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Today, I'm excited to announce a brand new section of A Paper Proposal - Words on Paper. Words on Paper is a collection of photos from around the web that showcases cute signs, quotes and "sayings" that can be displayed at a wedding ceremony or reception, simply used in wedding photos, or printed on your wedding favor tags, cocktail napkins and other paper details. It's like a photo gallery with just "Words on Paper" :)
To celebrate this new endeavor, the talented, super sweet ladies over at Potter + Butler were kind enough to create a very chic sign for A Paper Proposal readers to download for free! Simply print and place inside a pretty frame, and I think it could be a great addition to your wedding ceremony or reception decor, and you could even put it on display in your home afterward! I hope you guys get some use out of it, and a huge, very appreciative "Thank you" to Emily and Carrie for lending us their time and design skills!
Words on Paper actually evolved accidentally out of my obsession with collecting wedding photos that include cute signage and such. About a year ago, I was planning my wedding, and every once in a while, I'd come across a cute little poem, a sweet quote or a "saying" that I thought would be perfect to frame and put on the guest book table, or print on my wedding favors. The problem was, I didn't always remember to save these pieces of inspiration, and I assumed I'd remember it later on. I focused on the larger tasks on my to-do list for so long, that when it came time for me to think about the little details, I drew a complete blank! I knew exactly what my centerpieces would look like, but I didn't know how to decorate the cake table (besides having the cake itself).
Needless to say, I was annoyed with myself for not saving all of those cute signs and sayings that I had come across during the planning process. I had purchased the gift tags for the favors, but then I realized that I had no idea what to write on them! For some things, I was able to find something cute to use at the last minute; while other times, I had to go with the basic, "Thank you for coming" line, because I didn't have time to backtrack or think of something more clever than that. I knew I had seen a few cute ideas here and there, but I couldn't remember what they were, and more importantly, where I had found them in the first place! It sounds silly, but that's why it was so easy to forget about until the last minute!
Ironically, once my wedding was over, I couldn't seem to stop saving these little pieces of inspiration when I came across them. Words on Paper is a collection of everything that I've saved (and continue to collect), which I hope will keep other brides from making the same oversight as I did! I'll admit that Pinterest really helped me bring this concept to life, as well, but most of the credit should really go to my husband, Dale. He really is the "mastermind" behind A Paper Proposal (the website that we built from scratch, with virtually no web design experience), but he had never built anything like the Words on Paper gallery before. I had no doubt that he'd do an amazing job in the end, and I am truly thankful for all of the time and effort he has put into making A Paper Proposal what it is now. You know...when people ask me what I do, I sometimes hesitate, because this blog still feels very new to me, and I never know what to label myself...Blogger? Writer? ...or do I go with my previous more "official" -sounding occupation - Marketing and PR? Well, Dale never hesitates. Nine times out of ten, he'll start talking (and yes, sometimes bragging) about my work and my blog before I do. His faith and confidence in me really is unbelievable.
Anyway, I totally went off topic, but the photos in Words on Paper are divided into six categories, The Ceremony, The Reception, Favors & Tags, The Sweets, The Photos and Miscellaneous. You can access Words on Paper in the bar to right of this post. Before you do, I want say that we are still working out some of the kinks, so if a page doesn't seem to load correctly, and you can't see the full images and the source links on the page, try refreshing it, and it should (hopefully) fix itself :)
By the way, I am always on the look out for new inspiration to add to Words on Paper myself, but if you ever find anything worth sharing, or even think of something new yourself that you've used at your own wedding, please submit them for consideration! You can send me your photo to Sarah-at-apaperproposal-dot-com anytime :)