Hey dudes, do you remember way back when people used to have giant desks and write letters to each other all day? Major #fbf, I know. There are some of us out there that still practice this ancient art form, believe it or not. Though there’s the ease of sending an email or setting up a Facebook invite, there’s nothing that has quite the same amount of value as receiving a hand-written letter or card in the mailbox. For grooms, letters can be a great way to ask your groomsmen to be in your ceremony, to send personal announcements and for sending thank you cards after it’s all over. Stationery also makes for a mature, personalized gift for the true gentlemen in your life.
Surprisingly enough, there’s a lot of print options out there, with options to even have your own custom items. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite places for business cards, postcards, stationery all all kinds of other things you can use to personalize your letters.
It’s been a busy month! At the beginning of December, we visited our venue for a tasting event. They organize the event as a mini bridal show, so some local vendors also attend. We had lots of delicious food and met some great vendors. We actually had a really good time, but we left we lots of decisions to make.
That started the detailed planning phase of our process. We have all the big stuff, date, venue, photographer — now, it’s time for the small stuff, and I’m definitely sweating it! Here’s what I’m contemplating:
Do you really need to offer Level 3 appetizer? Is that extra $5 per person worth the amazing mini chicken and waffle skewer? Sure, it’s cool, but does anyone leave a wedding thinking how awesome the cocktail apps were? Should we add a pasta to the buffet? Do we need a carving station?
We picked a delicious cake flavor, but I’m thinking of offering a second option. Our first choice is a maple cake — perfect for Vermont and our brunch reception, and did I mention delicious?! Since it’s a white-based cake, I’m thinking of doing a chocolate option, too. She had a great chocolate espresso cake at the tasting, but some people don’t like coffee-flavor, so I’m debating chocolate-hazelnut.
How much information is too much information to include in the invitation suite? How early should we send them out? I want to send them out earlier since it’s a bit of a destination, in order to give guests time to plan travel. How long do you give people to RSVP? Is a month not long enough? Is two months too long? Who makes the final cut?
What kind of flowers do I choose? Do I really need flowers for the ceremony, to decorate the arbor, etc. when we’ll only be there for 15 minutes? Do I get bulk flowers and spend the morning or evening before making arrangements, or is it worth it to pay the florist to do it?
Do I REALLY need a seating chart? I went into the planning process totally against it, but all the “experts” seem to say you need to have them, that people don’t like a lack of direction. If I do one, then I need to come up with a display and escort cards. Sigh.
This is sure to be a topic all it’s own for a future post. Where to register? Online or in-store? What to register for?
To take one, or not? Where to go? And when? Should we go right after the wedding, or wait to recover from the craziness? Three days? A week? Longer?
So that’s the list swirling in my brain, all the little nitty gritty details and decisions. So how do you decide? Did you ever regret the choices you made? Flipping a coin is looking pretty good right about now!
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