Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: "The Bride's Survival Guide" and looking for a stationer

Over at The Perpetual Page-Turner, Jamie has started to write posts every Wednesday about her upcoming wedding one year from tomorrow (!). As luck would have it, I'm also planning my wedding at this time! I'll be getting married May 19, 2012, right here in the Boston area, so I'm going to take this opportunity to talk about wedding stuff with Jamie. Sorry for all of you who are not interested about my personal life, but I just can't pass this up!

The Bride's Survival Guide: 150 Mistakes You Should Avoid for the Perfect WeddingFor this first Wedding Wednesday, I'm going to highlight a book that has proven to be pretty helpful to me. It's called The Bride's Survival Guide, written by Sharon Naylor, and it's got a ton of information and helpful hints about planning your big day. I was really glad to get something like this, since I had absolutely no clue what I was doing to begin with. Who'd have thought to ask about renovations your possible reception venue might be undergoing at the time of your wedding? I need to go back to it for a refresher soon.

As far as other plans so far, I've got my venues (both church and reception), I've got a band, a photographer, and working on finding a stationer for invitations. I've been talking to two people and I think the end result will be based on cost. But look at their websites!

Today I went for a consultation at Smudge Ink, a stationer in Charlestown, MA. Deb there is super nice, and I love their designs and the letter-press printing they do. It can be formal, but with a little bit of funk.

My other choice is Phillips Street Stationers out of Wayland, MA. Their invitations are very elegant and formal, and I love the pocket invite idea. Shirra there has been very helpful and has created a few PDFs for me to take a look at what she would be able to do! I hope to go see her in person soon.

That's all for now, folks! Hope I haven't bored you too much!


  1. I read that book too thanks to your rec! :) How reasonably priced are the stationers? I've heard it can all get so expensive. What kind of style are you looking at? Tehe I'm so nosy and interested! So excited to get weekly updates from you :)

  2. The stationer I've been emailing with, Phillips Street, gave me a quote of just under $2k. But I still need to get thank-you notes from her quoted, so I hope those won't be too much more! I still need to hear from Smudge Ink, she's going to email me a quote later this week. The problem is, we are inviting so many people and that's why costs are so high. How many people do you think you'll invite?

  3. Love pretty invitations! :) For my sister's wedding...we made hers ourselves :) Frugal and whatnot, lol.

  4. My daughter is getting married the same day you are. We are in "wedding mode" too! I'll be following your posts carefully.

  5. Jacinda, I bet that saved a ton of money. I don't think I have the time to do my own invitations, or the talent to make them look good haha.

    Annette, that's too funny! The same day?? Please don't be afraid to share wedding stories! I'd love to hear them. Tell your daughter congratulations!

  6. Planning a wedding can be EXHAUSTING. I wasn't too into it at the beginning, so my mom pushed me a lot. I learned calligraphy just to write out our invitations all pretty. TOOK FOREVER. :)

    (Remember to have fun!)


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