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Organizing some of the bridal-show takeaways had me thinking about how much wedding planning has changed over the last 20 years.
Two decades ago—maybe even only one—most of the planning was done on paper in one of those massive binders or spiral-bound books that you can still find in bookstores. Online involvement was spotty at best, and we definitely didn’t have tools like Pinterest!
These days, the temptation to go 100% digital with the planning is strong. It’s eco-friendly and easily portable if you can access the files via your phone, laptop, or tablet, and with so much inspiration online it just. makes. sense.
If you go to bridal shows, if you pick up magazines, what do you do?
Last fall I decided I was going to hand address all of our save the dates and invitations. I’m not entirely certainly sure why, but it likely had something to do with an article I read by Martha Stewart that said that you might as well tell your guests you hate them if you don’t write your addresses by hand. OK, that’s not actually what it said but I definitely read it to mean that. (Am I the only one who thinks that Martha would totally be blunt like that if you peeled away all of her shiny, well-crafted veneer?)
So I started playing with calligraphy and quickly realized that wasn’t going to work. Then I just tried my regular old cursive, and that was OK but not great. After that I gave up for a while and kept looking for inspiration.
Then I found fake calligraphy.
I gave it a shot. And I loved it.
I loved it so much that when Miss Panda posted about being uncertain about going with calligraphy or something else, I fully encouraged her to give the fake calligraphy a shot. She wasn’t sure how nice it would look, so I made her a tutorial to prove how easy it would be.
Now I’m going to prove it to you all, too.
Step one: Write the address in fancy cursive. (Note: that’s the first zip code that popped up for Boston, not Miss Panda’s zip code.)
Before our guests headed into the reception, the room was finalized and our photographers got some great shots of the room in all it’s glory.
All photos by Mike Landis Photographer
We had three different styles of tables—two long tables that sat 18-20 guests on either side of the dance floor, four oblong tables that sat 14-16 guests on each corner of the dance floor, and five round tables that held 10-12 guests on the outside corners of the room. Each table style had a different centerpiece (or centerpieces for the long tables). We ended up splurging a bit on the lighting as well, but the chandeliers were our main source of lighting and definitely the focal point of the room, and we had them lit in amber lighting.
You know when I was telling you about how I came across my invitations? I mentioned that I was trying to find Doctor Who themed envelopes to go with my stamps. Well, I never actually got round to telling you about the envelopes, did I?
I don’t know why I needed to Google “Doctor Who envelopes” really, because it should have been obvious. It should have been really obvious, because as soon as I saw them I had one of those hitting-myself-in-the-head moments.
Screenshot from The Impossible Astronaut/Doctor Who/BBC
The letters that were sent inviting River, the Ponds, and Canton Everett Delaware III to The Doctor’s death by Lake Silenco in Utah.
They’re Tardis Blue. And they have lots and lots of stamps on them.
lizdelreal and her fiance pose for engagement photos to use in their save the dates.
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As our special day looms on the horizon, Mr. Palm Tree, MOH Mem and I are busy tying up all kinds of loose ends to get ready for the weekend. Bees like Miss Scepter have written about the day before the day before and I’m here to follow suit. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t get to sleep in and have been on-the-go since about 8:00am. Boy, this shindig and the whole lifetime together thing better be worth it. . .
Please accept my lack of an interesting segue and feast your eyes on All The Things, Palm Tree style:
Many Bees have written about getting their nails did—Mrs. Turkey treated her girls to Nails and a Nosh, Mrs. Boa Constrictor discussed her bold color preference. This girl went to a nail salon in a mall, recommended by a friend, and opted for a gel manicure and pedicure in hopes that the color would last through the wedding AND the honeymoon.
You can’t really tell because of the flash but I do have an accent finger! Some extra sparkle.
Purple is my favorite color and it hasn’t played a single role in our wedding, so I wanted to incorporate it somehow. My fingers and toes are this subtle, shiny shade and I’m super pleased.
(Warning: flower photo-heavy post!)
Last week during my lunch break. Mr. Plane picked me up from work and we went to visit our florist to finally hammer out the details of our wedding day flowers. I’ve mentioned how much I lurve our florist, Tom Thompson, but I haven’t shared much of our flower inspiration yet.
The reason I haven’t talked much about flowers is that up until our visit with Tom Thompson, I really had no idea what I wanted our “floral vision” to be. I spent a nice chunk of time on Pinterest the night before the visit and found some beauties.