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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Summer 2013 Wedding Trends

If you’ve been to a wedding recently, you know white roses, petal-dropping flower girls and bride-and-groom-topped cakes are no longer required. Today many modern brides (and grooms) are choosing something a bit more customized and out-of-the-ordinary for their special day.

In a time when so many people see “different” as “good,” practically anything goes in today’s weddings, and each year and season brings a new trend, sometimes downright out there, other times simply beautiful, distinctive and contemporary.

Wondering what the experts are talking about for this season? Here are some 2013 Summer Wedding Trends which the expert team at Wedding Paper Divas has compiled for Miss A readers!

Branding Your Wedding From Start to Finish

Photo credit: myweddingreceptionideas.com

(Photo credit: myweddingreceptionideas.com)

Customized stationary—from engagement announcements, to save the dates, wedding invites, dinner menus and even personalized napkins, bride and grooms are creating their own brand. Combining their initials or names, they’re creating a personalized logo or monogram to integrate throughout their journey to the big day.

Create a unique hashtag—(i.e. #FinchWedding) for use on social media channels such as Twitter or Instagram and inform your guests to utilize it. This way you can also track the great photos they’ll capture too.

Get Gatsby-Inspired

Photo credit: glamour.com

(Photo credit: glamour.com)

Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, “The Great Gatsby,” has inspired opulent wedding elements this season. Think champagne bubbles, lavish details, sparkles and gilded glamour throughout.

From jewelry for the bride to suits for the groom, all you need is to book a venue reminiscent of Gatsby’s mansion.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

Digital Wedding Etiquette—incorporating social media at weddings is a new trend, whether RSVP-ing for an event through Facebook or posting photos online, there is certainly etiquette and practices you may want to brush up on.

Wedding Paper Divas recently conducted an online survey and found interesting data including: seven in ten Twitter users reported tweeting while in attendance at a wedding, while only four in ten surveyed said social media was encouraged.

More Than Just Cake


It’s not only about the statement five-tiered wedding cake anymore, but creating a fun experience for your guests. Think dessert buffets with full spreads of cookies, cupcakes, macaroons or create a unique candy “bar” instead.

Unique Guestbook

Take a step away from the traditional and create a personalized guestbook that captures the bride and groom’s journey right up to the wedding. Fun pages, games and fill-in-the blank questionnaires about the couple will make it more fun for guests to sign and they’ll learn something about the couple along the way.

Incorporating Nature & Going Green

Seeking inspiration from nature can be both romantic and responsible—whether having your wedding at a botanical garden, vineyard, backyard or forest setting, there are many elements to highlight.

Incorporate go-green components such as serving a unique farm-to-table dinner menu or pouring earth-conscious wines from a local vineyard.

Eco-friendly favors are bigger than ever, particularly if you’re taking advantage of natural beauty and marrying outdoors. One idea: give guests locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars or tin cans; dressed up with ribbon or paper in your wedding colors, they’re gorgeous and good for the earth.

Beyond plants, you might also consider donating to a local charity for a wedding favor idea that never goes out of season.

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