Archives for May 2010

New USPS 64 Cent Stamp for Square Envelopes!

Square invitation Brides REJOICE! No longer do you have to slap a hodge-podge of different value stamps onto your beautiful wedding invitations. On May 17th, the USPS revealed the new 64 cent stamp with the image of a monarch butterfly. It may not match your wedding colors per se, but at least it’s somewhat “neutral”.


So why do square envelopes need more than the regular 44 cent first class stamp? According to the USPS site, these are the conditions that require an additional 20 cent surcharge:

  • It is a square letter (the minimum size for a square envelope is 5 x 5 inches.)
  • It is too rigid – does not bend easily
  • It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
  • It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
  • It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
  • The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5

Apparently, this new stamp was developed by the USPS with the Greeting Card Association, so moving forward, square greeting cards (by participating manufacturers) will have the silhouette of a butterfly in the stamp area to remind consumers that the card requires a monarch stamp. (source) Pretty brilliant!

Will you use the new monarch stamp? Or what stamps are you choosing for your invitations?


Married: Maggie & Mike 5.14.10

A little less than two weeks ago, I sent this lovely couple down the aisle at the amazing Adler Planetarium. Their wedding went off without a hitch, and the dance floor was full until the very last song was played… how did they manage that? Because they hired two charter buses to bring everyone to and from the hotel (especially ideal when most of your guests are out-of-towners)! It was perfect because then all of the guests were able to take full advantage of the open bar without the worry of driving home afterwards. Now THAT’S thoughtful planning!

Check out their amazing video trailer by Orange Wedding Films! Lead videographer, JJ, truly captured the romance of the wedding… and the unforgettable sunset during the first dance. Le sigh!

(For ideal viewing, press Play and then immediately Pause to allow video to load)

Maggie & Mike were amongst the easiest, sweetest, most gracious couples I have worked with to date! And what do I mean by “easy”? When Maggie and I met up for our first meeting two months prior to the wedding, she brought me the most organized binder with all of her vendor contracts, print-outs of some important vendor email communication, rough draft of her itinerary, list of song choices, and more… it was a wedding coordinator’s dream! And the day before the wedding, she presented me with the most thoughtful gift: a black “infinity” scarf which has become my new favorite accessory!

Thank you Maggie and Mike for being such a joy to work with!

Venue: Adler Planetarium
Caterer: Food for Thought (exclusive caterer at the Adler)
Videographer: Orange Wedding Films
Photographer: Grey Street Photography
Officiant: Rev. Jim Rehnberg, aka Rent-a-Rev
Florist: Stems
Baker: Sarah’s Pastries
Hair & Makeup: Starlight Makeup
DJ: Spin Productions


A Toast by the Bride & Groom

Toasts at a wedding are always expected. 95% of the time, they are given by the Best Man, Maid of Honor, and sometimes the parents (one or both sets).

One thing I ask each of my couples before their wedding day is whether or not they are going to give a toast. I usually get a look of surprise at first because it’s not something they’ve thought about, but I always encourage them to say a few words of thanks to their guests. In my opinion, it’s all about being a gracious host. Your guests certainly appreciate the fact that they have been invited to share in your happy day (not to mention wined and dined), but chances are, many of them have traveled long distances to celebrate with you. So welcome them! Thank them! Also give heartfelt thanks to those who helped make the wedding possible. And just as importantly, celebrate and toast each other.

Even if you plan to circulate the room and greet people individually, chances are you may not have the opportunity to greet every single guest. By saying a few words, you ensure that everyone feels appreciated.

And for fun, here are some gratuitous pictures from our own wedding toast!

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Images by Dennis Lee Photography

So as you plan your reception itinerary, please consider giving a brief toast. It doesn’t need to be lengthy or overly thought out… Just be sincere!

One more thing, give your toast BEFORE you take full advantage of your open bar :)