Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Celebrating our First Anniversary!

My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary (check out our wedding featured on The Knotty Bride!). While we would consider ourselves to be NOT so traditional, I wanted to give traditional anniversary gift giving a try. We pulled up the list to find that the first year of marriage is represented by....paper.

Great, I LOVE paper. He should have it easy on this one. I love notecards, fun calendars, prints, letterpressed coasters...the list could go on and on. Now, what to give him? Here are some ideas that I threw around that might help you with your first anniversary gift:

  • Concert tickets Unfortunately, I didn't see any shows, performances or events in the upcoming calendar that were fitting. Check Live Nation to see who is playing in your area.
  • Plane tickets Sure, a bit more costly! But, if you have the budget, how fun would it be to take a weekend trip? We are headed to Europe in a few weeks for our belated honeymoon, so another trip was not in our cards. I like Kayak for deal shopping.
  • Photo book Recap your first year of marriage with a book of photos. If you take the amount of photos that my husband and I do (instagram: marit522), you could fill up a book pretty easily. 
  • Print How about some sentimental wall art? Make it yourself (get creative with photos, wedding songs or your vows!) or buy it online. If you had a destination wedding, maybe find a cool vintage travel poster. Highlight how or where you met – you're sure to find something on Etsy!
  • Jewelry There are tons of options that use paper. I had cufflinks made for our wedding out of maps of our engagement location. Chart Metalworks can make earrings, rings, pendants, name it!
  • Get crafty If you have a limited budget, make something. Paper flowers are beautiful (and they never die!) – you probably have enough leftover invitations to make a meaningful bouquet. Or give paper making a try – hop on Pinterest for lots of paper craft ideas.
So, what did we end up with? I had a map made by a FABULOUS etsy seller highlighting Pemaquid Harbor, Maine – where we got engaged and married. The little "islands" almost in the middle are the exact rocks where he proposed. The water depths are reflected by different paper colors and textures to create a true work of art.

I can't wait to hang this in our house! You can pick from ready-made locations or customize your own (location AND color). I really can't say enough nice things about working with Marnie to create this. She was so friendly and responsive!

Dave also bought something to decorate our walls. While Maine is a special place for us, so is Ohio. It's where we met, on a random night through two separate work happy hours. I absolutely love this. Find your state here!

Dave broke the rules and bought me another present (how lucky am I?). My new lobster trap ring is so perfectly me.

We rounded out our night with an amazing dinner at Flour & Water in San Francisco, followed by drinks at Homestead. To stay with tradition, we came home and ate wedding cake and sipped champagne. 

Next year...cotton. Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Get your laugh on!

I absolutely had to share this with you. It's too funny NOT to laugh at all the cliché trends and aspects of wedding planning...this coming from a bride who also used mason jars in her wedding. Man I love the Onion.

Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lobster claw placecards are now in my Etsy shop!

I still can't believe that I hand cut and scored 70 lobsterclaws. Our wedding definitely was a total DIY experience!  Since then, I've received so many compliments and requests, so I decided to have a die made as a way to offer them to my planning couples. I had a batch of ivory, metallic pink and classic red made and I'm excited to announce that they're now in my Etsy shop!

The place cards are being sold in packs of 8 (packaged with bakers twine and a protective clear envelope!), making them a fun addition for a lobster bake, potluck or dinner party – but I can sell them in larger quantities for weddings and other events. Want another color, email me and perhaps I can put through a custom order.

Because really, how cute are these?

Head on over to  Etsy and pick up a set!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Notecards are available in my Etsy shop!

I was doing some cleaning up in our office and realized that I have SO MANY envelopes left over from 6+ years of designing stationery. I've got them in all colors and various sizes and hate to see them go into a recycling bin. I get that from my mother, I can't let ANYTHING go to waste. It makes cooking dinner pretty interesting sometimes. But now, it gives me an excuse to design lovely notecard sets.

New in my Etsy shop is a notecards shop. You'll start to see it fill up with designs over the next few months. If you are in need of some custom notecards (perfect for thank yous or just to say hello with snail mail), email me at and I'd love to design some for you!

Otherwise, check out the available designs and I'll mail them tomorrow! :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Marit Hanson Weddings on Style Me Pretty!

I kind of want to type my post title 193 more times. That's how excited I am to see my work on the pages of Style Me Pretty! I've been a member of the Little Black Book for many years now (woo hoo!), but this is my first feature on their blog.

I worked with Locally Grown Weddings (an amazing group of ladies), in San Francisco on this styled shoot. It was so much fun to design all the paper goods for them, and I can't wait to work with them in the future!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wicked Good Wedding Feature!

Featured on Party Press Blog!

Check it out, our wedding was featured on The Party Press! I was so excited to share all of our details again. I hope that party planners all over the world are inspired by our Wicked Good Wedding. Even more so, I hope they contact me to help them with their big event. :)

In case you missed it, we were featured on the Knotty Bride too. If you are planning a wedding, make sure to add her blog to your bookmarks if it isn't already. She'll inspire you, and make you laugh until you pee your pants. Which in my book, is the perfect combination.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What I've been up to...

2012 has been full of changes for me. I started the year by quitting my full-time day job to focus on weddings. Most of my time is spent working as Creative Director WeddingLovely. I work with two amazing and talented women, and we are building something so awesome for all you planning brides as well as small independent vendors (like me!). It gets better and better every day. Whether you are a bride or a wedding vendor--check it out! We'd love to have you be a part of WeddingLovely.

Things are going great, I honestly couldn't be happier. Every day, I am immersed in weddings and meeting new people. The wedding industry has some truly amazing and inspirational entrepreneurs– it's definitely put some spark back into my life and a match under my ass. My assistant, Pete, no longer spends all day alone. Instead? He gets outside time and some afternoon snuggles while I work on my laptop. I'm even learning to make some time for myself too, I'm back in spin class and getting into shape. Even more awesome, is my amazing husband who has supported my leap...he rocks my socks off. I could not have done this without him. Life is good.

While I am not super active on my blog, I will try to pop in more often to update you on what's going on with Marit Hanson Weddings. I've got some new designs to share (and a website that needs a refresh!). You can always find me on twitter, I tweet daily! I'm also on Pinterest--you can find everything from fashion, to home decor, to things that make me giggle...and weddings of course! If you aren't a fan on facebook, I'd love to have you there too! I blog M-F at WeddingLovely, visit it for daily wedding inspiration!

Thank you so much everyone for supporting me! Marit Hanson Weddings has been 6 years in the making (I can't believe that!) and it feels so good to finally be able to focus on the wedding industry full-time.


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