A wedding day is many things. It is a day of laughter and tears, a day of
love and joy and expectations. Creating a day as perfect as the one you have
imagined requires hard work and careful planning. At times, the number of
details may seem overwhelming. Remember, Paper & Roses is here to help.
With over ten years of wedding consulting experience, owner Betsyan
Gilcreast and the staff of Paper & Roses have learned most of the "ins
and outs" of putting together the perfect Wedding Invitation ensemble.
Wedding details can be daunting so Paper & Roses suggests each bride
start with a good wedding planner. Good planner books keep track of
those details and help with the scheduling of all the people you may
need to see during the busy months to come. If an "etiquette" problem
arises with wording, format or seating, the shop relies on the Crane Blue
Book of Wedding Etiquette for guidance. Says Betsyan, "We look to Crane
for the basic guidelines and then we try to tailor the needs of the
bride and groom within those guidelines. Sometime it works and sometimes
we simply have to make up the rules as we go along!"
We can assist with your selection of announcements, invitations,
reception, response and thank you cards--as well as pew bows,
flower girl baskets, ring pillows, aisle runners and any other
"finishing touch" you may need. We offer knowledge, experience
and gentle advice and are always happy to work within your budget. If you would like to browse our collection you can shop for Birchcraft wedding invitations online.
Other helpful hints as they apply to our services:
The Invitation--is an important aspect of your wedding day. Whether
traditional or contemporary or something "in between", the invitation
sets the tone for the entire celebration and should reflect the
personality of both the bride and the groom. Paper & Roses is proud to
offer invitions by Crane Fine Papers, NuArt, Birchcraft, Gala Aldengrace
and Regency. The shop also carries unique blank stock and does its own
in-house printing for less formal occasions.
Specialty Stationery--such as Shower or Rehearsal Dinner
Invitations, Informals or Thank you Notes, Table and Place cards should
also be chosen with care. Direction, map cards and accommodation cards
are often helpful for out-of-town guests. You may also wish to consider
a Wedding Program to acknowledge the members of your wedding party and
to outline the order
of your wedding ceremony.
Finishing touches (and lots of detailed planning) make your wedding
memorable. Paper & Roses offers a wide range of bridal and reception
- Alter and Pew Bows
- Unity Candles
- Aisle Runners
- Bridal Baskets (for cards)
- Guest Books and Pens
- Garter Sets
- Ring bearer Pillows
- Flower Girl Baskets
- Cake Boxes and Napkins
- Reception Scrolls and Favors
- Toasting Glasses and Cake Servers (which we are happy to decorate)
In addition to our own services, we have an "up-to-date" Referral List
of other professionals with whom we have worked. (see the FAQ section)
This list includes musicians, rentals, florists, ministerial services,
wedding cakes, guest lodging, photographers, videographers and ceremony
The "picture perfect" Wedding Day requires care and creativity, in addition
to our own expertise, we offer a list of professionals (link for FAQ on this
topic) with whom we have worked that provide music, rentals, flowers,
ministerial services, tuxedos, cakes, lodging, photography, videography,
and ceremony locations.
Anniversaries are always special occasions. Sometimes, however, they
suddenly turn into EXTRA-special occasions. . . showering us with almost as
many details as a wedding. Again, a well-planned anniversary celebration
begins with an invitation, includes a guest book, photo album, cake napkins
and table cards. Come see us. . . we can help.
Most moms and dads-to-be have a good nine months to "get ready". That
readiness, however, rarely includes a birth announcement. So, may we
point out our Announcement stock and In-house printing services. If you
choose your announcement, the proud father can call us from the birthing
room, the hospital or the car and give us the information we need to
We also have a Crane and Regency Birth
Announcement Album offering contemporary or traditional designs in a
wide range of prices. One nice thing about our In-house printing is
moms can take the envelopes ahead of time and get them addressed while
she is still getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
One cute story: a proud dad did phone us. . . . . gave us the date, the
time, the weight and length of his new baby, Riley. When he appeared
about to hang up, we quickly asked, "Is it a boy or a girl!" There was
silence for a minute and then a rather strangled reply, "Oh, my. . . .
I don't remember!" (It was just a momentary laspse, however.)
This isn't the standard, once in a lifetime event that it use to be!
People rarely remain with one company for their entire career. But,
everyone (including a Volunteer) deserves to be recognized for loyal
service to a company, firm or organization no matter whether they have
been there just 5 or 10 years.
Loyalty is hard to come by these days. So whether you are planning an
event in the firm's cafeteria or on Main Street, downtown. . . start
with an contemporary, fun invitation And be sure to include a Memory
Book for Guests to make note of their fondest memories and pertinent
email addresses. Choose your guest list with care and include people
your guest of honor would choose. Indeed, consult the guest of honor.
Retirement parties should not be "surprise" parties. One business we
worked with planned a party down to the last detail. . . . . we kept
suggesting they consult the guest of honor, but they felt it had to be
a surprise. Two days before the party, on a whim, the guest of honor
flew out to Seattle, WA to visit a new, baby granddaughter.