Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Proposal Season Continues in Color

Proposal season isn’t over yet! If you’re still looking at engagement rings, consider a colored stone! Colored, gemstones have actually been a popular pick this proposal season. Instead of the traditional diamond, these stones tend to be trendy and less expensive! Go ahead – be different!

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Pear-cut and aquamarine? Yes, please!

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Black and white is always classic – try onyx!

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We love an emerald cut!

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Check out that combo!

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The prettiest sapphire ever!

If you didn’t notice, these colorful gems look amazing in rose gold! Now, all you need is a colorful invitation to match. Maybe with some rose gold foil, too? Let the Patchettes create pretty paper inspired by your ring! Simply make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom. You can also follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Genny & Bar

Genny and Bar’s New Orleans celebration was the ultimate white wedding, thanks to planner Elyse Jennings Weddings! Greer Gattuso Photography did a great job at capturing this spectacular day too. From the floral wall to the custom painting, there was a lot to see! Our favorite part was the fact that the only pop of color was Genny’s stunning mint gown! What a way to make a statement! If you’re planning your big day, take tips from this couple!

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Thank you to this amazing vendor team for letting us join you on this journey! Congrats Genny and Bar!

Planning and Design: Elyse Jennings Weddings | Photography: Greer Gattuso Photography | Venue: The Roosevelt | Church: Immaculate Conception | Floral and Candle Decor: Bella Blooms | Rentals: Event Rental | Custom Linens: La Tavola | Band: Bucktown Allstars | Bakery: Chef Debra at The Roosevelt | Photo Booth: Boogie Booth | Ceremony Musicians: New Orleans Finest | Hair Stylist: Nicole Pigeon | Make Up Artist: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Trend Alert: Translucent Cakes!

If you attended a wedding last year, you probably ate a slice of a trendy, naked cake! Naked cakes skip the fondant and outer icing all together. Despite the lack of decor, they were a huge hit. Well, translucent cakes are the next big thing in wedding cake design! According to The Knot‘s 2017 Wedding Trends, translucent cakes are the cake of the future! Basically, it’s similar to a naked cake but with a thin layer of icing. Think: sweet, but not too sweet! Yum!

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A translucent cake has just bits of cake peeking through!

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We love this rustic version!

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Edible florals make a great statement on a translucent cake!

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Simple and sweet!

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Make it tropical and translucent for extra fun!

We love this cake trend! It’s the naked cake 2.0. What do you think? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Trend Alert: Live Wedding Entertainment

As 2017 wedding trends are announced, live entertainment has been popular among the predictions. Photo booths will be a thing of the past! Instead, couples are sparing no expense on their guests and going BIG! From live music to carnival games, we’ve rounded up some of the new trends in live entertainment. Happy planning!

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Can you believe this couple provided a ferris wheel for their guests?

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Seriously, forget photo booths! Caricature artists are the next big thing!

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Wine and beer tastings will be a fun, cocktail hour activity!

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Dancers, gymnasts, and flame twirling…oh my!

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Finally, cigar rolling stations will be a common addition in 2017!

Will you incorporate any of these entertainment trends in to your wedding day? We would love to hear about it! Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Happy Friday!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Caroline & Joe

Caroline and Joe’s wedding was simply amazing! This couple completed transformed the backyard of a private home for their ceremony and reception. From the floating flowers to strands of light, the space turned out completely magical! We saw all the right trends too! The flower crowns and hanging floral arrangements were awesome. The couple was so smart to select A Touch of Bliss for their planning and Stevie Rhiannon Photography to capture the day. Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Congrats to the rockstar vendor team that made this day a success! You’re amazing!

Planner: A Touch of Bliss | Venue: Private home | Photographer: Stevie Rhiannon Photography | Tent and rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Ceremony music: James Davis | Cocktail hour music: Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Band | Reception music: Deja Blu Band | Catering: Elevated | Bar: Peak Beverage | Cake: Gateaux | Videographer: Decosta Films | Officiant: Herb the Love Judge | Floral: Flowers Forever Design | Decor: AED | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch


Mad Libs, Mad Fun

There’s nothing the Patchettes love more than a new, pretty paper idea! These trending, custom Mad Libs are the perfect example! The idea is to create your own Mad Libs, or even Crosswords, about the couple. Your guests will have a blast filling them in, and they’re just so darn cute! It’s time to get creative and start writing your own!

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Your guests will be laughing all night!

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Crosswords about the couple are another fun idea!

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A great tip is to leave a basket of your Mad Libs in the cocktail area for guests!

Loving this idea? Well, the Patchettes can print all your paper needs! We’d love to help you write and design custom Mad Libs for your big day. Please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom, today! You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more fun tips and tricks!


Save-the-Date in Style!

As February begins, proposal season continues on! The first step in pretty paper is selecting your wedding announcements, also known as “save-the-dates.” Our Patchettes have made some beautiful save-the-dates over the years, and we created an online gallery of our favorites! Here are a few examples:

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Don’t forget that you can view more wedding announcements in our gallery! Not sure if your wedding style will be preppy or trendy? Classic or vintage? Modern or traditional? There’s no need to get overwhelmed! Simply make an appointment with one of our paper specialists at our Tysons Corner Showroom! You can also find more pretty paper inspiration from the Patchettes on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Real Wedding Wednesday: Hannah and Matt

This wedding is so special. It’s hard to know where to start when describing Hannah and Matt’s big day. Every detail is flawless! First, Hannah and Matt look like a fairytale couple – simply radiant! Then, there’s the custom monogram that we created for their invitations and pretty paper. The couple decided to use the monogram through out the day, from pillows to their cake. We couldn’t believe our eyes! Seriously – you need to keep scrolling until you see their cocktail hour space. We’re talking velvet, emerald couches and a marble bar! Hannah and Matt’s wedding will certainly not be forgotten any time soon. Congrats to planner Kelley Cannon for giving us this masterpiece! Also, Sarah Bradshaw Photography outdid themselves too. It was a huge struggle to decide which images to post!

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We felt extremely blessed to be a part of this wedding! Thank you to the fabulous vendors that put this day together for Hannah and Matt!

Ceremony: Old Presbyterian Meeting House | Reception venue: St Regis, Washington DC | Planner: Kelley Cannon | Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Videographer: Bowen Films | Wedding gown: Romona Keveza | Hair Stylist: Modern Bridal Studio | Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry | Florist: Rachel Ziegler, Floral and Bloom |
 Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids Georgetown | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Band: Nightsong | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch


Light it up!

For the ultimate party, you’re going to want one of these awesome neon signs! Neon signs are becoming the next big thing. It’s not a new idea, of course. However, these signs are being used in completely new ways to create trendy walls and more! They’re the perfect photo opportunity, giving your guests a great conversation starter too. If neon signs aren’t fit for your wedding, think about adding one of these signs to your bridal shower or a birthday party! They’re super versatile. We love the cute quotes, and you can always order custom signs!

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A simple quote is all it takes for an amazing statement wall!

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Perfect for the modern bride!

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So sweet next to your dessert table or bar!

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We love a neon sign with a bold, patterned backdrop!

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Stack ’em up for a unique, party look!

These trendy signs are seriously too cute and perfect for your next event! Have a party coming up? Don’t forget to make an appointment at the Dandelion Patch for all your pretty paper needs! You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Trend Alert: Metallic Dresses

Today’s trend is metallic dresses! We know what you’re thinking…sounds a little strange? Well, we’re not talking futuristic silver or head-to-toe gold. This trend is all about metallic beading and thread, making it simple and chic! While metallic hues are likely to carry over to bridal fashion too, our favorite way to add metallics to your big day is through your bridal party! We’ve included lots of bridesmaid dress inspiration below. Go ahead- add a little sparkle to your planning!

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This trend is perfect for mismatched bridesmaid dresses!

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We love mixing silver and golds too!

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Pro Tip: Keep your bouquets very neutral if selecting metallic dresses!

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Pretty on every skin tone!

The Patchettes can not get enough of these metallic dresses! We also love this trend, because it matches our favorite pretty paper. Ask about our gold, silver, and rose gold foil lettering for your invitations and day-of wedding paper! Make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom today! You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for all our favorite trends!