Posted on November 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM in Announcements, Celebration accessories, Current Affairs, Holiday celebrations & greetings, Invitations & Save the Dates, Invitations, Green Weddings, Letterpress wedding invitations, Promotions, Same sex wedding invitations, Social & Business Stationery, Wedding Planning Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future." Those lyrics of an old Steve Miller song seem to say it all. The holidays are sneaking up quickly and I always manage to let myself get behind this time of year. How about you? Well this reminder will help keep you on track. Paper Passionista has some great options for you if holiday cards are on your "to-do" list. Or maybe they're not even there, but it'd be a nice thing to do. We can help. And through this Friday several of our design partners are offering some special discounts to encourage you to think ahead.
Did you get married this year or have a new baby? Why not let your friends see photos of your special memories by ordering a beautiful personalized holiday card.
Last time the San Francisco Giants won the World Series one of our clients (who happened to be a team owner!) ordered cards with them holding the World Series trophy!
The sky's the limit to what you could feature on your card. Maybe your wedding isn't until next year and you want to send a holiday greeting doubling as your Save the Date. We can do that!
If a photo card isn't in your dreams, how about a nice card to send to your client list just to let them know how grateful you are for their loyalty and patronage? In this world of electronic everything my clients who do order real live "snail mail" greetings tell me they get contacted by their clients directly to express gratitude for actually sticking with tradition and taking the time to send a real card.
If you'd like to have Paper Passionista stop by your office or home and show you your options for holiday greetings simply send a text to 206.909.9567 or an email to email@example.com. Friday is the last day for percentages off, but even without the discount there are many creative and well priced options for your consideration.
Kellie Sutherland the day of her engagement
This week is a special one for Paper Passionista, on a personal level, as our very special friend, Kellie Sutherland, returns to Seattle with her fiance', Josiah Watson, for their elopement at Snoqualmie Falls.
Kellie used to live with us, and during that time she developed a special bond to the Seattle area, and all the beauty that surrounds it. So a year ago, when she and Josiah became engaged, she started thinking about coming back to Seattle for their wedding. After looking at a lot of different options, including a church ceremony at her church while she lived here, New Life in Renton, Kellie decided Snoqualmie Falls would be the perfect spot to capture the natural beauty of the area with close friends she made while she lived here.
Unfortunately, Kellie's family members won't be making the trip to Seattle for the wedding - they've never been here and don't know what they're missing - but Kellie followed my suggestion of making sure they were invited. We did a small order of 15 very sweet invitations that she sent to her close family members just so they'd know they are welcome if they choose to make the trip.
The wonderful Jan Domek of Jan Domek Photography has an elopement photography package Kellie will be using to capture all the beautiful moments of her Snoqualmie Falls wedding, and then we'll have a small post-wedding celebratory meal at the Salish Lodge
following the ceremony at the lookout. I'll share some photos later of the couple in their wedding attire, but wanted to share that even if you're keeping the wedding small it doesn't mean it can't be special. This will be a fun week!
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."