Monday, June 29, 2015

Real Weddings: The Personality is in the Details

Every couple wants their wedding invitation to be different from anything they’ve ever seen. They want their guests to take it out of the envelope and exclaim, “This invitation is so them!” Making an invitation your own doesn’t mean having to re-invent the wheel, however. It doesn’t need to be origami or make sounds—just a subtle yet distinctive detail or two is enough to give it personality. For Brittany and John’s winter wedding in New Jersey, that included the first initial of their new last name in a lovely script font and romantic die cut edges. Here, Brittany talks to us about her bi-coastal invitation ordering process and why you might want to brush up on your font knowledge.

How did you and your fiance meet, and how did he propose? 
John and I grew up in the same hometown but attended different schools. One of my good friends happened to be John's neighbor and shared with me that he went to the college that I had chosen to attend. John, being two years older, offered to take me out to lunch and show me around campus during my first week (smooth move!). You could say we've had many lunches since then!

Proposal: We traveled to Maui to celebrate John's sister, Catherine's birthday. The day after we celebrated Catherine's birthday, we went for a morning stroll where John got down on one knee during the sunrise and popped the question. The double rainbow that appeared was the perfect touch to a special moment!

Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind going into your first appointment? Did that change?
We ended up ordering our invitations at Papyrus in Westfield, NJ. We wanted something that was classic and timeless, as well as on theme with our white and gold color scheme. Being that we lived in California and were planning the wedding cross-country, my mom actually played a big part in the invitation process. She met with Papyrus in NJ while we met with the one in San Francisco. Thankfully, Papyrus was in both places, which made the process easier!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Real Weddings: Choosing An Invitation With Seasonal Sensibilities

So many factors go into the design of a wedding invitation suite: a couple’s personal style, time of day of the wedding, how formal it is (or isn’t) and even, yes, the weather. A bright pop of yellow may not feel right for fall nuptials, while metallics may not resonate for a summer camp soiree. So when couple Amanda and Michael sought a design that would carry through their entire invitation suite, their winter wedding was top of mind. Here, Amanda talks to us about the benefits of stationery store work experience and why a few good editors are always a plus.

How did you and your fiancé meet, and how did he propose?
We met at a bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and immediately started seeing more and more of each other after that first ‘date.’ Mike proposed to me in our home 13 months after that initial meeting. The proposal came a week after I had foot surgery when he got down on one knee in our living room and proposed in the most heartfelt and intimate way. There were some tears and a lot of excitement, including me saying to him, “You didn’t actually ask the question,” before I happily said, “Yes!” We then called our parents and siblings to share the good news.

Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind going into your first appointment? Did that change?
I worked at a local stationery store through high school and college helping customers pick out and order invitations, so I already had a good feel for the process. There is so much to choose from, so I was very thankful for that experience as we started to look for our wedding invitations. We went to Papyrus a few times before narrowing it down to a couple of options. We didn’t have anything specific in mind going into our appointment, but we knew we wanted something classic and elegant that would at least be a little reflective of a winter wedding in New York.
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