Friday, April 24, 2009

Meet my invitation!

Well here's the post I've been waiting for. These are always my favorite blog posts because I love to see other people's invitations, and I can't wait to share mine with you!
I will be doing a DIY and cost breakdown post soon, but here is the completed invitation.

I had more than a glitch or two, and these babies were about 2.5 months in the making and I'm so glad they're gone!

My advice looking back?
  1. Spend the money on the RSVP envelopes and stamps. It's way more fun to get an RSVP in the mail than on your wedding website. Plus, it's classier and better etiquette. I really flubbed it on this one, looking back.
  2. Plan how to address the envelopes at least a month ahead of time, whether you hand-write them, print them, DIY calligraphy, or send them off to a calligrapher
  3. Get your addresses way ahead of time (I sent 5 invites out late bc I was still waiting on people to get back to me with their addresses)
  4. Double the spelling of names and titles (I inadvertently sent an invite to a pastor who recently earned his doctorate degree and did not include "Dr" but "Reverend. oops!)
  5. Get help! I seriously had so many friends and family members that wanted to help. My cousin and I created the design, my sister and BM Rae helped me cut and assemble, My friend Kim helped stamp, stuff and seal the envelopes. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you!!

Without further ado--my invitations!

(I hate to ruin the look, but gotta keep the privacy, ya know?)

envelopes (pre-ugly yellow heart stamp)

The back of the envelopes (I later added a clear address label to the top of the flap.)

(and I am so not a photographer. I'm thinking about asking a friend to take better photos of the invitation suite for my blurb planning album!)

And there you have it!
How long did it take you to DIY your invitations? Was it longer than you thought?


Ellen Mint said...

Ooh those are really nice. I love how simple but elegant they are.

Luckily we went the easy way and it didn't take too long to put together, and of course I made my husband help.

TheInspiredHousewife said...

I love these! I thought we were going to order ours but found some today that I LOVE that I think we can DIY - would you suggest DIY now that you've done it?

LauraAnn said...

Your invites turned out beautiful! You should be very proud!

Cheap Wife said...

SHUT UP!!! ;-) Those are AWESOME!!! wow..having some serious invitation envy over here :-)

Ink Obsession Designs said...

Those turned out amazing!!!

Gary, Christie, Anna and Izzy said...

Those are pretty hot invites! ;) Turned out great, Kate.

honey my heart said...

wow those are so great!! i love every piece, especially the invites and the quote you chose at the end :)

Hannah said...

Those look beautiful! I can't wait to see how you made them!

And no offence, but we did our RSVPs by telephone and by our wedding website, and I don't think it was less classy or poor etiquette at all.

We just didn't have the money to pay for all of those extra stamps.
Several people have actually mentioned that they loved RSVPing online because it was so quick and easy-- and it also gave them a chance to really look at our website and read "our story" and see photos of my fiance since they don't know him (or vice versa).

Anyways, I'm not trying to be rude at all-- it just kinda rubbed me the wrong way, because unfortunately not all of us can afford the extra cost :(

Marissa said...

Great job, Katie! I'm sure your guests will know how much love went into them.

Our DIY invites took longer than we'd planned. But like most things, the end result was definitely worth the work.

Jessie@FitnessFamilyAndMore said...

Beautiful invitations!!!

Katy said...

They turned out so amazing!

hisMrs said...

Those turned out soooo pretty! I love everything about them... the colors, the font... they are GORGEOUS!!! Congrats on mailing them out finally! :)

My Dream Ring said...


writtenbliss said...

Super cute! Wish I could have done pocketfolds.

jessica lynn said...

gorgeous!!! :)

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

These look absolutely lovely.

What is with the stamps recently anyway???

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