Paper, Paper Everywhere – Part 2

There was so much going on at the National Stationary Show in NYC last week that I needed another blog entry to tell you more about the latest in invitations and social stationary.

Here are some more trends that were at the show:

Trend #4:

Customized -  Companies are figuring out that every bride and every wedding are different and each bride wants her wedding to be unique.  Even the big invitation companies like Carlson Craft are debuting new catalogs that include invitations and accessories that allow you to customize the colors, fonts, and papers like never before.  We will soon be offering the brand new customizable Carlson Craft Exclusive Collection so be on the lookout for our announcement on this soon.

Trend #5:

Pockets and Jackets– Definitely one of the biggest trends in wedding invitations today are pockets and jackets.  This allows the invitation and all the enclosure cards to stay in a nice, neat package for your guests.  Below is an example of a pocket invitation from Carlson Craft.  We will also be offering this line in the very near future.

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Trend #6:

Green – And this time I don't mean invitations that are made from recycled materials, I actually mean the color GREEN.  It has been popping up in shades like springy yellow-green, soothing sage, and hot bright green.  It is being used alone or many times paired up with blue like in this reception card from Lillywillow Paper & Press.

 

Wishing you all the best,

Priscilla

Paper, Paper Everywhere

Wow, I am exhausted (in a good way)!  I just got back from the 62nd Annual Stationery Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC.  I walked for hours perusing the latest in invitations, social stationery, gifts, decor, and crafts.  There were literally over 1,000 exhibitors there.  It was amazing. 

Here are some of the top trends this year in wedding and special occasion invitations and decor that were prominent at this year's show:

Trend #1: 

Going Green  You may think that invitations made of recycled paper would not look very elegant.  This is not the case anymore.  Many smaller, custom stationery companies and well as the big, well known invitation companies have come out with beautiful, stylish "green" wedding and special occasion invitations.  There were also many handmade paper companies present at the show that offered gorgeous eco-friendly papers made from sustainable materials that could easily be used to make custom invitations or used for favor packaging.  The picture below is of an invitation in Celebration's new Naturally Ever After line which is made from recycled papers containing at least 30% post-consumer fibers.

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Trend #2: 

Girly Girl Stuff – From shower and bachelorette party invitations with motifs of high heels and lipstick to bridesmaid gifts with cheeky, vintage images; the trend was definitely ultra-girly girl like these adorable flip flops from Bonnie Marcus Collection.

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Trend #3:

Nature Motifs -  This trend is probably a result of the "going green" trend.  Images of nature – florals, branches, vines, leaves, and animals are popping up on all kinds of invitations and social stationery.  Birds have been the most popular animals on paper like these wedding invitations from Alice-Louise Press. 

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Check back on our blog next week for more of the latest trends in invitations and social stationery.

Until next time,

Priscilla

Ciao Bella! – Milan

P11408124_ph_hero Designer shoes & bags…..do you love them as much as I do?  I was in my own personal Heaven recently when I took a trip to Milan, Italy.  When I left for Milan I knew I would find some of the best fashions in the world, and I was right!  Gucci, Prada, Versace, its all there.  This city is  definitely one for trendsetters.  I picked up some gorgeous shoes and bags from Ferragamo and Bruno Mali.

Milan of course, like every cosmopolitan city, has an abundance of culture ~ historical exhibits (The Last Supper), concerts and Opera (La Scala), ancient Churches (Il Dumo) but I found that the most wonderful thing about this city is all of the hidden treasures.  Among the busy streets and crowded quads we found some of the most elegant courtyards hidden just behind the office buildings and designer shops.  Some of these beautiful gardens offer the perfect place for a private outdoor ceremony.

There is certainly no shortage of wonderful places to celebrate with your loved ones in Milan.  If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere for dinner try The Paper Moon.  One block from the famous Four Seasons Hotel and just minutes from Armani and Ferragamo, Paper Moon offers simple choices that are truly representative of the region.

Larger parties and receptions take on an elegant feel at the luxury hotel, Hotel Principe Di Savoia Milano.  WOW!  That is all I can stay about our stay.  The hotel was beautiful and lush, and the rooms were larger than any I have ever seen in Europe.  The hotel’s ballroom offers a golden lined space where the most discerning Bride would be amazed. 

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For an equally elegant but more contemporary feel, visit the Bulgari Milano.  Better suited for a smaller celebration in their restaurant (where the food is amazing!) Bulgari has some very special spaces, including their very own private Botanical Garden.  It was the perfect place for us to stop in for a cocktail, rest on the comfy lounge furniture and savor the experiences of the last three days.

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Ciao,

Candice