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Wedding Season is in full swing at Stone Hill Paperie.  Planning a wedding can be daunting. There are so many different things that go into your big day. Below is a little checklist that you can use in your planning. Of course there are very few people who need all of these items, but the list may help get your creative juices flowing.

wedding stationery checklist



In May, I attended the National Stationery Show in New York and I have ordered some new lines and I am still obsessing over others that I will be carrying soon!  I learned after last year not to order everything at one time… it’s more fun to be receiving new items all throughout the year!

Coming Soon…  Gorgeous Wooden Recipe Boxes and Recipe Cards (above).  I love these recipe boxes!  Suzy Jack put so much thought into these; from the customizable label on the front to the little notch cut into the top of the box for your card to fit into.  The card design itself is beautiful and there are 3 to choose from and matching linen towels as well.

Neon… I’m a child of the 80’s and have to laugh at all of the neon making a comeback.  I think that officially makes me old.  I do love some of the neon I saw at the show and am still obsessing over these cards:

Letterpress your own signature!  I love this idea from Jigsaw Graphics.  Have your signature or have your children design their own letterpress stationery.  Wedding Gift?  Have the bride & groom sign their names to a card and send it in to Jigsaw and they will create an amazing gift for the newly married couple!

Ridding the world of ugly notebooks!  I fell in love with these little notebooks with their bright colors, great price point and personalization options… these are available through the studio now!

There is too much more to mention, but you can bet I will be posting more as I add more products to the studio.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  Saturday would have been my Grandmother’s 94th birthday.  It all makes me think a lot about my own childhood and some of my most treasured memories and possessions.  My Grammy didn’t have much money, but she had more love to give than anyone I know! Just ask my brothers, my cousins, any of the people we never knew that she would help in any way she could, and all those people invited to family picnics that she “adopted” into our family.

One of the ways my Grandmother showed her love best was through her cooking.  As kids, we would all get excited to go to Grammy & Grampy’s house for ice pops made from Tang, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake, Grammy pickles, Grammy’s chocolate chip cookies, brownies, ginger snaps, and pancakes topped with homemade strawberry jam! My grandparents owned a strawberry farm – where we wandered the fields and woods freely and our imaginations would take us all over the world… with constant pit stops for a little strawberry picking nourishment.

I have Grammy’s recipe box.  It is one of my most treasured possessions.  It is a tangible piece of Grammy that I have.  The recipe box is unattractive, does not go with my decor one little bit, and it  doesn’t matter.  When I open that recipe box, I have those delicious recipes and memories in my Grandmother’s own handwriting.  When I look at those recipes I feel like a piece of Grammy is still here.  Those are love letters from heaven.  I miss Grammy and think of her often, especially on her birthday and Mother’s Day – but in a way she’s still here.

Incidentally, I have since discovered that many of those Grammy amazing recipes were not Grammy originals.  They are Nestle Tollhouse Cookies and that my Grandmother could have had a few episodes of “Semi-Homemade” on the Food Network.  I just thank God that she actually wrote out the recipes instead of cutting them out of a magazine!

Consider writing those recipes out by hand!  You never know what it will mean to someone 30, 40, or 50 years from now.  Recipe boxes are available at Stone Hill Paperie with matching recipe cards if you want to put together a keepsake of your own.  I’m starting mine today.

{© 2012 Stone Hill Paperie Amy Hammond | Photo © Amy Hammond}

Life gets hectic. (But you knew that already, didn’t you?) You have a task list beckoning you that will more than likely go unfinished again today. For a moment, let’s put that aside. Take a moment to breathe, reflect and leave a paper trail.

In the age of digital communication and iPhone apps, paper may seem like a foreign substance. Consider reintroducing it into your life by taking a moment to journal a thought or two each day. It may seem daunting to turn off the email and pick up a…if you pen, but a few minutes of reflection can reset your mood, reintroduce yourself to you and even be a keepsake for generations to come.

Keeping a journal does not require hours of deep contemplation. Make it a goal to jot down a few sentences. Quickly and concisely track your memories, kids’ accomplishments or work goals. As time goes on, look back on previous years’ thoughts and rediscover the journey you’ve taken. It could become a treasured piece to future generations, providing them with a direct link to you.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Meagan Church}

Personalized stationery is a great asset to have on hand for those thank-you, how-are-you and just-thinking-of-you notes. It’s your words and your thoughts written on your own design.

Wondering how to get your own personalized stationery? Visit your local stationery shop and peruse the albums. Find or design a style that matches your personality and the recipient will be thrilled to know it’s from you. Keep in mind that prices range and that it helps to plan ahead. Creating your first engraving plate can take some time.

Don’t forget that personalized stationery makes a great gift for adults, as well as kids. Encourage your kids to unplug and skip the text message by writing notes instead. And for those who are readers, consider getting personalized bookplates, perfect for making that magical tale or in-depth detective novel truly their own.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Heather Donahue}


There are so many options available for personalized stationery at Stone Hill Paperie.  Feel free to make an appointment with Amy to visit & shop in a comfortable, no-pressure studio.  Currently, William Arthur and Crane & Co. are both offering a great promotion on personalized stationery through April 2, 2012 – Get 25 additional pieces at no charge when you order 75 pieces of personalized stationery!

Q: Help! I registered for some really cool stuff, but now I’m not sure where to put that information on our invitations. Where do I list the stores where we’re registered?
A: Honestly? You don’t. While it has become somewhat commonplace to see this as part of the invitation package, etiquette says it is not acceptable. It may seem as though it is helpful info, but it appears as though you are saying, “Come to my wedding, bring a gift, and, oh, by the way, here’s where you can get it.” Keep the focus on what this day is all about: your wedding, not the gifts.

Instead, you could build a wedding website and include that sort of info there. Also, make sure your close family members (who will be asked) know where you are registered. They can tactfully pass along the info to those who request it.

What about the shower invitation, you ask? Well, that’s a different story. The purpose of that particular event is to “shower you with gifts,” so by all means, include all of that information in the shower invitation.

Q: My wedding is six or so months away. How soon do we need to order invitations? And when do I send them?
A: It’s important to plan ahead here. It takes 4-6 weeks to complete a custom invitation order. The process can be expedited if necessary for an additional fee. You should aim to send your invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. And don’t forget time to assemble and address them. So our best advice? Get your invites ordered at least 3 months before the big day.

Q: Should I really send my invites just 6-8 weeks before the event? What if Uncle Harry needs to make travel plans?
A: We recommend save-the-date cards. These can be sent as early as 9-12 months before you walk down the aisle.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photos © Green Tree Photography}

While the thought of writing thank-you notes can be daunting in this age of email, it is much easier than you think and so much more appreciated than an email. Without further ado, sit down with some beautiful stationery and show your gratitude. Here’s a quick how-to to get you started. . . .

1. Greet the Giver ~ although an obvious one, the “Dear Aunt Jane” line is often overlooked.

2. Express your Gratitude ~ without any unnecessary lead-ins, simply say “Thank you so much for the fill in the blank.” If the gift was money, thank them for their generosity but do not directly mention money.

3. Discuss Use ~ say something nice about the gift and how you will use it.

4. Mention the Past, Allude to the Future ~ let the giver know how they fit into your life. {“It was great to see you at Jenny’s birthday party, and I hope to see you soon.”}

5. Grace ~ express your thanks one more time.

6. Regards ~ Simply wrap up the note using whatever sign-off feels right to you (love, yours truly, etc.).

7. Get it in the Mail ~ address the envelope, stick a great stamp on it, and post it.

Think of the sense of accomplishment you will feel, how appreciated the giver will feel, and the continued stream of gifts you will receive from a happy giver!

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Holly of Salutations | Photo © Ceressa Bateman}

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Q: Help! I was invited to a party. Do I need to bring a hostess gift?
A: Always. No matter the size or feel of the shindig, it’s always a nice touch to show your appreciation to your hostess by giving her something special. What that gift is depends on the nature of the party. For a more informal gathering, for example, you could give some nice candy that both looks and tastes great, handmade soaps, wine and more. Beautiful stationery would also be a great idea, sure to please the woman who has worked tirelessly to prepare a smashing event.

Q: Okay, so the party was great and my hostess gift went over well. Now, do I need to send a thank you note?
A: Again, always, at least in our opinion. It’s always better to err on the side of doing too much rather than too little. Organizing an event, no matter how big or small, deserves a word of thanks from those attending. This would be the perfect time to use your personalized stationery.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photos © Meagan Church}