is requested at the reveal of the INVITES!! Now that most of them should be delivered (aside from the two going to Europe that just went out Saturday, did I mention that we have TWO people coming from Europe!?!)
Holy cow, did these things take FOR-EVER! So I bought pocketfolds at Cards and Pockets back in June during their sidewalk sale. I then started to design them using photoshop. I used glue dots, lots and lots of glue dots to put together the invitation, mat, and pocket fold. The aftermath of my gluing:
Finally after confirming dates, times, proofreading, etc. I sent my pieces to be printed by Cards and Pockets. I could have saved money by printing them myself, but with 175 to print and cut in the correct sizes, I decided to outsource. Bonnie at the print shop of C&P was great to work with! I’d highly recommend it to anyone!
After stuffing them two weeks ago, my mom and I finally put the finishing touches on them and stuffed the envelopes last weekend.
Matt joined in to help me to double check the addresses, stamp them, and lick the envelopes.
I just hope he isn’t poisoned from the glue and dies! (Seinfeld? Anyone? Anyone?)
We then made our way down to the mailbox Sunday night!
So do you want to see what they look like?
We have a “Sparkling Sapphire” pocket fold, with a metallic fuschia mat, and all of the white is metallic crystal. I designed them all using Photoshop. I got the little swirl from weddingclipart (I think). You get two free downloads. The script is Champignon and the print is Centabel Book (both from dafont).
There are five inserts (although you can only see four):
Accommodations (with Additional Information on the other side)
Directions to Ceremony
Directions to Reception (with the parking pass on the other side)
I’m pretty proud of my maps! Dude, they were so hard to make in photoshop. I have become a bit of a photoshop pro.
The close the pocketfolder, I used a blue ribbon and a metallic fuschia piece of card stock to write the names of those invited.
I had wanted to tie the ribbon, but we had some thickness issues. The post office requires a maximum thickness of 1/4” for letters. I measured the thickness at work using calipers, and it just barely made it. So I squished them all with books before they went into the mailbox!
Since they fit the USPS requirements, the invitations only cost $0.61 to mail! (Since they were just under 2oz). WOO HOO!
Final cost of the invites: ~$5.50 each not including postage and the 30 hours of my time (and at my usual billing rate, that’s about $3,000). We sent out 163 invitations, and actually ran out of envelopes. So NO MORE! As my mom said “These are the wedding guests. There are no more.”
Other miscellaneous things (that I can’t show): we used a blue envelope for the RSVP. We then purchased a stamp and stamped the return address with white ink. The return address on the back flap of the invite envelope was embossed. Both the embosser and the stamp were purchased from acorn. I used a white paint pen to address the envelopes. The envelope paper isn’t very porous, so the addresses streaked a bit through the USPS mail machine. But whatever! THEY’RE GONE! And we received our first RSVP’s today!
AND WE ARE TWO MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING!! AHHHH!!!!