Paper Source Tips: A Unique Save the Date

As the first chance to show off your wedding style, Save the Dates are an important part of wedding planning. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make your mark as a newly engaged couple.

Picture Perfect

Although Save the Dates are available without photos, we love the idea of giving your guests a sneak peek of the happy couple. No matter what style you choose for your Save the Date, the focus is on you and your partner, and a good shot will make your announcement stand out.

Our in-house Photographer, John R., has a few recommendations when striking a pose:

  • A lot of wedding photographers feature photo packages that include engagement shots. This is a great time to get some more casual and candid, but professional pictures, while also getting to know your photographer before the wedding day.
  • Dress for the occasion! Remember, these are probably photos that you will be seeing for a while (and, of course, on your Save the Dates)! Even if you choose a casual look, make sure it’s put together and timeless, so you won’t mind looking at your photos for years to come. It also doesn’t hurt to coordinate your outfits beforehand – so you’re not matching, but not clashing, either.
  • Shots often look more natural, and are more personal, when a couple visits places that are important or familiar to them. Go to a favorite date spot, or strike a pose on your front porch – if you feel comfortable, your photos will show that.
  • If you’re going to shoot your own photos with a friend, make sure you’re not staring into the sun, and try and pose in front of more solid backgrounds to ensure you pop. Late afternoon, or the “Golden Hour,” with softer shadows and warmer light, is a great time for taking pictures. Select then highest quality file setting on your camera, too.

And if you’re looking for tips on how to pose, check out these 101 Tips from The Dating Divas.

Of course the picture is the most important part – so if you find a shot you love, chances are you’ll be able to find a style to match it. However, if you have your heart set on a certain look in your Save the Dates (for instance, the ones below both feature large images with a text overlay) make sure you plan accordingly. For the styles shown, you’ll need to ask your photographer to take a shot that leaves blank space where you want the text to be (and usually darker backgrounds work best). It also never hurts to take examples with you, so you and your photographer are on the same page.

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Brush Script and Script Top Photo Save the Dates


Setting Your Style

If you’re planning on personalizing a Wedding Invitation Suite, there’s a good chance you’ll find a corresponding Save the Date. This is the perfect time to give your guests a hint of what to expect on your big day.

Karen D., our Design Director, says, “It’s nice to carry a theme, color, or style through your wedding, and Save the Dates are the start of that.” The Chalk Border Save the Date and Invitation, shown below, coordinate nicely without mirroring each other, and create a cohesive experience.

And don’t be fooled – there’s still plenty of customization that can happen with your Save the Dates. Karen says, “Many people don’t realize that on many of our Save the Dates you can change text and color, and even take out lines. You can completely match it to your own style.”

Take, for example, how the small tweaks below change the look of our Swirl Marquee Save the Date.

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D.I.Y. Your Save the Date

And finally, the craftier couple can turn to D.I.Y. for a one-of-a-kind look. Pinterest is a great resource for “Save the Date” ideas, but don’t forget that etiquette recommends you include the date and location, as well as a note that a formal invitation will follow. We love the idea of printing 4″ x 6″ photos and uniquely mounting them on A7 size cards (we have 40 exclusive colors and bulk discounts are available). You can embellish with stamps, stickersribbon and more.

Paper Source even offers Wedding Workshops, for more inspiration, ideas and tips on execution. Our next one (on D.I.Y. Wedding Invitations) is coming up in April!.

Now through April 5, 2015, Wedding Suites and Save the Dates are 15% OFF with code WED15!

Looking Back: The Best of Paper Source 2013

As we sit at the beginning of a new year, we’re taking a little time to reflect on all the good times and get-togethers we’ve had with families and friends in 2013, facilitated by a little creativity and a lot of gorgeous paper! (Hint: don’t miss a chance to win at the end of this blog!)

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We first revisit Stephen C.’s gorgeous train-ticket inspired wedding invitations. His invitations demonstrate that minimal, high quality materials like our #10 gold shimmer envelopes and #10 notecards are enough to really make your own design ingenuity shine!

Oscars Party

Next, we created a simple yet glamorous Oscars Party using gold chevron as our theme. Last year, we used wrapping paper for placemats, but now, we have fantastic, customizable placemats in a variety of colors and designs including the very Oscar-worthy Gold Confetti!

space themed onesies

 In the summer, we threw an outer space-themed baby shower for our beloved art director, Karen. Small details and simple supplies made all the difference in this ethereal bash: a sundae bar with celestial-themed toppings, hand-painted onesies themed after the solar system, and a gorgeous, hand-painted keepsake box to hold them in!

Later in the year, we were inspired by Houston customer Kristina’s paper wedding décor! Kristina proved that a small wedding budget makes for a no less gorgeous experience than an expensive one. Her pool-colored pompoms, pinwheels, and large-scale paper flowers created a festive and personal atmosphere; after all, most of the decorations were made by herself and a bridesmaid. She even created her own miniature pinwheel cake-topper!

We’re looking forward to 365 more days of making everyday celebrations extraordinary! That’s what we love so much about partying with paper: it’s beautiful, economical, and best of all– with the advice of any Paper Source store associate or this blog– incredibly easy to realize your creative vision for your next event.

So, to send this year off right, we’d like to turn it over to you: what is one of the best party hosting/decorating tips you’ve ever learned from Paper Source? Tell us in the comments, and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card!

Comment by January 9, 2014. Winner will be selected at random on January 10th and notified via email.


UPDATE**  We have a winner!  Thank you Amy B. for this little gem: “I especially loved the how-to tassel garland you shared with us back in July. So festive and fun, this garland will truly make any occasion extra special. Your tutorials and great ideas will definitely help as I prepare to host my sister-in-laws upcoming baby shower! I love you Paper Source!”

A great, big thank you to all of you for your readership, participation and creativity!

Houston Inspiration: A Paper & Pool Wedding

Without a huge budget for her wedding, but with a certain level of quality in mind, Houston PS fan Kristina and her husband knew just where to go for quality, accessibility, and the perfect color palette. With a hand from PS, a lovely bridesmaid, and creativity, Kristina found the essentials she needed for her Paper & Pool themed wedding.

Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

When it was time to start our wedding budget I knew we had to really save money and do the whole wedding with paper. One, I am a huge paper fan, and two, it was something that seemed to fit our personalities and theme. I have always loved the pool color from Paper Source so we went and bought all of the components of what we needed for our day. I didn’t go in with a real plan. All I knew I wanted was pinwheels!!

Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

Kristina wanted a light and organic environment for her Houston wedding. Wedding invitations and Save the Dates where chosen from Pool, Soft White, Shimmer Silver, and to tie it all together, Paper Bag. To add detail, Kristina bought a PS stamp and embossed the corners of cards and wedding envelopes.


Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

The actual reception was all paper. When you walked into the reception area you were greeted by these amazing HUGE white flowers, which my best friend, who was my bridesmaid, made out of poster paper!

Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

The ceilings were draped with paper pom poms, the tables had paper placemats, and pin wheels made out of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper with embossed stamp textures added some shimmer. We also printed our names on small paper bags to use for the candy station. Our programs were made with the same paper as our invites, and we sewed spines in to add a little DIY touch! And I even made my own cake topper!

Photo by Andrea Pinon, Ethan Avery Photography

Thank you Paper Source Highland Village – for making me an embossing fanatic and helping inspire me to use different textures and styles!

Kristina V.R., Highland Village PS Customer
Favorite PS colors: peacock & pool
Favorite PS product: Paper Source heat tool

We’re so proud to know that we could help Kristina fulfill her dream of an extraordinary Houston wedding. This is one of the best DIY weddings we’ve seen to date. Paper Source’s mission to inspire you to “Do Something Creative Every Day” combined with our customers’ visions make for some excellent celebrations, and we hope to continue the inspiration combination!


Friday Fun: Favor Bag Ideas

If there’s one thing we love, it’s throwing a party… and one of our favorite aspects of hosting an event are the favors. Not only are favors a wonderful treat for your guests, but they also offer a blank canvas for creating wonderful little packages.

Here are a few of our DIY favor ideas…

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Our Small White Treat Bags offer a nice clean surface that can be decorated with stamps, ribbon or personalized with a simple clothespin and gift tag

favor bag ideas

Our Kraft Bags can be embellished in a multitude of ways; we especially love to dress up the edges by using a Doily Lace Edge Punch around the tops before folding them over.

favor bag ideas

Small Cello Bags are a fabulous option when its contents are something colorful:  gumdrops, jellybeans or confetti, perhaps? They take an easy, modern turn when sealed and decorated with a bit of washi tape.

favor bag ideas

favor bag ideas

Want to strike a vintage vibe?  Our Burlap Drawstring Bags and Muslin Bags  are an elegant (and reusable!) option on their own but their real charm comes through when decorated with ribbons, gift tags and even ink embellishment!

For directions on how to make these or to find other DIY favor bag ideas, visit:

An Invite to Chicago Brides…

Chicago brides are invited to visit us at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party on Sunday, March 10! Be inspired by our 2013 Wedding Invitation Collection, unique DIY details, and so much more. For event details, click the photo below.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Austin inspiration: Tickets to a DIY wedding

When Paper Source fan Stephen C. and his wife announced their big day, they took on the project of creating one-of-a-kind, DIY wedding invitations inspired by Stephen’s old train tickets.

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We own a public relations and design company, so we were really interested in making our wedding invitations. I designed them with inspiration from my old train tickets from London to Paris that I’ve been using as bookmarks.

#10 envelope

The couple’s invitations were enclosed in #10 Open End Shimmer Gold Envelopes with a string and button enclosure that was fashioned by hand. They printed #10 Savoy Cotton Notecards at home to achieve the faded look, then finished with rounded corners.

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Using a perforating wheel the couple created a tear-off piece that could be placed in purses and wallets, and the black strip across the top is magnet tape for refrigerator posting.

They also included a QR code on the rear. With a scan of a smart phone, guests are taken to either their Adroid or iPhone app store to download the couple’s wedding app.

With their know-how and creative thinking – and the help of basic note cards and envelopes – the couple created a project that instilled the essence of their wedding’s theme. We were truly excited to hear from Stephen, and equally excited to share his project.

– Stephen & Dana, Stellar Impeller — Austin, PS Customers

Favorite PS colors: PS colors: persimmon & curry
Favorite PS product: Patterned Gift Boxes

Want to share your creations with us? Email us at:

Paper Source 2013 Wedding Invitation Collection

It’s your big day, and the 2013 Paper Source Wedding Invitation Collection will help you create a meaningful expression. Whether you’re looking for glamour, blushing for romance or longing for something bold, our invitation suites are sure to inspire with fresh color palettes, playful fonts, and tons of great DIY wedding ideas.

The Watercolor Laurel Frame wedding invitations suite is a fancy new floral.

This collection is ultra chic with touches of a Laurel Frame Border Rubber Stamp and customized gift tags to adorn as you like.

Go rustic with our Vintage Ticket inspired wedding suite. Die-cut corners perfectly accent the stunning typography.

Add DIY favor bags and place cards made with our Thank You Banner Rubber Stamp, Burlap Drawstring Bags, and Black & White Baker’s Twine to complete the feel.

Our lovely luxe blush is back… and more inspired than ever! Add a little romance to your wedding day with embossed roses or make a playful statement with this new Confetti on Blush style. See more ways to style this perfect pink online.

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You can also add glamour with gold and a modern chevron design that is sure to make a statement.

save the date cards

You can further set the tone of your wedding with our collection of photo save the date cards. It’s never been easier to highlight your palette, or coordinate design elements to showcase your individual style.

Ready to plan? Let us help you announce your special day! Check out our Weddings Pinterest Board for inspiration or visit a store location near you to look through invitation ideas and more!

Luxe Blush is back!

Luxe Blush: this delicate color brings flower petals and sweet sentiments to mind, and we can’t think of a better way to bring out its best than on wedding invitations and wedding envelopesOur new Luxe Blush invitation suites take on a sophisticated-vintage appeal when paired with Antique Gold as seen here, (we also loved pairings with Black, Slate, and Night.)

The subtlety of this color is a favorite for the new year, and with a personal touch it’s sure to be a wonderful way to let friends and family know of any upcoming celebration. And it’s here just in time for the season of love!

New Personalized Napkins and Placemats

When it comes to your most special events, a little bit of decorative cohesion goes a long way, which is why Paper Source is pleased to unveil the newest addition to our personalized collection.

Our personalized napkins and placemats  not only allow you to customize your table decor with monograms, names or messages, but they also perfectly coordinate with other Paper Source colors so all of your menu cards, place cards and other accents can have a crisp, perfectly put-together look that wows your guests.

personalized napkins

Accent your next special event with our new assortment of personalized napkins. Featuring exclusive designs for holiday parties, baby showers, wedding events, bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah, graduation and other special events and parties. Each style available as a cocktail napkins, lunch napkins or guest towels.

personalized placemats

You can also add a touch of elegance, retro styling or a colorful accent to any party with any of our new personalized placemat designs. Opt for confetti stylings, vintage flatware or Italian illustrations to make your place settings truly exceptional.

Either option is sure to make your next party pop with personality.