Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Favorite Invitation Discovery

I am a minimalist...well, if you exclude the massive amounts I somehow fit into one purse. I digress. In terms of general style, I like one object that functions in multiple ways.

One thing that bothered me about wedding invitations is the sheer bulk. You have an invite, a response card, and an envelope.

Seriously. Ain't NOBODY got time for that mess. Especially during wedding planning. My time is the most rationed treasure I own right now. There's no way I want to spend time arranging multiple items in an envelope.

Enter the send and seal invite, my sweetest find lately.

That's my design pick from Ann's Bridal Bargains. There are other options out there, of course. Do you see the design? That's one well-designed, continuous piece of paper. It folds into an envelop shape, and they print your returns address for you. All you have to do is fold, seal, and write the recipient's mailing address on the front. What?! If that's not enough, the response card is at the bottom of the invitation, and your address is printed on the opposite side so your potential guest cuts the response card off, slaps a stamp on, and sends their answer back as a postcard.

I am in paper love. This takes so many steps out in terms of having to stuff an envelope and write or stamp your own address in place, etc. I was PUMPED to find this option.

I feel like I'm peddling a product, but truly I'm just happy that there's such a simple invitation out there. I caught mine on sale for about $1.11 per invite, including shipping. I seemed to find tons of invites that were, at the cheapest, $1 but required that you purchase a separate response card. Again...ain't nobody got time for that.

Here's to good design. I am so thankful the world has smarty pants designers to think of such things.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Honeymoon Destination Reveal

Every time wedding planning gets stressful Will wraps me up in a hug and reassures me that we'll have a great honeymoon. The honeymoon has become our solace. And it's not just about wedding stress. As introverts we're a little nervous about some aspects of the wedding, but the honeymoon is our time. It's a personal celebration of the life we're beginning together. So when things get tough, he always reminds me that we have an amazing trip to look forward to.

 The simple thought of us getting away together calms my nerves. I have always known, wherever we go, it'll be the best time - because I'll be with my amazing husband. :)

Today Will really blew my mind. He booked our honeymoon. And I would've been happy with a cabin a couple of hours from here. But no. He pulled out all the stops. He booked a trip to...ITALY! We'll see Rome, Florence, and Venice over nine days!

WHAT?! Italy?! I would go anywhere with him and be happy...and now we're going to Italy? Yeah, I think I'm radiating at this point.

Of course, in true Type A fashion, I have started researching travel insurance, conversational Italian, and how to pack (read: stuff to the point the seams scream for mercy) a carry-on. It's going to be a wonderful experience - especially with my architect. I'm sure Italy is a different sight when you're traveling with a man who falls in love with buildings.