Pretty Paper {Choosing Wedding Stationary}

This past week we worked on finalizing our stationary for the wedding. We used a stationary and wedding boutique in Tempe, Arizona for our invitations and LOVED working with the owner! Plus we loved the way our invitations turned out, so we knew we had to go back for the day of details!

If you live in the Arizona area, make sure to check out Definitely Debra.

Picking out our wedding invitations was actually quite simple! Once we started looking at the options, we loved the pocket invitations!  We went with an invitation suite that is similar to these beauties below!

Wedding Invitation Pocket


Pink Grey Pocket Invitation


Double Heart Invite


This week we designed our programs, place cards and other fun miscellaneous stationary for the big day! Here are some inspiration photos!

heart program


Tall wedding program


This is not our style but I LOVED the idea of showing the wedding party in the order they will stand. How clever!



I can't wait to see the finished project and to share it all with you!

Feel free to share with me your favorite wedding invitations and stationary!

Until Next Week!


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Lock-in the Date!

This next year is shaping up to be a pretty action-packed year for us.  Not only is my fiancé’s brother getting married about three months before us, but a couple of my good friends are also tying the knot next summer.  Not wanting to miss out on any of these weddings and pre-wedding festivities, getting our Save the Dates out is at the top of my wedding to-do list. Of course, selecting a Save the Date design may not be as easy as I had thought. With so may clever and fun Save the Date ideas out there, the pressure is certainly on to come up with something unique and creative.

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Below are a selection of DIY ideas I found, ranging from stamps, fingerprints to just hitting print and tying a bow (might be more my style).

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Since the majority of our guests will be traveling from out of town, I also like the idea of incorporating our state/wedding location into the cards.

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My engagement ring is a gorgeous vintage ring, so I have also been playing around with more of a vintage feel.

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And, since we did meet on (more than 4 years how time flies), I have also thought about incorporating matchbooks into our Save the Dates. Maybe a little too cheesy, even for me though.

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So, there you have it, so many ideas to choose from! How did you decide on your Save the Date concept?

Personalized Wedding Invitations

This past week my fiance and I have been working on our guest of the toughest tasks thus far in wedding planning. On the positive side, it has made me start thinking about the invitations. I'm really excited to pick how ours will look and figure out ways to make them personalized to us and our wedding location. I love paper goods so the invites are important to me. They are also one of the first impressions your guests will have of the wedding and include some very important details for making sure everyone makes it to your big day (or weekend)! I don't really know what I want to have them look like beyond going with our venue (outside, bed and breakfast near Mount Hood in Oregon) and fitting with our personalities and wedding color palette. So, I did some searching for inspiration. I like a wide variety of styles, from casual and quirky to more formal and traditional, colorful to black and white, and so on.

Here are some of the invitations that are inspiring me...


At first glance these seem more traditional, but when you look a little closer, there are some great details and unique aspects like the accordion-folded invite.


I love when maps are included!


Liking the calligraphy and lace on these.


These are super fun and personal - they used their dog! And took inspiration from chalkboard writing since the couple met in grade school.


Incorporating the mountain that will be the backdrop to our vows. ?


How did you pick your wedding invitations?