1. Dying for a custom letterpress stationary suite but not keen on the giant price tag? Check out Union Printmakers Atelier. This independent graphic art studio in NW DC (near the Mount Vernon metro stop) offers classes in a multitude of medias, but our favorite for the bride to be is the five week letterpress course. For $400, you get ten 3-hour sessions including lab time. 30 hours should be just enough time to whip up some stunning save-the-date cards, invites, menu cards, and programs! They also offer a la cart tutoring services and lab time if you need a more flexible approach.
2. We've always been fans of Google Docs, but now that they've rolled out tools specifically tailored for wedding planning, we're liking it even more. Regardless of what stage of the planning process you're in, you'll undoubtedly find a Doc to help you get or stay organized. Need help finalizing the guest list or menu layout? Google Docs has a template for that. The best part is that sharing and updating your documents with your fiancee or wedding planner is easily done within the online collaboration workspace provided by Google. Ahhhh...sweet wedding planning relief.
3. There are so many cake stand options to scroll through over at Raise the Cake, it seems there is one for every style and theme. But if you don't see exactly what you're looking for in their collection, just choose the size, color, and accent pieces you want and they'll make a custom creation for you. Something to keep in mind: try to do bold colors or patterns with either the stand or the cake, but not both, to keep your cake table well balanced.
4. What could be a more charming way to point your guests in the right direction than with these vintage signs? If you really want to go rustic you could DIY, as past clients of ours did to make sure their guests didn't get turned around on the winding roads approaching their venue. Just don't overlook the tools needed to hang these from a tree or secure them on a post in the ground. No sense in having a sign if it falls over before anyone can see it.
5. Cake Boss, move over! The Cricut Cake is here to turn those Duncan Hines cupcakes into a bakery-worthy showpiece. It seems a little work-intensive to bake and decorate your own wedding cake, but these would be perfect as a handmade thank you gift for your bridesmaids, or as a cute and sweet dessert at a shower. At $310 suggested retail price - we admit it's a bit steep. That's where the weekly 40% off Michael's coupon would really come in handy.