Previously, on Sixpence’s Invitation Extravaganza…
We had received our invitation suite and were very pleased with the quality. We also had the main envelopes and the response envelopes pre-printed with addresses, which was totally worth the effort of entering them all into my Minted account. My handwriting is crap.
And a cute little “Deliver to” embellishment to boot.
Now, for some good old fashioned DIY! I had seen handmade envelope liners around the ol’ web and thought they were something I could tackle…and I especially liked Mrs. Treasure’s Chicago cityscape idea.
I don’t know why I’ve been putting off blogging about our invitations…I think I just needed some space after such a massive project. I did a fair amount of DIY on them and really loved how they turned out, and for that I owe a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Treasure and Mrs. Squid. It will become all too clear later that I plagiarized the crap out of their ideas.
But before all that, we began with a design from Minted. We looked at many, many designs and kept coming back to this one. We wanted something classic and relatively traditional, but I also liked that the borders and text arrangement kept it from feeling stale.
For the sake of actually seeing the design not redacted to pieces: stock image via Minted
It took me a while to let go of the etiquette tradition that says you should spell out all dates and numbers, but this particular design’s symmetry really depends on that. It was also fun figuring out how to list my parents as hosts without giving the impression that they were still married…even though they still share the same surname. We ended up going with “Mr. Adam Sixpence and Ms. Eve Sixpence.” Oh, modern families!
We chose to add a quote on the back, which is part of the Old Testament passage that will be read at our wedding:
Such a lovely sentiment | Image via…well, my “Orders” page at Minted
We actually did make a fair amount of design edits on the reception info cards, and they came out like this:
Song requests = highly recommended just-for-fun section of your website. So funny. | Image via Minted
And staying true to my own slightly bizarre sense of humor, I insisted on a slightly nontraditional wording of the RSVPs:
I also preferred “kindly” over “please.” Because I’m a cowboy. | Image via Minted
OK! So our stationery was designed, purchased, and ordered. Envelopes, assembly, and a good-riddance-send-off coming your way soon in Sixpence Invitations: Part Deux!
Did you order from an online retailer or go another route? Tell me about it! I love this stuff.
I knew what I wanted for our invitations for quite some time, for the most part. I’ve always loved getting wedding invitations in the mail because I like to see the different spins and variations each couple puts on them. I can even remember taking pictures of some invitations family members would get so that I could mimic those invitations when the big day came. Truth be told, I have no idea where those photos are now, but Pinterest came along and saved the day!
So, choosing the invitations was fairly easy. Here was my Pinspiration:
When we last left off, Mr. Eel and I were busily assembling and sending out invitations. We used a quartz metallic pocketfold and RSVP envelope, and a standard white outer envelope. The RSVP envelope was handwritten by a friend. All pieces were printed on 100# paper. To add some additional blush, we printed the Details card on the lightest pink paper I could find.
I admittedly started a little late with our invitations because, in all honesty, it was about this time that I started to lose steam with wedding planning. Luckily, our friendor that helped with our save the dates also volunteered to design our invitations. I sent him my inspiration for invitations, and off he went.
I provided him our desired verbiage, and he designed a simple but elegant three-piece invitation suite that included a formal invitation, RSVP card, and “details” card. Without further ado, I now present the Eel invitations.
Whether you’ve already got the ultimate vision for your wedding day or you’re still in inspiration-gathering mode, one thing we all have in common is that there is way way way too much wedding inspiration out there in the universe. (Thanks, Pinterest, for effectively rendering every bride’s session spent looking at the computer a total time suck.) The worst thing about endlessly perusing wedding inspiration is that it’s just that: inspiration. And when it comes time to turn your vision into a reality, all you really have are pins and pins filled with pretty pictures and wedding ideas, and no way of actually snagging those seemingly perfect details for your own wedding.
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Ohhh, USPS. As if getting our invitations wasn’t enough stress, our wonderful Postal Service thought they’d add some insult to injury.
You may recall, our invites have twine tied around them, which obviously causes the envelope to become bumpy. This is something to consider because 1. If it’s too bumpy, it could rip the envelope as it goes through the machine. 2. It costs a little bit more if it doesn’t fit in the guidelines that the US Postal Service sets for a regular ol’ stamp. With that in mind, I purchased the two ounce, 68 cent stamp, thinking it’s best to have more postage than not enough.
That still leaves the matter of the sorting machine…a few more Google searches and I thought I found a solution: hand cancelling wedding invitations! Not familiar with the term? Mrs. Warbler has a lovely explanation for you. My research made me wary, however, because lots of people mention having some difficulties getting a consistent answer on what’s needed. The internet didn’t lie, because I had a hell of a time getting an explanation. On a rainy Saturday morning I plastered my biggest excited smile on and walked into a million different post offices trying to get the information I needed. OK. It was only five, but still…
Admittedly, my views are skewed because the particular stationer we worked with was difficult to work with. Maybe if we’d had an amazing experience I would feel differently, but even still what we paid for versus what we received seems incredibly off. Let me also say, paper was never something I was interested in dropping tons of money on. I can certainly appreciate the feel and craftsmanship of amazing letterpress but knew I’d rather use that money somewhere else. With that in mind, here are my tips for working with a stationer.
Oh bees, I’ve had to rewrite this entry 1,454,215,113 times. I alluded to it in my save-the-date post, but my invitations were by far the most stressful part of wedding planning thus far. Let’s start from the beginning, though…
At the same meeting when we ordered our save the dates, we also looked at hundreds of options for our invitations. The only thing I knew for sure is I wanted them to feel like a complete, cohesive set. Prior to this meeting, Auntie Collage did some recon at a few other stationers and found these two, which I was immediately drawn to. Simple, whimsical, and fun!
All photos personal
Love the back design of the one on the left / Front design on the right picture