Pick Your Battles (even the silly ones)

You can’t get upset about everything. It will make you crazy. But sometimes things are worth fighting for, and if you’re like me, you’ll pick the most random, unimportant, and silly battle of the bunch.

Hive, I freaked out about the color of paper. See, we are framing our signature drink info and a few quotes/e-pics to be placed around the reception room. One day while we were in Minnesota, and I was having my hair/makeup trial with Laura, Mr. Sword was given the job of printing the quotes onto paper and putting them into frames. (Shout-out to Mrs. Treasure for letting us re-use some of the black frames from her wedding! Yay Chicago bees!)

The odd thing about the battle I picked is that there are other aspects of the wedding that are turning out a bit differently than I had anticipated, but I’m letting those things go. The guestbook, the favors and the bagpipe tunes are not entirely perfect and I’m OK with that! We’re doing an amazing job planning this wedding and our day will be wonderful no matter what happens. But as a writer, and a lover of words, I just wanted our framed love quotes and drink menus TO BE PERFECT.

So, I threw a fit about the paper color because when I asked for ivory, Mr. Sword and Dad Sword came back from Kinkos with this weird buttercup/pastel yellow. It was terrible. It just wouldn’t do. And no amount of words would make me see otherwise. “There is no yellow at our wedding!” I exclaimed, frustrated that no one else could see the difference as well as I could. They all started laughing at me and then I started laughing at me and it became clear I’d lost it over the dumbest thing on earth.

A few days later, Mr. Sword, myself, and Mom Sword went looking for the perfect ivory paper at Archiver’s. It soon became apparent that there are about 30 shades of white and off-white paper, but nothing that seemed to match the ivory matte in the frames. Some looked too gray, some looked to white, and some looked too yellow.


And that’s how we ended up with lavender. Ivory be damned!


Mr. Sword eventually printed on the lavender paper and then cut it down to size using a paper-cutter.


This is the finished product—didn’t he do a great job?


As soon as all the papers were in the frames I was convinced I’d chosen the wrong quotes. Clearly, I over-cared about this project just a little. We’re letting it sit for now. And in the end we’ll be married, so who really cares?

Everyone has a battle worth picking. Even if it doesn’t make sense to others.

In case you are as enamored with quotes as I am, here are some of the ones we chose to display at our reception. Steal away!

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live a day without you.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
”¦Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.

“A person doesn’t have to be perfect to be exactly what you need.”
J.D. from Scrubs

And from one of my favorite movies”¦Ever After

Danielle: A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live?
Leonardo Da Vinci: Then I shall have to make you wings.

(all photos personal)

What was the stupidest battle you picked? Or what project do you over-care about? Who else is putting love quotes around their reception?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
One Treasured Day: The Processional
Hand Stamped Failure

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  1. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:00 pm

    @samsmartypants: Yes, Archiver’s has so many options! Aww thank you!

    @Beltacular: I only used about three more and since my frames are in MN, I actually don’t know off the top of my head! Google love quotes or buy a quotation book!

    @Mrs. Toadstool: Such.a.good.movie.

    @Miss Blue Whale: haha that’s awesome! And yes, use it!

    @StephK527: Thanks girl, you’re so kind.

    @epalmisano829: Oh wow, intense! But I probably would have done the same thing and I’m glad he didn’t go to the game! 🙂

    @Brooklyn55: and @futurenavypilotwife: good luck on your candy bar/buffets!

  2. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:26 pm

    Haha I had such a similar experience – we ran out of kraft paper for our programs, so my dad went to Office Max to buy more. He came home with multi-colored paper…so sweet, but not at all the same. I thanked him and kept it for future projects, and went back to buy more kraft paper myself the next day 🙂

  3. mslemur Bee
    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:40 pm

    Umm yes I obsessed over the color of the invites. I was SO sure I wanted them ivory and I ordered them in ivory… and then I walked out of the print shop and called Mr. Lemur panicking about them being ivory. Oops. We all have our moments 😉

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:37 pm

    Love all your quotes, especially the one from Ever After…I still have it on vhs (even though I can’t watch it because I don’t have a player).

  5. msmongoose Bee
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 7:49 pm

    OMG the quotes from Scrubs and Ever After–some of my favs as well!! And I love that you wrote this post because I’m in a similar situation with deciding which wedding-related battles to fight and which to let go.

  6. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:04 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I think you handled it way better than I did, haha!

    @Miss Lemur: Nice, we all definitely do!

    @Mrs. Pony: OHMIGOSH I HAVE IT ON VHS TOO (and no way to play it)! Awesome.

    @Miss Mongoose: Such lovely quotes. Good luck figuring it out girl! It’s ok to lose it over something little, just gotta figure out why you feel so strongly about that said thing.

  7. otter Bee
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:56 pm

    Stamps. Like many bees before me, I did not realize I was stamp crazy until I was too enraged to talk calmly about the stupid ALOHA stamps that adorned our rustic wedding save the date. Sigh.

  8. Member
    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:56 pm

    Some great quotes I’ve bookmarked this for my tables, thanks for the inspiration

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