This post is 1 part promotion and 10 parts education. Mix well until there are no lumps. Pour into a springform pan and bake for 45-55 minutes. Okay sorry, let's keep going....
Talk to any wedding vendor about how they view etiquette. Chances are, they'll say something like, "I know that's how it's supposed to be done, but it just doesn't make sense anymore."
You might hear this while talking to your photographer about a "first look." Tradition says the bride and groom see each other for the first time as they come down the aisle. But does that make the most sense for your wedding? And where are the wedding police to come and arrest you if you don't do it the old way?
You could hear this from your hair stylist when asking her if you should get an updo. Yea, it seems like that's more formal. It's totally what you did that time you were a flower girl and then again before senior prom. But this is your wedding! Shouldn't you choose what makes the most sense for YOU?
There is lots of etiquette concerned with stationery. Truth be told, this is the area of a wedding where I actually prefer to be more proper. Paper doesn't have to be sexy like your long, beachy hair or spicy like your Mexican food truck catering. Paper can be classic AND cool. Gosh, maybe that's why I love it so much (I mean I work on a 100 year old letterpress, right?). But the one thing I'm willing to throw out the window is printing addresses. That seems really specific and weird, right? Kinda. Let me explain...
When you set up a letterpress, it takes a lot of work. You have to attach your plate to a base. Secure that on your machine. Mix ink. Ink up your rollers. Scrub a layer of skin off your hands to get them clean enough to touch paper. Run a couple of test sheets. Make sure your registration is solid. Gauge the depth of your impression and see if it's too shallow or too deep. Adjust your rollers. Wash your hands again, probably. Grab your stack of paper. Start printing. Arrange your printed pieces so they can breathe and don't smudge. Take a Larabar break cause you forgot to eat lunch. Set your prints somewhere clean, dry and safe. Clean your plate. Remove the base. Detach the rollers. Grab some nasty chemicals and soak everything. Grab some old rags and start scrubbing. Walk outside so you don't pass out from the fumes. Come back in. Keep scrubbing. Re-assemble your press. Take a scrubbrush and say goodbye to two more layers of skin as you wash off all that gunk. Wait until tomorrow to fiddle with your printed pieces cause they need the night to dry. Finish your Larabar.
WHEW. That's the process, y'all! It's not rocket science, but it's also pretty labor intensive. Did you catch the part where I didn't talk about what kind of paper I was printing? Or what piece of an invitation suite? That's because it doesn't matter! It takes that much work to print anything. So yes, that includes your (drumroll please) envelopes!
I don't have a problem printing envelopes. I like envelopes NO I LOVE ENVELOPES. But if you're wondering why it costs almost as much to print envelopes as it does to print your invitations it's because, well, it does. So let's talk about etiquette vs. money conservation. It might be totes worth it to print your wedding invitation because it's beautiful and it'll be on everyone's fridge and your grandma is gonna frame it or modpodge it with some dried flowers inside an old jewelry box and we are so into all of that. But your envelope is gonna get thrown away. Poor, unappreciated envelopes. Someone pour one out for envelopes, please.
So how about you do the MOST effective and LEAST expensive thing for your envelopes? Curious about what that might be? A RUBBER STAMP!
Rubber stamps are so easy. We design them and send them to our buddies at the stamp-making factory. We pick them up and give them to you and you grab an ink pad from anywhere and start going to town on your blank envelopes. Not just your outer envelopes, either, because they work for the front of your response envelopes. And then the back of your thank you notes, and your bills and your Christmas cards and - you get it. You can order one for your mom and dad (use those on your invites) and another one for yourself (use those on your thank you notes).
We like our stamps because they're pretty, custom, and some are handwritten. The normal person will get a calligraphy stamped envelope and not even notice that it's not real calligraphy - isn't that sneaky!? You'll be able to order blank envelopes with your wedding suite for cheeeeap and get your aunt who is dying to help you to stamp them. It's just too good.
So think about it! A lot of times, ordering stamps make a kind-of borderline stationery budget fall right back into possibility. We've got three styles in the shop now, but geeze - have you heard me raving about them? I think we'll just have to keep on coming up with more!