The invitations were printed. The envelopes were addressed and lined. All that was left to do was assemble the suckers. And that’s what we did over the course of one long, boring day.
First, we stamped the return addresses on the back flap of the mailing envelope, and stamped the return address and added postage to the RSVP envelops. Next, we used ZipDry to glue the invitations onto the pockets. We did the gluing in batches of 30 and gave them about 20 minutes to dry before we started the next batch.
All photos in this post are mine.
Next, we numbered the back of the RSVP cards to correspond to our guest list so we’d know who the RSVP belonged to in case they forgot to add their names. We used invisible ink pens that are visible only under black light (included in the pen caps). This idea was one of the very first things I pinned back last year. So far, everyone has added their names correctly, so the idea hasn’t paid off yet, but we’re still receiving RSVPs. And even if it was a wasted effort, the pens are a lot of fun.
When it’s not Mr. Sugar Cube that is brought up in conversation, chances are it’s my baby brother. I’m a proud big sister. He’s an athlete, too, and just got drafted to a major league baseball team this summer!
You wouldn’t guess we are nine years apart. We’ve even been mistaken for a couple once. It was awkward. I like to think it was because the waitress thought I was much younger than I was at the time, and not because of the fun banter back and fourth between the two of us that she witnessed. I could see her side, though. Couples can be best friends with each other, and my brother and I are best friends. We can joke and bicker like the best couples too. Growing up, he’d be there to offer a hug if he saw me upset or crying, and I would take him to movies, let him eat the whole box of mini Butterfingers without telling Dad, and let him play video games after the movie was over. When we got older, we’d play Rock Band and Mario Cart, and I got him (and the rest of my family) hooked on eating healthier. And now that we’re older, living on opposite coasts from each other, we keep in touch as best we can, with communications ranging from silly selfies to each other to posting on Twitter how proud we are of each other’s accomplishments to a quick video chat to catch up and/or to ask for some advice.
I looove crafting! I can seriously search Pinterest for hours and hours just looking at different DIYs. I think that is one of the things I was most excited about when it comes to wedding planning…all of the crafting! Being a dedicated Pintrester, I found these little seashell messages while scrolling away one day. Let me tell ya, though, they were so simple to make! You really don’t have to be an experienced crafter. Just like when I asked my maids of honor to join us on our wedding day, I wanted a creative way to ask, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” that was also in the beach theme of our wedding.
I found these seashells in the closet of my room at my parents’ house—don’t ask me why they were still in there. I think they were from some tropical party we had when I was younger? Not sure on that one, but you can find similar shells at Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabric. I really didn’t like using real shells, but since I already had them in my closet for the past 10 years, I thought it would be good to use them up…it wouldn’t do any good throwing them back in the ocean now. But on a side note: Since I am very ocean conscious, our wedding will not have dead starfish and sea creatures all over everything. Not what I’m about.
Supplies you will need:
twine, hemp, or string
paint marker or permanent marker
double stick tape (I used the heavy duty carpet kind.)
Besides being incredibly loving, welcoming, and supportive, my future MIL is a calligrapher, and as soon as we announced our engagement, she offered to address the invitations for us.
Free calligraphy?!? Sign me up! Anything to avoid the headache of downloading fonts and convincing my printer to spit out envelopes seemed like a win-win.
MIL Puff expressed concerns on more than one occasion that because her calligraphy is done by hand, I might dislike the lack of consistency. I did not. In fact, I loved it. I love all the hard work she put into it. I love that each envelope is its own piece of art. And I love that her contribution really made the invitations a family effort—an effort that included my mom’s design and color suggestions.
Beautiful! (All photos in this post are mine.)
It took MIL Puff a mere two weeks to finish the envelopes. I was amazed! But then came the part I was dreading: adding the envelope liners. I really worried about messing up envelopes and having to ask her to redo them.* To that end, I watched several YouTube videos and read plenty of internet articles on how to do them. It ended up being a lot easier than I expected.