1. Our Designers’ Favorite Wedding Invitations

    It’s wedding season and we’re getting inspired by our original Wedding Invitations designs. Even if the wedding bells aren’t in your future, you can still swoon over these amazing invites. Paper Source offers over 90 exclusive wedding suites, all designed in-house by our team in Chicago. Our designers create a variety of invitations for every taste (from classic to contemporary), all while incorporating their own unique style. To get a better sense of their inspiration (as well as insight into our tastemakers’ design range), we asked four of our designers to pick a favorite that they’ve designed, and their picks are below.

    Maria Filar says,

    My favorite is the Vintage Floral suiteI love the vintage feel, but at the same time it’s crisp and modern. Vintage floral, engraved-style illustration is always going to be my favorite, and it will never feel dated or trendy. The inspiration behind this suite is old letterpress and engraved illustrations of botanicals.

    This look can be styled in a variety of ways – pair with all white and hits of black for a simple, clean and elegant look. Or pair it with Luxe Blush for a soft, romantic feel. Or it could be paired with more casual components like Paper Bag.

    Vintage Floral-Suite copy

    Erin Burke says,

    My favorite suite is the Bouquet suite. I think this invitation suite is one of the most energetic and graphic suites in our current line. The inspiration behind this suite was vintage floral illustrations from encyclopedias and garden manuals.

    It is unique enough to stand out, but general enough to complement any garden wedding – and the typography makes it modern and sophisticated. It also pairs well with bright, fun colors.

    Bouquet Main Wedding 2014 copy


    Karen Davis says,

    My favorite is the Foil Stamped Laurel Branches. First, I love the play of the clean, modern font used for the bride and groom’s name, paired with the ancient and elegant laurel wreath.

    Although this suite was inspired by some traditional elements, I love that they all suddenly feel updated with a small twist of a modern font and fresh color.

    I really enjoy the color pairing as shown – rose gold foil with white paper and a blush envelope. This suite would also be beautiful in white and gold, or cream and rose gold.

    Foil Laurel Branches Suite copy


    Vane Palacio says,

    I think the Foil Stamped Confetti Wedding Invitation  is elegant and classic, but modern at the same time, and could work for a variety of wedding styles. I like the gold foil confetti dots because they are subtle and give the invitation a special touch, and it comes in other foil color options!

    I also like how the names are big, it’s the first thing I notice when I see the invitation.

    I love the way the suite is shown, with the mint envelope and accents, but it could also be paired with any other color.

    Foil Confetti Suite copy


    Which of our original wedding invitation suites are your favorite? Tell us in the comments below, and check out our Pinterest board for more invitation inspiration.

  2. Picture Perfect: Make the Most of Photo Albums

    We love taking traditional photo albums and giving them a modern update. There are so many great ways to use and gift photo albums, and with the new Kinsho line, there are formats for any use (from pocket-sized, to traditional albums, to photo journals/scrapbooks). With luxe details like cloth-bound covers, nature-inspired colors, acid-free and archival paper, interior pockets and elastic enclosures, the new albums are practical enough for everyday use with a superior quality that makes a thoughtful gift. Here are some of our favorite ideas for using and gifting these classic products.

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    Store wedding memories. Photo albums are a classic way to store wedding and engagement pictures, but here are three different ways to use albums in your wedding plans (the Kinsho Ivory Photo Album has room for 200 photos and plenty of writing space).

    • Photobooth displays. Photobooths are a current wedding trend, and so is displaying the photobooth pics. But don’t forget to gather those up at the end of the night! Store them in a photo album so you’ll have them close by.

      Photo from Weddingomania Photo from Weddingomania

    • Candid moments. If you’re not doing a photobooth, give every table a disposable or Polaroid camera and collect the prints at the end for a look at the reception you might not have seen!
    • A custom guest book. Request that your guests bring a photo of them with the happy couple and place it in the album along with well wishes.

    Photo from Buzzfeed and Joey Kennedy Photography Photo from Buzzfeed and Joey Kennedy Photography


    A thoughtful graduation gift. Send off your new graduate by asking friends and family to bring their favorite pic with the new grad. Have each guest store their photo and write a favorite memory or tip for “the real world” for a gift they can keep forever (this Kinsho Pocket Photo Album is small and portable for wherever life might take the new grad).

    KIN2105_down Photo from Kinsho


    Create a memorable baby shower. Have your close friends bring baby photos of themselves and collect them in an album. Ask them to write a sweet message, fond memory, or tips on parenting, on the side. Keep it as a baby keepsake for years to come in the Kinsho Photo Journal – which features scrapbook sheets with room to write on the side.



    Whichever way you’re using your album, unique pens, stickers, washi tape and stamps can make a difference (they’re not just for scrapbooking – you can customize your photo albums however you like).

    With smartphones and screens becoming the popular way to store photos, we love the idea of printing out memories and having a tangible album holding some of life’s biggest moments. What are your favorite ways to use photo albums?

  3. 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.

    Save The Date Banner

    Arrow Logo, Inline Banner, Arched Names and Playbill Save the Dates


    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.

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  4. 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!!

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  5. 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!

  6. 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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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.)

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  9. Guest blogger: A Vintage-Modern Wedding

    Who’s ready for some wedding inspiration? I am the Kansas City Paper Source Assistant Store Manager, and I wanted to share my do-it-yourself wedding invitation story with the PS family!

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  10. Spring wedding inspiration

    Spring is officially here! And our Bridgeport Paper Source store wanted to kick off the season by sharing springtime wedding inspiration. In this visual collection store manager, Christine, features a few DIY wedding projects inspired by our Daisy flower kits and the fresh curry and night colors of our Bulletin Wedding Invitation. Coordinating elements like an adorable Dark Navy Cotton Cady dress from J.Crew, sweet daisy adorned cupcakes and an authentic white-washed church set the tone for what would surely be a lovely springtime wedding.

    wedding inspiration board

    For more inspiration, check out Susan’s Night and White destination wedding or browse our new DIY wedding section.