As of today, the wedding is exactly one month away!!
I have so many wedding projects to blog about but with wedding plans, end of school and finals going on, I haven’t had any spare time. The next month is going to be a pretty crazy one! I have two finals left, tons of wedding stuff left to do, my 21st birthday is in 11 days, Drew is graduating in 16 days, my bridal shower is in 24 days and the wedding is in 31 days! It should be a fun month!
The last few weeks we’ve been scrambling to get our wedding invitations designed, ordered/printed, packaged and sent out. It was so hard to actually decide on a design! When you are a designer and can design anything, it makes it so hard to choose! We ended up going with something really sweet and simple that fit well with our wedding theme and our already designed save-the-dates and thank you cards and I’m really happy with how they turned out. We finally got them in the mail last weekend and I’m so relieved to have that done and off my to-do list!
Here is the invitation suite:
We included the actual invitation (5×7) with a directions card to the venue and a rsvp postcard (both 4×6). We are both from Southern Illinois and any family/friends we have coming from out of town know the area already and have places to stay or have hotel information. So, we didn’t include hotel accommodation information in our invitations.
I tied all three cards together with polished hemp twine (found in the jewelry making aisle in Wal-Mart or other stores). I love the sweet little charm it adds. Although my fingers definitely hurt after tying 150 tiny bows! The back of both the invitation and the directions card had a burlap fabric printed pattern on them.
For our rsvp cards, we went with a mad-libs style fill-in-the-blank card. I thought it was more fun and would be funny to read the responses. We also made sure to ask our guests to list their favorite song so we could play some of those at our reception. The back of the cards are already filled out with our address and a little space (like on a normal postcard) for guests to add an additional message if they wish.
We contemplated doing kraft paper/grocery bag brown envelopes, but thought that they might not look as well with our invitations since they were already so simple. We ended up going with a metallic quartz colored envelope that was really pretty. It was a white/cream color with subtle hint of a metallic champagne color. We ordered them here. (I’ve made several envelope orders from envelopes.com and always really liked their products. You can also pay $1 each for samples to be mailed to you, and then you get a coupon to get the money you spent on samples off your final purchase.)
For labels, instead of having to print out both delivery and return address stickers, we went with a long 7×2 in label and printed both on one and folded it over to the back, with the return address on the back of the envelope. If I had more time, I would have fancied the design of it up a little more, but I like the way it turned out. It was definitely quicker and easier than doing it twice! You can buy these blank labels, here.
You can’t read it in these pictures, but the front of the label says, “please deliver to:” and then the name & address of the guest. On the back we wrote, “with love,” and then our names and address.
This wasn’t part of the invitation, but while we were ordering things to be printed, we also ordered these little cards. They are for guests to write well wishes, messages of love, or wedding advice on in place of a guest book at the wedding. They have the burlap fabric pattern on the back of them as well.
We also ordered these as well. They are bookmark favors to give to the guests at the wedding. They say: “thank you for joining us on the next chapter of our lives,” and yes, we are that cheesy. Plus Drew did work in our hometown library when we were first dating and he used a book to hold the ring during the proposal.
In additional wedding news, we also FINALLY finished our wedding website! You can check it out, here.
The wedding is so close!! It’s getting exciting!