Guess What We Did Yesterday”¦

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Why, yes, I did get out of my car and walk up to the drive-through mail drop off box at the post office for a Weddingbee photo op. We don’t have those fun, free-standing blue ones there! That’s how us small town folks do things, y’all.

That’s right! We officially invited people to our wedding! 210 completely handcrafted and assembled invitations made by myself (along with Mama Dillo, Li’l Dillo and Mr. A) were dropped off at the local post office yesterday afternoon. And after actively working on these suckers since we became engaged back in September of 2011, I was SO FRIGGIN’ HAPPY to get them off my hands. Dropping them off felt like turning in a freshly printed and stapled term paper to a professor after working on it all semester—I was super proud, super relieved, and super exhausted.

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There they sit moments before their mass exodus to the USPS.

Although I’m ultimately happy with the way they turned out, my adventure in DIY invitations wasn’t without its hiccups, and I fully intend to share them with you after I do the big reveal! The honest truth is, DIYing invitations is a lot. of. work. I completely underestimated how much time and effort it really was going to take, and although it did save us a pretty decent chunk of cash, I totally and utterly understand why wedding stationery can be so expensive. Time is MONEY, y’all!

Anyway, even though I’m DYING to show you guys the finished product, I want to wait at least a week or two so our guests have a chance to see them first. But I’m not completely heartless, yo! How about a little sneaky peek of some of my favorite elements of the envelopes?

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Anyway, I’m really hoping our guests appreciate all the time and effort we put into these invitations, and I absolutely could not have done them without the help of Mr. A, Mama Dillo and Li’l Dillo. I’m so grateful to have such wonderful and loving people in my life who are willing to sit down at the kitchen table and cut hundreds of sheets of cardstock with me. Now I just can’t wait to see those RSVPs start rolling in!

Did you choose to completely DIY your wedding invitations? In the end, was it worth it? Did you save any money by going the DIY route?

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Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    labdarling 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:36 am

    I can’t wait to hear how you DIY’d your invites! I am ::thinking:: about doing my own invites, but I really want to know how other bees have done it and fully comprehend what I am getting myself into before I take on such a project! Congrats on finishing them up!

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    braverbeating 1131 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 am

    I love your font for your addresses! Did you calligraphy them yourself?

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:04 am

    Looking good. As a paper lover, I’m really excited to see more details!

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:04 am

    I’m so excited for you – invitations suck so much to put together (although I LOOOVE receiving them and I always appreciate beautiful invitations). Now you can kick back and relax for awhile! To celebrate, I made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies. And Mr. W and I may have eaten half the dough before they made it into the oven… oops ;)

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 am

    I can’t wait to see them!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:08 am

    Congrats on getting those out! Your calligraphy is beautiful and I can’t wait to see the inside :)

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    sweetie78 259 posts, Helper bee @ 8:45 am

    Pretty! I used the same font on my invites!
    braverbeating- I printed out the names and addresses onto gray envelopes in almost the same color, then traced over them with a white pen. There are a few tutorials on here about how to do that (and Google). The font is free on dafont.com, and it’s Jellyka Western Princess.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:07 am

    What a great feeling! Can’t wait to see the final reveal!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:56 am

    Exciting! Love the calligraphy and shiny-ness. :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:01 pm

    We’re in the thick of assembling and finishing ours and I cannot WAIT until they are done. Definitely a labor of love. Congrats! :)

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 5:26 pm

    These look great from the sneak peeks. I can’t wait to see the reveal!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 8:39 am

    I can’t wait to see them! I’m in love with your embossed corners.

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