorgeous addition to your ceremony space. It makes it a little quirky and rustic, and of course let’s the couples personality shine through as they read their vows.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

ceremony

This bouquet is perfect for the bohemian, rustic bride who wants a special bouquet and wants to stretch her floral budget. It is so creative and beautiful!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

bouquet

Dress up your table setting with a simple leaf at each place, you can even use these as place settings with a piece of paper attached to each one. 

Featured Below: Ruffled Blog

table

Let us know how you styled your greenery, and how it played up your beautiful venue!

Keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more trends to watch!

-Sam


Aug24th

Monday Funday: Creative Cocktail Hour

Whether you are taking pictures during the break between your ceremony and reception, or being the life of the party with your friends and family, you want to plan a cocktail hour that everyone will enjoy! Check out some creative ideas we have to add a fun twist to your classic cocktail hour. 

First things first, your guests need somewhere to go! Invite them to sit in a lounge area made up of beautiful furniture like this one.

Featured Below: Borrowed and Blue

outdoor seating

Do a tasting! Invite your guests to a wine or beer tasting, or whatever you and your new spouse love to drink. 

Featured Below: Borrowed and Blue 

tasty

Let guests customize their own drink, with a bubbly bar like this one. 

Featured Below: The Knot

custon drink

Introduce your guests to new food! This is their chance to try something new. Of course, along with your creative options you may want to have something you know people are comfortable with.

Featured Below: Praise Wedding 

food

Invite friends and family to play some outdoor games if you are having a more casual wedding, it will get everyone involved and having fun.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

games

Hire a Silhouette Artist to sit at your cocktail hour and give guests custom silhouettes of themselves! 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

artists

If it is later in the day, and a fire seems like a good idea, why not roast some marshmallows! 

Featured Below:  The Knot 

mshmallow

Let us know your plans for the perfect cocktail hour! 

Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more updates on our Bits and Buds Blog

-Sam


Aug22nd

Spreading Pixie Dust: Confessions of a Stationer – My One Wish

I’ve been in the stationery business since 2005 and although trends and markets change, there is one issue that I wish every couple was more educated about- their timeline.

 Don’t get me wrong… many national publications and blogs feature this information at least annually. But as an expert in pretty paper- I can assure you that even though the industry does it’s best to educate couples that they should be purchasing wedding invitations at least 4-6 months before the wedding date, it’s not uncommon for us to have a bride come to us needing invitations in her hands within a month. Certainly we do our best to accommodate this request, but as you might imagine- nobody does their best work while rushed.

Buddha once said, “ Trouble is, you think you have time.” Truer words have never been spoken.

 

I have many examples why its super important to give yourself ample time between placing your wedding invitation order and when you should expect them in hand. Here are four of the most common versions of how the extended timeline plays out:

 

1. Proofing time: A lovely couple spends two hours with our Patchettes and makes the bazillion of decisions on fonts, styles, printing methods, etiquette, quantity and budgets. They place their order and go through the proofing process. Because they are busy professionals, they cannot immediately focus on each proof as it comes across via email, or they have multiple decision makers that need to bless the content. Each proof on average takes about four business days to turn around, so in the event that a couple goes through three rounds of proofs before final proof approval, and they take 3-4 days each time to send over edits- this would add an additional 21 business days before the order can even go to production. That’s three weeks before the order will even get on a printer!

2. Product availability: After spending several weeks on the proofing process, the order goes into production. And until the final proof is signed, no vendor will order the needed products for the order. It’s not uncommon for particular paper colors, ribbons, liner options or specialty envelopes to be on backorder for a week to 10 days, or to be out of stock indefinitely. Obviously our vendors do their best to keep up with demand, but in a world of hand-made paper and on-demand product, we are often in the position of explaining to our clients that they either need to add a few weeks to the production timeline to wait for the out-of-stock item, or to change their final choice to an in-stock option. Either way, this adds time to the in-hand delivery date.

3. Quality assurance: Great news! The proofing process is complete and the order is placed with the vendor. All of the products are in stock and now it’s time to go to production! From an engraved plate to a beveled edge, when printing hundreds of pieces at a time- there are times when the machine has a life of its own. In the 10 years I’ve been in business, we’ve had engraved orders crack, edges not consistent, inks bleeding and foil stamping not sticking. Most of the time our vendors find these quality assurance issues before they ship to the client, and put the order back into production at their cost. But again, these unexpected mishaps cost the client an additional week or so in their timeline.

4. Shipping: This is probably the one issue that 90% of our clients don’t anticipate, but yet happens with every order. After the order is complete, has passed quality assurance and post production, the order needs to ship to the client. Some of our vendors are on the West Coast, and without paying for expedited shipping, it takes six business days to get from one side of the country to another. And yes, this adds a week to the in-hand delivery date.  

 

Obviously these issues do not happen to every order! But in addition to those listed above, factors such as vendor production time, a couple’s decision-making personality, and typos/errors in the proofing process can add additional time and stress too.

Photo via Abby Grace Photography

 

Our company is named The Dandelion Patch because like the dandelion, we are about making your invitation wishes come true and having you leave with a smile. By allowing ample time and professional guidance from a stationer, you will not be surprised or disappointed by an unexpected extended timeline. Plus, you’ll be fulfilling my one wish for every couple to enjoy a stress-free wedding planning process!

Photo via Jacqui DePas Photography

 

Until next time, here’s to big wishes and pixie dust!

 

Xoxo,

 

Heidi


Aug20th

Theme Thursday: A Black Tie Affair

We love all styles of formality for a wedding–choose whatever fits you and your future spouse as a couple best! If you both want a fancy affair, you might as well make it black tie! Here are some of our favorite ideas for a black tie celebration. 

Every guy looks great in a classic tux. This groom pulls it off fabulously!

Featured Below: Brides 

groom

A fancy day calls for a fancy dress, we love this bride’s choice of a ball gown style!

Featured Below: Hey Wedding Lady

Bride

Every high class affair calls for champagne (or sparkling apple juice)!

Featured Below: Colin Cowie Weddings 

Champagne

How classy are these black and gold place settings?

Featured Below: Frosted Petticoat

Place Setting

This all-white cake would look great at a black-tie affair! 

Featured Below: Polka Dot Bride

Cake

Just because you’re having a black tie wedding, does not mean you have to be inside! Look how brilliant this outdoor estate looks for the wedding reception! 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

outdoor venue

These wedding parties look so regal in their black tie attire. 

Featured Below: Martha Stewart Weddings / Brides

wedding parties

No matter what, if you choose to go for black tie, the pictures will turn out spectacularly. 

Featured Below: Southern Weddings

couple

Did you have a black-tie wedding? We’d love to hear about it! Share with us on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest/Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration. 

 -Jessica


Aug19th

Real Wedding Wednesday: Kathie and Matt

Kathie and Matt opted for a classic and architectural invitation suite, with a little bit of a twist! We loved creating this design for them, and we were so excited to see their beautiful wedding. 
katie stoopsTheir florals make a statement in oranges and shades of pink and green to match their overall decor. 

fern-centerpiece Their outdoor decor definitely brought the beautiful indoors outside for all the guests to enjoy. We are in love with these vintage style chairs!

Inn at Perry Cabin

Beautiful venue and a beautiful bridal party. You can see how in love Kathie and Matt are, how sweet! We are also liking the mismatched bridal party, they blend so well. 

karson butler This couple looks so in love in front of any of their many beautiful backdrops. 

katie-stoops This chair! How do we own it? It looks so gorgeous with the florals and adds a whole new pale blue element to their day. 

peach-and-blue-bouquet Their quirky, creative cake and cake stand is just perfect. It looks too beautiful to eat. 

tree-trunk-cake-stand We love a good signature drink with the added bonus of paper straws! These must have been so refreshing on their sunny day. 

cuteCongratulations to Kathie and Matt!

silhouette-chair-signs

Katie Stoops always does an amazing job, make sure you check out her website and more pictures from Kathie and Matt’s day here. Their venue, The Inn at Perry Cabin is absolutely gorgeous and Patch Partners Karson Butler Events made it look perfect!

Check in on our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more Real Weddings!

-Sam


Aug18th

Tuesday Trends: Vintage Touches

Wedding-planning couples have definitely been embracing their soft, vintage sides this wedding season, and we love it! There are so many ways to add vintage details to your wedding without going over the top. Some vintage things even allow you to have fun thrifting with your fiance, or let you incorporate treasured family heirlooms.

This vintage door opens as the bride begins her walk down the aisle, and reveals her to her crowd and her soon to be new spouse! 

Featured Below: Deer Pearl Flowers 

deerpearlflowers

A small vintage desk adds to the atmosphere of a garden wedding, and brings the living room outdoors! Let your guests put their cards on it, or just use it to display your amazing floral arrangements.

Featured Below: Sally Pinera

Sally Pinera

A sleeve can really add vintage flair to any wedding gown. Plus, this bride’s hair and makeup are spot on.

Featured Below: Sortra

sortra

Vintage furniture is finding its way outside more and more, and its no wonder with this gorgeous chair. Set up an outdoor living space to give guests somewhere to relax in a more casual setting than the dinner table.

Featured Below: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

These velvet ring boxes are our new obsession! They photograph so beautifully and they add the perfect vintage touch.

Featured Below: The Mrs Box

the mrs box

A classic vintage getaway car is always a good idea. And, the pictures are always beautiful. 

Featured Below: Maria Lamb

Maria Lamb

Display your family’s old wedding pictures on a piece of vintage furniture! It is a great way to honor lost loved ones, and the amazing marriages that came before yours.

Featured Below: Elizabeth Anne Designs 

elizabeth anne

A cute and soft vintage table setting looks elegant and can me mismatched in a purposeful way!

Featured Below: Anna Delores

Anna Delores

How are you adding your own vintage touches to your wedding decor? Let us know!

Keep up with us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up to date on our blog posts!

-Sam


Aug17th

Monday Funday: Classic Red

Red has always been a classic wedding color. Red roses will never go out of style! Today we are highlighting some of our favorite ways to incorporate red into your decor, and how to adjust to a fall color scheme as summer (sadly) comes to a close.

Many people think of red as being perfect for a winter or fall wedding, but we think it looks great for the summer too! These little pops of red in the bouquet create a perfect summery color scheme.

Featured Below: The Great Romance

The Great Romance

 Another bouquet option is the classic and simple red rose! This is perfect for any season, and looks especially beautiful contrasted with a white wedding gown.

Featured Below: Raquel Reis

Raquel Reis

If you are as in love with the red rose as we are, then this could be the backdrop for you! Think about how amazing your ceremony would look in front of this stunning wall.

Featured Below: onelove photography 

onelovephotography

Little pops of red definitely make a statement on your wedding day. This bride opted for red nails and red lips to pull her bridal look together, and we adore it!

Featured Below: Greg Finck

Greg Finck

Of course, shoes are a great way to add any of your favorite colors into your bridal ensemble. We can’t stop staring at these ones!

Featured Below: esther sun photography

esther sun photography

We love a good old fashioned vintage getaway car! It’s even better when you can use it for pictures, these are gorgeous! 

Featured Below: Laura Ivanova Photography

Laura Ivanova Photography

We are definitely watching these shades of red 2015′s fall and winter weddings! Keep your eyes open for colors like Burgundy, Garnet, and Marsala with soft champagnes and taupe!

Featured Below:  Natalie Franke 

natalie franke

Red can be used so easily all year round, even if the shades and the color combinations may change slightly, it will always be a classic. Let us know your favorite shade of red for upcoming fall weddings!

Keep up with us and our Bits and Buds blog on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

-Sam