Well, hive, the RSVPs are rolling in and I’m ready to show you the goods. Mr. S and I truly poured our hearts (sweat, splintered fingers, and burned hands) into this project. We started out with some grand ideas. With Mr. S’s background in graphic design, we both knew we wanted our invites to be show stoppers. We spent the early months playing around with designs and not thinking through logistics. Since all of our guests would be coming from out of town, we knew we had to really entice them with the invite and make it so appealing that they just had to come. This is a long post because I want to walk you through the whole process. And today I am only talking about the outside…
Here is how we went from this:
Five 8 x 4s loaded up into my dad’s truck
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Now that Mr. M and I are in double-digit territory, I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned and things I’ve realized throughout this crazy wedding-planning process.
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With our engagement photos back from our photographer, we started thinking about our save the dates.
I started entering a million wedding competitions (another blog about that later) when we first got engaged, and I won 50 save the dates from Sincerely Ink! So that helped a little in narrowing down what design we used.
But when I looked at all our options, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many things to consider! Did I want the artsy photo in the street? Or one where we’re smiling? Or one that shows me with my head on his shoulder? Or the one of us facing the sea?
Should it be iconic of our town? Or the best photo of us? Should we really have a picture of us kissing sent to members of our family?
Decisions, decisions, decisions! So I handed it over to the bees to vote…
I really appreciated the advice, suggestions and opinions, but funnily enough, even though this picture came out with the most votes…
Mrs. Wallaby does this so much better than me, but let’s talk about money. I’ve alluded to the fact that we’re throwing a pretty low-budget wedding. (There’s got to be a better way of saying that.) I’m gonna try to be pretty open here, even though yeah…it’s a little awkward.
My parents and Mr. Lemur’s parents have graciously offered to help us, and we’re choosing to spend only the money that we were given. We could spend our own money on top of that—but it would mean things like less money toward student loan repayment and taking out a car loan instead of paying cash for the car I just bought. I’m not saying this is what everyone should do, but as a graduate student it was the best option for us! And I’m here to tell you that if that’s what you’re looking to do (I know there are some of you out there!), it’s totally possible.
I want to do a pre-wedding budget post to let you know our general categories. After this all goes down I’ll post again and let you know the specifics! A few things: My engagement ring, our wedding bands, and our honeymoon are not included in this budget. We are paying for those ourselves, as well as gifts. The rehearsal dinner is also not included, as Mr. Lemur’s parents are covering that. Anything else? Uh, hopefully I didn’t forget it! If you see something you’re not sure about, just ask.
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After my maid of honor’s Titanic-laden speech, she handed the mic over to Mr. Unicycle’s brother/best man. His speech was a little more ad-libbed, so it was kind of difficult to transcribe. You can watch it in our video (the speeches start at 17:15), but the sound is a little wonky during his toast. I’m not sure his mic was on. Anyway, Mr. Unicycle and his brother are so cute, and I really hope that if I ever bring demon Unicycle spawn into the world, they turn out like those two. Although, as you’ll read in his speech, they weren’t always so chummy:
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“Well, I was a little worried for this speech—you know, you got all these people here. What am I gonna say, what am I gonna do? So I decided to sleep on it—[Mr. Unicycle fixes his mic]—he’s still looking out for me! I decided to sleep on it, so I went to look into the mirror while washing up, and I said “I got nothing to worry about; I still got my hair.” I’m not sure if it was medical school doing that [gestures at Mr. Unicycle’s hair] or if it was Kari here, but…yeah.”
We all know the phrase, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” (OK, maybe not everyone is familiar with the last part (myself included) until Mrs. Archer sent me her sixpence to use on my wedding day. Yay!)
My guess is we’ve all probably wondered what we’d use for each of our “somethings” on our wedding day at some point during the planning process. That said, I’m a big advocate for making your wedding your own and making it unique and personal to yourself and your partner. So who cares if you have all your somethings picked out way in advance or if you scrap them all together? Since there was a piece of me that wanted to complete my “somethings,” I decided to go ahead with them, but in my own special way.
Something old: Grandma Sword’s handkerchief, passed down to her from the Grandmother who raised her. Her Grandmother received the hankie as a gift when she was working at a hospital in the 1930/1940′s. The handkerchief is decorated with beautiful Japanese embroidery, and my favorite part is that you can’t tell which side is the front and which side is the back. Does anyone know what that technique is called?
Something new: Our family tartan! While the standard answers of dress, shoes, and jewelry are also fitting, there’s nothing quite as new as our newly minted tartan! It doesn’t exist anywhere else. Mr. Sword and I designed it together and had it wove in Scotland and then shipped to the US. Boss Lady has made me a beautiful tartan shawl to wear on the wedding day and I couldn’t be more thrilled to match Mr. Sword’s kilt!