A big ole check for our wedding checklist– our wedding invitations went out this weekend! I am DIY-ing as much as our wedding as I can, not only to save a little money, but because it’s in my blood! People who know me know that I have to have my personal touch on everything that goes into our wedding. So far, I’ve blogged about the handmade bridesmaids clutches I made, the chalkboard trays we’re going to use to write the buffet menu on, and the ‘Sweating For the Wedding” t-shirts I made for my sister and myself.
But– nothing has taken up more time than these invitations! I had no idea that such a simple task would be so time consuming.
For those that don’t know our background, a quick rundown- my fiancé is in the Air Force and is stationed on the opposite end of the country, so unfortunately, he hasn’t had much of a hand in planning the wedding. However, he was visiting me a few months ago, and I sat him down to help with the wedding favors and invitations. Making the invitations themselves took almost an entire day! Before we even got to the designing step, we had to think of the wording, proof read it (at least 5 times!), and then I designed the layout in Photoshop, and finally we printed them. We had to feed the paper into the printer only a few at a time to prevent jamming. Then, they all had to be slid into their little vellum sleeve, which was not an easy task (but he was a trooper and helped out!).
Afterward, we had to plan out the response cards. I wanted to go with something fun, he did not. So we compromised and made two different kinds. More on that below.
Onto the pictures for now- here’s an overview of the whole shebang.
Aren’t these envelopes gorgeous? My mom hand-calligraphied (Is that a word?) all 100+ envelopes. She has always done calligraphy, but a few months ago, she and I took a class in copperplate, which is a fancier, more scroll-ish version of calligraphy. She estimates that the envelopes alone took her nearly 30 hours to complete.
(And yes, we did invite Mickey and Minnie Mouse to our wedding – more about that here. Click the link to find a whole list of celebrities you can invite to your wedding in hopes of getting back some autographed pictures or signed congratulatory letters!)
Our invites– it features a small ribbon at the top and then it slides into the little vellum sleeve. It took me forever to pick that font that I used too (I’m a font snob!). I ended up using “Jenna Sue” – it’s a free download on a number of sites.
My favorite part- our RSVP cards! The one in the back is the plain one that we sent to some people, and the one in the front is the “fun” one that went mainly to our friends and anyone else we felt had a good sense of humor. It is mad-libs style and I cannot wait to see what people fill in!
If you can’t read it, this is what it says: (the words in parenthesis are what they are supposed to fill in)
On July 28th, when Dana and Michael (verb) down the aisle, (your names) (will/will not) be there to (verb) them. We were so (adjective) to receive the invite! We promise to dance if you play (your favorite song). We are (adjective) for them and wish them many years of happiness and (nouns).
And last, a picture of everything lined up. The card in the bottom right hand corner is just a postcard I ordered from Staples. The front lists the address and phone number of the two hotels we blocked out rooms for the guests to stay at and has a map on the back for out of town guests.
So there’s everything! Between designing, printing, stuffing, attaching ribbons, writing addreses, stamping, licking (the envelopes), etc, I’m guessing we put in close to 50 hours. Now I see why people just go out and order them! Whew! I told myself I deserve a big bowl of ice cream to take away the envelope taste so my only question now is…. vanilla or chocolate?