it’s always like this

July 1, 2009


Filed under: a wedding story — notsojenny @ 8:48 am

after i exposed my poor editing error i realized i’d never shown you what our invites look like.

here is what the save the date suite looked like…

std suiteobviously these are my powerpoint artistic interpretation so they’re obviously not exactly what our guests saw… but pretty darn close, you get the idea.

so while we wanted to go with an invite like these, to keep the garden/outdoor party feeling involved
blush lantern  partylights shiningnight

we also don’t own photoshop or any of the programs needed to create something this lovely at home.  and quite honestly the cost of purchasing one of those programs was more than what we even wanted to pay for invites so that scratched that out of the equation.  that’s when we stumbled across a box of basic invites at Target, on the clearance rack no less.  so as we looked at them we knew that they were just simple enough to reflect us but that we’d be able to tweak them just enough to make them appropriate for the level of formality we’re achieving with this weekend (which is low, it’s fairly casual… casual elegance i like to say).  so we went to Michael’s and found the perfect ribbon to stick with our shades of white to ivory to brown… we’re going light on the browns, heavy on the white/ivory so we picked out a ribbon that was a “mink” shade… kinda champagne.

so keeping with our chosen fonts and the embossed stamps on the front we made up our simple invites and decided against including all the hotel/map info.  i spent a TON of time putting all that on the website, i even created my own map in ppt so we decided to instead create a fancy little slip mounted to fancy stock directing people to the website once again.  the only bummer was that the stamps we’d used before would no longer cover the new postage rate so we went with whatever our post office had that wasn’t The Simpsons.  so here’s what our invites went out resembling… mistype and all

 invite suite

so that’s it.  that’s what our guests saw (and that stripe on the invitation is the ribbon we tied around it… not in a bow but just a cute little knot).

so far we’ve received compliments but that wasn’t the goal (it definitely makes me happy, but was not the goal).  we saved a shitton of money making these and we got the message(s) we needed to out to our guests.  they know the time and place and they get to respond.  we actually both would have liked them to be even more casual but we also got sick of playing around with them so we eventually said this is it and hit print just to get them out the door.

and they’ve already started rolling in.  we had almost 10 RSVP cards back by the end of the week that we sent them out.  it was crazy.  and the little hand written notes people put on them… love love love.  it definitely made me consider how i will respond to other people’s weddings in the future!  those little notes cane really brighten any day and remind you what it’s all about!

~ today i learned… the band 311 took their name as it’s the police code for indecent exposure ~



  1. I think they look fabulous! You guys did a great job!

    Comment by DanceintheRain — July 1, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  2. pretty!

    Comment by Jackie — July 1, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  3. those are adorable!

    I always write a little love note on the rsvp card when I sent it back :)

    Comment by Lexi — July 1, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  4. Aww, those are so cute! I am dreading doing our invites–have you SEEN the books those come in?! Way too many to choose from.

    Comment by stealthnerd — July 1, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

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