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Bride-to-be and creative force behind fashion label Whitney Eve, Whitney Port has teamed up with Wedding Paper Divas to create a stationery collection that reflects her boho-cool style (available exclusively at weddingpaperdivas.com later this summer!). Plus, the former reality star is also designing her very own personal stationery suite for her upcoming nuptials, as well as guest blogging about the design process and her experiences as she gets ready to walk down the aisle. Here, we're getting an exclusive first look at Whitney's first blog post revealing how she gets her fiancé Tim Rosenman involved in wedding planning.
If you know me, you know that I have very strong convictions when it comes to design, but planning our wedding is (by definition) a joint affair. So Tim and I have made sure that it's a combined effort, where both of our styles are incorporated and reflected throughout.
We've been working closely with Wedding Paper Divas on meshing our design preferences, finding elements that are meaningful to both of us and defining our style as a couple. This means a mix of me doing the legwork on certain tasks and getting Tim's support before making the final decision, as well as helping Tim find projects that he's excited about and can take the reins on.
For example, the venue is very important to us, and as with any wedding, it will dictate a lot of the style choices (from the save-the-dates and stationery to the décor) that we make. Tim has said he'll be happy with whatever makes me happy, but I wanted to make sure his preferences were considered. So we made a joint list of "must haves" for the venue — I did a lot of research with these essentials in mind and we visited all of the contenders as a couple.
On the flip side, one area of planning that's a no-brainer for Tim to spearhead is curating our music playlist. Since we got engaged, Tim and I have been choosing songs that will make our reception a blast — it's very important that our wedding is a ton of fun not just for us, but also for our guests.
Here's a sneak peek of our playlist!
This is just one of the areas where Tim is getting involved (and having a blast, I might add!). Even if your significant other is more of an I'll-just-show-up-on-the-big-day type of groom, here are some other areas where you can encourage him to pitch in.
The Bar: Ask your future husband to work with your caterer to select, and even name, a pair of signatures cocktails (one named after each of you, reflecting your tastes!).
The Invites: Write some unique personal copy for the RSVP cards. The standard wording (I will/will not attend) is a bit too formal for us. This is a great place to break tradition to infuse our personalities, and surprise and delight our guests.
The Family Traditions: Ask him to find a way to incorporate his parents, grandparents, or other loved ones in the ceremony. For example, we can use a family token in the bridal bouquet or print our grandparents' wedding dates in the wedding program.
These are just a few of my tips that I have found helpful as I help Tim unleash his inner-wedding planner. What's a creative way that you found to involve your significant other into wedding planning? Tweet us @BRIDES, @WeddingPaprDiva & @WhitneyEVEPort!