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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

Choose a style that reflects your wedding’s theme and your personalities



I love picking out stamps for invitations and social stationery. If I’m mailing a check to pay a bill I’ll use the forever bell or flag stamps, but when it comes to a party or holiday, I prefer to buy themed stamps.
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Wedding White Roses; LOVE Rings; Wedding Cake

For weddings the post-office offers several themed stamps and every year issues a few new wedding-y designs. This year’s collection includes the Wedding Cake and White Roses shown above. The wedding cake is $0.64 and the roses $0.44. Many wedding invitations will weigh more than $0.44 because of the weight—card stock and inserts can add up—so the post office creates special stamp rates so that your outer envelope isn’t covered in more than one or two stamps.

The Love stamp in the center features two wedding rings and I think a bit more modern in style than the classic white wedding imagery. This stamp has a rate of $0.44.

But you don’t have to use a wedding-themed stamp. You can choose any stamp or group of stamps that fit your wedding’s theme and color palette.

For example, our wedding was retro-inspired with a pastel theme so the white envelopes with lavender calligraphy were stamped with Cary Grant in a tuxedo. I just want to note that the Audrey Hepburn stamps I wanted to use were supposed to be released in time for our wedding invitations, but the USPS pushed the date back to June so they made the photo shoot and I used them for thank you cards. I did call the Post Master General’s office to see if they would release a few to me early but they said no.

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Anyway, there is a huge variety of stamps couples can choose from including stamps that reflect nature and locations. I pulled the Garden of Love and Edward Hopper stamps (both $0.44) to illustrate both options.

Before visiting your local post office check out their website and Google stamp collection sites for ideas. Your post office may not have a large selection to choose from so you may want to browse and order online.

Remember to test the weight and amount of postage before making a large stamp purchase. Take a complete invitation suite to the post office and have the teller weigh and stamp it and then mail it to yourself to make sure the stamp amount is correct, then order your stamps.

And one more thing. You can avoid that automated barcode from being printed on your outer envelope by asking the post office teller to hand-cancel each invitation. I think the first 50 are free and there’s a charge after that, so either pay the nominal fee or go back several days in a row to avoid it.

Anne Chertoff is the author of The Wedding Organizer available at russellandhazel.com

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Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.