The Invitations

Almost all of our guests should now have received their invitations, so I decided to go ahead and share my big project for the last couple of weeks!

For those few who haven’t, I’m including most of the pics after the jump, so they can choose to be surprised if they want šŸ™‚

Here’s the last batch, ready to go out the door!

We ended up splurging on custom stamps, since the wedding stamps didn’t really match our color scheme (sorry for the blurry pic, it seems my camera doesn’t like close-ups):


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Happy Feet

When I was in Costa Rica last week, I literally spent three days on my feet, between the various wedding events. By the time the reception rolled around, I was utterly dying, and ended up kicking my shoes off and running around barefoot for the last hour (luckily, I’d worn a long dress!!).

I could definitely have used these:


{via Always a Blogsmaid}

They’re just $20 fromĀ Floc Designs, and they come with a little bag so they don’t get your purse dirty. You can monogram them, add your own graphic, or choose from one of their designs. The only drawback: custom designs require a minimum order of 20. However, you could probably come up with 20 women in your wedding who would appreciate these (between you, your BMs, mothers, aunts, junior BMs, etc!), or choose one of their standard designs, which are pretty fun too.

I think I’ll definitely be picking up a pair or two for my own big day!

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Lia & Shaun’s Wedding – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

First of all, congrats to Lia and Shaun, who were married this past Saturday in Costa Rica! I worked with Shaun on a client project for my day job, and when he and Lia were looking for a day-of coordinator (DOC), they gave me a call.

Last Wednesday morning, I headed to the airport at far-too-early-to-be-up to catch a flight to Costa Rica. It was my first time in the country, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well, whatever I was expecting, the airport wasn’t it. It gave a new meaning to “air”port!!

This is on the way out, but it gives you an idea of the setup:

{All photos from the author’s personal collection}


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Sorry for the radio silence recently. I had intended to set up posts for while I was in Costa Rica, but time got away from me and that didn’t quite happen. However, I’m back now, and hard at work on wedding stuff, so the next few weeks will be busy, and hopefully full of posts as I check things off my to-do list.Ā 

Next up: the wedding I just did in Costa Rica…

Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Out the Door!

So, most of our invitations are out the door!!! Hooray! I spent most of the night on Friday and all day on Saturday working on them. T was definitely as helpful as he could be, but a lot of it was prep work I had to finish (the envelope calligraphy, etc.) before he could help me assemble. He did sneak off for a little bit on Saturday to go golfing, but after a week of studying and helping me with the wedding, I certainly couldn’t begrudge him that!

BTW, the stamp got here just fine on Saturday, and it ended up working out just as well, because instead of printing envelope seals and cutting them out, I just used the too-big stamp on round labels! So it did end up being a blessing in disguise, effort-wise.

Speaking of effort…in my last post, I referred to the fun with the envelopes. Well. Thursday evening, I went to Staples to get the outer envelopes that I needed to finish the invitations. Now, I’d already checked to make sure they had the ones I needed, and I just had to pick them up. You can, I’m sure, see the bad place this is going. When I got there, they didn’t have them, although they’d assured me they did. Of course, by then it was too late to get them shipped from anywhere. So, I spent all night on Friday making all of the outer envelopes. That’s right, with a Paper Source template, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick. Not one of the most fun nights I’ve ever spent. However, in the end they turned out fine, but I’ve definitely learned my lesson — just go ahead and order supplies when you find them the first time!

We gave out most of the local invites at church yesterday, and all of the hard work was worth it when people kept coming up to me last night (after they had gotten home and opened them that afternoon) telling me that they were the most gorgeous invites they’d ever seen. I mean, they’re my favorite ever, but I’m admittedly biased, so it was nice to know that other people liked them too.

Tonight I just have to finish assembling and addressing the ones to go in the mail, and then tomorrow we mail them, and that’s done! We’ve just passed the two month mark now, and things are really starting to come together. I can’t wait!!

Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  

My $10 Salt & Pepper Shakers

Last week I read this article on customer service. Liene recounts Randy Pausch’s story of going to Disneyland as a child, and accidentally breaking a set of $10 salt and pepper shakers he and his sister had just purchased as a gift for their parents. Because his parents were impressed at the way the store replaced the set for their chagrined son at no extra charge, they ended up bringing a lot of business to the company. Liene made the point that businesses should not stubbornly adhere to policy at the expense of customer service.

Well, I just had a somewhat similar experience. Earlier, I told you that my custom stamp arrived the wrong size. Even after many deep breaths and counting way past 1000, I was still furious. I called the company, and as politely as possible, let the poor customer service rep on the other end have it. As I told her, there are a few things that are sure to make a woman go utterly beserk, and messing with her wedding is one of them!

She told me that the best they could do was to create a new stamp, and I’d have it by Monday. Which, since I’m leaving early next Wednesday for Costa Rica, and we’re sending our invites before I leave, simply wasn’t going to work. And they told me that Saturday delivery wasn’t available for our area.

I ended up speaking to the company owner, who was wonderful, accepted full responsibility for the mistake (the file I sent was correct, they resized it for reasons unknown), and started checking around to see what she could do. She told me that she would call me back within 15-20 minutes. I will admit to a littleĀ skepticism — how often do companies actually get back to you as soon as they say? — but within 10 minutes, my phone rang. She had managed to get Saturday delivery with UPS, and said they would ship my stamp later today (normally a two day production time), and I’m supposed to have it by 2 pm tomorrow.

Turns out she had recently gotten married herself, and she understood how important it was to me to have this right, as soon as possible. Now, I’m sure that what the first woman I spoke with told me was their policy. However, the owner definitely took Liene’s advice — she was willing to go above and beyond the policy in order to provide good customer service. As a result, I’ve gone from being just about ready to denounce them in every forum I could (and I’m not exactly the “letter to the editor” type) to having a favorable impression of the company, despite the error.

So, today I’ll work on what I can (like the envelopes, which have their own story!), and tomorrow, hit the ground running to wrap things up!

Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Deep Breaths

I finally got the stamp in to finish the invitations, and they totally sent the wrong size stamp. It’s probably a good thing they weren’t open yet when I called, because it’s giving me time to take some deep breaths. And count to 1000. It should have warned me when they shipped it late, but I was just so relieved to have it on the way. So. Yeah. As my father used to say, it looks like we’ll be dropping back six yards and punting. I just have to figure out how.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’ve been working on our invitations tonight, and I feel like I’m starting to see an end in sight. I love our invites, but they certainly are labor-intensive!! I’ve only got 25 more inner envelopes to do — tomorrow I start addressing the outer envelopes, which will go pretty fast, since we’re hand-delivering a lot of them, so they don’t need an address and a stamp. I’ve run out of ink in my calligraphy pen, so I’m finished for the night. Speaking of which, another sneak peek:


{from the author’s private collection}

We’ve decided to be vaguely improper and use a single-letter monogram on our invitation suite. This tab on the back of the inner envelope is the first glimpse our guests will get of our monogram, which will feature as a major motif throughout.

I adore our charcoal-colored envelopes. It was the contrast of the dark inner envelope with the outer envelope and liner that decided me on using double envelopes for everyone. I wasn’t sure what the reaction to the suite would be, since it’s not really the hearts, flowers and pastels invite some people are used to seeing, but so far I’ve gotten rave reviews from the few people who have seen the sample invite. I have to be honest with you, though…as much as my job is making people happy, I love our invitations so much that I almost don’t care if other people do too. Almost.

Tomorrow the custom postage gets here, and hopefully the custom rubber stamp will come in too. We’ll also be picking up the last of the supplies, and then it’s into the final push to weekend mailing!

Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Sorry for the late post — it has been a crazy day!!! It’s hard to believe that in exactly one week, I’ll be in Costa Rica for a client’s wedding. It’s rainy and cold here, so itĀ isĀ nice to remember that the sun is shining elsewhere, and I get to see some soon!

I’ve never been there, and I’m definitely looking forward to doing a wedding there. I don’t anticipate having much time to explore, but hopefully I’ll get to slip away at some point and catch a glimpse of some gorgeousness…


{via flickr}

Hope the sun comes out tomorrow where you are too!

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Thin Line

They say there’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity. Well, I may or may not be walking that line as we “speak.”

I’ve intended all along to “leverage” (to use a little consulting speak) Jenn’s brilliance when I did our envelopes. However, when I started working on the envelopes, trying to find the right color, and see the oh-so-faint lines, and trace them perfectly…ended up stressing me out way more than a shortcut is supposed to. So, I stepped back and took stock of the situation, Ā and decided that I felt confident enough with the fruits of my long-ago calligraphy courses to attempt the names myself. No, they’re not going to be perfect. However, they’re going to my friends and family, and I think they’re more likely to notice the lovely silver ink (which I personally am a BIG fan of) than the fact that my calligraphy isn’t picture perfect. So…I’m taking the plunge, and doing our calligraphy myself.

Did you scrap any shortcuts because they just didn’t work for you?

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm  Comments (2)  
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