Friggin’ Vellum

I found this video today and had to share it with the people who I knew would appreciate it best: you guys. First watch, then discuss.

*Warning: Video contains profanity and might not be safe for work!

Found via A Cup of Jo

I definitely had feelings of inadequacy when I received my first envelope-within-an-envelope invitation. I had never heard of inner and outer envelopes until then and thought it was just some sort of extra fancy wealth flaunting vessel. If you’re naive like me, read this informative Yahoo Answers post (oxymoron?) about what inner envelopes are for.



Personal pic

My own invitation suite was definitely more playful than fancy, which is the look I was going for, but I still feel a little “f*** me” every time I see an invitation with calligraphy, letterpress, or, dear God, vellum. So I can kind of feel this couple’s pain.

On the other hand, I tied 150 knots in order to make our invitations. I made homemade napkin rings. I did all kinds of over the top, pointless crap all in the name of making my wedding oh so special. So maybe my wedding made people go “holy f***ing balls, what is this, a candy buffet? Shit.” I kind of hope my wedding inspired obscenities from our guests, because I am serious about weddings. If you could see my face right now, you would not see me laughing. F***.

Also, we had an open bar, so I guess we’re pwning this game.

Has someone else’s wedding ever made you feel f***ing inadequate? Did you use vellum in your invitations?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:08 am

    This made me laugh so hard. I had to share it with my bestie who is planning her wedding now.

    We had nice simple, but professionally done, invites (no like inner envelope crap because I don’t understand it?) and a two hour open bar.

    Winning. hahahaha

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    hma812 368 posts, Helper bee @ 6:09 am

    I’m going to assume that I will not have vellum in my invites because I do not have a clue what it is. Google time.

    Calf skin paper? Nope that won’t be happening.

    I haven’t been invited to enough weddings to make mine feel inadequate.

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    mrsjohnsontobe 37 posts, Newbee @ 6:09 am

    Omg this is hysterical! This is my fiancé and I to a T….and the journey is just beginning… :)

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    NC Girl 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:13 am

    That video is AWESOME!!! So, so funny. Love it. 😀

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    FoolsintheRain 969 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 am

    So funny! We dooo have vellum on ours, but only because they are handmade, handprinted, and it was easier to get a nice looking invite by printing on vellum than other paper from our home printer! I totally understand the competition 😉

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    MsMagtoMrsK 52 posts, Worker bee @ 6:25 am

    I had to watch all of the other videos by them…hilarious! Thanks!

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    darthbetty 511 posts, Busy bee @ 6:36 am

    This is a Christopher Guest film waiting to happen.

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    jpalm13 2957 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:06 am

    I laughed so hard I watched it twice and sent it to my FI.

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    babycakes24 606 posts, Busy bee @ 7:24 am

    sooo funny! we’re having the vellum debate right now! FI just doesn’t see the value in them at all and I want them really really bad. haha. there are certain things that make me worry/feel inadequate a little (as of right now, not sure how much open bar we’ll be having and maybe just passed apps no “stations”). 😉

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    samsmartypants 37 posts, Newbee @ 7:45 am

    Oh my gosh I am dying over here! So funny and exactly what we’re going through right now! I’m getting so crazy that I’m all “ok, we need to do boxed invitations with vintage seaside inspired candy and ribbons and should they be screenprinted by hand???” Being a type a bride is hard work. I blame pinterest.

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 8:23 am

    Encore Bride here…

    My first marriage (circa 1980) and of course it was the Big White Pouffy Family version… and Mom & Dad were hosting… there was most definitely Inner & Outer Envelopes involved etc.

    This time round…

    Mr TTR and I eloped, and we are hosting our own – GASP –
    Back Home Reception / Party for our Friends & Family.

    The Invites are actually a modified version of a Save The Date Card that we found on-line from Wedding Divas… too cute (and inexpensive)

    The whole look of this Reception Party is fun and festive, hanging out with friends… versus formal. But all the while, there will still be some “elements” of a Wedding, well because (a) we cannot deny that is the reason for the party… and (b) our Friends & Family really want to celebrate our union

    So there will be Cake & Champagne, a “modern” take on the Guest Book and no doubt a smooch or too thrown into the mix.

    Lol… Let the Party Begin !!

    PS… Love this video… thanks for posting. I hadn’t heard of Klepper & Grey before this (via Second City Chicago) and now I am a fan… will be checking out other videos in their “Engaged” series. (LOVED the one entiteld “Couch” and “Saturday”).

    PPS… Horror of horrors, as Canadians some aspect of the “Cash Bar” is a fact of life (usually in combo with some portion of a Wedding Receptions drinks being complimentary be that the Cocktail Hour – Wine with Dinner – Cake & Champagne – or an All White Bar… or subsidized drinks via a Loonie or Twoonie Bar). Honestly, US Bees, you would flip out if you saw what we pay for booze here north of the 49th (lol, altho with our health care we don’t pay for the liver transplant down the road, so I guess it all equals out in the end) 😉

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 8:26 am

    Ooooh, yeah. I know that feel. Last wedding I went to had a full-on choreographed flash-mob-style dance number in the middle of the couple’s first dance. Like, sweet first dance (where I was already feeling crap because these two actually had waltzy dance moves and I can only do that “hold each other and sway back and forth like you’re at a freshman homecoming” thing), then halfway through the music suddenly and dramatically changed, one of their friends hopped up, grabbed the mic from the DJ and started singing a song written just for the wedding (with clever AND funny lyrics, damn it) and two dozen guests hopped out of their seats, stormed the dance floor and all of them and the wedding couple proceeded to do a full dance number. It was INSANE. Granted the couple and all their friends are theatre actors, so they have that talent on their side, but DAMN. Way to raise the bar so high, I couldn’t reach it with a ladder, a ten foot pole and a professional basketball player. F***, indeed…….

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:37 am

    Bahaha! Our invitations are basically at the bottom of the priority list. My goal is to try in fit everything in an envelope that only requires one forever stamp… I’d say they’ll be fairly inadequate :)

    @ladymegbeth: I just laughed so hard picturing the flash mob.

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    xjamiem 26 posts, Newbee @ 9:32 am

    That video is AWESOME!!!

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 9:42 am

    That video is killing me, I love it so hard!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 am

    Definitely reposted this vid to facebook since I was OBSESSED with our invitations, and had the double envelopes and letterpress.

    Looking back on it though, no one really cares, and we could have totally done vistaprint quality/style and it would have been ok.

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    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:30 am

    ha! I laughed out loud :)
    Other people’s weddings don’t necessarily make me feel inadequate, but Pinterest certainly does. I should feel sorry for my guests- no candy bar or photo booth for them! They did have an open bar and awesome Italian food, though, so maybe that makes up for it?

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:34 pm

    Hilarious! But hey I used vellum sheets! They came free from Minted.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:05 pm

    Hahaha, that video is amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:00 pm

    hahahahahahaha that video is amazing! No inner envelope for me, but then again, I did find my invites within a couple weeks of being engaged at Target for $9 for 50 (!!!!!). More money for booze = winning!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:28 pm

    This is hilarious. We went to 2 weddings within a month from ours, and couldn’t help to compare. In the bright side, we stood behind our wedding all the time and although these weddings had better this or better that, we knew we wouldn’t had paid for those kind of things either way, so it was ok.

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    emmalyn 479 posts, Helper bee @ 6:44 pm

    Loved it!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:08 pm

    Ha! Mr. P and I both really enjoyed that. Thank you, Uni!

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 8:12 pm

    O.M.G. F***ing hysterical! Thank you for sharing! I’ve been doing this too with my invitations, designing, then redesigning, and then wondering if I should include a pocket folder and what type of card stock to use… but no vellum. I’m sharing this with everyone.

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    gramgeek 1398 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:51 am

    Wow, so funny but I didn’t give a crap about these things and I’m so glad I didn’t now that the wedding is over. No one cares. I used vistaprint and I also kind of think maybe we didn’t even need physical invitations. Because, no one cares. Our friends commented it was such a lovely and personal touch that we hand written a message on the back of each place card. Even then they left them behind.

  26. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 pm

    hahaha Amazing! I totally pre-judge weddings based on the invitations, and I think yours are awesome.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:26 am

    I’ve seen both: really awesome invitations that have made me go f-ck in the ‘HOW DO I EVEN COMPETE?!’ way and invitations that have made me go f-ck in the ‘are these people for real? What even is this?’ way.

    P.S. I love yours.
    P.P.S. People often try to use ‘no one will notice except a fellow bride/bride-to-be’ regarding invitations. I totally say NOT TRUE. I’ve been an invitation/paper product creeper my whole life.

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    kat2822 23 posts, Newbee @ 4:50 pm

    Amazing video, I just watched all the ones they have posted. Thank you for bringing this into my life!!

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    missgemini 620 posts, Busy bee @ 7:57 am


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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:13 am

    Thank you for posting that video. It makes me feel less crazy.

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    may2013wedding 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:44 am

    Haha that video is hilarious! It’s hard not to compare yourself to other brides-to-be, but I guess you just have to be happy with your decision and not everyone should have the same exact things. While some people spend a ton of time and money on their invitations, I chose to focus on making sure my guests would have a great time at the reception!! 😀

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