Thursday, September 14, 2017

our wedding // paper goods

one of the first things I did when we got engaged was buy vintage stamps, which I realize is not normal. you can read all my thoughts on vintage postage here, and the second thing I did was go to swoozie's with my mom to pick out our invitation suite. I love paper goods and I wanted the look and feel of our wedding to flow from the invitation to the wedding day. in many ways, picking our stationery helped me plan the actual wedding.



b.t. elements was great to work with for stationery, they let us customize and mix patterns to create something totally unique across our invitations, reply cards, menus, and thank you cards. we also purchased the monogram from the invitation and used it on the programs and other details. as I write this post, it looks like b.t. doesn't offer wedding suites anymore, which is so sad because their pieces were just beautiful. 

if you are in the market for calligraphy, I highly recommend checking out diane at calligraphy expressions. she is also doing a piece for us with our vows in calligraphy which will later be framed with the preserved flowers from my bouquet.


 

as the wedding got closer, I started to really worry about whether our guests would have a hard time finding the location. I contacted debbie at snappymap and she was a breeze to work with - I even sent her one of my invitations so she could match the paper type. they offer all different fun types of colors and cuteness, we went with black and white.

 


by the time I got picking wedding programs, I was assuming that b.t. elements would be a no-brainer but they didn't have a program template. of course, we could create one but it turned out to be super expensive for something that people would use for 15 minutes during the ceremony. I hopped over to zazzle.com and designed our programs using a simple template and uploaded our stationery monogram to match. I can't tell you how much easier and cheaper this route was, it was also nice because zazzle has short lead times - programs were one of the last items I did since we were still finalizing some of the ceremony details.


I ordered table numbers from our stationery company as well and I just love how the colors match the florals. I was nervous it would be too matchy-matchy, but I love how they turned out.





when we had our very initial planning meeting with our event designer, I described my vision for our wedding as "coastal secret garden." I think some people that live in florida have a tendency to steer away from coastal looks since it may feel a little cliche to some people. I will just say that no one was as pumped about "coastal secret garden" as I was. when we received our concepts from the event designer after our meeting - they didn't include any references to coastal or beach at all. I felt like while our wedding wasn't on the beach, we all were still traveling to the beach and I didn't want to lose that. so basically, I made my own plan to incorporate subtle beach vibes without the event designer, such as the escort cards and the table number holders.


the escort cards were definitely a labor of love and I was so glad I did them. my mom got me all the small shells in florida and I hot glued for days. we put them in white trays with white sand at the base. finding these trays was a huge pain and also pretty miraculous at the same time, oddly enough, they were really hard to find.



invitations, menus, table numbers: swoozie's atlanta - b.t. elements, ashton wedding [no longer available]
calligrapher (envelopes and escort cards): diane at calligraphy expressions (she's awesome!)
map: debbie at snappymap (also awesome!)
programs: custom rackcard using our b.t. elements monogram on zazzle
table number holders: etsy
photographer: dear wesleyann

5 comments:

  1. Swoon!! I love wedding paper. A friend of mine did an e-vite to her wedding to save money, and that was efficient and worked well-but I LOVED picking out our invitations and I have one framed in our living room I love it so much. Yours are gorgeous and the escort cards are darling. Love this stuff!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS. Lauren, this looks beyond gorgeous! I will have to bookmark this so I can remember all the designers you used. But I should probably not get my hopes too high because I want to have a lower budget for my invites. Arg but they're so pretty! Glad you had such a beautiful wedding!

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  3. Love all of your stationary! So gorgeous. Great way to tie in some beach elements without it getting to be too much. The seashells are perfect!

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