{happy weekend – and happy new year!}

January is a time of natural reflection, and it seems like most of us are in the process of looking back on the past year and getting ready for the changes to come. 2012 was obviously a big year for me and my family; we found out we were expecting a baby in early 2012 and welcomed our little Sophie to the world in September. This past year was a complete whirlwind from start to finish, and while I’m not the type to set resolutions, I thought it would be good for me to talk a bit about of my goals and thoughts for the next twelve months…

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Photo Credit: The Mandate Press

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This is our big challenge for 2013, and I’m both excited and absolutely terrified at the same time. In early December, my husband and I found out that our current landlords are planning a complete renovation of our rented rowhouse – so we have to find a new place to live by the end of March. And while we were hoping to buy a home of our own in the near future, we also hoped to have a bit more time to save and prepare. Well, I guess there’s no time like the present! The DC real estate market is both super expensive and extremely competitive, which is the part that makes me nervous, but I’m trying to remain optimistic that we’ll find the right place in our timeframe.

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This isn’t exactly about finding work/life balance, although that can be even more difficult when your work is done inside your home, but more about keeping everything in perspective. I absolutely LOVE what I do and cherish the opportunity to share beautiful paper goods with all of you every day, but I know that I can sometimes lose the big picture when I’m focusing too hard on my daily to-do list or when I fall victim to feeling like I have to constantly keep up with what everyone else is doing. This year, I’d like to do a better job of letting go of things that aren’t really that important in the long run and instead focus on what is best for me and my family, whether that’s spending more time with friends or just dedicating an entire afternoon to my daughter (away from email) without feeling guilty.

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I’ve been a night owl my entire adult life, and I got into the terrible habit of doing blog work at night when I was still working in a regular office during the day for those first couple of years. So while my nighttime habits may have worked just fine when I was 25 (and pre-Sophie) it’s definitely starting to catch up with me now that I’m in my 30s. It may seem like a relatively small goal, but for me it’s going to be a major (and much-needed) overhaul – one that I think will make me much more productive and happy in the long run.

So! Those are my goals for 2013 – and now, as always, a few links for your weekend:

This (short) week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Top photo via The Mandate Press, all other photos by me via Instagram

All About Wedding Ceremony Programs

Once you’ve mailed your wedding invitations and are spending your days waiting expectantly by the mailbox for replies, you might start thinking about all those other lovely paper details needed for your big day. One such detail is the ceremony program.

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So, what exactly is a ceremony program?

Ceremony programs should outline for guests a basic run-down of what will occur during the ceremony.  They often also outline who’s who in the wedding party and families of the couple. Some types of information you may want to include in your program:

• Order of events: this might include processionals, readings, prayers, the exchange of vows, etc.

• Specific details about the ceremony: this could include specific music that will accompany the wedding party processional, names and origins of readings, music heard or performed throughout the ceremony, etc.

• Names of parents, grandparents and celebrants/officiants

• Names of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers and ushers

• Any notes or explanations about specific cultural or personal traditions that will take place during the ceremony

• Any notes of remembrance for friends or family who are no longer with you or who were unable to attend

• Any notes of thanks to your friends and family for their presence and guidance

Of course, your program should be a reflection of your event, your personalities and what feels right to you. There is no wedding police and every program is different so do not feel that you need to include everything listed above.  Instead, just think about what you would want to or care to read if you were a guest at your wedding.

What do ceremony programs look like?
Ceremony programs come in all shapes and sizes and those shapes and sizes largely depend on the amount of content you’d like included and your vision for the piece!

Will you be including each reading and prayer written out?  Then perhaps a traditional bound booklet or flip-style program will work best and provide the most room for larger amounts of content.

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Getting married on a hot summer day? Program fans are fun and functional!

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Opting for a minimalist style or on a tight budget? Flat panels provide a perfect space for a to-the-point program.

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Feeling creative?  Programs can be designed in all sorts of creative ways to complement your event style, themes or your venue.  Scroll programs for an English garden wedding? Sure! A chalkboard program for a sweet backyard bash? Of course!

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The sky is the limit to how creative, or how sweet and simple, you can make a ceremony program and, in the end, as long as the schedule ends with you getting married, it will be a success!

Design and Letterpress Printing of all the above: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Karie + Ryan’s Gold Foil Rock n’ Roll Wedding Invitations

The ladies of Primele are known for their beautiful hand lettering, but these invitations prove that they also create some really amazing custom designs!  Patricia from Primele sent over these fabulous custom invitations that she created for a wedding at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  I love the way she incorporated gold foil text over an abstract painting for a modern-meets-glam design!

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From Patricia:  I loved, loved this creating this invitation suite.  I knew I was interested when the bride mentioned she was getting married at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I was completely sold when she sent over her selection for bridesmaids dresses.  In the end the bridesmaid’s painterly Andrew Marc dresses played a significant inspirational role in the design of Karie and Ryan’s invitation suite.

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For the invitation, we went with an artful grunge look and dressed it up with gold foil text over the offset printed painting.

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We created double-sided reply cards, and for an element of fun we played up the wording and added a coordinating spot of gold foil.  We also included a map for guests with icons of key destinations.

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Thanks Patricia!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Primele

{happy thanksgiving!}

Hi everyone!  I’m heading off for the long weekend – and crossing my fingers that we don’t run into too much traffic as we make our way north this afternoon.  I’ll be back on Monday with a beautiful set of wedding invitations, holiday cards, and lots more.  I hope you all have a wonderful and happy holiday weekend!  But in the meantime…

Happy Thanksgiving {happy thanksgiving!}

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Graphic by me, the font is Belluccia

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  This week was a lot of fun, from a date night with my husband to hanging out with Kyle from Power + Light Press in her Moveable Type Truck last night!  You might remember Kyle’s letterpress kickstarter project from last year, and she’s spending a few days in the DC area this week.  So if you want to see what this letterpress business is all about (and try out a couple of presses yourself), you can go visit Kyle near the Dupont Circle metro this afternoon from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. or go see her in Baltimore this weekend!  For folks outside of the DC area, check out the rest of her tour dates right here.  But in the meantime…

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This is the print that I made last night with Kyle.  Willie Nelson was playing a concert across the street.  Ha!

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

A big welcome to the newest Designer Rolodex members!

  • Spark
  • The Pressroom & Co.

That’s it for me this week!  We’ve got a fun cocktail recipe coming up a bit later this afternoon – but here’s a hint: it’ll help keep you warm!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

{photo by me}