Alternative Title: “I NEED HELP.”
I’ve been agonising over this for a while, and I know it’s silly, but guys…
Do I make wedding programs for our guests?
I know I want people to know who our bridal party is, and I’d like to give some information to our guests, especially as there will be some things that aren’t “standard” at both ceremonies (heck, one ceremony is beyond standard for half of the wedding guests), but…I don’t want to waste the money and time designing and printing programs with the knowledge that it’s going to be thrown away.
I guess the same can be said about our invitations.
I think the thing that bothers me the most about programs is the fact that you have to be succinct about the information you give, but we’ll have a lot happening, and I don’t know if it’s entirely possible.
Granted, I’ve seen some gorgeous wedding programs, and they make me think I should do programs, but I don’t know, hive.
The two I’ve been tossing up are the double sided rack card wedding programs:
We decided pretty early on to have our rehearsal dinner at Belford’s Seafood and Steaks, a great restaurant in the City Market area of Savannah. Given the fact Belford’s is a nice restaurant, we realized our rehearsal dinner would be on the more formal side of the spectrum. I wanted the invitation to show that, and my Etsy searches led me to Olive Berry Paper. The main draw for me was the fact they offered two-piece invitations: the main invitation to dinner and then a separate insert with details for the rehearsal itself. I liked this idea a lot since not everyone we invited to the rehearsal dinner needed to come to the rehearsal. I settled on “The Night Before,” which fit our feel perfectly.
I set up a separate email account and included our home phone number (yes, we have one of those!) for people to RSVP to. I added this card for anyone who needed to be at the rehearsal:
Here I am, a mere three days before our wedding—churning out our final projects left and right while still finding time to watch my beloved Sox kick some American League ass!
Last night, Mr. Jet and I sat until we were raw-fingered to finish up 140 of these: (all photos personal)
We used Moss cardstock from Paper Source, my trusty baker’s twine, and simple copy paper for the insert.
First, we had an Order of Events page outlining the processional/recessional and parts of the ceremony.
Escort cards are an annoying, yet critical part of wedding planning. While we briefly (I mean, briefly) toyed with the idea of open seating, I soon said to myself, “Miss Jet…do you really trust that people will evenly distribute themselves throughout this venue in such a casual way that they just so happen to sit with precisely the right number of family members/friends/colleagues?”
Miss Jet quickly responded, “Oh, hell no.”
Thus was born the need for escort cards. I wanted to avoid the old tent-card-on-a-table standby and visited my trusty frenemy, Pinterest, for inspiration and fell in love with the hand-written shipping tags on a framed board:
These are wrapped with washi tape, too—such an inexpensive and cute idea! / Image via I Do It Yourself
I quickly mentioned the finished board here, but I wanted to get the board pre-tacked as I wait for my wonderful sis, MOH J, to hand-write all of escort tags.
I have to briefly interrupt this post to share something personal. I have a confession to make, hive. As crafty as some of you may believe me to be—I have a dirty, little secret.
Budget = check.
Guest list = check.
Venue = check.
Next up? Spreading the word!
Sending save the dates are, in my opinion, 100% optional. Stallion and I thought it was a good idea for us because almost all of our guests will be coming from out of town and we wanted to get hotel information in everyone’s faces as soon as possible. We ended up sending these about 10 months in advance of the wedding—way early, I know, but given that our guests will need to make travel plans, we figured earlier was better than later.
That said, we did not send save the dates to everyone on our invite list—right now, we are able to accommodate everyone on our list, but should our financial situation change between now and the wedding, we have some wiggle room to make cuts without having to actually rescind any invitations. Can you imagine that conversation? You know how I asked you to save the date? Just kidding…
“Looking for cute and affordable favors? Put the treat of your choice in adorable boxes from Weddingbee Favors!”
OK, I’m back for part two of my Seattle-area vendor reviews. If you’re not in the Seattle area, feel free to skip this post! (Or, read it and leave a nice comment or two!)
As a reminder, the scale I’m using for all vendors is as follows:
Paper Printing: Evolution Press
As I’ve already talked about, I did the design work for our wedding-paper suite. When it came time to find a printer, I reached out to many different companies/studios/workshops, both in the city and across the country. Evolution Press offered the lowest price and so happened to be the closest one to our house. They were extremely responsive to email and their work was phenomenal. We received a lot of compliments on our paper, and it was largely due to the amazing letterpress. Bonus: They ship around the country so you can use them even if you don’t live in Seattle!
We’re getting some pretty exciting mail these days—including (and especially!) RSVPs! Which means that I can FINALLY show you the Orchard wedding invitations!
I don’t know if it’s because I like to write or work with words, but when I am either choosing a font or selecting a card, it takes me FOR…EV…ER. So long that the girls at Hallmark know me by name and also tell me what’s new to their store inventory because they know I have the majority of their cards memorized. So it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that it took me quite a while to choose our wedding stationery.
I was thrilled when I found the design for our save the dates, and I wanted something that complemented them but added a little fun and color as well. I spent countless hours poring over the usual sites (Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, VistaPrint, etc.) and founds tons of pretty invites but nothing that was a home run. (Speaking of home runs, has anyone checked out the Pittsburgh Pirates lately?!) I was sure I wanted something floral with a rustic edge.
I found many invitations that were beautiful but they just didn’t feel quite “us.” I’m sure I seemed like a crazy person at the time, but I had a bad case of the Goldilocks syndrome (I needed something “just right”). I even tried crafting my own, but I didn’t love the look and they lacked color to make them pop. I won’t show you because…well…they were pretty awful.
If you recall, our RSVP cards had this sassy little meal icons created by BF K:
We dubbed the vegetarian icon, “Stoned Broccoli”. / Personal Photo
In order to better inform our guests of their meal choice upon arrival at the reception, we wanted to do individual menus at each place setting.
Damn me and my brilliant ideas!
I just spent the better part of an hour hand corner-rounding 140 of these things:
I recently completed one of the very first projects I started way back when we first got engaged almost 18 months ago (whoa)—our guestbook cards!
If you’ll remember, we are doing a wine bottle guestbook for signatures, but even with three incredibly large bottles of wine, there still won’t really be enough room for the well-wishes I can’t wait to read from our guests.
Enter: guestbook cards.
Image and Design via The Guestbook Store
The first time I saw these guestbook cards, I thought, “Hey, I can design that,” and immediately took to Publisher to create a similar card with my own little twist. Here’s how they turned out:
The responses are starting to roll in, so let’s take a peek at what our guests saw when they opened up their envelopes.
At the last moment I opted to do envelope liners, even though they would only just barely show. I was pleasantly surprised that the chocolate brown envelopes were peel & seal (had a strip of adhesive as opposed to the usual dry-gum seal), so I used that strip to adhere the liners and added another strip of double-sided tape to close the envelopes. The patterned paper for the liner is the same that I used on the mini-books, and I have one more project that will use it as well.
Will our guests notice that the paper is the same between the various elements? Probably not. But I like that it adds a certain cohesion to the bits and pieces when all taken in together.
I already showed you my envelopes, so now it is time for the good stuff—the invitation itself.
The main invitation is adhered to a gold pocket, and when you flip it over you see:
Sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them when wedding planning. I thought if I started tasks early I would be ahead of the game, but when it came to my invitations for the American wedding I got thrown for a loop. Fortunately, everything worked out in the end, and I am able to share my invitations for the American wedding.
I started looking at invitations early in our engagement and found the perfect suite on Etsy.
Image via Etsy shop My Dear Paperie
I immediately fell in love with these invitations. They were modern & fresh, and reminded me of the gazebo where Mr. G proposed.
Our invitations were dropped in the mail two weeks ago and the RSVPs have been trickling in, so it is finally time for the big reveal! This post will focus on the outside and the envelope liners, and next up will be the good stuff on the inside.
As I mentioned in my invitation teaser, I decided to teach myself calligraphy using this book and these pens. This ended up becoming more of a commitment than I thought it would be, but I think I am happy with my decision. Guests opened their mailboxes and were greeted with my hard work:
In order ensure my lines were straight I drew thick, dark lines on an index card and put it in the envelope as I was writing each address. I was going to use our address stamp for the return address but that didn’t feel cohesive, so I decided to hand-write our return address, too.
When we sent out our invitations back in May we requested that guests RSVP via postcard and that the most creative postcard would win a prize.
Naturally, we’ve had some “normal” postcards that you can buy at any local shop, but I would say that 70% of our guests got their creative juices out.
We already knew who was coming and who wasn’t, due to the tight-knit family and friend situation that we’ve got going on, so the RSVPs were less informative and more fun. In fact, we haven’t received an RSVP that we didn’t know the “yes we’re coming/sorry we aren’t coming” answer to.
But what’s the point in having all these wonderful things in our possession if we can’t show them off!! We’re displaying them in a scrapbook. The one that was actually going to be our guestbook originally. Now I’ve used the Project Life page protectors and other plastic wallets that I’ve sourced to display our RSVPs for all to see.
So I guess I’d better share some of my favourites with the hive!
This was one of the first ones we received from a friend of mine. She’d done a pretty “Just Kidding!” on the back of it and it really made me giggle.
Our wedding is getting closer and we’re rapidly tying up the loose ends and finishing all our projects. We’re still trying to take care of ourselves, too, and one way that we did that recently was to take a little break and grab some brunch with people some of you may know:
Mostly, though, we are in full-on wedding prep mode. There are a lot of ways to tell that we’re getting close to the wedding—the calendar, the seating chart, the stress level, the programs…the programs? Yes, the programs.
For me, at least, I associate programs with the final steps in wedding-day preparation. They outline the day and, in most cases, can’t be put together until all the little pieces have fallen into place. Like the rest of our paper suite, I designed our programs using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop.
I knew that I wanted it to fit with the rest of our paper products, so we purchased the same blue paper for the outside, and the same gray as the pocketfold for the accent. Then I put the idea on the back-burner for over a year until all the puzzle pieces began to fit together.
Hey Campfire guests—if you want to be surprised, you should probably stop reading now!