Attn: Engaged couples (and really anyone — bridesmaids, holler? event designers, hi! — knee-deep in the process of plotting a wedding). Assuming you’re juggling your holiday shopping errands with planning and readying, please get yourself to Paper Hammer, the new retail space near Benaroya Hall.
The new books and paper goods boutique is essentially the front room of Seattle’s most notable art book enterprise, Marquand Books. And while there is nothing expressly wedding-ish about the beautiful hand-bound journals, vintage found objects, or distinctive letterpress notes, those aimed at pulling off an especially literary or design-centric affair will find it pretty rich territory to mine. And you’ll likely get some holiday shopping done to boot.
Check the slideshow hereUPDATED for wedding favor ideas that could double as stocking stuffers, signage details that also work as holiday gift wrap bling, inspiration for what to give bridal partiers, and decor and design style just waiting to be lifted. You might also browse the company’s Etsy site for door hangers, paper coasters, picture books and more.
And before you go, consider those traditional gifts for anniversaries that Hallmark used to print in the back of their little pocket calendars. (Maybe Hallmark still prints them?) Sure, it’s an archaic and untethered ‘system,’ but in these days of heritage brands and slow food, wouldn’t it be appropriate – or at least fun — to herald its return? After all, the old ‘rules’ call for celebrating year one with paper goods. Keep that in mind when you’re at Paper Hammer thinking about how much your graphic designer soon-to-be husband would appreciate the regionally made letterpress calendar in your hand.