The Look For Less | Designing With Paper

Brandi Reiland | Soiree: One of our first steps when designing a wedding is to start looking at paper- textures, patterns, and eclectic designs. We love paper because using it in your wedding really can take it from pretty to amazing; And by mixing and matching coordinating colors and styles you actually create a very cool continuity throughout your party that will keep your guests’ eyes roaming and engaged. And the bonus? Using paper uses more creativity than it does money- perfect if you’re trying hard to stick to a budget.

Photos:  Simplesong Design via Ritzy Bee (left) Martha Stewart (right)

Wrap vases in patterned designs, or cut a thick band of wrapping paper for your menu cards. Choose 3-4 different patterns of thick paper to create interesting and chic escort or place cards. Experiment with different textures- use mulberry paper for a more natural or even Asian theme, or watermarked “lace” papers for a classic theme. Use old book pages or music sheets for a vintage, shabby chic feel. And feel free to include other paper-like items too, like ribbon- the more ribbon the better! The trick to designing with paper is to not be afraid to mix and match patterns- as long as the colors mesh well together and the overall styles resemble each other, you’ve got a truly personalized and eclectic theme happening.

Photo: One of Soiree’s paper-inspired weddings

Online stores like Paper Source, Paper Mojo, and Elum have beautiful designer papers and wrapping paper; often coming in extra large sizes that get a lot of bang for your buck. Places like Paper Mart offer bulk ribbon and tissue paper in a variety of colors and sizes too, and at wholesale pricing to boot.

Designing with paper can create and compliment whatever style of wedding you’re planning; giving the event a unique and personalized feel that will keep your guests talking long after they’ve gone home.

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Today’s feature was written by Brandi Reiland of Soiree in Boise, Idaho. Soiree offers a offers a couture luxury experience and brings creativity, expertise and an unparalleled personal approach to every event they plan.