Vendor Spotlight – The Paper Place

In 1978, Judy Silver made the leap from housewife and community volunteer to small business owner. Joined by eldest daughter Nancy Silver she opened the doors to a boutique stationery and gift store situated in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The Paper Place quickly became the go-to spot for those planning a wedding, bar mitzvah, birthday, anniversary or charity gala. Shortly before Mom passed away in 1994, sister Betsy Hendricks joined the team. Today, the sisters continue to work together running the store, serving generations of families celebrating life’s milestones and working with event planners throughout the U.S., providing creative expertise in invitation design for parties of all occasions.

Please introduce yourself to our readers. They love to know about you, your passion, and how you came to find and follow your passion for weddings.

It all started with the inspiration of our Mom. We have been working with brides, their mothers, wedding, and event planners now for more than four decades. We love helping brides select and create their wedding invitations and all the other paper elements that go into making their wedding day special.

For you, what’s one part of the wedding guests should never miss?

Nancy: Guests should take it all in – don’t miss a thing.

Betsy: Don’t miss the toasts, dance and make sure to have a piece of the cake!

As the expert, what is your number 1 tip you can share with our audience about wedding planning?

Betsy: Have fun planning your special day and make it your own.

Nancy: It’s the personal touches that guests remember most.

What you the best piece of advice you can give on how couples can make sure their wedding feels true to who they are?

Nancy: Serve foods you love; select and incorporate your favorite flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces. Your wedding is about you and doesn’t need to look like everyone else’s wedding – if you love sunflowers use them. Picking the right officiant is also very personal and an important element. The officiant is a reflection of the couple and share their special story.

Betsy: We are also seeing beloved pets taking more of a role in weddings today, which is very personal. There are a few ways to include animals. They can be part of the ceremony. We’ve had couples serve a signature drink named for their pups and featured on signage and napkins. For one couple we featured their dog’s face on the escort cards with “Milo says sit,” and then it listed their table assignment.

Share one of your secret tips with our readers how they can ensure their wedding goes… Just as Planned.

Betsy & Nancy: Hire a good wedding planner and welcome help from others. On the day of the wedding the bride and mother of the bride need to let go and just enjoy. In the end, it’s about the couple coming together and if something doesn’t go as planned it will be ok.

Any ideas you can share for what to do the day after the wedding? 

Nancy: Throw a one-day anniversary party.

Betsy: For couples doing a destination wedding, have the ceremony on Friday. That way the bride, groom and the wedding party can participate in planned activities and outings on Saturday.

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