The Royal Invitation

The Royal invitation has finally gone public! I love the classic look of an engraved invitation with gilded edges. However, I’m surprised at the lack of formality in the date and time.

But I love that a reply card isn’t included. Guests must RSVP on their own stationary. Did you know that was the tradition many years ago?

What do you think?

Meet Snow + Graham

Pulp & Ink is having my favorite stationers, Snow & Graham, for an in store appearance in conjunction with the Old Town Art Fair. I saw this and starting jumping for joy.

If you aren’t obsessed with paper and have never heard of Snow & Graham, the company creates THE most lovely paper in the world. Literally, it makes me weak in the knees. And I can always spot a Snow & Graham design. I immediately saw some gorgeous new items on my recent trip to New Orleans.

Here is a small taste of their beautiful work. Isn’t it lovely??

My friend Nicole and I are the biggest Jane Austen fans.  If she was getting engaged this year, I would buy her this
card from Etsy.

Bargain Find– Paper and Punch

While on the hunt for some beautiful invitations for my bridesmaid luncheon, I found this great online resource, Paper and Punch. Although I didn’t end up getting anything from there (yet!), I thought that the prices for custom print were extremely reasonable.

If you are looking for invitations for a small gathering, I would check out this website!

My Invitations

…were truly a labor love.

That is what went into my invitations. Incase you don’t want to read this long entry, please walk away with some simple advice: order your invitations in advance.

Martha Stewart’s Timeline

  • Order Invitations
  • Receive invitations
  • Purchase postage for invitation and response card.
  • Take an envelope to the post office for it to be weighed.
  • Hand address invitations or take to a calligrapher.
  • Mark each response card incase your guests forgets to write their names.
  • Assemble invites.
  • Mail.
  • Collect RSVPs.
  • Call guests that have not responded.

My Overly Complicated Timeline

  • Order my invitations. We were about two weeks behind schedule but for some reason, I wanted to be sure. Huge sigh of relief.
  • Ordered photo postage stamps for the response cards from Zazzle. Problem #1.
  • Ordered vintage postage stamps. Spent hours trying to create an aesthetically pleasing montage.
  • Took invitations to get weighed. Problem #2: Found out that I needed $.97 cents worth of postage. Cried. Spent another few hours trying to create another aesthetically pleasing montage.
  • Received invitations. Did a happy dance!
  • Promptly drop off invitations to our calligrapher for her to address the inner and outer envelopes.
  • Receive back our outer envelopes from our wonderful calligrapher. Since we purchased vintage stamps for the outer envelope, the postage stamp process took a few hours. I didn’t plan for the amount of time that it would take to get the stamps on nice and neat.
  • The next step was to stamp the response card envelopes. Problem #3: My photo postage stamps, which had already given me enough trouble, were way too large. They blocked the addressee’s name. I was seriously bummed. That is when my dear fiancé stepped into the rescue. He searched photo stamp sites until he found Your Stamps. The stamps wouldn’t be in for another week. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to delay the mailing. Then, we found a really big problem…
  • Problem #4: Some of the response cards had a printing issue! There was a tiny flaw in the response card where the letterpress didn’t print deeply. That is when I REALLY lost it. Luckily, Rebecca from the White Aisle has planned to use our invitation as samples to mail out to potential clients. She mailed us the new response cards immediately.
  • Marked the response cards with an invisible pen. If we get an invitation back without the couples name, we can find out who it is with a black light.
  • Problem #5: Bought some gorgeous artisan paper to line my envelopes. This was my major mistake. I thought that hand lining the envelope would be a nice personal touch. Also, we would save a little money as calligraphers charge more for lined envelopes. After spending about six hours making the liners, I realize that they look terrible. Cry.
  • Do a desperate search to find someone to line my envelopes. Cannot find anyone!
  • Problem #6: Buy some new paper to line the envelopes. Enlist the help of my fiance. Spend three evenings in a row attempting to line. Try to use double sided tape. It doesn’t hold the stick. Then, I try to use rubber cement. It creates grease spots. My envelopes are ruined.
  • Cry again. Drop off a new batch of envelopes to our ever patient calligrapher. Start drinking heavily.
  • Lightly glue the lining to the envelope.
  • Assemble and Seal.
  • Drive around to three post offices before finding someone that agrees to hand cancel. Agree is sort of an overstatement… the worker agreed that they would put them aside and request that they be hand cancelled.
  • Receive calls from guests telling us how beautiful our invitations were!
  • Debate if this worth it.
  • Realize that you only have one set of the wedding invitations in your life. As a paper junkie, I really wanted them to be spectacular. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would have eliminated all of the DIY and ordered a good two months in advance.

Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of my invitations!

Happy Holidays!

I heart cards. Well, actually I puffy heart any type of stationary. So when one of my favorite stationary shops was closing, I bought almost everything in the store. (FI’s reaction was: where are we going to keep ALL of that paper??? I digress. So I am now the proud owner of two years worth of holiday cards in our tiny 750 square foot apartment.

I considered buying new photo cards. However, I don’t really care for the picture postcards and picture cards are pretty pricey. What’s a girl to do?

Even though I’m the worst DIYer in the knot world, I decided that I could handle this one small project. I went to one of my other favorite stationary shops, Paper Doll, and purchased scrapbook photo corners. I stuck them on the inside flap of each card and then inserted a card. Viola!

Inside of our holiday card

Outside of the Holiday Card

The total cost of the project was relatively inexpensive. I bought 250 corners for $4.50. The prints were $.10 a piece at CostCo. I highly recommend getting your professional prints at CostCo. The quality is much better than Snapfish or Shutterfly.

What do you think?

Paper Junkies– come in!

I love paper. My love for paper coincided with my love of Hello Kitty! From the age of 5, I would go to this stationary shop in the mall with my babysitter and buy little bits of Hello Kitty! merchandise. If stickers were part of the purchase, then all the better!

At 31, not much else has changed. So when I received my invitation to our Indianapolis engagement party, I leaped for joy! There is nothing I love more in the paper world than lined envelopes!

The actual engagement party was a red theme. Although my future mother-in-law said “no gifts please”, we received a slew of awesome presents. Therefore, we needed to send out thank you cards!

Here are the two cards that I sent out:

Simple yet elegant bold red correspondence card with white border and a red lined envelope from Crane’s.

I didn’t have enough but I broke out another set of cards:

Gorgeous letterpress thank-you cards by Snow + Graham

Enclosed in each thank you card was our wedding website insert:

I didn’t think life could get better– then I received my invitation to the Chicago engagement party.

I feel so lucky!