The Wedding Experience

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be a part of Columbus Bride and Groom’s Wedding Experience. The Wedding Experience will be held on Sunday, November 8th 2015 from 12-4pm at The Crowne Plaza North. Come out and see all that local has to offer!

I will be giving away thank you cards and displaying all my favorite wedding invitation designs. I will be one of four very talented invitation designers at the event. You already know a lot about Paper Bag Invites, so I would love to give a shout out to the other talented crew.

The Paper Vow has an amazing Ohio Collection. I’m giddy about anything Ohio. This collection just makes me smile! The collection features laser cutting, letterpress and layering. All things I absolutely love. Check out their work by clicking here.

Avant-Garde Impressions has so many great options to choose from. This company is the real deal. They’ve been around for a while and offer a copious amount of options to suite any couple! They offer designs that are stylish and luxurious. Check out some of my favorites here.

Design With Heart Studio manages to put into words exactly what you want to say. They have a gorgeous line of cards that make me swoon every time I peruse their website. They are inspired by a simple but powerful premise: love is love. I literally took that last sentence right off their website. It’s too powerful not to share. Check out their work by clicking here.

Can’t wait to share this Sunday with such amazing talent. Paper Bag Invites looks forward to seeing you all there!

The Beauty Behind Envelopes

Envelopes come in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures. You can even choose to lick the envelope (some people actually enjoy the glue taste…eww), have a handy dandy sticker, or better yet a wax seal.

Choosing an envelope is where I like to begin my design process. I get so inspired by that folded piece of paper. Think about it…it’s your guest’s first impression of what your wedding will be like. You want your guests to receive your invitation and be excited to see the inside contents.

The envelope sets the stage for what is to come. It builds anticipation. Give me something shiny and I’m hooked! Give me an envelope liner and you may have to pick me up off of the ground! I hope everyone has this reaction. I realize I’m the biggest paper nerd you will ever come by, though!

The Perfect Color Scheme

Knocking your head against the wall to figure out the perfect color scheme for your wedding or special event? I’m the type of person who likes to take risks, but still tends to be a bit traditional when it comes to color. One of the best color schemes for the traditional risk taker is neutrals mixed in with a pop of neon.

Neon…yikes! You may be telling yourself this, but hear me out. Neon can be played up or down in a color scheme. It is a great way to please the mother of the bride but still allows for a younger, brighter personality to come through.

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of designing with a neon color scheme. Check out Audrey and Erics wedding invitation by clicking here. The parents of the bride and groom were very traditional. They were also helping to pay for a big portion of the wedding. If that’s the case, you need to respect a little of what they say, but don’t lose yourself in the process. Find the happy medium.

For this particular couple, the happy medium was a traditional pattern on a gray paper with a pop of canary yellow. This was one of two proposed designs and I thought for sure that the mother of the bride was going to hate it. Boy was I ever wrong. The bride and mother of the bride were both happy. They each thought they had won the wedding color scheme battle.

It’s a hard process to come up with the perfect color scheme for your big day. It also happens to be one of my favorite parts. Give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll help you come up with your perfect wedding colors.

Check out our neon inspired Pinterest board by clicking here.audreyeric

The Drive-In


There’s nothing better than pulling up to that outdated speaker in a graveled parking lot. You pop the trunk and sit in the back of the car with the anticipation of watching a movie on a large screen in the sky. Homemade snacks and the grocery bag of popcorn are already in your lap when the dancing candy intro comes on. Ahh…the drive-in.

Having a wedding engagement shoot at a location like that would be stunning. I know a great photographer that could take it to a whole new level of beauty. Paper is by far one of my favorite photographers to date. The photographer, Zak Kelley, has a way of capturing the perfect and most unexpected moments.

He somehow takes a modern photo and gives it a vintage twist. He’s especially good in low light situations. He creates a wide spectrum of earth toned colors that seem to not exist in the real world. Absolutely stunning. There are no other words to describe his style.

Check out his work here (caution, you may have to pick your jaw off of the ground) and seriously consider a drive-in for your engagement shoot. It’s a combination that needs to be completed. Hopefully my drive-in Pinterest page will help get the ideas flowing.

Go Crazy with Your Wedding Theme

Who wouldn’t want to go to a magical themed wedding? I’m not going to lie. I absolutely love the most absurd wedding themes. It makes the wedding more personal and just plain fun.

The most popular wedding theme on our Pinterest board is our Harry Potter Wedding theme. Never in a million years would I have thought that my dorky obsession would become a popular wedding theme. I really want someone to do this theme for their wedding. Well, to tell the truth, I really want to design a wedding around this theme! Think about it…you could have the bridesmaids wear a Gryffindor scarf or the groomsmen wear a lightning bolt boutonniere. Oh the possibilities! You could make each guest put on the sorting hat to reaveal their seat assignment. Okay…so it may be a logistical nightmare, but it would still be fun! Check out our Pinterest board by clicking here.

The wackier the theme, the more fun it is to design. I love seeing the ideas that come out of my brides and grooms when they choose a theme that is unique to them. Don’t be afraid to go bold. Step out of the box. You only get one wedding (hopefully), so make the most of it!
Check out all our Pinterest wedding themes by clicking here.