Today marks 150 days since Mike and I got married! It's no golden anniversary, but after a year of planning, it's pretty crazy to know that the wedding is a few months behind us. We've been so busy that it's absolutely flown by! Realizing that we are now 150 days post wedding got me thinking back to what I was up to 150 days pre wedding. That's around the time that we started to order our little decorative details. After planning and window shopping for what felt like forever, it was finally time to add things to the cart, type in the credit card, and hit "buy".
Our wedding was black tie optional, our decor was black and gold with blush accents, and I absolutely LOVED how all the little details came together. My florist, Juliet Tan, worked magic. I know nothing about flowers and could not have figured it out without her. She's also really wonderful at sticking to a budget and making your dollars go far. If you're planning a wedding in the Chicagoland area, I recommend giving her a call.
Of all the questions I've gotten from soon-to-be-bride friends, I'm most often asked where we ordered our custom paper goods. So, I thought I'd share all the details. Scroll through the images below to see what we ended up with, and let me know if you have any questions!
Our save the date cards and thank you notes were ordered from Minted. I'm a big fan of the designs on the site, and I was really happy with how our save-the-date cards and first order of thank you notes turned out. However, when we ordered a second batch of thank you notes, which was a repeat of exactly the same design as our first order, the ink was definitely not as vibrant. Kind of a bummer.
We ordered two different styles of napkins, cocktail napkins for the bar and guest towels for the bathroom. As soon as I saw the cocktail napkins, I knew they were going to be the winner. I'd never seen a thank you message on a napkin before and thought it was such a sweet way to tell our family and friends how much it meant to us to have them there to celebrate! Our cocktail napkins were ordered from Wedding Paper Divas, which is now part of Shutterfly, and I'm sad to see that they don't offer napkins anymore. They do have a lot of other cute wedding products, though, that are worth a look.
Our guest towels were ordered from For Your Party. The site is always running deals, so sign up early for their email list and you'll have a lot of opportunities to buy at a good price. Our wedding coordinator suggested ordering 350 guest towels for our 200 person wedding (200 for the ladies' room and 150 for the mens' room). We ended up ordering 400 and had a ton left over. Go figure.
Since we had so many out-of-town guests, it was important to us to put together hospitality bags to welcome everyone to Chicago. We also ordered those off For Your Party, and they turned out great. The site allows for a lot of customization, and I loved how we were able to keep a consistent theme across our decor.
Pro tip: if you are going to be stuffing paper hospitality bags with heavier items (like water bottles), put a piece of clear packing tape across the bottom of the bag to prevent tearing. My parents thought of this, and I thought it was genius!
And big thanks to my mom's friends who filled all the bags with goodies!