After our semi-custom invitation suite was designed, I headed over to Cards & Pockets to order pocket folds, envelopes, and envelope liners.
I love Cards & Pockets. It’s a paper nerd’s dream. Any paper, color, pattern you dream of, they can do. And in the pricey world of wedding invitations, I found them to be very affordable.
I’d ordered color swatches from Cards & Pockets about one month before we started designing our invitations, so I was able to tell our graphic designer, Anne, that their amethyst color was the best purple for the invitation suite. She recommended pairing the amethyst with crystal, a metallic white color, for the pocket folds and envelopes.*
Everything arrived on the same day. It was like Christmas, only scarier. As I told Mr. Puffer, seeing all of the parts of our invitations laid out on the table was my first “shit just got real” moment. We were thrilled and astounded at the same time.
A little over a year ago, Mr. B-Cat and I got engaged. It was special in its own way, but I’d be lying if I said it was an organic, surprising event. My small office was at the time only about 12 people in size. Two of those people were married, one person was single, and everyone else was in a relationship. Then almost at once—five of us got engaged.
The last four of those engagements all happened within the span of about three months.
The domino effect was incredible—all of the people in the office just started showing up to work with solitaire diamonds on their fingers. Like a mass commitment hysteria. I’m not saying this to be cynical, any of my office mates would tell you: it was really, really weird.
In college, I took a course with a professor named Nicholas Christakis. He’s a doctor and a sociologist, and part of the curriculum discussed his research on how social networks affect the spread of all kinds of phenomena—from happiness to obesity. His research showed that if your friend’s friend gained weight then, bizarrely, you would gain weight too. In essence, something like the engagement “contagion” could absolutely be explained by science, or even human biology.
On Saturday Mr. Narwhal and I got married, and the day can only be described as magical. I woke up on our wedding day knowing that it was going to be the best day of my life, and really, I couldn’t have imagined what that would have meant.
Our hearts have been so full, and there were numerous times yesterday that we broke down in tears reminiscing on how wonderful the day was. We were blown away by the love and support we received from our friends and family. Love and magic was in the air, and everyone felt it.
It ended up raining all day, and as I walked up to meet Mr. Narwhal for our first look, the clouds parted and not a drop of rain came down after that.
So really, without this post turning into a total sap fest I will share with you a few of our sneak peaks from our photographer, and some guest photos.
This is a little bit random, but I wanted to share some ideas for a bachelorette party scavenger hunt. I have found myself looking on Pinterest many times for different friends’ bachelorette scavenger hunts, and it would be nice if they were all in one place. So, here are some ideas. And a free printable!
Mr. Sugar Cube and I have an approximate hour and a half gap between our ceremony and reception.
You see, the earliest Blue Agave can open for our reception is 2:00 PM. As currently planned out, our ceremony will be completed by 12:30 PM, assuming we start 15 minutes late. We could have started our ceremony slightly later, yes, but Mr. Sugar Cube and I wanted to make sure we had time for pictures.
Thus, an hour and a half time gap between the ceremony and reception. With no cocktail hour. Which doesn’t bode well for keeping guests happy. No one wants unhappy guests. We had to do something to keep them entertained.
From the very beginning of this wedding adventure, invitations have confused the ever-loving heck out of me.
I’m a marketing writer by profession, and I’ve sat in countless meetings where the production folks discuss printing logistics. A7 and A2 envelopes. Full bleed or no bleed. Gloss, semi-gloss, or matte…. For years I had plenty of opportunities to learn the ins and outs of print buying, but generally I used those meetings to catch up on valuable blank-staring time.
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When it came to thinking about the invitations, I smacked myself for not paying better attention. And then I did the only sane thing any marketing writer would do: I ran to the nearest graphic designer and pleaded for help.