Yes, I Know They’re Late…

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See my big smile? Nope, it’s not because the box I’m holding contains a yummy cake (Puhleese, that smile would’ve been MUCH bigger!). This picture was taken right before I walked into the post office today. Yup, today I mailed out the Latte invitations.

Yes, they are VERY late, and I know that this is a total bridal no-no. And yes, I hang my head in shame. But I am just so relieved that they are done and out the door that I couldn’t suppress my smile. See YA, invites!!! Much like Miss Cheese, I was SO OVER wedding invitations. Let me explain…

I am a paper hoarder. Sitting in my closet is a big Ziploc bag stuffed with invitations, programs, and thank you cards from weddings I’ve been invited to and/or have attended in the past. Why? Well, besides the fact that I am a pack rat, I just love all things paper… especially wedding invitations.

For some, an invitation is just important information on paper. For me, it’s so much more. An invitation can tell you so much about the couple and the big event they’ve been planning for months (or years!). Fonts, colors, graphics and word choice all play a part in creating an invitation that can often set the tone of the wedding. So obviously, invitations were pretty high up on the priority list for the Latte wedding.

Uh, as were the flowers, venue, food, photographer… you get the picture. I quickly realized that we would have to cut our invitation budget in order to actually have flowers, a venue, food and a photographer. Sadly, I said goodbye to my dreams of boxed invitations, pocketfolds full of enclosures, and (tear) letterpress. Letterpress was the hardest one… for months (OK, years) I’d been ogling letterpressed invitations. I bookmarked many of these beauties on my computer (aka digital hoarding) and collected samples just so I could feel the texture of the letterpressed paper. Sigh… it’s pure bliss.

I tried to keep the dream alive by contacting dozens of letterpress vendors for quotes. But little by little, my dreams were squashed as each quote came in WAY over our allotted invitation budget. This went on for months.

Meanwhile, I scoured the internet daily for invitation inspiration. I loved how fun and whimsical graphics could be. Does the last one look familiar? It’s our china pattern!!! Is it weird to have your invitations match your china? I’m not sure, but I love them!

(source (l to r): Hello Lucky Lunaria, Hello Lucky Sweetheart, Kate Spade Belle Boulevard)

But I also loved the clean and modern lines of invitations like these. Does this last one look familiar, too? It’s Miss Peep Toe’s lovely invitation! I love it!!!

(source (l to r): Wedding Paper Divas Elegant Trim, Kate Spade Classic, Miss Peep Toe)

And then suddenly, it was MAY. Yup, 2 months out, and NO invitations. At this point, I was stressed out, very unhappy, and absolutely detested the word “invitation”.

What’s a girl to do when she feels shot down and stressed? Go shopping, of course. So I took a trip to the PaperSource, where pretty paper in lots of colors is always a guaranteed (temporary) remedy to a bad situation. While I was there, I decided that if I couldn’t have letterpressed invitations (by now, it was too late to even consider ordering them), I was going to do it UP and get myself some pocketfolds, inner and outer envelopes, and nice quality paper. I can at least have that, right?

So I purchased some paper, drafted an invitation design, dusted off my Gocco and got to work. With newfound enthusiasm, I pressed down on the Gocco and peeled back the paper to find… a BLAH invite. The colors, graphics, and design I had chosen just looked SO wrong. I was ready to throw in the towel and seriously considered calling each guest, when I checked my email and found heaven on my computer.

So yes, the invitations are going out late. But today, I’m smiling big time. It’ll be a couple of days before the Californians receive them, so you’ll have to wait until then (sorry!), but in the meantime, I’ll leave you with some pictures Irene sent me of the invitations being letterpressed:

And here I am, happier than I’ve ever been to be spending time in a post office. I happily hand-canceled each invitation before finally saying goodbye to our invitations. BYE… WOO HOO!

(Special thanks to my co-worker AJ for standing in the rainy weather and hot post office to take these pictures for me.)

Did any of your vendors save you from a potential wedding nightmare?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Latte

Location:
Boston/NYC
Wedding Date:
July 2009
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    yorkie 1291 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 pm

    Congrats! It’s a wonderful feeling, huh? You should celebrate with a tall latte… although wine would also be appropriate! ;o)

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    Miss Snowflake 597 posts, Busy bee @ 4:43 pm

    I know exactly how you feel! We sent out our invites yesterday.. and also had to hand cancel each and every one! But it feels sooooo gooooood to have them out of my hands and into the hands of my guests. Plus, it turned out to be one of my “OMG, I’m getting MARRIED!” moments. :)

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    Sweet tooth 510 posts, Busy bee @ 4:59 pm

    What is “hand-canceled”?

    I can’t wait for you to post your invites!!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:02 pm

    YAY!!! I am not the only one!! My invites (for my July wedding!) are going out tomorrow! I made my own pocketfolds, but they looked BLAH and CHEAP. So I had Heather from Letterpress Light (Etsy) make me a simple 5×7 to place in the pocketfolds to add some pizazz. And it gave them just the right touch! I was stoked! FI helped me to complete them, then wax seal them (UGH!) and tomorrow we shall away to the post office to hand cancel our sure-to-be-expensive-to-mail invitations!! HOORAY for solidarity!!

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    CO919 80 posts, Worker bee @ 5:22 pm

    yeah BU Post office!!! love it!

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    peachesandtulips 408 posts, Helper bee @ 6:12 pm

    haha i was just about to leave the same comment that’s above me! i’ve mailed so many things from that BU post office…

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:18 pm

    Ha! I WENT to BU for grad school. Love Boston — and totally miss it! :-) Can’t wait to see the invites.

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 7:46 pm

    @Miss Snowflake: I also had an “I’m getting MARRIED” moment today when a local guest emailed me to tell me that he received his invitation. It’s a good feeling, huh? :)
    @Newport Nuptials: Definitely contact Irene! She is great and was the most affordable letterpress vendor I contacted.
    @Sweet tooth: Hand-canceling is actually hand stamping your envelopes instead of having them go through a machine. It can prevent your envelopes from being ripped or torn, especially if you have embellishments that can potentially rip your envelopes (wax seals, raised embellishments, etc). It also (usually) ensure that your envelopes won’t have that ugly bar code that is printed when it goes through the machine.
    @MightySapphire: Yay for us! Enjoy sending them out tomorrow…then celebrate!!!
    @CO919 & @peachesandtulips & @Miss Bruschetta: Wow, didn’t realize there were so many BU fans in the hive! :)

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:45 pm

    Woo hoo! Congrats!

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    Susan, Guest @ 10:27 pm

    My invitations are finished, but we haven’t send it. And it’s also for our July wedding. We’re planning to send it in these 2 weeks.. am i very late ?

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:17 pm

    Congrats on getting them sent out! I know how you’re feeling. I’m sending out my save the dates tomorrow that I would have liked to have sent out last month! Yikes!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:23 am

    yaay Ms Piglet! happy for you :)

    yaay July Brides! :D

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    frenchbulldog 7726 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:01 pm

    YAY for invitations!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:18 pm

    yay!! Can’t wait to see the final product..

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:21 pm

    This must be such a relief!

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