I have a little bit of a problem with office supplies. When I was 8, I made my dad a “desk set” out of the top of a shoebox and a toilet paper roll covered in plaid ribbon (a penholder, get it?). My heart skips a beat when our office manager tells me to look through the Staples catalog and order whatever I want. I often have the urge to buy lots and lots of pretty paper for no purpose other than to have it around. I have boxes of unused notecards just because I’m afraid of running out and never being able to use any again.
Therefore, this whole wedding planning thing has been a dream. I can buy a $12 ream of hot pink paper to line my envelopes? Count me in. Calligraphy pen? Check! Card stock in every color of the rainbow? Yes, ma’am!
My “to buy” list seems to grow every day, but I don’t mind because it’s all pretty stuff. Mr. Ladyfingers might mind… but I don’t care a whit. The more office supplies, the better! But by far, the most fun office supply is paper.
Every good wedding deserves a suite of cuter-than-cute stationery, right? Our amazingly talented, generous, sweet graphic artist friend designed our invitations for us, so that was out of the way relievingly early (stay tuned for reveals on that as I put some final DIY touches on the package!). But what about thank-you notes, escort cards, program, signage, and various additional paper ephemera knick knackery?
First, there’s the good old save the date. We didn’t do them, but you’ll see a common theme throughout this post: Stuff we committed to not doing, which research for this post REALLY made me want to do. Badly.
My friend recently got married and one of her aunts threw her a lingerie shower. I love the idea of doing a separate party just where you get naughties instead of casseroles and mixing bowls. Mostly I just want pretty naughties but don’t want to have to buy them for myself.
Apparently we’re not doing programs, either. And I say “apparently” because the side of me that keeps browsing Etsy and reading wedding blogs is resentful of the side of me that has firmly decided programs are a waste of my time and money. “You still have five months to change your mind, stupid money-time-saving-scrooge-lady.”
Then, of course, once you get all those cool presents (just kidding, I would never expect presents at my wedding [but I’m really looking forward to it (but really, it’s OK if we don’t get any)]), you must thank those who gave. Each one of SilhouetteBlue’s customized stationery pieces is more adorable than the next, but this is by far my favorite. Barring some even more awesome find between now and August-ish (unlikely), I’ll be ordering up these babies pretttyyyy soon.
Changing your name? You’ll certainly need a new batch of calling cards. Because the old ones just will not do.
And finally, one year later:
Do you drool over paper like me? Do you spent hours trolling the Etsy paper goods sections trying to talk yourself into doing things you already decided you wouldn’t do? Be honest – did you end up doing programs, guestbooks, cute favor tags or any other number of things you originally weren’t going to do, just because you saw a pretty picture? I won’t judge.