Invitations Part I

Wow, could I make this post title any more boring? Sorry, I only have limited creativity and I think I already used up all of today’s.

Before we actually talk about the invitations, I want to talk a little about what we’re not doing. We’re not doing a fancy invitation suite—that means no inner envelope, no cool pocketfold, no embossing or letterpress, no envelope liner, no calligraphy. Am I a little sad about that? Maybe. There are some really cool invitation suites out there!

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Images via Weddingbee / Photos by Mrs. Pony, Mrs. Genie, Mrs. Turkey, and Mrs. Treasure

For us, though, I know this wasn’t the way to go. I didn’t have the time or energy to invest in a complex project myself or the money to pay someone to do it—or even to buy the supplies for a complicated DIY project. Instead of taking on something that would end up being more work and stress than I could handle, we decided to go the simple route, although I do get to do a few small touches!

The next post will talk about the actual invitations, but I do get to share the part I’m really excited about now. I decided to order Moo MiniCards to include the RSVP information (we’re using our wedding website to RSVP) and just to direct them to the website in general. Several brides have done this in the past, and it seems to have worked out well for them. Plus the cards only cost $19.99 and Mr. Lemur found a coupon for free shipping—always check Google before pressing submit!

They even came in the mail a few days before I expected!

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I loved how cute the packaging was. We ordered four different pictures for the front. Just for fun—it’s not like anyone will know they got design three or whatever!

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They’re half the size of a business card—I put the pencil in the picture for comparison’s sake. The back of the card directs them to the website and of course credits our photographer.

So there you go! Part I. And maybe in the really cleverly named Part II I’ll get beyond the cute little cards and talk about the rest of the invitations.

Anyone else go with a simple invitation? What about an online RSVP? How did it work out?

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 12:51 pm

    We ordered mini moo cards for our website as well. Love them! FI is worried about people not seeking them, but I disagree

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    annarborette 27 posts, Newbee @ 1:41 pm

    Those are really sweet! I love that you can pick multiple photos for the back – it’s always so hard to narrow down your favorites. I can’t wait to see more of what your decide for your invites!

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    navybride2013 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:37 pm

    Love this!! We are also trying to go a more simple route on invites (even though I LOVEEE paper products). There are just other areas I would rather spend the money. We are also doing the online RSVP but were contemplating just putting the website on the invite. I like the mini moo card idea!! Thanks!!

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    navybride2013 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:39 pm

    Also — anyone have advice on polite ways to direct people to your website to RSVP?
    We are also skipping a reception card — I was just going to put the details on the website as well.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:46 pm

    @ghiagirl893: We’re actually attaching them to the invites with ribbon — I’ll have a post on them soon! When you pull the invite out of the envelope the mini Moo cards come with it. That way you know for sure that people will see them.

    @AnnArborette: It was really neat because you could pick as many pictures as you wanted for the back! Whenever you added a new picture it told you how many you had of each one (in percentages until you chose how many cards total).

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:49 pm

    Mini Moo ccards were on my list of thigs I really want but don’t need at all, I can’t tell you why I wanted them so bad, they’re just so cute, I love when couples use engagement pictures.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:50 pm

    @NavyBride2013: Putting the website on the mini Moo card is nice because you can include it and keep the invite a little more traditional — at least that’s the way we used it! And they’re really not that expensive, $20 for 100 cards with pictures on them was reasonable even for our very limited budget.

    As far as wording goes, I just wrote something like “For more information and to RSVP, visit *our website*. Please respond by *date*” Anyone else?

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:53 pm

    @Mrs. Toadstool: I justified them by saying we’re not using RSVP cards so we needed some way of including other information! Expense-wise it was fortunately very reasonable. And I was excited to use the engagement pictures in some way since we didn’t do Save the Dates :)

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    witchyhomemaker 42 posts, Newbee @ 6:12 pm

    I did! I did not do the mini cards – but we only sent out a card invite with our names, date, and location on the front and then a poem and link to the website on the back. We simply stated to go to the website for RSVP. Simply done with online RSVP and it was so much nicer :)

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    witchyhomemaker 42 posts, Newbee @ 6:32 pm

    I just made a post about my invites if it gives anyone ideas!
    http://bios.weddingbee.com/topic/simple-invitations-and-online-rsvp#post-17376

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:19 pm

    @Miss Lemur: Totally justified! But I didn’t even had a wedding website to put thereand international shipping costs ruined my cause.

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    Mathis13 242 posts, Helper bee @ 5:32 am

    This!!! My sentiments exactly! I neither had the time nor stress threshold for a suite. Albeit there are so many gorgeous ones out there I just couldn’t. I also went the mini-Moo card route. That paired with an awesome design (by a friendor who majored in graphic design) and calligraphy (only on the outer envelope, we did online RSVP) made for some really nice invites we’ve gotten quite a few compliments on.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 5:37 am

    Love that you’re doing simple invitations! Seems so much more practical and fitting to who you are (from what I know!)
    The MooMiniCards are such a nice touch, I’m totally looking into them!!
    We are also doing simple invitations – a shimmery 5×7 pan card and matching RSVP card. Elegant and no frills. I couldn’t bear to spend so much time and money on something a guest will look at literally twice then throw away.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:43 am

    aww Thanks for thinking my invitation suite was cool! I’m sure yours will be beautiful, too.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:44 am

    @WitchyHomemaker: The only thing I’m a little nervous about is making sure people use the online RSVP? I’d like to think because it’s easier they’ll do it right away but without the card there to remind them they might forget…

    @Mathis13: Oh I’m glad having a friend do the design worked out for you!! Our design was a template (you’ll see it in the next invitations post) but I’m really happy with it.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:48 am

    @lealorali: Oh I’m sure they’ll look great! I felt like my invitations were a little “empty” without a response card which is partially why I added the Moo cards, but you can definitely have the Moo card and the response card too. The nice thing is they’re high quality without paying a ton of money — they are small though!

    @Mrs. Treasure: I loved the envelope liner on yours especially! Have to admit, there were a few moments of jealousy over that :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:05 pm

    I just clicked over for the first time all weekend and thought, ‘that first picture looks familiar…’ Thanks for the shout out!
    Your invitations are sure to be amazing, the first part is just adorable!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 10:23 am

    @Mrs. Pony: When I first started reading Weddingbee, yours was one of the weddings I read from the beginning :) so I had to include it!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:47 am

    I think we’re twins, girlfriend (I also think I’ve said that before. . .? :) ). We also did simple invitations and although we opted for a full business card-sized info card, we tied it on with ribbon! Can’t wait to see the rest. :)

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