Vendors I Know: Vistaprint

June 27th, 2016
Need a menu printed?. Photo by hannahelaine photography (hannahelaine.com).

Need a menu printed?. Photo by hannahelaine photography (hannahelaine.com).

When you’re planning an event or a wedding, you might find that you need printing services.  If you plan to send paper invitations, you’ll need invitations, envelopes, and reply cards.  You might also want to have a program for your guests or a menu at dinner.  And you could want signs to direct your guests to the location.

There are many options for all of these items, but some of them are expensive.  Traditional engraved invitations, for example, are costly.  They can also take several weeks to be printed.  But it turns out that the place where you can get inexpensive business cards is the same place where you can get some or all of your wedding or event printing done:  Vistaprint.

A recent client of mine used Vistaprint for her invitations, place cards, and signage, and she was very happy with the service–and, especially, with the turn-around time.

The only drawback to the service is the designs.  If you like their designs, then it is a convenient service. If you don’t find one to your taste in their gallery, you can upload a design for them to print, but that means that you still have to get the invitations designed.  It’s great if you are a designer yourself and can do the work.  But if you’re already working with a designer, then you probably also want to use whatever printing services they recommend.

You might not think that a service that is primarily thought of as a business service would be good for weddings and events, but it turns out that under some circumstances, it can be both convenient and economical.

Non-Traditional Weddings: Bicycles!

June 20th, 2016
Wedding biking! Photo by Johnny Knight.

Wedding biking! Photo by Johnny Knight.

If you’re a cyclist (as I am), you might be interested in incorporating bicycles in your wedding plans.  To keep things simple, you could just have your bikes as props in some photos.  Or, you can use your bike as some or all of your wedding transportation.

Here’s a blog post from Seattle written by someone who organized a ride for his bride, himself, and their guests as part of the wedding day festivities.  The bride is wearing a dress of an appropriate length for cycling, some of the bikes are decorated, and everyone is smiling.  Looks like a lot of fun!

I’m sure there are plenty of ways to bring your enjoyment of cycling into your wedding day.  Of course, if you need a planner who also cycles, you know who to call!

Solidarity

June 15th, 2016
Rainbow flag, via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Rainbow_flag_breeze.jpg

Rainbow flag, via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Rainbow_flag_breeze.jpg

I couldn’t bring myself to write anything on Monday, as I usually do, after hearing the news from Orlando, FL.  To all my LBGTQ friends, family, and clients, I want to say that you matter to me.  At a time when it might seem like the world wants you gone, I say to you that I want you here.  And I want you to be able to live your life in your own way, without fear.  Love and solidarity to all who need it.

And, as Mother Jones said, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”

May Wedding

June 6th, 2016

I worked on the sweetest wedding recently.  Here are a few of my photos to give you a taste.  There will be more later.

bride and groom

The bride and groom are in place for the processional.

Musicians lead the processional across the lawn.

Musicians lead the processional across the lawn.

The bride's sister offers a toast.

The bride’s sister offers a toast.

The cake was from Lutz Bakery.

The cake was from Lutz Bakery.

Cutting into that beautiful cake.

Cutting into that beautiful cake.

The first dance of a couple who love to dance together.

The first dance of a couple who love to dance together.