Welcome to the Weekend!

Welcome to the Weekend - Paper Swallow Events

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day with your family or friends! Michael and I are at the lake hanging out with his family. It's a nice rest after moving earlier this week. Max came with us because I didn't want to leave him alone overnight in a new apartment. It's been interesting. haha. Anyways! On to the links!

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Great Finds!
Simple yet colorful. Perfectly delightful.
If you're having a barn wedding, this would be the most adorable flower girl!
This type of photo is really only practical and pretty when it's part of a styled shoot. It would be terrifying if it was an actual wedding.
Someone should come over and make a whole garden of these with me!
Pure preciousness.
Invitation suite styling is becoming one of my favorite things.

Did you find anything great around the internet this past week?

xoxo, Stacia

Monthly Goals: July 2015

Monthly Goals: July 2015 - Paper Swallow Events

We made it to July, you guys! June was an INSANE month between work and packing. It felt like it was dragging on forever, and yet it feels like it passed in no time at all. But we did it! We're relocated to Charleston and we survived! haha I'll share more here and there as we get settled. The best place to keep up with all of the behind the scenes adventures is on Instagram (@paperswallowevents)!

How Did I Do on Last Month's Goals?

  • Pack and prepare for our big move to Charleston! YES! All of our belongings are now in our new home in Charleston. It's such a surreal feeling to finally have made this transition!
  • Spend time with our local friends + family who we won't be able to see as often once we move. We have created so many memories this past month. It's been chaotic and a whirlwind, but completely wonderful. I'm so thankful for the people we hold dear in Tennessee and I can't wait for them to come visit us in Charleston and for us to go back and visit them in Tennessee.
  • Launch one more of my secret projects. I completely failed in regards to this one. I prioritized my clients, the projects I already have going on, and time with friends and family. I think it was worth it. This project will have more time to grow now that we're moved.
  • Finish the last two weeks of the Badass Babes class strong! This class was great! It motivated me to complete a lot of things I'd been dragging my feet on, and provided a lot of tools and encouragement regarding any questions I encountered along the way.

Now for This Month's Goals!

  • Unpack and settle in to our brand new apartment in CHARLESTON! Unpacking is SO much more fun thank packing.
  • Explore our new city. I can't wait to get a library card, find a new walking track, spend some serious time at the beach, and just generally get to know our new city as a local versus a visitor. I'm so excited!
  • Create my own office space! Our new apartment has two bedrooms so we're converting one of them in to an office/guest bedroom. At our old apartment, I did most of my work at the dining room table. I can't wait to create a work sanctuary and not have my client projects invading our romantic dinners. haha.
  • Keep developing my next secret project. I'm not going to promise a launch, but that's the goal behind this goal. ;)
  • Enjoy time with Michael's family over the 4th of July. We are going to Michael's grandparents' for the 4th of July. We're looking forward to actually having time to spend with his family for once instead of the 24 hour whirlwind Thanksgivings we've had the past couple years.
  • Dive right back in to Paper Swallow! I came up with so many ideas for projects and blog posts and collaborations during the month of June that I had to put on a list for after the move so that I didn't run myself into the ground. I'm so excited to have time to dive in to those projects now!

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What are some of your goals for July? Any fun plans for the 4th?

xoxo, Stacia

Vendor Highlights: Gold + Bloom

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

Hello lovelies! Today Michael + I are loading our apartment into a moving van and heading to Charleston. While we're doing this, my beautiful friend Jenna of Gold + Bloom is here to share a bit about her floral design business. Jenna creates unique, whimsical floral arrangements and caters to the personality of the people she creates them for. She is a joy to work with and her warm personality really puts people at ease. I hope you enjoy learning more about her company! :) Thanks for sharing, Jenna! xoxo, Stacia

Tell us a little bit about Gold + Bloom!

Gold & Bloom creates unique, natural, and artistic floral designs for weddings and events. I started this business with a passion for flowers and for building beautiful designs to reflect the personality and heart behind each event. This passion continues to grow each and every day! The more I play with flowers and design for events, the more I fall in love with this job of mine. Gold & Bloom is for the bride who wants their wedding to be romantic, beautiful, and adorned with flowers that reflect their personality. 

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

What is your favorite kind of bride to work with?

My favorite kind of bride to work with is one is not afraid to take risks, and who desires to have a wedding that truly reflects her unique personality. Part of my job is to get to know her, their special story, and their style in order to create stunning designs just for them. So, a bride that is open and easy to communicate with is key. 

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

What ignited your passion for flowers? How do you feel when you work with them?

My passion for flowers started when I was young, but I didn't recognize it until I was well out of college. I've always been drawn to flowers, learning the different kinds, and making pretty arrangements when I could. It wasn't until a few years ago that my passion for flowers grew into something more than just a "like". When I play around with flowers and create designs, I feel excited and so full of joy. Similar to paintings, no design is ever the same as the one before. This makes each piece so dear to my heart! 

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

Tell us about a daily habit or ritual that you can't do without!

I definitely can't do without coffee in the morning! Business-wise, lately I've been spending a little bit of each day scouring the internet for fun vases for events. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find unique vases that aren't simply glass. 

What is an item on your business bucket list? Do you have anything special coming up soon?

One big thing on my business bucket list (and personal bucket list as well) is to attend a big floral workshop. These are very expensive, so I have a lot of saving up to do! As for events that are coming up, I have a bright and colorful wedding in Athens, GA that I am really looking forward to. I can't wait to get my hands on the flowers!

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

Do you have any encouraging words to share with brides in the middle of planning their wedding?

Enjoy this time that you are in, because it will go by so quickly! These are the last few months before you are married, so make sure you take some time for yourself, sweet dates with your fiance, and relax. Don't be afraid to ask for help with planning, designs, and big decisions. 

Interview with Jenna of Gold + Bloom Floral Design by Paper Swallow Events #wedding #floraldesign

How can brides get in touch with you if they want to hire you?

Brides can get in touch with me by emailing me at jenna@goldandbloom.com. I would love to hear from you!

Welcome to the Weekend

Welcome to the Weekend - Paper Swallow Events

How is your weekend going? 

This is Michael's + my last weekend in Tennessee. We're buried in moving boxes, Max is freaking out, and "see you laters" are being said. It's been a whirlwind week for us, trying to cram work, packing, and time with friends in the few hours that we have available. I'm really thankful for this move and for the relationships we have here. This weekend we're working to be ahead of the curve next week and hanging out with a few more friends (taking some belated anniversary photos, too!) I am constantly reminded of this quote by A.A. Milne:

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

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This piece of art makes me want one and yet makes me nervous at the same time.
What a perfectly sweet cake for a bridal shower!
I love this idea for an industrial wedding!
What a beautiful quote so beautifully illustrated!
Can I please plan a wedding for someone here?!

What are you up to this weekend?

xoxo, Stacia

3 Wedding Costs You Might Be Forgetting

3 Wedding Costs You Might be Forgetting - Paper Swallow Events #wedding #budget

Wedding costs add up quickly. There are so many vendors to be booked and items to be purchased. It is quickly and easily overwhelming for every couple. I could go on and on about how many costs you should be expecting, but here are three costs that I'm sure you're aware of yet may have forgotten to put in the budget.

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are an integral part of making guests feel appreciated and a part of wedding etiquette that it's really hard to get around. You do have a year to get them all sent out, so that can help spread out the strain on your finances that can occur during the month of your wedding. But I would advise getting thank you notes out sooner than later, before you loose steam. Remember, guests get thank you notes for whatever they bring you at showers, too.

Postage could also be tacked on here. You need to count on approximately 4 stamps per guest (save the dates, invitation, RSVP card, and thank you notes.) It adds up fast. If you need to cut costs and do RSVPs online, just make the directions clear and easy for your guests to follow otherwise they just won't do it.


Wedding dresses rarely come exactly how you want or need them to fit. Whether it's a fit issue or just bustling alone, alterations are necessary and often expensive. Alterations can run anywhere from $150-300+. One expense saving tip would be to not get your alterations done by the seamstress at the dress boutique you purchased your dress from. Instead, find a local seamstress that does dress alterations and have them work on your dress. They will generally be much less expensive for the same (or sometimes better) quality of work.

Late Fees

This are important because they exist. The goal would be for you to never need to pay them, but if you don't pay attention to the contracts you sign for each of your vendors you could end up with an unexpected amount due. Be sure you know when all of your rentals are due back to their respective vendor and who is in charge of getting them there. If your groom is renting a tux, make sure that either you are able to drop is off on your honeymoon (which means the groom needs a going away outfit) or that someone responsible will drop it off before you receive any late fees.

What was a cost that you didn't expect on your wedding day? Has anything come up in your wedding process that was unexpected so far?

xoxo, Stacia