While you read this post, please listen to this. It makes the reveal much more magical!
Saturday was it. The big (and somewhat monotonous) day. We finally got our invitations done!
By “we” I mean everyone in the group: Bridesmaid C and boyfriend A who helped the weekend before, Aunt C who helped the previous weekend as well, Mom Library, FMIL Library, and, of course, me. Mr. Library helped with the erasing the weekend before, so I guess I should throw him into the mix as well. Dad Library was on moral support duty. As you can see, this really was a “we” project. And I couldn’t have done it any other way.
The first step to our invitation suite (yeah, I know, it’s weird that I am calling it a suite since most people think about that as a room, but with all of the inserts, this invitation should have it’s own room!) was cutting out the inserts and sticking them to their pink backgrounds. While the major color in our wedding is blue, we went with invitations that captured the pink in the flowers. Mom Library was worried about people thinking it was a baby shower instead of a wedding, so blue paper was out. Pink it was! (So note to all of our guests… our color is really blue with hints of pink. Don’t be confused by your invites. Okaythanksbye.) While considering the background colors for our various inserts, Mom Library found pink paper she had stashed away since Cousin Library J got married in 2005. It was different shades, so each insert could stand out in its own color! Even if we didn’t have enough for each insert, we had back-up pink paper and the variety of colors would still (as Mr. Library now loves to say) “pop.” Perfect!
With hours of cutting, double-sided-tape sticking, and some creative problem solving, our inserts were finished.
We folded the long one over the others when we figured out that only half of them would fit in the envelopes. Oops. Measurement fail. In all, we ended the day with an insert explaining that there was no parking at the ceremony site so people must take the shuttle,
an insert for other weekend activities,
an insert for accommodations,
and an insert for the directions. Mom Library insisted that people don’t have computers (I can think of maybe four people coming to our wedding without computers) so they wouldn’t be able to look up directions. If she was willing to cut them out with me, I was willing to make them.
I was so excited to be done with the inserts. We put them away in the completed (or so we thought) addressed envelopes and called it a day.
And then FMIL Library called Mr. Library. She had a new list of addresses and some of them had been “tweaked.” Oh. No. Long story short, there was a miscommunication in handwriting on her first list, so I had to redo somewhere around five envelopes. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you don’t have a ton of extras to begin with, it’s not a good thing. She also said that she wanted to host a BBQ and pool party the day after the wedding. Awesome! Downside? I had to make more inserts. Bummer!
This Saturday morning, FMIL Library came over to our house and we put everything together. I numbered the backs of all of the RSVP cards to ensure we know which one came from who and then handed them over to be stamped. I love our stamp series! For the outside of the invitation, we needed 61 cents.
Cake anyone? I think yes! For the RSVP cards, we went for the new LOVE stamps, and we did just as their name suggested.
Once the new pool party inserts had been put into the insert mix and everything was stamped and numbered, it was time to put everything together with…
Belly Bands! Mr. Library’s inital reaction to this idea was, “Oh, cool. That’s like a belt, right?” Yes, Mr. Library. It’s like a belt for the invitations to keep them slim and trim in their envelopes. I stumbled across some see-through white ribbon in my ribbon collection and decided to jazz our invitations up with them. I had no idea we would all love the idea so much! I simply cut the ribbon to fit, folded over one end to make it clean, and used (my second lover) double-stick tape to tape it to itself.
So, using the belly bands, we put together the final package. First, the inserts and the RSVP cards were put together,
(Mr. Library and I love this quote. It pops up in a few other wedding places too!)
then our wedding invitation was put on top (this is just the general version just to make sure no one stalks us!),
and sealed them up with a belly band (and a kiss!). I am putting them in the mail this afternoon, so I cannot wait to start getting the RSVP cards in the mail! If any of our guests are reading this, feel free to get creative with your responses! I ended doing all of the addresses by hand in my own faux-calligraphy, and I am pretty excited about how it came out. I have practiced wedding invitation handwriting for all of the Cousin Libraries’ weddings, so I felt like I could certainly do it. I’m glad I did.
I haven’t gotten that hit of “Oh my gosh, we’re really getting married” from these yet, but I am thinking it might when we start getting them back in the mail.
What do your invitations look like? What did you do for them? And (more selfishly) what do you think of ours? 😉