I messaged my future-mother-in-law yesterday to make sure we have all of the addresses from my fiance’s side of the family and it looks like we’re good to go! Hopefully everyone has received them by now and there are no more to send (if anyone reading this thinks they should have gotten one and hasn’t yet, please let me know – I’m not the most organized person in the world, so it’s very possible that it was just an oversight). I was pretty happy with the quality of the cards, though they came out a bit darker than the digital proof.
Now on to the invitations! We originally wanted to make versions of the blue layered invitations that the Doctor sent in “The Impossible Astronaut.”
We were going to get the Tardis blue backing card and put a folded white card on the front with the date, time, and coordinates on the front and the more conventional information on the inside. The problem is that the company I was going to get the supplies from, LCI Paper, only sells packs of 50 for each component of the card. We need about 60 invitations. You can buy samples for $1.25 each, but we’d need 3 pieces for each of those extra invitations, so we’d probably be better off buy two packs of 50. We’re trying to do the invitations on a pretty tight budget, so I think we’re just going to go with Vistaprint.
We got the save the dates from Vistaprint, and we were quite happy with them. I got an email from LivingSocial this morning with a deal for $50 at Vistaprint for $10, so I think that settled it. If anyone else is in the market for invitations, save the dates, address labels, or pretty much any other printing, here’s the link http://t.livingsocial.com/deals/288658?ref=email-jp&rpi=51808096.
The thing I really like about Vistaprint (other than the fact that they’re cheap) is that you can upload your own design for your invitations. Since designing our save the dates, I’ve been quite keen to get back on Adobe Illustrator and try something else. Personally, I’m a fan of this Keep Calm and Marry On design. I’d like to take off the graffiti and make it say Marry On in the original font. John is less sure about it. The wedding isn’t for six months though, so we have plenty of time to think about it.
The other problematic aspect of the invitations is addressing them. I know etiquette states that wedding invitations should be addressed by hand (preferably in beautiful calligraphy). The problem is that my handwriting sucks. It looks like it belongs to a third grader. My fiance’s isn’t much better and I’m pretty sure that neither of us is anywhere close to capable of doing calligraphy (though John is quite artistic). I printed the addresses for most of the save the dates (they’re supposed to be less formal anyway) and horribly wrote the addresses of the last few (I used all of the free uses of Word and I couldn’t get the envelopes to print correctly in OpenOffice to save my life). We could hire a calligrapher, but that would probably be pretty expensive. It’s not like we’re having a super formal wedding anyway. As John said, we’re basically having a short ceremony followed by a kegger. Any advice? Has society gotten to the point where people won’t be offended to receive wedding invitations that have the address printed on them? I’m somewhat surprised that addressing invitations with calligraphy has survived this long considering it’s a skill that few people have these days. Also, we’re not having envelopes within envelopes and 15 inserts, which seems to be what most invitations consist of. It’s expensive and seems a bit wasteful. Plus, we don’t want to pay $5.95 in postage for each envelope.
I guess I should leave the dreary and dull world that is the internet, and resume my incredibly exciting Trusts and Estates reading.