Mail Call!

I love getting packages in the mail, and this Thursday I got three packages in one day! For someone who rarely gets mail besides bills this was an absolute event.

First, we got our Japanese save the dates in the mail from Vistaprint. I was very nervous when Mr. G opened the box. I usually get a proof or a very small order to make sure everything is all right before I place a larger order, but I didn’t have time to do that for the Japanese STDs. Right before he opened the package I got an awful feeling in my stomach and said, “They’re going to be awful, aren’t they?” But fortunately they turned out wonderfully.


The print version and the digital version”¦and my hand / From Etsy shop: Paper Flowers Design

To make our STDs I went on Etsy to find a digital template that would go well with one of our engagement photos. Some sellers on Etsy offer printing services, but I preferred to have a digital file that I could print on Vistaprint cheaply, as Vistaprint always has coupons for printing services.

I have always had great success with Etsy and digital files. The prices are reasonable and everyone on Etsy is so gosh-darn friendly. The first time I purchased a digital card template was for our holiday cards last year.


From Etsy shop: Southern Petite Paperie

I just typed “digital photo save the date” into the Etsy search bar and browsed through the options. I chose my top three and presented them to Mr. G. He chose his favorite (which was my favorite!). We ordered the template and sent in our photo. The seller was very friendly and did a great job coordinating the color of the font with my dress. We got our digital proof two days after the purchase and printed them out on Vistaprint.

The second package I received was our Shutterfly photo guestbook.


Mr. Gondola showing off our book

I bought my wedding dress at David’s Bridal, and one of the sales consultants gave me coupon book full of deals after we finished paying. One was for 40% off a photo guestbook on Shutterfly, which I decided to use. I was looking forward to getting a photo guestbook, but I wasn’t looking forward to having another time consuming activity on my wedding to-do list. I sat down in front of the computer with Mr. G to start the whole process, and Mr.G shockingly took over the entire project and seemed to have a really good time choosing the pictures, the photo pages, and the designs. All I did was sip a glass of wine and watch. Mr. G did an amazing job, and I am always so happy when he lets his creative side shine.




The guestbook looks amazing, and I cannot wait to have people sign it—if they do sign it. I hear so many people say that their guestbooks hardly ever get signed. Signed or unsigned, whenever I look at it I will not only see the wonderful pictures, but also all of the wonderful work that Mr.G did.

The last package we received was from my friend Yohca, the artist. She sent us handmade paper puppets of me and Mr. G. We will use them for a video we plan to show at the American wedding.


Mr. G and me in puppet form. Do you think they look like us?

I loved all the packages that we got that day. We have a honeymoon registry, so unlike other engaged couples we won’t be getting lots of packages in the mail. So I am very glad that we had a day like that day to make us feel that we are really in the midst of our own personal wedding season.

Anyone getting great packages in the mail?

Has anyone gotten a Shutterfly guestbook? Did you love it?


Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
October and November 2013

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  1. Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:42 pm

    I love your puppets! They would look so cute as decor post-wedding, maybe in a shadow box frame?

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:29 pm

    Those puppets are amazing! I can’t wait to see what you do with them. :)

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:23 pm

    I cannot wait to see what you do with those puppets, they look awesome.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1410 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:12 am

    Those paper puppets look so much like you. Your friend did an amazing job with them!

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    lovebirds08 320 posts, Helper bee @ 3:56 pm

    A friend made us a shutterfly photo book to use as our guestbook and people ended up really only signing the inside cover ;)

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    lamina 58 posts, Worker bee @ 7:12 pm

    I love your puppets!

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    Mrs. Gondola 970 posts, Busy bee @ 7:36 pm

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: @shaynapunim: @Mrs. Pony: @Mrs. Bracelet: @lamina: I’ll let the artist know you liked the puppets! Thank you!
    @lovebirds08: sigh, I’m so worried about this. How do you get people to sign a guestbook?!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 619 posts, Busy bee @ 6:54 am

    Oh my goodness, those puppets are great! Please show us the video after the wedding!

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    Mrs. Gondola 970 posts, Busy bee @ 3:15 am

    @Miss Bicycle: Will do!

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    Sara, Guest @ 3:15 pm

    I love the pages in your guestbook!!! So creative!! What did you put on some of your other pages? I’m doing something similar for our guestbook and am not so creative…any help is appreciated!!

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    Mrs. Gondola 970 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 pm

    @Sara: Hi! We used the already made templates that Shutterfly provided. It was things like: reasons why we are perfect for each other, old pictures of family, and little snippets of how we met. I hope that’s helpful!

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