Paper Passionista just moved both home and studio to a new location last month. Then, right in the middle of trying to get settled, the untimely news that I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery arrived via an ER doc at Overlake Hospital. Yikes! Next thing I knew, here I was, in recovery, looking around at the artwork and framed goodies sitting on the floor leaned against walls all over the house, with house guests coming soon, and I was in no condition to do anything with any of them. So I was thinking, "who could I hire to come in and put the finishing touches on our home with an artful eye for doing so?" I remember a realtor friend talking about "stagers" who come into homes and get things spiffed up before putting a house on the market so I thought perhaps that would be the type of person to help me with completing my home settling project. I did a search on Google for "home staging services in Seattle", was hooked up with a site called Thumbtack, and I put the specs of my "job" on the site. Very quickly I started receiving "proposals" from staging professionals interested in helping with my project. After reviewing multiple proposals and making some further email inquiries I selected Upshaw Interiors as the one to handle the task.
Last week the wonderfully talented Michelle Upshaw arrived at our home with the tools to begin the project. Two short hours later, with fun conversations shared along the way, the project was complete, with everything looking great and my heart at peace now that everything finally feels like home. The price was reasonable, and the transformation from "unsettled" to "perfection" was unbelievably easy to achieve with my project left in the hands of a pro.
After going through this great experience it occurred to me that I have so many clients (moms and brides alike) who feel an urgent need to get things in order at home before all the out of town guests arrive for the wedding or other special event. So I wanted to share with you the secret to achieving peace of mind with your home space - just call Michelle Upshaw with Upshaw Interiors at 206.795.1982, or shoot an email to Michelle@UpshawInteriors.com and see what she can do to help you "upgrade your space". (The photos shown are "before and after" shots from projects Upshaw Interiors has done for other clients who were doing more extensive transformations of their spaces, and the results are pretty dramatic improvements, don't you think?!?)
Bedroom "Before and After" space upgrade by Upshaw Interiors (not ours)
Our friends at Emily Post just posted the following article about etiquette for wedding guests. With August being the #1 month for weddings in the Pacific NW we thought this would be a great one to share. Enjoy and embrace!
Three A's for Wedding Guests
Between attire, arrival, and attendance, we've got you covered for the day of the wedding so you'll be an A+ guest.
Reference the invitation for attire specifics such as black tie or if you may need to make adjustments for an outdoor ceremony. Have an outfit planned in advance so you aren't rushing to the dry cleaners at the last minute. If you are unsure about a potential option, call a friend or a member of the bridal party for a second opinion.
While the ceremony will probably begin promptly, it is best to arrive twenty to thirty minutes prior to the time specified on the invitation. This prevents any chance of interrupting the beginning of the ceremony.
Pictures: There's nothing like a good wedding picture, but that being said, be cautious not to get in the way of the photographer. You neither want to physically obstruct a professional shot with your personal Instagram, nor do you want to be a camera hog.
Seating: Whether you are seated with your closest friends or with people you've never met, embrace your table. Keep in mind that the bride and groom probably put you there for a reason. Stick to your assignment, and do not switch, no matter how tempting it may be.
Toasting: Toasts are reserved for very close friends of the bride and groom, people who have been invited to say something, or those who have something unique and new to add. This is not the time for a long-lost relative to make their debut with a speech about the real meaning of love.
Greeting: At some point in the evening, make an effort to actually see the bride and groom, as well as the hosts. Most guests probably have a similar agenda, but a face-to-face "Congratulations" and "Thank you" go a very long way.
Drinking: There's no beating around the bush here: Don't drink too much. Weddings are a time for fun and celebration, but remember that neither the "one too many" reputation nor the hangover are worth it.
Paper Passionista had the wonderful privilege to work with a great couple this year on creating their perfect invitations for a fun wedding at Sugar Beach on the island of Maui. The wedding occurred last week, in the eye of two hurricanes, and all reports are the "awkward but enthusiastic dancing" referenced in the invitation was successfully accomplished in spite of Mother Nature's attempts to thwart a perfect event. We congratulate Susan Palmer and Ed Wood on their "Mauiage", and huge thanks go out to Jan Domek Photography for sharing this beautiful photo.
5 Reasons to Shop the New Kleinfeld Paper Classic I Wedding Invitation Design Collection … In Person
by Kristy Skoglund
In the world of wedding invitation design, you can shop online or in person. Kleinfeld Paper offers both options, but with more luxury details available in our albums carried by our fine stationery retail partners. This is especially true of our newest wedding invitation collection, Classic I, which just arrived at retailer locations. Here are the top 5 reasons why you’ll want to shop our newest wedding invitation design collection in person:
5 ~ Access more design options.
The new album is brimming with timeless, elegant wedding invitation designs that showcase additional details not available online. The collection meets a returning demand for clean, classic design that will be cherished for decades to come.
4 ~ Discover how luxury paper and fine printing work hand-in-hand.
Watch paper and printing work together with design. It’s true, you’ll be amazed at how much a paper texture or specialty printing process can heighten the ‘wow’ factor of a design. Just look at ‘Kiss the Bride’ invitation suite below…don’t you just want to touch it?
As featured in Kleinfeld Paper’s Classic I album, ‘Kiss the Bride’ wedding invitation is printed here in 2-color letterpress on double-ply cotton paper.
3 ~ Witness inspiration that knows no bounds.
These designs were inspired by sources ranging from real weddings through fashion & interior design to special traditions and up-and-coming trends. The result is a versatile collection that works for a wide variety of wedding styles.
2 ~ Tailor a wedding invitation suite perfect for your day.
You’ll see so many possibilities for your personal style to shine through when you shop the new album in person. This collection presents wonderful flexibility to choose among fine printing processes and customization options so that you can envision something uniquely beautiful for your special day.
1 ~ Enjoy the guiding hand of an expert.
There’s no replacement for the experience and knowledge of a professional. Kleinfeld Paper chooses to partner with trusted stationery retailers who are passionate about their customers and savvy in fine wedding stationery etiquette.
Passport invitation from Spark Letterpress Love
International orders are becoming a regular thing for Paper Passionista. We've had the extreme pleasure of assisting in the design and production of invitations for weddings occurring in England, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, France, Spain, Turkey, Greece, and Japan, among others. We're now working on our second wedding of the year in Scotland. It's funny to think back to a time as recently as five years ago, when we didn't accept any orders outside the U.S.A.!
I loved the initial contact from a mother of the bride for our latest international wedding when she reached out via email saying, "my daughter is getting married in October, and to complicate matters, I live in Portugal, my daughter lives in Alaska, and the wedding is in Scotland!" This was followed by a delightful series of emails, phone conversations via Skype, and a wire transfer of funds happening over night. Tomorrow we'll begin production on the beautiful letterpress invitation suite that we've created together. Through exchanges of mailed samples and three-way conversations we reached completion of the design phase in a week, and now the printer, Designers Fine Press, will take over with proofing. Once printed FedEx will ship them from my printer in Ohio straight to the daughter in Alaska.
International orders, or even those for remote locations in the U.S., are really not complicated anymore if you have the right technology (email, Skype and Pinterest), and team members all working toward a common goal - helping couples and their families bridge the miles between them to make planning a destination wedding fun. Bon voyage!
"Bon Voyage" destination wedding invitation from Kleinfeld Paper
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Current Affairs, Destination wedding invitations, Invitations & Save the Dates, Letterpress wedding invitations, Wedding Planning Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Paper Passionista is feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas. We have two brand new collections due to arrive soon from Designers Fine Press, and we've been looking at them online and dreaming. Here's a sneak peek at just one of them, and here's what DFP has to say about it: "Our newest collection! A modern twist on a classic color scheme. Fall in love with the snow foil on decadently thick charcoal stock and melon accents. Say no more."
"Classic Damask" from the Kleinfeld Paper Classic collection
This year Paper Passionista has noticed a pattern of couples waiting longer than the traditionally recommended four month minimum for ordering their wedding invitations. Four months prior to the wedding is what we usually recommend for the optimum number of options to be available for your wedding invitations, but the entrance of Kleinfeld Paper in this year's lineup has made "freak out" moments less necessary for couples.
Kleinfeld Paper (from "Say Yes to the Dress" Kleinfeld Bridal) has been putting many of their competitors to shame with the speed at which they are producing proofs, and completing orders. Proofs are coming within 1-2 days of order submission, and digital printed orders are being completed in 2-3 days after proof finalization. Wanting a different printing type - like maybe raised printing? Just add a couple more days for that. Topping it off, once shipped your order can arrive with Next Day shipping for only $35!
"Fresh Typography" invitation from Kleinfeld Paper Modern collection
There are three different collections available from the Kleinfeld Paper line for you to view with Paper Passionista: Classic, Modern, and Romantic. All of them are getting rave reviews from couples, and it's so nice to know you can get things quickly and still have beautiful style and high quality. And even better, they'll even address your envelopes in the same font you use on your invitations suite, so things come ready to go in the mail. (Guest addressing does come with an extra fee, but it's worth it.)
Kleinfeld Paper has been a very welcome addition to our offerings this year, and we'd be happy to share them with you. For a preview of available styles you can check them out at Kleinfeld Paper, and then contact Paper Passionista to view them in person.
"Painted Peonies" from the Kleinfeld Paper Romantic collection
As most know, if you've ever had the love of a dog bestowed upon you, your pet can be like your child, in terms of the love you feel for them, and the loss you feel when they're gone. There has been a growing trend in the animal friendly population to want to do something special when the end arrives for a cherished pet "family member". Paper Passionista had the honor of creating a program for a special dog's memorial service that is taking place today as I write this.
Aisha, translated to "She who lives", was rescued from her original owner when Aisha was a senior dog, and after Aisha had suffered unthinkable abuse and neglect at the hands of that person. The special person who adopted Aisha after her rescue and 3-month rehabilitation, (who will be referred to in this article as only "Aisha's mom" because I didn't seek permission to talk about her story), said in a 2013 article in CityDog Magazine, "if I was old, neglected and had no home, I would want someone to take care of me. Senior dogs posess a certain wisdom". Aisha's mom said Aisha taught her about resilience, forgiveness, and living in the present. "Aisha's mom" and Aisha were able to share two special years together before Aisha died from a cancer, synovial sarcoma.
There were many in the animal protection community who participated in the saving and advocacy for Aisha, and many of them were to be present today for her memorial service, being celebrated on a Washington State ferry between Bremerton (Aisha's original home) and Seattle, where Aisha spent her final days, well loved by "Aisha's mom". Paper Passionista had the honor of working with "Aisha's mom" to create a keepsake program for those in attendance to take with them to remember Aisha. We're thinking of "Aisha's mom" today, and hoping today's tears will be transformed into the sharing of love for other lucky dogs in the future.