How to Address Your Wedding Invitations

You’re almost done with your wedding invitations. You finally nailed down the wording. You’ve chosen your stationery. You and your fiancé have been badgering family and friends for their mailing addresses for days. Now, it’s time to address your wedding invitations.

You may not think addressing an envelope is a big deal (unless you’re a Millennial or Gen Z who never had to learn how to address an envelope) but your wedding invitations are a much bigger deal than mailing in your bills or sending a random letter to a friend. There are specific rules you should follow. 

We know this is probably the least exciting piece of planning your wedding—you’re probably dreaming about your cake tasting right about now—but it is so important! Give yourself plenty of time to verify all of your guests’ addresses so you can send out your invitations in plenty of time—typically 8-10 weeks to give everyone ample time to respond. 

Traditional wedding invitation etiquette says your outer envelope should be more formal with proper titles and full names, where the inner envelope can be more informal. Here we will outline how to address guests of varying ages, marital statuses, family sizes and living conditions so you can be sure everyone’s invitations are addressed properly!

Addressing Invitations to Married Couples

Put a married couple’s names on the same line (unless they don’t fit; then, separate them). If the couple has the same last name, it is easy to address their envelopes.

Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Johnson

Mr. Steven and Mrs. Michelle Johnson

Steven and Michelle Johnson

Inner Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

Steven and Michelle

If you are inviting a married couple with different last names, list the guest who you are closest with first; if you are equally close with the two, list their names alphabetically. 

Outer Envelope

Mrs. Sarah Howell and Mr. David Smith

Inner Envelope

Mrs. Howell and Mr. Smith

Sarah and David

To an Unmarried Couple

When sending an invitation to couples who are not married, you address your invitation to both of them, listing who you are closest with first.

Outer Envelope

Mr. Joshua Davis and Ms. Amanda Harrison

Inner Envelope

Mr. Davis and Ms. Harrison

Joshua and Amanda

To a Single Female

If she is over 18, use “Ms.” when addressing her, and if she is under 18, use “Miss.”

Outer Envelope

Ms. Taylor Wright

Miss Taylor Wright if she is under 18

Inner Envelope

Ms. Wright

Miss Wright

Taylor

To a Single Male

You only need a title for men over the age of 18.

Outer Envelope

Mr. Patrick Thomas

Inner Envelope

Mr. Thomas

Patrick

To a Married Couple Where One Person is a Doctor

Your friends didn’t spend 10 or more years in school to not be recognized! Make sure you spell out “doctor” on the outer envelope, and abbreviate on the inner envelope.

Outer Envelope

Dr. Emma Harres and Mr. Alexander Matthews

Inner Envelope

Dr. Harres and Mr. Matthews

Emma and Alexander

To a Family, Including all Children

When you invite family and friends with children, it is important to let them know early on whether their children are also invited, or if you are having a child-free ceremony. An easy, effective way to let them know their children are invited is to include their children’s names on the inner envelope.

Outer Envelope

The McKinney Family

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan McKinney

Mr. Ryan McKinney and Mrs. Emily McKinney

Inner Envelope

Ryan, Emily, Jace and Miss Lillie

You may not think invitation etiquette is important but trust us. After all is said and done you will be so happy your invitations are going out properly to all of your guests. They will appreciate the time and effort you put into making them feel special and welcome for your big day! 

The Top 6 Details to Include in Your Boho Wedding

Your mom wants an elegant, classic church wedding. Your sister wants something modern and clean. Your soon-to-be mother-in-law? She wants a barn wedding. And you’ve never even set foot in a barn before! You and your partner want your wedding day to be, obviously, beautiful and inviting for all of your guests. You want it to be outdoors. To feel welcome, more laid-back and have plenty of flowers and greenery, with lots of earthy, natural details. If this sounds like you and your partner, tell everyone you are opting for a boho-inspired wedding!

For the more laid-back couple, a boho wedding is perfect: dreamy, romantic and more low-maintenance than ice sculptures and a dress with a hoop skirt. If you are a boho bride-to-be, continue reading for the top details you should include on your wedding day!

Non-Traditional Wedding Party Attire

Boho weddings offer more freedom than traditional weddings, meaning brides typically wear flowy, lace wedding gowns with flower crowns or other fun headpieces, and grooms might wear a casual suit, or khakis and a dress shirt. The bridal party will follow suit and be more casual than is traditional, with women wearing more casual bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen wearing dress shirts rather than tuxes. 

The Perfect Location

This is a great time to get creative with your wedding venue! A national park, the beach, a ranch or farm, gazebo, orchard—the list goes on! Natural settings are perfect for a boho wedding and require minimal—if any—decoration. Being outside in the middle of your beautiful venue will create the perfect light, airy atmosphere you are looking for.

Unique Florals and Greenery

Boho weddings often boast neutral tones like beige, dusty rose and sage and like to throw in pops of bold colors like rust, browns and deep emerald green. Your bouquets and centerpieces can be more organic and less structured—think only greenery with a mix of sage, ferns, natural grasses, or even opting for dried flowers and grasses for something extra special and different! 

A Funky Alter

Where you and your partner say your vows should be a reflection of the two of you! Go for something geometric like a drape or flower-decorated teepee to stand under, or decorate a chuppah in your wedding flowers, drapery, or something that will complement your surroundings.

Mismatched Decor

Let your tablescape be as fun and whimsical as the rest of your day. Mismatching certain pieces of your table is a fun way to give your table some dimension. The key, however, is don’t go overboard! Rather than mismatching your chairs, glasses, plates and flatware, opt to mismatch only your chairs or only your drinking glasses. If you mismatch your glass colors, try to keep the shapes the same, and vice versa, to keep a cohesive look. Obviously, if you have an eye for design (or a great wedding planner), go as far as you want! But for the not-so-crafty DIY bride, keeping it to one or two elements is safest. 

Incense

Start your ceremony or reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with incense sticks! Burning incense releases negative energy from your space, purifies the air around you and cleanses your space to create a positive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

At the end of the day, your wedding is just that: your wedding. Keep the things you want, and leave the rest—make sure all of the details you include in your special day are important to you and your partner and don’t worry about what everyone else wants! To all of our boho brides: happy planning!

A St. Louis-Themed Wedding Day

To quote a young Margaret O’Brien as Tootie Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, “Wasn’t I lucky to be born in my favorite city?” There’s something about St. Louis and the people from here—everyone is proud to live here and seldom want to move away. City pride comes in many forms, from the area’s history to the food, sports, attractions and everything else St. Louis has to offer. Born here or a transplant, there’s something for everyone to be excited about. To live here is to love it here, which is why so many couples want to highlight the things that make St. Louis so special at their weddings!

What’s your favorite part of being from and living in St. Louis? Do you love the big attractions like the sports, the arch, the museums? The food scene (we’re looking at all of you on the Hill)? Or do you have little hidden treasures here that no one knows about? Whether your favorite things are big and bold or a little more muted, there are countless ways to incorporate—or even highlight—your favorite parts of your favorite city in your new favorite day. Finding local vendors is fairly easy, but what about the couple that wants a St. Louis themed wedding? The best, easiest ways to do this are through your venue and your food! Keep reading to get some idea inspiration!

Your Venue

If you’ve lived in St. Louis for any length of time, you and your significant other more than likely have a place that’s special and important to both of you. Did you meet on a run in Forest Park? Go on your first date at the Hill? Think about these things and every place you can see the two of you, your family and friends enjoying celebrating your big day together! We’ve put together a small list of uniquely St. Louis venues to kickstart your search!

For the Cards Fan Couple

The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Hotel – The Hilton offers a huge space for a large reception, overlooks Busch Stadium, the Arch and the rest of downtown St. Louis for a view that will blow everyone away!

For the History Buffs

The Worlds Fair Pavilion in Forest Park is a huge piece of St. Louis history! Built in 1909 with funds raised from the 1904 Worlds Fair, the Pavilion overlooks all of Forest Park and its open-air structure offers unparalleled views of Forest Park and is a great mix of an elegant indoor ceremony and a fun outdoor ceremony!

For the Couple that Wants a Unique Outdoor Ceremony

Tower Grove Park offers four different locations to hold your ceremony or reception. It is a unique venue in a trendy, historic neighborhood. You don’t even have to plan much for decorations because its brick detail, pond, beautiful trees and flora will complement any theme you have planned!

For the Couple that Wants a Unique Indoor Ceremony

When you walk into the Jewel Box you might forget you’re in the middle of St. Louis! Full of exotic, tropical trees and flowers, the Jewel Box creates a fun, whimsical feel for your big day, and your guests will absolutely love it!

Your Food

We know how important the ceremony itself is, and all of your guests will be excited to celebrate your big day, but let’s be real: everyone is waiting for the food. Whether your wedding is black-tie or a little more casual, you can find the perfect St. Louis food to complement your St. Louis wedding!

St. Louis-Style Pizza

What’s more St. Louis than St. Louis-Style pizza? No matter if it’s with your main dinner or a late-night snack, it’ll be a hit!

Gus’s Pretzels

A fun appetizer that everyone will love!

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Yes, a cake is traditional at weddings, but why not have both?! This is especially fun if you and your partner have a special custard or concrete mix you always get!

Gooey Butter Cake

Why have only the traditional cakes when you can also serve Gooey Butter Cake (or possibly give Gooey Butter Cake Cookies as part of your favors or welcome bags!)?

Anheuser-Busch Products at your Bar

This one’s a no-brainer! Stock your bar with your favorite Anheuser-Busch beer and seltzer, and you’re set!

The Hill

If you’re looking for something a little nicer and more elegant, have your dinner catered from any of the amazing restaurants and bakeries on the Hill!

A St. Louis-Themed Wedding

If you and your partner want a St. Louis-themed wedding, you don’t have to look far to find something incredible for your big day! Going all local will be fun for the two of your and your guests and will create a light-hearted atmosphere for all of you to enjoy!

Planning an Outdoor Wedding: Details You Might Have Missed

Outdoor weddings can really show your and your partner’s personalities, especially if you are an outdoorsy couple. If you love to hike and camp together, having your wedding amongst a lot of trees and foliage just makes sense. If the beach is your favorite vacation destination—no matter the season—why not opt for a beach wedding instead of something inside?

Your wedding day is just that—your wedding day. If you and your partner (and your guests) would enjoy being outside for approximately 5 hours for your wedding day, an outdoor venue is perfect for you!

There are so many pros to planning an outdoor wedding (hello, beautiful foliage and scenery!). There are also plenty of things to take into consideration that you normally wouldn’t even have to think about for an indoor ceremony. Keep reading for an outdoor wedding planning checklist, including things that may have slipped your mind!

First things first: prepare your guests for an outdoor event—allow them to dress appropriately and prepare for the weather. State it clearly on your invitation if any part, or all of your ceremony, will be outdoors.

Plan for inclement weather.—allow them to dress appropriately and prepare for the weather. State it clearly on your invitation if any part, or all of your ceremony, will be outdoors.

Rain: Choose a venue with ample outdoor and indoor space so you can switch gears in the days leading up to your wedding if need be. Many venues offer both indoor and outdoor spaces for you to hold your event. When you are touring venues, make sure you can envision your wedding day in either setup: it’s easy to get lost in the details, but the most important thing is that you are marrying your partner! Ensure the venue is what you want, outdoors or indoors, and everything else will fall into place.
 
Another option is renting a tent with walls. If the forecast is clear and you can cancel, you might take a hit on your deposit, but your peace of mind is priceless. If the forecast looks bad leading up to your wedding day, check with your venue to see if you can set up your tent early to keep the ground dry. This way, you will still have the unique feel of being outside without the risk of your guests getting drenched before you say, “I do.”
 

Plan for it to heat up or cool down: If you’re planning an outdoor July wedding, odds are you know it’s going to be hot. Plan for the heat by offering tents to gather under, hats for your guests to wear and fans so they can keep cool during the ceremony. On the other hand, if you get married in spring or fall, there’s a chance for the day to be chilly. Offer blankets or pashminas for guests to use during the ceremony, and set up space heaters in your tent.

Offer some form of shade for your guests. —The sun can be overbearing, no matter the season. Have umbrellas over dining and gathering spaces, and even offer parasols for guests to use during the ceremony. Pretty much anything you can do to keep your guests as comfortable as possible!

Keep your guests hydrated. —Especially if it’s supposed to be hot, you want to make sure your guests can enjoy the day without the risk of getting sick from dehydration. Offer a variety of (non-alcoholic) drinks to keep your guests cool: plain water, fruit-enhanced water, lemonade and iced tea are all great options to keep your guests hydrated and happy throughout the day.
Plan for unexpected costs. —Inside, you don’t have to think about things like having to power your lights—your venue already has electricity. If your venue offers outdoor electricity hookups, great! Not all do, though, so this is something you need to confirm when initially touring venues. If your venue does not offer this, you need to reserve generators for your caterer’s appliances (and lighting if you have an evening wedding) and amps and speakers for your band or DJ. No matter the season, you will likely need fans, air conditioning or heaters on-site—temperatures can drop 20 degrees after sunset! Have an electrician survey your venue and setup to know the exact amount of power you need.
Make sure you have easily accessible restrooms. —If your venue allows you to use their indoor facilities, make sure they are easily accessible for guests. If not, never fear, for gone are the days of ugly porta-potties! There are plenty of companies that offer nice, portable restrooms that will not detract from the look of your day, complete with granite countertops and other details to match your event.

No matter if you choose an indoor or outdoor wedding, there is a lot to plan. Don’t let the logistics of planning an outdoor ceremony or reception detract from your dream wedding day! Take it all in, relax and enjoy your day getting to marry your partner! 

Just Three Months? A Wedding Planning Checklist

Recently engaged and just can’t wait to get married?! Or…literally can’t wait to get married due to a move, fiancé in the military, or other reasons? 

Depending on the amount of planning you have to do, a 12-month engagement can feel short—but 12 weeks? Some might say it’s impossible, but we’re here to tell you it’s not!

To plan a wedding with a short timeline will take a lot of diligence, patience and help from those around you, but it’s not impossible. 

If you’re on a short wedding timeline, keep reading for a checklist of what you should have done and when.

10-12 Weeks Out

Talk to your fiancé about what you both really want versus what everyone else thinks you should have; make sure your day is about what you two want, cut out things you don’t and only keep your essentials. Use this time to create your budget, and create a spreadsheet or download a budgeting app to make sure you stay on track.

Find your venue

Make sure you stay open-minded and receptive to finding other options than your top choice—some venues are booked out months or even years in advance, and you may need to look for another one with such short notice. 

Tip: try booking your wedding on a day other than a Saturday. A venue’s “off days” are typically less busy and you may even get a better rate for your ceremony!

Arrange the legalities

Make sure you know what you’re going to have to do to make your marriage legal, especially if you are getting married out of state or in another country  

8-10 Weeks Out

Choose your wedding party

Make sure they know well in advance about any attire they will need to purchase, events they will need to attend and an estimated amount they will be spending on these things so they are aware and not caught off guard.

Make your guest list and send invitations

First, you need to decide if you want a small or large ceremony. A small guest list is more manageable on a shorter timeframe, but whichever you decide, you need to make sure to give them ample time to make travel and lodging accommodations. Also, the sooner you have your guest list confirmed, the sooner you can get final numbers to your venue and caterer.

Find your outfit

Whether you go for a designer gown, something from a vintage store, or something off the rack, you will need time to find your outfit and, more than likely, have it altered. Make sure you leave ample time for these alterations so you aren’t scrambling close to your wedding day.

6-8 Weeks Out

Book your vendors

Your officiant, caterer, photographer, florist, DJ or band, and your stylist all need to be booked well in advance to ensure you have them reserved and that they can do everything you are hoping for

Book your rehearsal dinner

Make sure the restaurant you want can accommodate a large party, and give anyone who wants to give a speech plenty of time to write it.

3-6 Weeks Out

Buy rings if you haven’t yet!

They don’t have to be expensive, just something special for you and your fiancé. Make sure you have these or have them ordered so they make it in time.

Order or make wedding favors for guests

If you choose to DIY your favors, make sure you have plenty of time to get all of your supplies and make your favors. Enlist your partner, wedding party or family to help you put them together if it is too stressful to do on your own. 

1-2 Weeks Before

Confirm day-of plans with your wedding party and family

Team up with your partner, a parent, a bridesmaid, etc. to confirm different aspects of your day, such as arrival times and number of guests, with your vendors.

Confirm your final guest list for your venue and caterer

Also, use this time to arrange your seating chart so your guests don’t worry about where to sit and can enjoy your reception! 

Lay out and pack all of your wedding day items in the days before your wedding

Don’t forget your rings, marriage license and all of the things you are afraid of forgetting! 

Last but not least, and most importantly, take a deep breath! Relax! Have fun! You’re about to get married, so you should appreciate the time you have with your soon-to-be husband or wife, and enjoy your big day! 

To DIY or Not To DIY for Your Wedding Day

Raise your hand if you’ve ever maybe-kinda-sorta gotten too ambitious with a Pinterest project and it might have ended up looking more like an episode of Nailed It than you were hoping. Anyone? Yeah, us either. 

The last place you want to “nail it” is your wedding day. DIY-ing various elements of your wedding is a great way to save money and stay on budget, as well as flex your creative side. 

If you’re planning your wedding and have a crafty itch, read on to find some practical do-it-yourself projects and things you should probably leave to the professionals.

DIY

Your Wedding Stationery

Save the dates, invitations, programs, place cards, menus, seating plans—all of it! If you have access to a computer and a design program—either a paid service like Photoshop, or a free template service like Canva—you’ve got an easy, affordable way to create any kind of stationery for your wedding day. Creating a personalized set of stationery will be a unique added touch!

Wedding Favors

Rather than design and buy a monogrammed something that will sit in your friends’ and family’s junk drawers (you know we’ve all got one), offer a more sentimental favor for when your guests leave. Things like seed packets, small plants or homemade jam you and your new spouse made are functional and, more importantly, incredibly personal to you and your wedding. Making your wedding favors is a fun project for you, your fiancé and your wedding party, and your guests will appreciate the care and thought put into it!

Confetti Poppers

Looking for an alternative to throwing rice or birdseed at your wedding? Opt for confetti poppers instead! They are a safe, low-cost option that offer a fun pop of color as you’re leaving your venue. Find confetti in your wedding colors, watch a few online tutorials and grab your fiancé—making your wedding confetti poppers is an easy, cost-effective project you can knock out months in advance and forget about until your big day.

Your Flowers

Even if you aren’t a flower expert, you can learn how to create beautiful bouquets and centerpieces through a few internet videos and a little practice. Making your bridal bouquet can be as simple as picking up a few bunches of flowers from your local farmers’ market or grocery store or even picking wildflowers for something a little more rustic.

Hire Professionals

Photography

These days, a “fancy camera” (read: anything with a detachable lens) is not hard to come by in your family or friend group. It seems like everyone you know has a DSLR, and everyone thinks they’re a photographer…but you should probably still opt for a professional photographer instead.

A professional photographer will probably take a big chunk of your budget, but will also be able to get every shot you want, move quickly to get those unexpected, candid moments, and, possibly most importantly, will not be in the way of you enjoying your day.

The Cake

Can you bake your wedding cake yourself? Sure! Do you want the pressure of baking and decorating enough cake for your entire guest list in the days leading up to your wedding? Probably not.

Wedding cakes are expensive, but with good reason: a professional baker bakes for a living, and you do not. They are better equipped to bake cakes for 100+ people, are better prepared for a mishap and aren’t worried about other wedding details, so they can be 100% focused on making your cake perfect.

The Food

You, your family and your future in-laws are all great cooks, but how many of you have—successfully—cooked dinner for 100+ people? Unless you are having a small, casual backyard or beach wedding with your closest family and friends, it is a safer bet to have your food catered. Ensuring everything is cooked properly and on time, as well as set up at the venue is a huge undertaking that you don’t want your family or bridal party worrying about.

Your Hair & Makeup

Unless your cousin Tina is a professional makeup artist, we recommend not doing your hair and makeup yourself or having a family member or friend do it. Professional makeup artists understand the intricacies of photography makeup while also making sure you still look like yourself. And if you choose to be a June bride, your makeup and hair artists will make sure your makeup and your ‘do stay for the whole day no matter the humidity.

Entertainment

Music streaming services have made all of our lives better, and we have been able to move away from things like iPods (and CDs for all of our Millennials out there). You can easily set up a laptop and a few speakers and have a playlist set for the evening. But live entertainment, be it a band or a DJ, can re-energize your crowd when they’re partied-out and take requests. You also don’t have to worry about a live act glitching or buffering mid-event. 8

Your Wedding Day is Your Wedding Day

Like any rule, there are always exceptions. If you’re having a small backyard wedding with only your closest family and friends, queuing up a playlist and sitting down to a homemade meal makes sense and will be very personal. If you are up for a challenge, you can choose more things to DIY for your wedding day, and if you are not quite Martha Stewart, you can opt to hire professionals for more pieces of your wedding.

3 Unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Unique Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is coming up again—already. Have you thought about a gift? 

While flowers and chocolates are standard, they aren’t all that thoughtful. Not anymore. And especially not when they can be picked up at a convenience store on your way home! 

You know what the love of your life really wants? Something truly thoughtful. Something that’s simple, but romantic. Something that will remind him or her of the love you share for years to come. 

This Valentine’s Day, consider a gift that doesn’t wilt, isn’t devoured, and won’t get tossed in the garbage after a day or two. Here are our suggestions. 

(1) Stationery that Reminds Your Valentine of the Day You Said “I Do” 

This one’s for the married couple. Think back to your wedding. Can you picture the flowers? Maybe they were red roses, pink peonies, or hydrangeas and lilies in bright colors. 

Now, imagine how charmed your spouse would be if you presented her with handcrafted stationery in those colors, on paper that’s softly textured and unique. 

At Cast Paper, we take bridal boutiques and use them to create our Floral Expressions Stationery. These notecards, handcrafted from your wedding flowers, make beautiful notes that your sweetheart can use

All it takes is a bouquet. Send us your flowers, and they will be combined with 100% cotton fibers and cast by hand into eco-friendly stationery. 

(2) Love Notes for the Dreamy Romantic in Your Life 

It doesn’t matter how old or young a person is; everyone enjoys a handwritten letter. In an age of texts and emails, there’s something about putting pen to paper that feels special. 

This Valentine’s Day, consider putting your love into words—ideally, in nice handwriting—on artisanal paper. Our paper is made from cotton and natural fibers, and each sheet has a full deckle or feathered edge. It’s not just stationery—it’s a keepsake. 

We know how much your words on this one-of-a-kind paper could mean to the person you love. Trust us: she’ll hold on to it forever. 

(3) Plantable Products for the Valentine Who Loves to be Out in the Garden  

Want to know how committed we are to going green? Our products aren’t just made from natural, recycled materials. They’re also plantable. 

Crafted with twelve varieties of perennial wildflowers, our plantable seed paper will bloom when planted in moist soil. So, your Valentine’s Day gift will continue to produce beauty! Your favorite person will be reminded of how sweet your love story is as the flowers return year after year. 

Products by Cast Paper Art Make a Thoughtful and Unique Valentine’s Day Gift

At Cast Paper, we make all of our eco-friendly products by hand, using the same technique that has been successful for hundreds of years. Each sheet of our paper is crafted using recycled fibers and other natural inclusions like fresh wildflowers and other plants. Every single piece of paper we produce is different

As you think about ideas for Valentine’s Day, consider giving the person you love a true work of art. Give us a call for more ideas about how we can create a beautiful gift for the love of your life. 

5 Must-Haves for the Boho Bride

boho wedding

We’re on the cusp of 2021, but boho style isn’t going anywhere. We think it’s because the style is a reflection of the myths and fairy tales many of us loved when we were children. There’s a sense of wonder and ethereal beauty to boho or bohemian style that makes it ideal for a romantic wedding. Plus, boho style has a natural, earthy element that’s attractive to today’s brides. 

If you’re planning a wedding this year and want to add natural or bohemian elements to your ceremony, consider these 5 must-haves for the boho bride. 

(1) A Light, “Flowy” Dress 

The first must-have is, naturally, the dress. A boho dress is light and romantic, with a long, “flowy” skirt and natural or old-fashioned details. It’s the opposite of confining; no stuffy or overly-dramatic fabrics here! Whether you choose a traditional lace bodice or a summery, strappy gown, you should feel like a forest nymph as you glide down the aisle toward your true love. 

(2) Soft Waves and Braids 

There are several ways to do your hair in the boho style, from long hair with soft, beachy waves to complicated braids entwined with greenery. Find the right stylist for your big day, and let your imagination guide you. You can also choose to top off your look with a boho headband, a wildflower crown, or a flowing veil. 

(3) Decor that Incorporates Natural Elements 

The best thing about this style is that it’s inclusive. Want to add a dream catcher to your boho wedding? Sure! Fairy lights and macrame? Why not! When it comes to the decor for your alter or reception tables, you can be as earthy or as whimsical as you like. You’ll definitely want to include flowers or greenery in your decorations, though. They’ll go a long way in creating the ideal boho look you want. 

(4) Wedding Invitations that Fit the Boho Theme 

Don’t forget your wedding invitations! They’re your guests’ first look at your boho theme, so they should be in line with the rest of your decor. Think unique and textured with soft colors and the same natural elements you’re adding to your ceremony. 

Did you know that we can custom-design invitations that match your color scheme and showcase your unique style

(5) Local Vendors and Green Services

For catering, flowers, music or any other service you require for your big day, be sure to go local. This will not only help support small businesses in your town, it will also limit your carbon footprint

Get Started with Handcrafted, Boho Wedding Invitations from Cast Paper 

Would you like to start designing your boho invitations? Let us help! Our artisans can help with unique, softly-textured, 100% natural paper that will give you the boho wedding you’ve always dreamed of. 

Choose Handcrafted Paper for Your Traditional Anniversary Gift

anniversary gift

When it comes to romance, some traditions just feel right: a suitor down on one knee, the tossing of the bouquet, the gifts that celebrate year after year of a successful marriage. 

Whether you just got engaged or are celebrating a special anniversary, we can give you gift ideas that are as unique as the two of you. 

Traditional Anniversary Gifts That Have Stood the Test of Time

While you could choose to celebrate your anniversary any number of ways, we think traditional gifts for the first year, the tenth, the twenty-fifth and so on are pretty special. The tradition of wedding anniversary gifts goes back to at least the middle ages, and maybe longer. But it was during the Victorian Era that giving a particular type of gift to married couples really caught on. Love and commitment became paramount ideals, and gift-giving reflected that. And so, silver and golden wedding anniversaries became events to truly celebrate. 

In case you’re not up-to-speed on traditional wedding gifts, here’s a simple guide on the first few years and the bigger milestones: 

  • First Anniversary: Paper A gift of paper symbolizes a “clean sheet” on which to write your love story. It also represents the sometimes fragile nature of a young relationship.
  • Second Anniversary: Cotton A marriage that has lasted into its second year is becoming more and more durable. Cotton represents a stronger bond, in which your lives are becoming intertwined
  • Third Anniversary: Leather At this point in your marriage, you’re relationship is stronger and provides shelter and security. That feeling is symbolized as leather, a sturdy material that will protect you from the elements.
  • Fourth Anniversary: Fruit and Flowers At four years, it’s time to celebrate the way your relationship is blossoming and bearing fruit!
  • Fifth Anniversary: Wood Like an oak tree towering above the forest, your love has grown into a stable, life-giving force. This gift symbolizes the strength, wisdom, and deep roots that come along with time.
  • Tenth Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum If you’ve made it to ten years, you know you have the kind of love that will last through the years. It’s appropriate, then, that this gift should symbolize a malleable metal, like aluminum, or a metal that does not rust, like tin.
  • Twentieth Anniversary: China China is valuable and elegant, but should not be mishandled or taken for granted. It’s a charming representation of your love at two decades.
  • Twenty-Fifth Anniversary: Silver This is a big one. If you’ve reached your 25th anniversary, the value of your marriage is precious, just like silver. After 25, wedding anniversaries are marked by valuable gems: pearls, rubies, and sapphires.
  • Fiftieth Anniversary: Gold It goes without saying that gold is the most precious substance, and the perfect gift to commemorate reaching fifty years together. It’s truly the gold standard.

Handcrafted Paper Makes a Special, Eco-Friendly Gift

Eco-friendly or “green” weddings are increasing in popularity, and so are handcrafted paper invitations. But these products aren’t just for weddings! 

If your marriage has reached its pivotal one-year anniversary – or two- or four-year anniversary – consider the way cotton and wildflowers blend together to make paper that is beautifully textured and completely unique. From stationary in your wedding colors to plantable ornaments, we can make a paper gift for you that’s both earth-friendly and thoughtful. 

If you have a special anniversary coming up, or an event that you’d like to make earth-friendly, let our artists know! We’re happy to discuss options with you and create handcrafted paper gifts that are truly special. 

5 Ways to Help a Loved One who has Lost a Pet

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If you’ve ever loved a pet, you know how much losing one can hurt. In fact, according to Psychology Today, the death of a pet can be just as traumatic as losing a close family member. Maybe it’s because dogs and cats can live for up to 15 years and become a long-term companion, just as important as a sibling or best friend. 

If someone you know has lost a pet, you may not know exactly what to say. They may not, either! Some people hesitate openly grieving a pet because it’s not as socially accepted as mourning a human being. However, it’s just as important to acknowledge their pain. A gift or a loving word can mean so much to someone dealing with the loss of their furry friend. 

We’ve provided handcrafted paper gifts to veterinary offices and humane societies, and we understand how important a loving gesture can be. Here’s what we recommend if you know someone who is missing their dear companion. 

(1) Acknowledge that they have lost a friend. 

Some may feel embarrassed to openly grieve the loss of a pet. It’s incredibly important to recognize your loved one’s loss. Give them a chance to talk about their cat or dog. Offer words of support, whether it’s over the phone or on social media. Even the briefest gesture of support can help. 

(2) Send a little something. 

When Heather Morgan of St. Louis, Missouri lost a beloved dog, she was heartened by the thoughtful gifts her family sent, which included a blanket and a plantable sympathy card. Gifts can be as varied as a framed photo, a bouquet of flowers, a piece of jewelry or even a pet portrait. Another gesture to consider is a donation to an animal shelter in the deceased pet’s name. Your local veterinarian’s office can help you make a donation and send a card to your grieving friend. 

(3) Check on them. 

Remember that, for some, losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a close relative. As your loved one grieves, check in on them from time to time. Do they need help with groceries or simple errands? Encourage them to get out and about, too. Sometimes keeping up a regular routine can help a person get through a time of grief. 

(4) Decide on a thoughtful way to memorialize their pet.

Taking a moment to memorialize a pet can help give a pet owner closure and ease the pain of their loss. This memorial doesn’t necessarily have to take the shape of a funeral. Maybe a scrapbook project or a memorial garden will make the pet owner feel that their beloved friend has been honored. 

(5) Make sure your friend gets out of the house.  

It’s common to isolate yourself when you’re dealing with a loss. Don’t let that happen to your friend or loved one. Especially for those who live alone, their pet may have been a big part of their social life. Invite your friend for walks, lunches, or trips to the store. It can be a way of helping them reconnect. 

What NOT to Do 

There’s no standardized way for dealing with the loss of a pet. It’s important, however, not to ignore the event or make light of it by saying, “it’s JUST a dog/cat.” Doing so won’t make your loved one feel any better. It’s also not appropriate to put a timeline on their grief or encourage them to just get over it. Don’t bring up getting another pet until the person is truly ready. Instead, be supportive and patient, just as you would if your friend had lost a close family member. 

Beautiful Products by Cast Paper Art Make a Thoughtful Gift

At Cast Paper, we make all of our eco-friendly products by hand, using the same technique that has been successful for hundreds of years. Each sheet of our paper is crafted using recycled fibers and other natural inclusions like fresh wildflowers and other plants. Whether you’re helping a friend overcome a loss or celebrate a big event, consider giving them a true work of art.