Invites Revealed!

We sent out our invitations early last week, and the RSVPs have been trickling in, so I think it’s time to share them with the hive! As you may recall, McGlovin talked me into a VistaPrint invitation suite while we were still over six months from our wedding and”¦it was an amazing decision. I would have loved to have had letterpress invites that were glorious and thick and lovely, but there was really no justification for it. I would much rather take the money we saved and throw it at our booze fund

Anyway, so, let’s walk through the invitation suite. You open your mailbox to find this super fun piece of mail:

invite-envelope

You tear open the envelope in an excited frenzy, ruining all of my painstaking addressing, to find this pocket-fold envelope with all of the information you’ve ever wanted:

invitation-suite

Our RSVP cards actually took a good deal of thought. We thought about doing some sarcastic/witty responses, but my dad wasn’t really feeling it—he asked me if I really needed to be snarky about our wedding day. So we went with a more traditional wording, and elicited a note as well as a song request. On the back, we definitely included a QR code—I have watched McGlovin ingore many an rsvp card until the day after it was requested back, so I wanted to make RSVPing as painless as possible (because, you know, the SELF ADDRESSED pre-STAMPED ENVELOPE I included isn’t quite easy enough.).

rsvp-front-and-back-001

Now the invitation without the RSVP cluttering things up:

invitation-open

We wanted a formal looking invite with a little fun thrown in, which resulted in one of my favorite details:

invitation-detail

Then we have some enclosures: an accommodations card, and the reception invitation. These are pretty basic:

invite-enclosures

And finally, on the back of the accommodations card we included a schedule of events (mostly, I just wanted to warn everyone that there will be a gap between the ceremony and the reception. McGlovin and I are occasionally ambushed by the gap, which is only frustrating because then, inevitably, hangry sets in and no one is prepared with any snacks).

invite-order-of-events

So, those are our invitations. Vista Print provided the design for the actual invite, the RSVP card, and the reception card. I designed and printed the accommodations/itinerary card from my desktop, and Mama Gloves and I hand crafted the pocketfold envelopes. As invitations go, they were pretty economical—with our Groupon, we spent about $120 dollars on the invites, the pocketfolds, the enclosures and the outer envelopes. We also spent many hours in front of HIMYM while we worked on them over the course of six weeks or so. Overall, I think the project turned out pretty well—they aren’t the most amazing invitations I’ve ever seen, by any means, but they were cute and affordable and didn’t cause too much stress, so it’s a win in the Gloves’ book!

Oh! And my sample invite—it’s made out to Mickey and Minnie. Like a few bees before me, I sent out a number of VIP invitations. If you’re interested, here are the addresses:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Cinderella and Prince Charming
The Magic Kingdom
1675 N Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Pope Benedictus XVI
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00210 Citta del Vaticano, Italia

Governor and Mrs. John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117

The President & First Lady
The White House
Greetings Office, Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20502

So, what do you think? Did you send any invites to the VIPs? Also, did anyone else go the partial DIY route? If so, how did they turn out?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Gloves

Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 1:16 pm

    I love it: your hand-addressed letters are amazing, I like the DIY pocketfolds a lot, and your Vistaprint suite is great! I’m using Vistaprint too and am very happy with them so far!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:31 pm

    Your envelopes are SWEET!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:56 pm

    I can’t believe you addressed the envelopes! They look amazing!

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 1:59 pm

    The order of events card is adorable!

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    Merelymere 472 posts, Helper bee @ 2:11 pm

    Love it! I wanted to do the song request, but we didn’t want to run the risk of hurt feelings if anyone’s request was on our “Do Not Play” list ;)
    I also love the Order of Events card :)

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    emma20130601 341 posts, Helper bee @ 2:13 pm

    Your invites are awesome!! I love the enveloppe!! I am currently making our invitations – total DIY. I’m lucky to have amazing friends to help cut and fold everything as we’re also doing the pocketfold!!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:21 pm

    So much work you put into them! Adorable!

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    warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 2:31 pm

    Um, you’ve got some serious calligraphy skills! Those envelopes are amazing!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:51 pm

    The writing on the envelopes is so cute!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:37 pm

    the writing on the envelopes are amazing. You have to tell me how you did them! Did I miss that post?

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:44 pm

    These look great, your lettering on the envelopes is just amazing!

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 3:45 pm

    Loving your schedule of events!!! And the writing is fab. Wanna do mine? ; )

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    PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock 369 posts, Helper bee @ 5:04 pm

    I love you for sharing those adresses!
    Your invites look great, I love the “ridiculous amounts of joy to follow” line.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:05 pm

    looks great! i love the highlighted ampersand!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:12 pm

    I think they are beautiful, I really like the colors.

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:52 pm

    I love those, so simple and elegant! And as someone who always needs to know what’s going on! I would def appreciate the insert with the day-of timeline.

    Girlfriendddd your handwriting is amazing!!! Did you write out every single address like that?!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:26 am

    I am BLOWN away by your handwriting! Seriously, I would not be able to throw that envelope away – it would totally go in my memory box. I second @missmovies – can I hire you to do mine?

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    Red Poppy 21 posts, Newbee @ 7:19 am

    I love the way your envelope is addressed!

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:24 pm

    Love the invites! Thanks for the addresses.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:57 pm

    I really like the clean simplicity of your invites and the awesome way they are addressed!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 5:18 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the way you addressed the invites. I would love to get something addressed like that in the mail.

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 10:51 pm

    Ok so question.. I have been looking into doing what you did… ordering the vistaprint suite and pocketfolds BUT all the pocketfolds I have found are 5×7 and the invites from vistaprint are 5×7 and I am afraid that they won’t fit!! I am bound and determined to have pocketfold invitations but unless I do them this route, they are completely out of the question! If you can explain how you got your vistaprint invite to fit in the pocketfold, that would be AWESOME!!

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    shannonfla 18 posts, Newbee @ 6:29 pm

    FYI – If an when you have babies, send an announcement to the President. They will send back a special declaration or something like that. My Bro and SIL did it.

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