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Well, not really. But I couldn’t resist the temptation to make a Stereo Total reference:
The actual details are these:
1. We’ve made sure that all of our papers are Carbon Neutral Plus. What does that mean? Well, that means that Neenah Paper is part of a voluntary partnership to reduce carbon emissions associated with the production of their papers “through mill-based energy efficiency solutions and investments in renewable energy, plus [contributions] to projects which conserve natural resources and wildlife habitat.” Go here to learn about other ways in which Neenah paper is a better environmental choice.
2. Royal Steamline is now part of Northwest Natural‘s Smart Energy program. We have selected the Carbon Neutral option which means that we pay extra for every therm of natural gas we use here at RS headquarters. NW Natural uses this money “to support development of renewable energy projects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
So does this mean Royal Steamline is indeed “exact neutral?” Not by a long shot — but we are trying to be more conscious of the energy used to make your invitations. As we move forward, we’ll be looking for more ways to limit the environmental impact of our business; we’re kind of crazy about this ol’ planet of ours!
Anyway, we’ll talk more about weddings and less about carbon in the next post — promise!
If you haven’t checked them out, Nearlyweds offers customizable wedding websites that match print invitations. So, for example, if you’ve purchased a Para Siempre wedding invitation set and are interested in a matching wedding website, it’s available right here.
Nearlywed website templates are easy to customize and you can test drive before you buy via a free trial offer.
We’re attempting to make a website template for (almost) every Royal Steamline invitation — and you can see that we’re well on our way. But if you don’t see the one you’re looking for, get in touch and let us know which RS design should get the Nearlyweds treatment next.
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Wow — have we been busy! Hope everybody’s wedding planning is going well!
While we’ve been working with a lot of May/June/July brides in recent weeks, there also have been a few couples with their sights on 10/31/10. What a great date to get hitched!
And just as I was working on a client’s Halloween invitation set, what should arrive in the mail this afternoon but a (very) early holiday treat from my dad:
I have to admit, the guy knows what I like. With my penchant for both skeletons and models of all types, he’d seen this “squelette” and thought I’d appreciate it. I’ll be posting images of the completed skeleton as soon as I make it!
How great would a platoon of these skeletal greeters look on your reception tables, maybe even holding the table cards! (The finished height is about 14″ — perfect centerpiece dimensions.) And while I like the look of the natural wood, I’m sure it could dyed to just about any color. These guys are apparently available at Michaels, so acquiring the proper number shouldn’t be too hard.
Here’s my point: you never know when inspiration will strike! And always be sure to plan for the wedding you want to have!
What a week: I had a milestone birthday (and was treated by the missus to some amazing–and sustainable–sushi), little Khan passed his Kinderpuppy 1 class with flying colors, and we introduced several new invitation designs.
First up is Entwined:
And that’s just one of the new designs. Oh, and we’re going to have a special design announcement tomorrow in honor of a certain movie that’s premiering this weekend:
Offbeat Bride’s post on the spider in the wedding bouquet reminded me it’s been way too long since I’ve checked in on artist Ann Wood’s blog. I try to stay up-to-date on her creepy (and not so creepy) creations. These stunning pieces are made up of lovely scraps of vintage fabric and buttons…and I want them all.
Here’s a round-up of my favorite so far…
Cyberoptix Tie Lab, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
…and many more.
Here at Royal Steamline, we think about love all the time (you kind of have to in our line of work). But for Valentine’s Day, we wanted to introduce something a bit different: a bachelor/bachelorette party invitation we call Speakeasy:
If you’re planning a party to celebrate your last days of being single, this saucy invite is the perfect way to spread the word.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Royal Steamline!
Another new rockabilly invitation that really lets you be in kontrol: Full Kustom:
Five different pinstripe designs and fonts (“Burbank,” “Vegas,” “Santa Fe,” “Palm Springs,” and the George Barris-inspired “Dragula”) let you create the perfect invitation. Simply select which styles you want to combine when you’re checking out and we’ll build your kustomized invitation just for you!
I’m excited to share another local, vintage clothing Etsy shop that offers fun, gorgeous pieces from decades past. Fab Gabs Vintage offers a mix of casual and fancy dresses, suits and accessories. There’s even a special section for boudoir vintage lingerie! Whether you’re going for a Mad Men style, rockabilly or an “old Hollywood” wedding, there’s plenty of guys and dames fashions to be found here. The ’50s-era polka dot dress below would look amazing with one of these crinoline petticoats we featured last summer.
… and there’s still a week left to enter Teh Fab Gabs Vintage Giveaway. Head over to the blog for details.
Lately, I’ve lacked the time and patience to shop in actual stores. While this may be great for my wallet, it also means I’m missing out on some fabulous finds at the awesome vintage stores here in Portland. Luckily, Twitter has led me to a few local vintage shops that sell their wares online. This means all of you who don’t live in the NW can take advantage of some of our fine shops.
We’ll be featuring a couple of them this week, so if you’re planning an art deco, 1920s/1930s, Victorian or other period-inspired wedding, be sure to check back.
The first of our new vintage clothing discoveries is Prance and Swagger, a relatively new Etsy shop based in Portland, Oregon. Prance and Swagger specializes in classic his and hers vintage clothing, offering everything from pill box hats to 1950s prom dresses to Victorian caplets and Oxford ankle boots.
I may have found them too late to grab this goregous Victorian scarf, but their shop is full of unique and interesting finds that just might make up for it.
We recently added a new flavor to the Coney Island 1896 line-up: black.
We’ve unofficially dubbed this palette the “Tim Burton” version because of the auteur’s predilection towards these stripes. Why, exactly, did it take us this long to realize that a predominantly black-and-white Coney Island design might be a good addition to the menu? We have no idea, but we hope that it might be just the thing for certain couples out there…
Mon dieu! Like many, we’ve been fascinated by the myths and realities that surround Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen. As Marie Antoinette, she’s come to symbolize beauty, youth and extreme luxury. Allow us to introduce our first invitation design to salute her legend, Petit Trianon:
Not only does Petit Trianon reference the young Dauphine de France, it alludes to a perplexing and eerie incident in which time itself may have become momentarily and capriciously malleable. A bizarre incident matched only be the decadence of the court at Versailles…