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I suppose today is the time to keep on posting about stationery. At least this is a stationery success story!

I love the look of a hand-addressed envelope, especially the return-address on the back-flap. I think it’s really classy, and a nice touch to complete the entire suite. Martha Stewart has a wrap-around address template that I used for invites for my best friend’s bridal shower last February (which was awesome, by the way) which I really like, but it seems to be a little lacking for wedding invitations. A little too casual for me.

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That’s not to say I won’t use something like this for Thank You Notes. With over 250 guests, you can bet your bottom dollar I will.

For invites, though, I just wanted something a bit more special. We’re having Jessica Lynn over at Penned and Pretty do the calligraphy. She suggested that, so save some money on calligraphy, to purchase a custom address stamp for the return address. What a lovely idea! I thought. A custom rubber stamp provides that I can use the same color ink as the calligraphy, just by browsing around at AC Moore or Michae’ls for the right color stamp pad. Also, my parents will be able to keep it and use it long after the wedding is over– providing they don’t move.

I started searching, and last night, after all of the stationery drama, had a bit of success. Of course, I made my way to Etsy. I purchased this custom stamp from lovetocreatestamp‘s shop:

Custom  Personalized   wood handle address  rubber stamp cute  wedding  gift - style 9008

Custom  Personalized   wood handle address  rubber stamp cute  wedding  gift - style 9008

I thought the font choice and the scrolls would go nicely with both the calligraphy on the front of the envelope, and the scrolling on the invitation itself. My mom also loved it! Score!

I just have to buy a stamp pad in chocolate brown, and all is well in stationery world. (Of course, I’ll also have to address a few envelopes, but we’re not talking about that any more today.) We’ll send them out in late May/early June, and get them back by the First of July (here’s hoping!) for an early August wedding.

And so– ha ha!– victory is mine.

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Tedium

Well, there’s nothing like entering addresses into an Excel Spreadsheet to spice up a stormy Sunday night.

I love planning my wedding. Take that back, I love planning things, from birthday parties, to showers, to fundraisers. It’s so fun to make a vision come to life. The past few weeks of wedding planning, however, have been less than exciting– calling vendors to check on details, working on addresses and fine-tuning the guest list, figuring out costs of hair/makeup/beauty– all while attempting to remain upbeat and love the experience.

Everything feels like another item to add to a list. Call the florist– check! Arrange day-of makeup– check! Arrange day of hair for self and bridesmaids– almost. Take care of myself– definitely not. The idea of pampering myself with a manicure, or a trip to Sephora for a nice facial scrub is just something else to add to the list of wedding things that need to be completed.

How do you keep yourself from getting lost in the tedium? When you see nothing but to-do lists, how do you zoom out and focus on the experience as a whole?

As they say, the Devil’s In the Details.

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I’m pretty excited right now! Our ring bearer is a little boy I nanny for, named Ciaran.He dressed as a monkey for Halloween (I found the costume!) and, before he could talk, he would beat his arms on his itty bitty chest like a monkey, and say “Ooo Ooo!” It’s probably the cutest thing in the world. Forgive me for gushing, but I love this kid. Of course, when it came to be Christmastime, the natural gift-of-choice was his very first Curious George book, and now, he’s obsessed. I mean obsessed. I bought him a big ol’ collection, and since then, his parents have bought another compilation and a few smaller books, as well. He has lots of monkey toys– a stuffed George toy, and two other monkeys, named Harlow and Lowell.

He’ll be two just before our wedding, though, and I’m a bit terrified that he’ll be a little temperamental about getting down the aisle. If he doesn’t, that’s fine– we won’t make him wear a tux or anything; that’s a lot with only a 50% chance that he’ll deliver on the day-of. BUT, while trolling around on Etsy, I did find this adorable fabric at fabricsupplies shop that I think I’ll use to make his ring pillow!

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How adorable is that?! We’re not using blue in the wedding, but really, I just can’t pass up the adorable monkeys!! We’ll send it home with him and his parents, since his room will soon be decked-out in a jungle scene.

I also found this one from MyHeartAndSew

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I like ths colors of this one better, but I’ve developed a deep aversion to palm trees after going through a period of obsession in middle school. And, is it too much if I use this fabric from WinterWindDesigns for the underside?

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OK. Yes, maybe that’s too much. But, as my friends would say, “We like the enthusiasm!” I was thinking of a circular pillow with a cute little button in the middle. And so, I found these at SewingRabbit‘s shop:

il_430xn_59178713One of these might look cute smack-dab in the middle, dontcha think? Lots of cute ideas for my favorite little boy– I’m OK with not matching, or a bit of corniness, if that makes Ciaran happy… and more likely to walk down the aisle!

You can just call me the Pacifier.

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At the last wedding I was at, my aunt leaned over to me and said, “Don’t have kids in your wedding! They steal all of the attention!” as the adorable ring-bearers were walking down the aisle (one with a pacifier). My response? “Only if they do their job right!” I’m so excited for my adorable child attendants! They’ll steal the show, I hope, and I’ll love every minute of it!

One of my earliest posts chronicled my search for the elusive flower girl dress. So, I caved. I went with the Jim Hjelm for our lovely flower girl, Paloma.

The dress on the left, with the pleated skirt, will be in sage, with celadon accents.

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I was thinking of ballet flats like these, from JCrew, for her tiny feet.

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I was also hoping she’d wear this adorable clip in her air, from Banner Boutique. Her hair is a short, flapper style cut, stacked in the back. il_430xn_58471751

 And, like I’ve already mentioned twice, she’ll carry a pomander. Like this. Oh, have I mentioned that I’m a rockstar and making it myself? Cause I’m a rockstar and making it myself.

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When I’d first posted, I wasn’t planning on having a ring-bearer. But, I’ve done what I do best, and I’ve changed my mind. I am a nanny for an 18-month-old. Ciaran, the little boy, and I have quite a great relationship; I love him dearly, and had been good friends with both his parents prior to his birth. So, when it came to thinking about a little boy to walk my adorable cousin down the aisle, B and I didn’t look far. Ciaran is young, however, so we’re not expecting him to walk down the aisle; that said, we don’t want his parents to go out of the way to buy him a baby-tux, so we’re suggesting that they look for a cute blazer, instead. Something like this, also from JCrew.

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With cute little khaki pants, a green shirt, and a boutonniere (that I’ll also be making by myself), I think he’ll make quite a fetching ring-bearer. Also, if he decides not to walk, then he’ll just be a very well-dressed 2 year old. Yes, he turns 2 the week before the wedding. I’m hoping that we’re safe from the Terribles, and that he peacefully decides whether or not he’d like to participate, without tantrums of any sort involved.

Fingers crossed!

Are you opting to have children in your ceremony?

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HelloGocco

OK.

I need to know– should I buy a Gocco? I’ve found one– the PG-5 model, which is what I had been researching– with LOTS of ink and in the right price range. So– to buy, or not to buy? Was it useful to you? Did you find you used it as much as you imagined you would? Is it as easy to use as everyone says it is? What do you suggest?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Church flowers. Initially, I’d wanted fresh flowers on all the pews. Let me refresh your memory of what our church looks like:

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So… I counted at one point. But I’ve forgotten. All I know is that’s a long-ass aisle, with an exorbitant number of pews. It seats 750! You can hardly blame us, then, when I realized that fresh flowers on all of the pews was definitely pork spending in our budget.

Without shame, I present our solution: silk. Yep, that’s right, silk flowers. I’m going to do it, and it will hopefully is going to look good. My dear cousin also used silk flowers (and I wouldn’t have been able to tell!), and I trust her to-be-wed judgment best of all. I saw this picture on the Knot, and thought, of course I can make that!

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I probably won’t monogram the cones– I just found out that my Aunt has a ton of them that her daughter used for her wedding– also with silk flowers. Since hydrangeas are a theme flower for the day, I’ll probably use them in my DIY fake arrangements. Also, I’ve seen real hydrangeas that I was positively convinced were fake. They’re a good flower to work with, I think.

I would still like to have some fresh arrangements in the front of the church, however. Perhaps some ferns; we can then pot them in our new apartment (which I must blog about soon!) OR, we can do themed arrangements, like these:

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However, my mother and I are terrified that they’ll get lost in the huge expanse of the Church. It will be like Where’s Waldo? all over again! It’s just so huge that I’m afraid no one will see them, and we will have wasted our money. We can (and will!) recycle them, incorporating them into the reception somehow– perhaps at the gift table or near the place cards?

Our florist gave us a few very helpful hints when considering church flowers that I thought I’d pass along:

  1. If there’s more than one wedding at the Church per day, call the other brides scheduled to be married and split the difference of the flowers. Go with a simple white, and you can combine costs to use the flowers at the Church all day; then, donate the flowers to the Church. You may have trouble obtaining information about the other couples from your Church, but if they relent, you could easily reduce a $300 arrangement down to $100.
  2. For centerpieces in the front of the Church, consider using triangular bases, such that the Florist will only incorporate the flowers into the facade of the arrangement, like a set in a play. Since they will be facing front, from the altar, and the congregation will get no perspective on the fullness of the flower, you can use 1/3 the number of flowers as a normal arrangement. The downside of this idea is that you will not be able to easily recycle these flowers; the jig is up if the front-heavy arrangement graces the gift table.
  3. Don’t skimp on your bouquet. Get the most elaborate, beautiful and expensive bouquet that you can afford. Your attendants don’t need anything special. Aside from the pictures, their flowers will end up abandoned on a chair or table while they dance the night away. Your flowers, however, are a part of your ensemble. (And, traditional ettiquette dictates the groom’s family pays for the brideal bouquet!)  
  4. Lastly, don’t sink all of your money on church flowers. In the grand scope of the event, with the average wedding reception lasting 5 hours and the average ceremony lasting 1, the church flowers will be visible and appreciated for a mere 1/6 of the event. That’s so little time, and so little money to be wasted. Instead, opt for nicer arrangements at your reception, or more elaborate bouquets that will be appreciated by guests and your attendants thoroughout the event.

Next up: the reception.

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Well, I’ve posted on Bridesmaids dresses, the reception and the ceremony locations. I’ve not posted about my dress, for it will remain a lock-stock-and-barrel secret until my wedding day. However, here’s what I’ve been thinking about floral design.

My florist, Janene of In Full Bloom, specializes in “intensely personal flowers.” She’s so great to work with, and I really enjoyed my time with her this winter. I won’t post bouquet options for myself, because as I came to think about my own bridal bouquet, there was truly no other option than white calla lillies. Beautiful, classy, a bit modern, but in traditional white. So chic. I also love the sharp contrast of the green stems– I think that will seperate the white of the flowers from the white of my dress.

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For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, I have a special surprise in store. Also, when talking with my friend, Melissa, on the phone the other evening, she exclaimed, “I found your blog!” This brought on a few mixed emotions– surprise, for one– and also regret that I can’t share all of the surprises I have in store for them. However, here’s a few pictures that have inspired me for their bouquets.

What’s not a surprise is that they will all be all-white bouquets. I love the simplicity of white-on-white that my bouquet will have; I was having a hard time, however, finding an appropriate shade of green to accompany their dresses. So, it’s white flowers for us all!

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I posted earlier about my flower girl, Paloma, and the pomander I’d like for her to carry. That idea is still my primary option, and will also be in the works as a DIY project.

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I can make one of those, right? Power to the people! The question is– green or brown ribbon? I’m thinking brown. Thoughts?

Next up: Church flowers (another DIY project) and Centerpieces.

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