One of the best parts about working at The Dandelion Patch is getting to see all types of pretty paper. In addition to our love for weddings, we also have a huge place in our hearts for corporate paper. From gold foil to blind embossing, we are suckers for business cards. But don’t be fooled by their beauty, all of our business cards are practical as well. Want to know what you include on your card? Checkout these basics tips below for creating your perfect business card!
1. Keep things simple. Avoid cluttering the card with too many fonts or colors because it will take away from the information on the card. If you are worried about including too much information, use the back of the card to separate the text.
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2. Paper quality matters. A business card may be the first impression people will have of you or your business. Which means, don’t have cards that appear to be less than professional. Invest in a nice ply of paper. In addition, make sure it is a paper than people can write on. People often make notes on them to remember the person that gave it to them.
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3. Have one element stand out. This is the easiest way for your card to be remembered, especially when exchanging at a social situation. Add color, a fun design, or even a catchy phrase, just remember not to go overboard by adding all of these elements.
Business cards are essential for making an outstanding first impression. Keep these basics in mind, remember to smile and happy networking!
Here at the Dandelion Patch, we consider ourselves experts on “Day of Paper,” or the paper pieces that create the personality of your event. Below are some creative ways to make escort cards not only helpful and functional but also an amazing piece of art in your venue!
Corks make an easy and cute stand for place cards. Ask restaurants and friends for their corks to create this fun look!
Above: Three Little Words Paper
2. Rustic Windows
Stop by your local flea market to find an old rustic window. They come fit with a beautiful frame and add a unique decorative piece to your country wedding.
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Knock out two necessities at your reception by attaching your escort cards to guests’ favor. Baby champagne bottles or cans are a perfect favor and they immediately add a touch of elegance to your event!
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Chalkboards are a trendy way to add an element of fun to your reception, no matter what the theme. There’s something about chalkboard that tends to remind people of being care-free. The more colors, the better!
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5. Library Calling Cards
These little pieces of history are finding use again in weddings! This is a perfect way to impress your guests who have a passion for books. Keep the theme going by naming your tables after your favorite novels.
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When looking at wedding invitations you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused by all the options and unfamiliar terms associated with custom paper products. A common place for confusion is the printing process. In the invitation industry, there are several different methods that may be utilized depending on your desired look, feel, timeline, and budget. Once a week for the next few weeks I hope to clarify some of the printing options including: digital printing, flat(offset) printing, thermography, letterpress, and engraving.
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Digital printing is the process we are probably most familiar with. Most office and home printers are digital printers meaning that digital files such as PDFs can be sent directly to the printer without the need for creating a printing plate (used in other processes). The final printed product in this process renders the ink completely flat on the page.
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-Incredibly quick turnaround. If you’re working on a tight timeline, digital printing could be your best option.
-Less expensive. Cutting out the technical process of creating printing plates means lower cost for you!
-Greater flexibility. Frequent changes to the printed material may be made without greater cost.
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-Color matching. Despite the improvements in digital printing technologies, digital printing still cannot match the color quality of offset printing.
-Color Quality. Digital printers can be either inkjet or laser. Generally, laser printers can’t generate saturated, vibrant color.
-Fewer material options. Although they are catching up to traditional process in terms of what they can print on, digital printers are still more limited.
Bring in the shimmer and sparkle! Jeweled chandeliers are making a big appearance in 2014. Whether they’re in your every day or just for your wedding day, these jeweled fixtures add elegance to any setting. We are constantly being inspired by this detail. You might even say, we’ve gone crazy for chandeliers!
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Perfect for a wedding brunch or late night snack, treat your guests to a sweet surprise along with their beverage!
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Forgo the traditional wedding or party cake and delight guests with a donut tower! This decadent sculpture is sure to be the center of attention on any table.
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Set up a brunch bar or late night snack station with varieties of donut flavors to please everyone!
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Or give donuts as a favor so guests can have something to snack on the ride home! -Amy
Though the traditional use of burlap was for sacks, it has been transformed in the crafting world as a delightful accent. Burlap adds a perfect touch of rustic and can be used in a wide array of projects! Below are a few uses of burlap that we love.
1. Candles. Adding a strip of burlap to candles can make them feel both rustic and chic.
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2. Monogramed Pictures. Looking for a creative way to memorialize your wedding date? Printing your monogram and wedding date on a piece of burlap looks adorable in a frame and blends well in any home!
3. Invitations. Placing your invitation in a burlap bag can be either industrial or tropical; add this unique touch to your invitation to spice up the look.
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4. Banners. Buntings have become a trendy way to add a fun catch-phrase to your decorations. The versatility of burlap can meld well with any wedding.
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When the months get warmer, it’s a sign that wedding season is upon us! Whether you’re the bride-to-be or a guest, get in shape to look your best! A healthy diet can go a long way, and it doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Check out these yummy ideas to try in addition to a daily exercise routine.
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Salads. They don’t have to be bland and boring. There are so many fun ingredients out there to jazz up your greens. Switch it up from spinach, to arugula, to bibb lettuce. Add in toppings like beets, craisins, walnuts, and feta. Or go south of the border with this delicious chopped chicken taco salad featured on All You.
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Wraps. One of the simplest things to cut out is sliced bread. It may not be EASY but there are several lower calorie options including spinach wraps or lettuce leaves that are just as tasty if you give them a chance! Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite things to make and they’re surprisingly simple Check out the Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps on MarthaStewart.com.
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Smoothies. If you’re not a morning eater, smoothies are a perfect energy boost to start your day. Add a supplement of peanut butter for energy or avocado to get that creamy texture.
With spring thoughts and warmer weather starting to creep in, we are getting very exited for the wedding rush that is on it’s way! Speaking of spring, we couldn’t help but be inspired by one of our favorite looks from the Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2014 collection for this post. Blush and romance are not just perfectly executed in this gown, but are also two of the biggest trends we’re seeing in 2014. Which is leaving us at the Patch, head over heels for this new take on a ‘blushing’ bride!
Above Left: Badgley Mischka - Above Right: Monique Lhuillier – Featured Below: Style Me Pretty
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Above: Camilla Styles
When planning your wedding or any event, don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Sometimes it is the lack of decor and detail that adds to the drama. Minimalistic styling can create such a clean and timeless look, that you won’t regret those extra touches that would end up cluttering the design.
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Embrace the white space! Often times people mistake simple and minimalist for boring. On the contrary, a lot of white space on an invitation can balance out the text creating a harmonious design your guests will appreciate.
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On the reception tables, don’t crowd the space with unnecessary decor that will only get in the way of your guests. Keep pieces small and simple to encourage conversation across the tables.
In the midst of winter storms, we here at The Dandelion Patch are dreaming of spring weddings. We love the mysterious and dreamily romantic feel of an Irish Wedding. The lush green scenery, the rustic vintage decorations, the ethereal woodlands, and even the jolly pubs make Irish weddings a sight to behold. Below are some of our favorite snippets of gorgeous Irish weddings to inspire your upcoming spring nuptials!
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