Posts Tagged ‘Stationery’

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.

Ready and Labeled

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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Stationery Snaffu

Last night, my mom and I were working on the final guest list so we could get it sent to our lovely calligrapher, Jessica Lynn, over at Penned and Pretty. I’m very excited about Jessica, as I’ve posted about a few times already, because I am a terribly impatient person. If I had to spend all of the time making my invitations look as beautiful as this…

…I’d probably go crazy. I nearly went crazy last night as my mom and I were working. Unfortunately, since I’ve been out of state, we’ve had two different running guest lists. I do not recommend this type of guest listing. She sat at my family’s desktop, and I sat at the desk in the office with my laptop, calling names and addresses back and forth. We ran into a few… um… issues.

First, my computer, which I got when I was entering my first year of college and is nearing the end of its non-Mac, slow-moving, gradually malfunctioning lifetime, decided to freeze and not auto-recover my Excel Spreadsheet of the guest list. So, while my mom and I had a common base, all of the additional people that my father and B added were gone– in all, about 20. Granted, this isn’t a big deal. At the time, however, having spent about an hour and a half working on it, I was ready to throw my already piece-of-#@$! computer against the wall. My mom peacefully left the room, took my little brother somewhere, and I calmed down. OK, OK… I thought, it’s not that bad. All of the addresses were correct– I knew that much. I only had to play catch-up with less than 20 names. No big deal.

While my mom was away, I caught up on all of the work that had just been lost. My dad, sometime after we’d ordered the ivitations, decided that some of his B-listers should be added to the A-list, as most of them probably wouldn’t be able to make it anyway, and well, we might as well send an invite in the first round. I don’t have a problem with this– we invited Brandon’s family’s A- and B- list in the first round. And really, since they probably won’t be able to make it, it’s not that big a deal.

As I added up all of my dad’s additional guests, as well as the late-in-the-game guest list that B made for me, I started to fill with fear. And then, when all was said and done, I looked at the final count. 138 invitations to send… we’d only ordered 125. NOOOOO!!! I scanned the list, and took all of the wedding party off… but then put the ones with spouses back on, because you never can tell about work. All in all, there was only 3 invitations that ended up coming off the list from the wedding party. My head started scrambling. Can I take the invitations to Kinkos and just have color copies printed on nice cardstock? Is that legal? And more importantly, is that tacky? Answers: No. No. Yes.

Sometime around when my heart palpatations were reaching critical, my mom came home. Calmly, she told me that she would just order more invitations. We discussed getting this next batch of 25 without reception cards. Certainly, my college-aged, frat-house cousin is not going to notice or care that he does not have a reception card, whereas, my father’s work colleagues, or the President of our university might. No problem, money saving, and some simple rearranging.  That same cousin also won’t notice that his envelope was “calligraphed” by me, and not professionally, whereas my father’s work colleagues might. So, I’ll address the invites of the people that don’t care, since we don’t have a full list or more than 130 envelopes to send the calligrapher. OK. Less than 20 invites to address? I can do that. Heck, I  might even print.

OK. OK. Everything is OK. As I write this morning, I still have to tell myself, it’s really OK. It’s not that big a deal– really, it’s just a few clicks of a button on an incredibly convenient company’s website. Maybe it’s just one little oversight, this one tiny little failure, that’s messing with my perfectionist planning head. I keep telling myself that I just need to let it go. Really. It’s not the end of the world, the end of my life, the end of my relationship or the end of the wedding. Far from, in fact, on all counts. Just one little mistake.

How do you handle mistakes in planning? Did anything blow up in your face at the last minute?

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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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Since invitations have been on my mind lately, I’ve also been working on calligraphy. We decided to send out Save the Dates only for the out-of-towners who will need the hotel information. Since there was only 20-or-so of those that needed to be calligraphed, I decided to try my hand at it! While not perfect, here’s what came of my little experience (aside from incredibly inky fingertips!)


It’s definitely not perfect. Far from. But, I wanted nice looking invites, and successfully completed one of my first DIY projects! It took awhile, however, so I decided then and there that I would be hiring a professional calligrapher for the real deal– if for no other reason than to save me the time while trying to finish up schooling.

I stumbled upon the blog penned&pretty, a brand new, just opened calligraphy shop! Jessica has been so great to work with thus far, and her styles are very cute! I’m so excited about our pretty pretty envelopes!

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Paper Trail

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog. I’m a pretty sorry bride-blogger, that’s for sure.

Words are very important to me, so when choosing the paper elements of our wedding, I wanted to make sure that the aesthetics also represented who we are as a couple along with the wording. It’s important that the lasting effects of a wedding, the things that you can hold when it’s all done, reflect the feeling and tone of the day. By far, the most money of our event has gone into photography and videography, because those will be the lasting memories. However, what has required the most time and attention has been our stationery.

After searching and searching and searching, I decided on this invitation suite from the marvelous Wedding Paper Divas.


It’s the “Modern Whimsy” invitation suite; the color shown is bark. I really think that it has both the elegant design and comfortable feel that we hope our event exudes. I love the mixture of the formal and the playful.

One thing that was very important to us was the incorporation of both of our families names in the invitation, rather than the “son of…” shout-out after the groom’s name. Everyone will know that my family is hosting and throwing the event; we decided to include both of our parents names in the initial salutation, so it reads “Mr. and Mrs. Bride and Mr. and Mrs. Groom request the…” Since we both come from such large families, it was important for us and our event to really focus on bringing the two together. We think something little, such as the semantics of the invitation, will go a long way.

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Well, I thought I’d try my hand at an Inspiration Board. While most ideas that I have for my own wedding are solidified, I really enjoyed working on this! I responded to a post on Style Me Pretty, entering to win $500, should my board be picked. Here’s what I’ve come up with in response to the following query:

I am getting married May 1, 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I am a woman who has been dreaming about her wedding her entire life.  Now that the time has come for me to plan I have begun to feel very overwhelmed.  Specifically, I am having a hard time editing myself.  I see all of these ideas and details that I like and I am not quite sure how to incorporate these ideas into my special day.  The weddings that stand out to me (and I think most others) is the ones that work in small, unexpected details.  The details are what I am getting lost in.  So, I come to you for help. 

I know that I my wedding colors are going to be a bright pink (more raspberry) and white. I will be married in a vineyard and the ceremony will be outside.   I am a girl who is attracted to shabby chic styles. I see myself using more vintage chic/rustic type of details and designs.  My friends and family would describe me as very preppy and not as trendy as other 25 year olds.  While I am not desperate for penny pinching ideas, I also do not have an extravagant budget to work with. Can you help me figure out where to begin?

SO, here’s what I’ve come up with. I wanted to use the raspberry shade, but offset it with shades of paler pink. As this bride is getting lost in the details, I chose some detail-oriented options, rather than some big-picture items.

Raspberry, Pink and White

Inspiration Board: Raspberry, Pink and White

First Row: Hershey Kisses Ring Photo by Kamila Harris Photography; wine cork placecards by LeapFrog photography; Cake table by MK Photography; shoes by Christian Louboutin, from Bluefly; Wine label by LeapFrog photography

Second Row: Flower girl picture by MK Photography; Centerpiece and tablescape arrangement by In Full Bloom Floral Design; bouquet by Kamila Harris Photography

Third Row: Personalized fans picture by MK Photography; raspberry checkerboard chocolates from Etsy; Invitation Suite by Bird and Banner; Dress featured in Martha Stewart Weddings;

Fourth Row: Champagne toast with Raspberries from MK Photography; dress by Vera Wang on Bluefly; Seating card, chair wrap and boutonierre from Martha Stewart Weddings

Fifth Row: Bridal Party and Flower cones by MK Photography

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