Trend Alert: Project Parasol

Early history marks the parasol as an item of luxury, an accessory once fit for only the nobility who had servants carry these mobile canopies over their heads as they strolled or lounged under the powerful rays of the summer sun. Today, parasols continue its existence fulfilling purposes of sun protection, but with the concept of servants mostly extant in modern society – not to mention the production of applicable sunscreen lotion that is, comparably, much less burdensome – parasols have once again struck favor with an area of luxury and pleasantness today: the wedding industry! However, instead of allowing the parasol to stay in its line of work as an effective sun-blocking agent, people have broken convention to find creative ways of integrating this picturesque, light-weight accessory into their planned celebration! Today, we bring you project parasol: a project with potential, a party of perfection!

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Parasols make for a practical outdoor-ceremony accessory, AND the perfect wedding favor!

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Or make them available in size XXL!

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Say “I do” under a color-filled parasol-collaged wedding arch! Then, simply save it for later as a bright and cheerful photo backdrop!

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Let these pristine, pink parasols guide you down towards your most cherished other!

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It’s like a wedding bouquet held upside-down over your head!

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Parasols are the perfect tool for professional, wedding photoshoots!

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Top off these summer cocktails with miniature lace parasols!

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Each person gets a parasols to call their own, especially if their names are attached!

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Considering they’ve looked adorable in every picture so far, it’s no surprise that parasols also make for pristine centerpieces!

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Throw in a few floral garlands to mimic those beautiful botanical surroundings!

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A waltz under a canopy of colorful, upside-down parasols and twinkling night – not your typical idea of romance, but enchanting all the same

!Interested in pretty paper to match those pretty parasol decorations? Share your ideas with The Dandelion Patch through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter or call for an appointment to discuss them in person!

Trend Alert: All White Cakes

Did you take notes from this week’s Real Wedding post? Well, we did! Gabby and Jeff selected a cake that’s super trendy for this spring. Yes, all white cakes with a few floral additions are HUGE! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for your planning pleasure.

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How sweet is this flower focal point?

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We love these little buds!

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Greenery is a trendy touch too!

What do you think of this cake trend? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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!

Botanical Beauties

Botanical invitations are one of our favorite pretty paper looks! These beauties are so soft and romantic. They’re perfect if you’re planning a spring wedding. At the same time, a few darker hues like navy make them versatile enough to use year round. To really wow guests, we recommend saving your floral prints for the envelope liner. It’s an extra special surprise as you open the invitation. This concept also allows you to keep the invitation design simple but still have a pop of color and pattern! Here are a few examples – don’t forget to pin them on Pinterest!

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Recently engaged? Our Patchettes are excited to help you through the steps of selecting your paper, from announcements to invitations to day-of paper! For larger looks at these botanical beauties, please select the botanical gallery above. In addition to our galleries, please make an appointment at our Tysons Corner Showroom to view more inspiration. Happy planning!

Flower Crown Favorites

Flower crowns started as a very indie trend that was mostly popular with boho brides. Now, flower crowns are becoming more and more mainstream. This trend has also maintained popularity through every season, proving it’s here to stay. Sorry summer – winter flower crowns are the new and improved take on this look! They’re cranberry filled and flawless in burgundy hues. Here are a few of our favorites for your winter wonderland wedding!

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This dress, that crown, those flowers – wow!

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Perfectly paired with a braid and fur!

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We can’t get over the lovely blend of greens in this crown.

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Make a statement with a few bold flowers!

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Finally, winter flower crowns were made for man buns and matching, burgundy suits!

We can’t get enough of these flower crowns. They’re our favorite Snapchat filter in real life! What could be better? For more of our favorite wedding trends, please follow the Patchettes on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. You can also find us on Snapchat (@chiefpatchette)!

A Botanical Blush Editorial

What’s not to love about blush peonies and a pear-cut engagement ring? Seriously! We’re so proud of this understated and timeless wedding look from our styled shoot this summer. From the vintage stamps to the pink macaroons, our pretty paper has never looked better! Our dear friend and photographer Astrid helped us to capture every angle of our invitations, and we couldn’t be happier. We also had the pleasure of partnering with planner Kaitlin Przezdziecki of Cheers Darling Events on this editorial feature at the Salamander Resort in charming Middleburg, Virginia. We can’t thank her enough for creating these, truly darling, tablescapes that any bride would love!

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We definitely see these floral envelope liners being a huge trend for the next year, and they  look perfect in these pale shades! Thanks again to the amazing team that helped us put this whole day together! It was a dream!

Photographer: Astrid Woltering, Astrid Photo | Planner & Stylist: Kaitlin Przezdziecki, Cheers Darling Events | Venue: Salamander Resort | Florist & Lounge Seating: Edge Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Style Me Bar | Rentals: DC Rental & Capital Party Rental | Models: Elena Bach & Jordan Parker | Calligraphy: Just Write Calligraphy | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Cake: Sweets by E | Welcome Box: Teak & Twine | Dress: “Ivy” by Rue de Seine Lovely Bride DC | Invitations & Day-Of Paper: The Dandelion Patch

Trend Tuesday: Floral Chandeliers

It’s Trend Tuesday, and we’ve got a treat for you!

The Patchettes have fallen in love with floral chandeliers for spring and summer weddings. If you’ve chosen a simple centerpiece, floral chandeliers may be the extra touch that you need to make your reception design pop! These floral works of art will look amazing in any color palette, and they’re sure to be a showstopper!

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Try one large floral chandelier in the center of your reception! Wow!

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Simple, yet stunning, in all white!

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Pretty in pastels!

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They’re even more romantic outside!

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Super trendy with geometric shapes!

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Check out this bright boho look!

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Finally, consider transforming an industrial ceremony space with a floral chandelier!

We’re really hoping this floral trend is here to stay for awhile, because it’s really breathtaking! Which look is your favorite? Share with us on Facebook! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram too for more wedding inspiration!

-Amy