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Millennial Pink: Think Pink, Think Trendy

Millennial pink: the color everyone is talking about! But what is it exactly? The experts will often disagree when it comes to this shade, as it can be referring to anything from blush to a hint of bubblegum pink. From Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2016 being named Rose Quartz to the launch of the rose gold iPhone, our consumer world has brought this shade into its current spotlight. You’ve seen it on Instagram in every form: food, hair, clothes, and just about everything else. But here’s our little secret: millennial pink is just as timeless as it is trendy. This shade, which really does cross a broad spectrum, can be incorporated into your wedding in so many different ways. Still not sold on the idea of being a blushing pink bride? Check out some of the many ways brides are using millennial pink in their weddings below! And don’t forget, the Patchettes are always excited to use pink in your wedding paper too!

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Your bridesmaids would look stunning in blushing pink, the perfect compliment to make your wedding gown stand out in photographs.

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How delicious does this pink cake look? This little surprise in the middle of your dessert is a more subtle way to add some millennial pink into your day.

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YUM! This recipe for the “Charleston Pink Lady Cocktail” looks perfectly pink! 

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Macaroons and other small desserts are the ideal way to give guests a choice on their dessert! And how lovely do the pink ones look?

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Bouquets with pink flowers are nothing new. However, using different shades of millennial pink from blush to salmon gives your flowers a new level of trendiness!

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Addicted to the trend yet? If you are, go for a full-blow pink soiree and wear a blush gown! Colored wedding gowns have really come into trend with idea that brides are loving passing up on tradition for modern trends.

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Your ceremony space is a place you may have never even considered incorporating millennial pink into! Whether it be your backdrop, chairs, or flowers, pink is the prettiest choice for you!

Have we got you thinking pink for your wedding? For even more inspiration for your wedding or to check out some of our pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter


Trend Alert: DMV Foodie Finds

Our location in Tysons Corner, VA puts us perfectly in the center of the hub of Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area! Many of our brides hail from the states of Virginia or Maryland and  are looking for the freshest food for their wedding. The Patchettes have put together a perfect guide for any local bride who hopes to make the most of their location by using food famous in their states! Local bites are seriously trendy in the wedding world right now, so here’s your look at how to execute this delicious trend at your wedding! Even if you aren’t from the area, we won’t tell if you won’t!

Baltimore, Maryland: Crabs, crabs, and MORE crabs!

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The Chesapeake Bay has some of the finest crabs and oysters to offer. Consider incorporating some of this succulent sea food into your wedding menu!

Virginia: Peanut Pie

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Peanuts are a classic staple of the Virginian diet. This peanut pie is the perfect way to give your guests another dessert option instead of classic cake!

Central and Southern VA: Apple Pies

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Apple pie is a classic, and is especially delicious when made with Virginia apples! These mini apple pies are bite-sized perfection for your guests to catch a quick snack and then head back onto the dance floor.

Northern Virginia: Mushrooms

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Not only are mushrooms a traditionally Northern Virginia delicacy, but this stuffed mushroom recipe also includes turkey, another famed Virginia food!

Washington, DC: Ben’s Chili Bowl Half-Smokes

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Any D.C. foodie knows Ben’s Chili Bowl- their famed half-smokes (half pork half beef sausage) are famous world-wide! Use chili, dogs, or fries in your wedding menu for a more casual feast.

Baltimore, Maryland: Crab Cakes

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Crab cakes are the perfect-sized appetizer for any affair. Especially a wedding where you are entertaining Marylanders!

Maryland: Smith Island Cake

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Made famous by the Smith Island Cake Co. in Maryland, these delicious 10-layer confections are the perfect way to surprise your guests with a scrumptious dessert!

Virginia: Grits

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Nothing says “Southern wedding” quite like grits! The way to make this trend work for your wedding is to use small portions and pair it with a protein (like how this recipe chose shrimp). 

Virginia: Sweet Tea

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Speaking of Southern traditions, nothing is quite as sweet as sweet tea! This isn’t just regular iced tea: many Southerners are proud to have their own recipe for sweet tea! Give your guests this sugary and alcohol-free beverage choice!

The DMV is filled with so many delicious food options for brides. For more inspiration for your weddings or to check out some of our pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter


Real Wedding Wednesday: Kaitlyn & Douglas

It’s one of our favorite days of the year: National Wedding Day! To celebrate we want to welcome you back to another Real Wedding Wednesday, where today we are discussing the breathtaking wedding of Kaitlyn and Douglas. They chose to have their wedding photographs taken at the Washington National Cathedral, which is one of the most picturesque places in D.C! Kaitlyn and Douglas celebrated their special day at the Fairmont Hotel with friends and family all night long. The Patchettes were thrilled with the opportunity to custom design a city map for their wedding suite, as well as incorporate lavender into their invitations! Maps are such an easy way to personalize your wedding suite and have become a huge trend in the invitation industry. Experience the rest of their magical day below!

This team of vendors was simply incredible to work with. We are sending our best wishes to Kaitlyn and Douglas for a full life of happiness and love!

Venue: DC Fairmont Hotel | Photographer: Alicia Lacey Photography | Dress: Global Bridal Gallery | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Caterers: Fairmont Catering | Florist: Buttercups Floral Design | DJ: Chris Styles | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch


How to: Assemble the Perfect Guest Gifts!

If you are having a destination wedding, or just want to treat your guests who are staying for your wedding weekend, the best way to thank them is to create a gift bag for them! This may seem like an overwhelming task, but trust us, there is a way to make this trend work for any type of wedding and every wedding budget! The most important thing is personalization: making your guests feel special on your day! Here are some tips on how to best make your family and friends feel just as excited for your wedding as you are.

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-PERSONALIZATION! This bag is adorable because it speaks directly to the state the wedding is taking place in. Howdy!

-Cute coasters are a fun way to bring some color and design into your welcome bag.

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-Including a map or list of activities/events for the weekend. Offering your guests options of things to do to make your weekend even more fun is a great way to get them involved. The Patchettes are the perfect source to custom design pieces like this!

– How adorable are these custom bride and groom cupcakes? So original!

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-This bag is totally custom: including your wedding colors, fonts, monograms, or design in these bags is the perfect way to keep the theme going!

-A door sign is the perfect way to keep your friends and family comfy in their beds the next day, and is a cute favor.

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-Personalizing your bags with your names or wedding date is a really adorable custom detail.

– Add your favorite snacks that are unique to the area your wedding is in for a little flair!

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-Want something small and inexpensive? Go for the hangover kit! Tiny, adorable, and memorable!

-So cute and funny (but they actually might help everyone out from their long night of partying!). Include things like mints, aspirin, or eye masks so your guests can refresh. 

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– Throw in a tiny bottle of bubbly to get the party started early!

-Perfume, shampoo, bath salts, or soap are all a great way to ensure your guests are staying fresh and  happy all weekend!

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-Have some room in your budget to splurge on your guests? This is the way to do it: creating a custom basket filled with goodies for them to take home or use during their weekend is one way to surely impress.

-Making these baskets as unique to your wedding location as possible is what makes them special and unique!

We certainly hope we get to be a guest at a wedding like one of these in the future! For more inspiration or pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter


Modern All-White Weddings

There’s something about an all-white wedding that’s timeless and elegant. But if you aren’t careful, they can turn out a little outdated or feel overdone! Have no fear, The Patchettes are here to walk you through how to celebrate your all-white wedding as the chic affair it should be! The key is to use nature (your outside ceremony space, greenery in your decorations or bouquet) to accent the white and make it feel fresh and airy. This takes your wedding to feeling as light as air! We love this trend, check out all the different ways to incorporate white into your summer nuptials!

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How breathtaking is this outdoor ceremony space?

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Usually wearing white to a wedding is a faux pas, but in this case it’s encouraged! Dress your wedding party in all-white for a cohesive look.

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These centerpieces are simple and elegant.

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How delicious does this cake look? I’m getting hungry just looking at it!

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There are plenty of options for white flowers for your bouquet. This bride incorporated greenery to make her blooms really pop.

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This ceremony space is amazing, the simplicity and use of nature makes it absolutely perfect for any bride who wants to use white in their wedding!

The Patchettes can’t wait for another summer filled with beautiful weddings! For more inspiration or pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter


Real Wedding Wednesday: Linsey & Jason

Happy Real Wedding Wednesday! Today’s love story, featured in Washingtonian Real Weddings, is that of Linsey and Jason. This hardworking D.C. couple decided to celebrate their future together by having their special day take place at The Inn at Willow Grove, which provided a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding photos. Their jewel tone color palette was incorporated into their paper goods by The Patchettes to perfection! And how brilliant are their photos by Katelyn James? Take a peek below at the rest of Linsey and Jason’s special day!

The Patchettes LOVED being part of this amazing team of vendors! We hope that Linsey and Jason have a life full of happiness and love!

Venue: The Inn at Willow Grove | Photographer: Katelyn James | Event Coordinator: The Inn at Willow Grove | Dress: Soliloquy Bridal Couture | Hair: Tress Chic | Caterers: Vintage Restaurant at The Inn at Willow Grove | Florist: Amanda Veronee | Music: Richard Green Entertainment | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch


Four-legged Friends and your Wedding

Your wedding is about celebrating your special day with the people you love most. This most definitely should include your dog! Your puppy is just as important as the rest of your wedding party and should be treated as such. There are so many different ways include your favorite four-legged family member into the ceremony or your engagement/wedding photographs. Check out how some of these brides made their puppies feel special on their wedding day!

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How regal does this Golden Retriever look? The flower crown (or collar!) will never go out of style!

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This pup looks so comfy in his little wagon. This way he can be included in the wedding without you having to worry about him running around during the ceremony!

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Include your dogs in your wedding photos! They are part of the family and want to be part of these memories too.

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What a unique way to tell your friends and family to save the date!

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The most handsome best man a human could have!

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How sweet is this doggy, he’s just ready for the party afterwords!

Don’t dogs just make everything better? We love this trend and want to hear all about it if you try it for yourself! And for even more inspiration or pretty paper, visit us at The Dandelion Patch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter



Summer is the season to incorporate bold colors into your wedding planning. Fuchsia, turquoise, tangerine, and violet are all beautiful options to make your wedding POP! Decorations, flowers, and place settings are all spaces that these colors can be used. Your summer nuptials are the time to celebrate you and your fiance: be BOLD! Use color in any of the ways below and your wedding will be sure to be memorable for everyone part of your special day.

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How gorgeous are these flowers? A perfect way to set the stage for your first kiss as newlyweds.

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Consider using casual table settings incorporating mixed glassware, candles, and of course bold flowers to capture this look.

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Swept up in romance and love! The Patchettes love the idea of incorporating fuchsia and violet petals into any photo shoot for pictures you can look back at with joy.

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Never settle for just one type of flower. This bouquet demonstrates how brides can use as many types of flower that they want in their bridal bouquet.

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These upside down flower baskets are so unique and creative. Have your guests talking all about your decorations for years to come with ideas like this one!

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Fuchsia is truly a color of the season.

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This table setting is another way that you can mix and match textiles at your wedding! The sequined table cloth contrasted with the scarf-like napkin choice makes for a delight for any eye.

We love summer and we love COLOR! For more inspiration or pretty paper check us out at The Dandelion Patch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


Real Wedding Wednesday: Liz & Eric

Time for another Real Wedding Wednesday! Today we have Chicago couple Liz and Eric, who used the skyline to their advantage as a stunning backdrop for their wedding photos. So unique to choose Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo for their venue space! Speaking of stunning, how colorful are Liz’s flowers? We love these pops of color in their wedding scheme. For their wedding suite they chose a classic black and white sentiment for their guests. More highlights from their special day below!

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Wow! Check out this team of exceptional vendors for Liz and Eric’s wedding! Congrats to the newlyweds, we wish you a life filled with happiness and fun!

Photographer: Alaina Bos Photography | Planner: Lola Event Productions | Venue: Lincoln Park Zoo | Florist: Scarlet Petal | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Hair and Makeup: Joseph Michael’s Salon and Spa | Music: Arlen Music Productions | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch


Summer Lovin…

Summer is one of our favorite seasons for weddings; who doesn’t love the colors, flowers, and especially the weather? We’ve hand-selected our favorite trends for you to bring a little sunshine and summer into your nuptials! Take a look below at some ideas for how to bring this trend to life at your wedding.

Candle and Lantern Centerpieces

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Candles and lanterns set the mood for romance on your wedding table. If your wedding is taking place in the warm summer night, this centerpiece has the added bonus of providing extra light to your event space!

Unique Invitations

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Our Patchettes created this gorgeous ~unique~ wedding paper suite with a personal map that was included in one of our couple’s invitations! This wedding season it’s all about thinking outside the box for your special day.

Balloons in Wedding Photos

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Balloons bring an air of fun and whimsy to any photo shoot, including engagement photos or for your wedding day. They bring a perfect bit of color into your photos.

Brunch Food

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BRUNCH! Who doesn’t love breakfast snacks at a wedding? Morning weddings have become more popular with the brunch food trend emerging as enticing for millennials (and most of the time they are cheaper!). Include a donut spread or a pancake bar to let your guests get the hands on feeling of creating their own meal.

Rosé Cocktails

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Rosé is THE drink of the summer season! Mix it up with fun rosé cocktail ideas like this one.

Vintage Cut Engagement Rings

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Gorgeous vintage-inspired engagement rings are hot this season, so keep your eye out for these old time sparklers on brides everywhere!

We are always trying new things over here at The Dandelion Patch. For more inspiration or pretty paper check us out at The Dandelion Patch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter