Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Pretty Paper: Menu Design

The best weddings are all in the details! One paper detail that’s often over looked is the menu! Your dinner menu plays a huge part in your table decor, and it can really pull a look together. One tip to remember is that your menu and day-of paper don’t have to match your invitation! It might reflect that design, but your menu should really play off your venue and table details like your center pieces! Sounds overwhelming? Don’t worry! Our trained Patchettes are ready to help you design the perfect menu for your table! Here’s a look at a few of our past designs, and there’s even more examples on our site’s gallery!

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For more pretty paper inspiration, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Our feeds are #PatchPerfect!



Bohemian Weddings

With Coachella season around the corner, it seems like Bohemian wedding styles are trending everywhere! We love these relaxed, wedding vibes! Bohemian looks are perfect if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. It’s all about lots of lace and natural touches! 

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How cute are these succulent escort cards?

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Wildflowers are also key to pulling off a Boho look!

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This ceremony setting is so simple, yet so hip!

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The Bohemian bridal look is all about flower crowns and lots of lace!

Loving these laid-back wedding looks? Let us help you create the pretty paper to match! Make an appointment at our Tysons Corner showroom today. Don’t forget to follow us too – we’re on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!



Trend Alert: Bright Floral Paper!

Trend Alert! A lot is happing in the wedding world, which means new paper trends too! Neutrals have been huge in the last few years. I’m sure we’ve all been to a blush and beige wedding or two. Well, things are spicing up! There’s going to be a lot more color in weddings and paper. This means a lot more pattern, primarily floral, on the invitations itself. Last year, the envelope liners had all the fun! Now, fun-colored florals are taking center stage!

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All paper was designed by the Patchettes! Please make an appointment at the Tysons Corner Showroom to meet with one of our knowledgable ladies. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more pretty paper inspiration!


Happy #WeddingWednesday!

It’s #WeddingWednesday, and we’re sharing a special, styled shoot that we had the pleasure of creating with Eventi Floral & Events! This fabulous photo shoot highlights some of the big wedding trends of 2017.  The invitation suite features Greenery, the “it” color of the year according to Pantone. We also kept the palette trendy by adding silver because a metallic is always key! From the vineyard setting to the cutest escort card display ever, there’s lots of inspiration included in this post. Thank you to Amelia Johnson Photography for capturing the day in style!

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To view the whole shoot, check out the feature on Style Me Pretty! Thank you to the amazing vendors who worked with us to put together this styled shoot! We always appreciate y’all and couldn’t have picked a better team! 

Floral Design + Styling: Eventi Floral & Events | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Aerin | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Behind The Veil | Men’s Attire: Menguin | Desserts: Catherine George Cakes | Food Stylist: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Model: Meghan | Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Winery: Stone Tower Winery | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch


Mitzvah Invitations

At The Dandelion Patch, we love celebrating any and all occasions with pretty paper! For example, our Patchettes create a lot of bat mitzvah and bar mitzvah invitations. We love creating paper for these traditional Jewish celebrations, because we’re able to use fun colors and patterns. It’s also a great opportunity to incorporate a child’s interest like a favorite sport! Below you’ll find a sample of the custom creations that we’ve made for our amazing family of clients. For more ideas, you can check out the full gallery of mitzvah invitations on our website!

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If you’re in need of mitzvah invitations, be sure to make an appointment with our lovely Patchettes in our Tysons Corner showroom! For more paper inspiration, you can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Happy Monday!


Trend Alert: Colorful 80s Decor

Every once in awhile, we come across inspiration that really gets our gears going! This 80s inspired wedding industry event is the perfect example! With spring coming, we’re sure to see a lot more bright, colorful designs like this one. We’re also loving anything with pinks and palms – super trendy! This look, by Jaime at Wild Heart Events and Sophie at Amazing Days Events, is absolutely amazing. If you’re thinking it’s not formal enough for your big day, consider these ideas for your bridal shower or a bachelorette brunch – even a birthday party! 

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After a year of neutral wedding trends, we’re really so excited to see some more color in the wedding world! This also makes a ton of sense with 80s fashion trending too. If you’re thinking of incorporating this theme in to an upcoming party, the Patchettes are here to help! We’d love to create some pretty paper to match these fun colors and bold prints! Please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showrrom, today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more inspiration!



Real Wedding Wednesday: Justin & Nathan

We loved working with Justin & Nathan on the pretty paper for their DC wedding! This couple met at Appalachian State University and tied the knot six years later. They celebrated their love with a super modern and urban big day, which we loved! Also, check out their fun, bow-tie stationery. How amazing!

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What an awesome bunch of vendors to work with, and we owe a huge “congrats” to the happy couple!
Photographer: Casey Hendrickson Photography | Cupcakes: The Sweet Lobby | Florals: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch


DIY Wedding Trends

With weddings getting more and more expensive, it’s a great idea to do some of the decorating yourself! We know what you’re thinking – DIY decor can be difficult. Maybe you’re not crafty? Well, these ideas are so simple and classy! Anyone can make these DIY ideas work!

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Make your own favors to save money!

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A little ribbon and a flower is all you need for trendy table settings!

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These picks are easy and inexpensive table numbers! You can make them yourself or order off Etsy!

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Follow this link to learn how to make your own confetti!

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All you need for a great photo opportunity is fabric and a little paint – how cute!

We love how simple these wedding DIYs are! What’s your favorite? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!


Wedding News Alert!

If you’re recently engaged, get excited! There are so many fun things happening in the wedding world! First, wedding registries are getting a makeover. From cash to charity registries, couples are opting for all sorts of untraditional gift registries. Here’s a fun one!

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You can now register for Domino’s Pizza! This is the ultimate pizza lover’s dream!

Wait, we’ve got another big news alert! You can get married at Taco Bell! Yes, you heard that right! Taco Bell is opening a Las Vegas location with its own chapel. For only $600, you get an officiant and reception area.

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We’re really excited by all these new ways to celebrate your love! Would you consider a pizza registry or Taco Bell wedding? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!




Real Wedding Wednesday: Erica & Ben

It’s Real Wedding Wednesday! This gem of a wedding was recently shared by our dear friend and photographer Rodney Bailey. Like the rest of us, Rodney is a big fan of Newseum weddings. It’s really become a DC staple venue, and we’re not surprised! This stunning museum makes such a beautiful wedding backdrop, and we loved seeing the space come alive for Erica and Ben’s big day. The lovely women of A Sweet Soiree did an expert job of planning a celebration to remember!

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Thank you to all the amazing vendors who worked with us on Erica and Ben’s DC wedding at the Newseum! Also, congratulations to the newlyweds!

Planner: A Sweet Soiree | Photographer: Rodney Bailey Photography | Catering:  Wolfgang Puck Catering | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Custom Floral | Hair: BRIDAL ARTISTRY DC | Makeup:  Suzanne Eden, Makeup Chic | Strings: String Poet | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Videographer: Suburban Video | Limo Service: Chariots For Hire | Pretty Paper: The Dandelion Patch