The thing about wedding planning is that it can get a little daunting. When I start to think about ALL of the things that need to be done between now and then, I can sometimes become a little overwhelmed and shut down. Let’s take caterers for instance. The ones I have been getting estimates from have been absolutely wonderful. Very responsive and sending me everything I need. In fact, one of them sent me a lovely email 2 weeks ago. The problem is I still haven’t responded. I am the worst bride ever. I think it all stems from my procrastination problem where I avoid things if I can’t make a decision. Whatever the case, one thing I have spent hours upon hours researching is something that is silly and purely optional and has no real impact on the actual day. That is vintage stamps. Y’all… I may have spent a total for 1 hour looking at wedding dresses online so far, but I have become laser focused on locating the perfect vintage stamps for my invitation suite which I haven’t even designed yet. I have a disorder. Plus vintage stamps cost money. Don’t tell Chris though. I plan to tell him it costs $1 for all of them. Shhh. Now luckily I also have a reasonable side and my reasonable side said that since I really enjoy the nice and new and neutral rose stamp that the post office just released, I should buy enough of those that I can just add a couple of other stamps keeping the cost down somewhat for postage. So I did and I have them tucked away for safe keeping.
Photos via Oh So Beautiful Paper
But let’s go back to talking about the vintage ones. The question I am having is, should I choose ones that go with the colors of the wedding (“wedding colors” is a whole other issue) or ones that fit our personalities. Or maybe really nail it and try to find ones that fit both. It is quite tricky, isn’t it? If you are having this problem yourself, there are a few websites that I have found on Etsy that are awesome for buying vintage stamps. Verde Studio sells them in sets of stamps that look good together or fit a theme. The owner will also design a custom combo for you if you want. Treasure Fox is similar except you can also buy sheets of stamps. Ebay is also a good place to look and you can browse the stamp section by category or by the Scott number, which you can google. Lots of sellers only use the Scott number so this is a very helpful thing to know. This post from Oh So Beautiful Paper was helpful to me as well.
I will end this post with a promise to focus on more important things going forward. Have a wonderful day.
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Hi everyone! I am still alive over here. I have just been continuing to swim in a sea of calligraphy envelopes during any spare minute I have. During moments where I take a break and usually during my lunch break for work (when I am not doing paperwork), I have been pinning up some wedding decor inspiration photos like crazycakes. Unfortunately, I have not started gathering or creating actual wedding decor things because the pictures I like seem to kinda be all over the place. A modern black and white stripe here, a pop of color there, a romantic hand dyed ribbon and wildflowers situation mixed with a glittery gold glam situation. Just when I think I am gravitating towards one thing, I see something else I like and I totally lose my focus. I’m gonna go ahead and blame wedding blogs since it is all so good looking. I am starting to understand more why people hire a full service wedding planner to take care of it. So basically I need to do some serious editing of my vision before our wedding turns into a decor train wreck. And don’t even get me started on my invitations and stationary. It is almost at the point where every guest will be receiving a different invitation so I can use all of the styles I like. So the question I have is, for those of you who have already gotten married or planned a big event, how did you narrow down all of the styles you liked to create something more cohesive? I need some serious types of help.
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Hi guys! So Colleen and I both decided that it would be agreeable for us to bring back Wedding Wednesday on a more regular basis so that I could check in every now and again to discuss wedding related issues and thoughts. While I must admit that wedding planning has taken a back seat to calligraphy jobs in the last week or so, I am happy to report that we have a few important details taken care of including choosing our venue. Pretty much as soon as we got engaged, I knew that choosing a venue was going to be something we had to do almost immediately because all of the good dates for next spring were going fast. I feel certain that Chris thought I was being a nutso by scheduling a bunch of venue visits so quickly, but I think when he started hearing the venue people talk about Spring 2016 dates already being booked, he realized that maybe I wasn’t such a crazy person Bridezilla and that maybe just maybe I was right. Since Colleen had gotten married a few years ago, I was pretty aware of what venues were around and also got some input from some friends who are in the wedding industry. We were really pleasantly surprised with all of our options. The first thing we did was look at our possible budget and crunch numbers. Each venue has so many different policies that it was easy to see how overlooking little details will end up costing you much more than you had originally thought. For example, were tables and chairs included in the rental cost? How many? Were plates and glassware included? Did we have to use a specific caterer? If we did, did we have to pay the venue a service fee for service provided by the caterer (usually 15-20%)? Is there a cleaning fee? Do you need day of insurance? I won’t go into all of this junk, but let me just say that it was a little overwhelming and with all of these little details that you have to be aware of before making a decision, it is easy to see how people may miss something and end up blowing their budget. Once we came to terms with how much having a wedding was going to cost…GULP, we picked our favorites. There were some pretty great places and we had two in particular that we loved the most. However, the two places that we were deciding between and had very different feels and would have been very different weddings. This made things a little confusing. We also obviously had to take into account which would be better for our guests. We really could have been very happy with either. In the end, we picked the one that we felt was more “us” and would work best for the way we wanted our wedding to feel. Well, fancy version of us. Real version of us is scrubs and yoga pants and going to bed by 10:00pm on Friday nights (probably after eating Mexican food and watching Breaking Bad on Netflix). So we have a wedding set for May of next year (yay!) and quite a few things to do before then.
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Spoiler alert… None of these places are our wedding venue. Just pretty pictures I stole from the internets.
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