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Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle and her fiance (now husband), Ben. They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding and they were very good at expressing it (which I love)!

I thought it would be fun to interview Gabrielle about her experience planning her wedding. She answered my questions, like she does everything, deep from the heart and with excitement! Enjoy…

How did you & Ben meet? Ben and I officially met through mutual friends. We knew each other’s names from around town, but never really were in one another’s presence. I sing at the church we got married in and from time to time, Ben would come to church. As he would walk up the aisle to receive holy communion, he would always attempt to make eye contact with me and smile at me. I would smile back, but I was never truly interested in him. I guess he admired me though. Hence why he always had the cheesiest smile on his face! Eventually friends linked us up and we were together ever since!

Tell me a little about the proposal…
I was definitely thrown off-guard! A little history first about the actual “date.” Ben proposed to me on Friday, February 26, 2016. The number “26” has always been a special number to us because we both were born on the 26th. Ben in June and I in May. So our proposal was special right off the bat because it involved “our” number. That day, Ben and I spent the entire day doing activities that we have done throughout the 5 years we had been dating. We went out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot, got a couples massage and then went for a walk in Valley Forge Park. This was the very spot that I recalled 5 years ago taking a walk with Ben and realizing I was falling for him. And since that time, we continuously enjoyed our walks there and even began riding bikes there! So it was pretty appropriate that he end up proposing to me in the park. Surprisingly, the weather was gorgeous on February 26th. We began walking and made our way to the chapel that resides in the park. He picked the perfect spot to propose. It happened under the Rivendell Arches of the chapel. It was private, surreal, beautiful and genuine. I could barely raise my voice above a whisper to say, “Yes,” when he popped the infamous question. What a beautiful way to begin the very start of our newest adventure together. It was perfect!

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?
I would say how easy planning was for me. Granted, I am exceptionally organized, but numerous brides kept telling me about the stresses of planning a wedding and I can honestly say, there was not one point that I felt “stressed.” I can only hope other brides encounter a similar experience!

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?
My best resource was without a doubt, my sister. Christina and her husband, Denny, got married only 4 months prior to Ben and myself. So she was most knowledgeable and helpful when it came to any questions or thoughts I had!

 

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?
I would have to say, the summer. Ben and I got married on August 26th, so I knew from the very start of planning our wedding, that I wanted it to be light, airy, summery and romantic. I believe all seasons are easy to plan a wedding in, but I had the most fun planning my wedding in the summertime! Everything about it was easy and breezy. A true summer wedding is what we ended up having 🙂

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?                                  It is probably cliché to say, but my favorite memory was walking down my long church aisle to the love of my life. It’s a beautiful moment when you really sit back and think about it. The first love of your life is standing right next to you walking you down to the most recent love of your life only a few steps in front of you. I enjoyed and took in every step that I walked with my Dad. And I did not once take my eyes off of Ben. He was my only focus. It was a special moment when my Dad gave me away. It was in that moment when he handed me over to my soon-to-be husband that he gave Ben a mere look with his eyes. I knew exactly what he was trying to convey to him – to take care of his baby the way he had taken care of her for the past 29 years. So far, Ben is doing an exceptional job at it!

Best part of the wedding planning?
For me, the best part of planning was planning every single detail with both my sister and my Mom. We are extremely close as it is, but if possible, I think the planning of both of our weddings brought us even closer. We enjoyed every minute and talked every day about everything! Of course the groom’s were included at times, but let’s be honest, it’s usually the brides who handle the majority of the planning!!

What advice will you give your friends getting married?
First of all, the best advice I can give is, make sure your wedding speaks of YOU and your FIANCE! If you both are huge Disney fans, let it be known on the biggest day of your life! It is YOUR day – it has to and should be a reflection of the both of you! Also, your wedding does not need to be over-the-top. No need to break the bank. If both the bride and groom are present, what else do you need? It’s the two of you that are most important and key! Finally, truly soak up every single minute. It’s an overwhelming but phenomenal day! Take your time walking down the aisle, breathe and enjoy yourself! It’s one day, but the memories will last you a lifetime!

Please tell me about your vendors…
Ceremony Location: Holy Saviour Church
Reception Location: The Manor House at Commonwealth
Photographer: David Justo
Videographer: EAV Productions (Craig DiMaio)
Florist: Floral Expressions by Jennifer (Jennifer McGlaughlin)
DJ: Craig Haywood
Invitations and programs: STONE HILL PAPERIE!! (Amy Hammond)
Dress: Martina Liana (Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion)
Transportation: Limo Today

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FullSizeRender 4I am feeling the need for a little fun, creative challenge this summer! Help me out and comment with a theme that you would like to see as a wedding invitation. I’ll pick one each week and attempt to design an invitation suite based on that theme.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with for me!

Wedding invitations are a small part of the big day, but they play a major role. Your invitations are the first impression your guests will see of your wedding day. Here are 5 things to think about when choosing and ordering wedding invitations:

  1. How do you picture your wedding?

Tara and TimWill your guests be dressed to the nines,
dancing late into the night in an elegant ballroom with champagne in hand? Or will they be dressed casually, dancing in the grass under twinkly lights with a mason jar in hand? There are so many different wedding styles, themes and colors. They sky is the limit! Think about the type of affair it will be and work with your invitation designer or stationer to choose the invitation that will best convey the style of the event to your guests.

2. What is your invitation budget?

You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get Norabeautiful invitations. If you discuss your budget and the style of wedding you are hosting with your invitation designer or stationer, you will most likely be able to come up with the perfect invitation to meet your needs.

3. Are you communicating everything to your guests that you need to?

Chances are you can picture your wedding in your mind and you  know exactly how you want things to be. The more you can communicate with your guests about the big day, the better. You want things to go smoothly Mollyand you want to have a great time, but you are also hosting A LOT of people on a very important day to you. Part of being a good host or hostess is letting your guests know things that might be important to them to ensure they have a good time and relax too.

Things like… If you are having an outdoor wedding, it’s always good to let people know if you’ll be in the grass – it’s hard to have fun when your heels are sinking into the ground. Or… If there is a shuttle service from the hotel to the venue, that is great information to share.  Depending on your plans, there may be other things you’ll want your guests to know ahead of time.

4. Do you have a wedding website?

Wedding websites can be created for free FullSizeRender 2on weddingwire.com or theknot.com and can save you money too! Many of my clients at Stone Hill Paperie opt to include a website card rather than a directions card and an accommodations card. The website card sends your guests to your wedding website where they can find all of the wedding details. Keep the website name as short and simple as possible like the image to the right – some websites have really long names that just don’t look good in print.

5. How do you plan to address your envelopes?

Would you want a calligrapher to handwrite your guest addresses? Would you want your stationer to print them? Or do you have great handwriting? Those are all good options depending on your budget. Tip – stay away from sticking labels on your invitation envelopes. For something as special as this, that label makes it seem much more ordinary. I would rather see your personal handwriting any day!

The question I get asked most often by couples is, how much do wedding invitations cost? My answer is always, that depends on a lot of factors.

  • How many invitations do you need?
  • What pieces do you need?
  • Are we ordering from an album or are you looking for a custom-designed invitation?img_0746
  • What print method do you prefer?
  • What type of paper are you choosing?
  • Are you looking for embellishments?

Number of Invitations: A good rule in estimating the number of invitations you need is to divide the number of guests you are inviting by 2 and add 15%. If you are inviting 250 people, that would
be 144 invitations.

What pieces do you need?: This is part personal preference and part etiquette.

Church Wedding – Traditionally, the items needed are the invitation, invitation envelope, reception card, response card and response card envelope.

Reception Wedding – If the ceremony is taking place at the reception site, you can eliminate the reception card and note “reception immediately following” at the bottom of the invitation.

Destination Wedding – Destination weddings tend to include more pieces because they usually entail more than the wedding. When people are traveling and making a long weekend of the wedding, typically the couple will plan other activities and will then include some sort of itinerary for the weekend events. Also, additional information for travel plans is appropriate.

Album Order vs. Custom OrderWhen ordering from an album, the prices are set. It’s simple to price things out and at times, the companies that provide the albums will sometimes offer promotions. This doesn’t happen very often, but is a great help when you can take advantage of a good deal. Custom orders require more time to estimate, some times they may require more time to print & assemble and, of course, you have to add in the time it takes to design a custom invitation. Custom invitations can be competitive with invitations from albums, but more often, they are slightly higher priced. You should also allow for more time in placing your order. If you plan to order custom designed invitations, 6 months before your wedding is a good time to meet with your stationer or designer. If you wait too long, rush charges may apply.

What type of print do you prefer?: The print method you choose can make a huge difference in the price of your invitations. I’ll go more into depth in a separate blog post on these shortly, but for now, this is the breakdown in regards to pricing:

Letterpress, Foil, Engraving, Embossing – $$$  These print methods are all absolutely gorgeous and add a lot of texture to your invitaitons.

Thermography, Offset Printing  – $$  Thermography is a raised print (similar to engraving). Offset printin is flat printing. This is the middle of the road on price.

Digital Printing – $  Digital printing is done by computer (similar to home printers, but on a much larger scale). This is the lowest price point for printing invitations.

fullsizerender-3What type of paper are you choosing?There is a huge variety of paper options. If you have ever been to my studio, you have seen the crazy amount of paper swatch books I have to choose from. There are smooth papers, papers with a “tooth”, metallic or pearl papers, glitter paper, paper that is lightly embossed to look like tree bark, sheer papers, iridescent papers, and almost every color paper you can imagine. Paper also comes in many different weights or thickness. Some paper is better for different types of printing than others. This is where it is good to work with a professional so they can recommend the best paper for your particular job. As far as pricing goes – the more simple the paper, the less expensive it tends to be.

Are you looking for embellishments? Embellishments can be pocketfolders, bandwraps, ribbon, jewels, labels, wax seals, lace, twine, etc. There are so many options for personalizing invitations with embellishments! This is also where you can spend a lot of money or save. I usually give my clients the option to DIY the embellishments. That allows them to dress up their invitations without paying for someone else to glue jewels or tie bows. You can use embellishments to make a very simple invitation a little more special.

It’s tough to answer that question, “How much do wedding invitations cost?”  But there are many ways to accomplish a goal. I invite clients to come to the studio with a budget in mind, choose the ultimate invitation and we’ll take it from there. A couple might love a letterpress invitation in a pocketfolder, but the budget only allows for a digitally printed invitation with a bandwrap holding all of the pieces together. The wedding guests never saw the pocketfolder, so it is still the perfect invitation!

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How did you & Patrick meet? 

We met at Lock Haven University in the fall of 2005.

A little about the proposal…

After almost six years of dating, Patrick felt the time was right. Patrick spent Christmas Eve in Lock Haven with his family and drove to my parents’ Christmas morning.  My parents were already at my Nana’s for Christmas dinner and I was waiting to drive over separately with my boyfriend/soon-to-be-fiancee.  Upon arrival Patrick walked into the living room, found a spot next to the Christmas tree, and got down on one knee.

I was completely surprised and my answer was “Are you serious…YES, of course!” We celebrated with my family Christmas day and everyone was very excited.  We flew to Orlando for four days and then drove to Charleston, SC to meet his family for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas. It was a perfect proposal and it was great to spend quality time with family after the proposal.

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?

We were both very surprised about how many options there were for the many elements that make up a wedding. We had originally planned to rent a space and bring in our vendors, but once we found Normandy Farm, we loved the idea of having everything at our fingertips.

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?

When Patrick and I were together we utilized several magazines and websites that were very helpful in the planning process.  However, I would definitely have to say that my mom was the person that gave us (especially me) the best advice. I still think about how much fun she and I had throughout our wedding journey and those memories are forever.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?

I think we would both say that our inspiration was wedding chic. We wanted something playful and fun but classic at the same time. Once we chose Normandy Farm and saw how intimate and romantic a setting it is; everything just fell into place.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Finally marrying my best friend and having our family and friends present to celebrate our special day.

Best part of the wedding planning?

Actually seeing the entire day come together.  At first there are so many options and it was really special to make decisions and watch the wedding unfold.

What advice will you give your friends getting married?

Don’t forget about the big picture.  All the details are important, but at the end of the day it is about family and friends coming together to celebrate the joining of two people.

Carol & Patrick’s Vendors…

Ceremony Location: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Reception Location: Normandy Farm Photographer: Mike Landis Videographer: Brock Pemberton Florist: Willow & Thistle Band, Musicians and/or DJ: Billy Hatalski and Co. Invitations and programs: Stone Hill Paperie Uplighting: Synergetic Sounds Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Dress: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

 

 

Galen photos for blog
I recently had the pleasure of working with Galen Sarvey.  She had a clear vision of her wedding that included sunflowers and lace.  I had such fun creating these custom invitations at Stone Hill Paperie for Galen.  I am thrilled to have Galen as Stone Hill Paperie’s first “Real Bride” blog post!  Read below about Galen & Nick’s wedding and some great advice!
How did you & Nick meet?
Nick and I met while working at a Pub in Collegeville. We were both working busing tables. I was 16 and Nick was 18. I couldn’t drive yet so Nick would give me a ride home from work from time to time.
Read the rest of this entry »

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Are wedding programs required? No.  Programs are optional, but they are so nice for your guests to have.  Programs are particularly nice for guests of different faiths or if they don’t know your family and friends very well.  They make a great keepsake too – so be sure to save one or two for yourselves!

What’s included? In a nutshell, the program is a communication tool where you have the opportunity to let your guests know what will be happening and who’s who. Programs often have 4 parts: the title page (bride and grooms’ names, location, date), the wedding participants, the ceremony order and a brief note of thanks from the bride and groom. In addition, I have had clients include the following:

– an explanation of any traditions, rituals or ethnic customs.

– moving announcement with new address

– directions to the reception

– a poem or song lyrics

– a surprise element that will be included in the ceremony

– remembrance of family or friends that have passed that would have played a big part in your big day

How many programs should I have printed? There are no steadfast rules on this.  The determining factors are your budget and the number of people attending.  You know that not every person will take a program, but you don’t want to run out. My theory is that the number you need depends on how the programs are distributed.  If your ushers are handing them out, you will need a program for each person.  If you are putting the programs in baskets or on tables near the entrance(s), my guess is that about 85% of your guests will take one.

When should I order my wedding programs?

Plan ahead!  There is usually a little bit of a lull between the time you send your invitations out and the time you start receiving your rsvp’s.  Most of your other decisions have been made, so it is perfect timing for planning the ceremony!  Work with your officiant and get samples from your stationer for ideas – then put your own personal touches in.  Once you have that done, you are ready to order!  A good rule of thumb is to give the final okay a month prior to the wedding.  This allows time to make sure any specialty stock can be received without expedited shipping, time for the printer and any assembly.

Other thoughts…

– Programs do not have to match the invitations, but it is a nice touch if all of your wedding stationery can tie in somehow.

– Have fun with the programs!  The program is a great place to show your creativity.  Pinterest is a great tool for finding program ideas.

 

If you are looking to place a wedding invitation order in the near future, you may want to hurry!

William Arthur’s 2013 Wedding Sale ends on March 31, 2013 — until then, for every 75 you order, you will receive 25 free. That includes every piece: invitations, reception cards, response cards, envelopes, envelope liners, tags, ribbons… anything from the William Arthur wedding volumes I & II and the Truly Album.

Schedule your appointment at Stone Hill Paperie using the online scheduling system to shop the albums and place your order.

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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

I have had several clients ask me to print their invitation envelopes for them recently.  I always prefer a calligrapher first (and I work with a few that I would be happy to recommend.)  However, if your budget doesn’t allow for a calligrapher, handwritten addresses or addresses printed directly on the envelope would be preferred.  Labels are a last resort – they can make your invitations look like an impersonal mass mailing.

Generally, wedding invitation envelopes are addressed formally.  There aren’t really strict rules for this and if you are hosting a very casual wedding, a casual address may be used.  In most cases, I would recommend going with tradition.  Here are some quick tips on addressing your outer envelopes:

Use proper titles for your guests.

–  Miss Abigail Spencer for a woman that has never been married or a young girl.

–  Ms. Abigail Spencer for a divorced woman or when you don’t know a woman’s marital status.

–  Mr. & Mrs. Jason Spencer for a married couple.

–  Mr. Jason Spencer & Miss Allison Brown for a couple when you know both names

–  Mr. Jason Spencer & Guest if you don’t know who the guest’s date will be (including the guest’s name is preferred if you can find out.)

–  If a guest uses a job-related title, use it.  Dr. & Mrs. Jason Spencer, Gen. & Mrs. Jason Spencer, etc.

–  Messrs. John & Jason Spencer or Mesdames Allison & Ingrid Brown for a married, same-sex couple

Don’t abbreviate addresses.

–  Don’t use St. or Blvd. or Apt. – write it out.  Street, Boulevard, Apartment, etc.

–  Don’t use symbols such as #, write out number.

–  An apartment number goes on a separate line below the street address.

–  And while we’re at it, let’s write out the state too!  Pennsylvania instead of PA.

Who gets an invitation?

–  Every guest over 18 years old or being invited with a guest should receive a separate invitation.

–  Children under 18 years old being invited are listed below their parents names on the outer envelope only if no inner envelope is being used.  If an inner envelope is being used, they would not be listed on the outer envelope.

Always check your names, spelling and addresses before sending the information to your printer or calligrapher.  There’s nothing like getting your invitation back due to incorrect information.

You can see several examples of wedding invitation envelope styles and address formats, by visiting Stone Hill Paperie in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

Resources:

–  Von Anders, Rachelle. “Top 10 Tips for Addressing Wedding Envelopes.” Wedding Etiquette. 20 Feb. 2011. http://etiquette-guide.com/top-10-tips-for-addressing-wedding-envelopes/

–  Emily Post.  http://www.emilypost.com/weddings/wedding-invitations-and-announcements/568-addressing-wedding-invitations

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