Save That Date: I’m a Writer, Not a Mathematician

You know that classic bridal march that goes, “Dum dum da dum”? Well, make mine “Dumb dumb da dumb.” Because I wasted a good $50 on some really stupid number-crunching.

I bought 200 save-the-date magnets when I really needed less than half that.

In my last post, I talked about the argument Mr. Puffer and I had over the design for our save-the-date magnets. What I didn’t mention was after the fight, when I ordered the magnets, I made my first big wedding-planning mistake—or, at least, the first one I’ve become aware of.

Our save the dates / Template via Vistaprint / Photo by Kelly Phillips

Rewind to January. I had an extensive spreadsheet that housed all of our guest list information. I had names. I had addresses. I even had each person’s relationship to me, Mr. Puffer, or our parents. I had it all—for every 161 people we were inviting.

Unfortunately, while there are 161 people, there are only 83 households. Did you figure out what I did?

Mmm, Nathan Fillion, Captain Tight Pants himself / GIF via ReplyGIF

Yes, I ordered a save the date for each and every single guest, from a newborn to a family of five living under the same roof. I didn’t stop to think that I only needed one save the date for each family unit. And I even made sure to order extras in case of last-minute additions to the list or printing mistakes.

Three months later, I can look back on it and laugh—and be grateful I learned that mistake before ordering the pricier invitations. I’m sure this is not the only mistake I’ve made, nor will it be the last. It’s life. It’s part of wedding planning.

Now we just need to figure out what to do with all of those extra magnets. Wallpaper, anyone?


Mrs. Puffer

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    kdbug41 216 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 am

    I did the same… haha. Looks like we’re all not alone at least! I realized my mistake and caught it in time, but somehow still ordered way too many Save the Dates. Getting ready to order Invites soon and going to be SUPER careful on how many I order LOL

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