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Well, I’ve been working on invitations for the last couple weeks.  And, I planned to adhere the masterpeice (the main invitation my friend Michelle brought to life) on a piece of gorgeous black linen cardstock.

So… in preparation to bust-a-move on  these invites… I pre-cut the black linen cardstock during my lunch break last week Tuesday. Well tonight, while I was at Kinkos talking to them about the print job, I realized that I had cut the background piece about a 1/4 inch short.  So.  Basically.  The invitation and the background are exactly the same length.  If I could have reared my own ugly head and cut its throat, I would have!   

What a waste of time cutting those things.  A waste of money on paper.  If I had voiced the obsenities going through my head I woulda been thrown in jail.  

On the drive home all I could think of was:

GRRR… Snarl… SNAP.   

And, that wasn’t the half of it.   I’ll tell you about my print debacle tomorrow.  Too bitter about the paper to divulge tonight.

Grrr.  Snarl.  Snap.

I’m tired.  I’m bitter.  It’s ugly.



Not literally.  But, I’ve already gone through two black ink cartridges and one cyan when printing the envelopes and maps for our wedding invitations.  And, Epson ink is not cheap.  Though, you can get it for an outstanding price at Walmart.  But, still.  Not liking this having to run out and buy ink business.  Nope.  I didn’t anticipate this expense. 

So, I suppose I should add this to the expense of the overall cost of the wedding invitations.  Right? 

With invitations… comes postage.  And, it’s incredible, postage really adds up. 

I really like the idea of custom postage.  It’s a nice touch.  But, am I going to pay for custom postage?  No.  (Really, I should say HELL NO!)   Anyone who’s at the invitation point of their wedding can relate to NOT wanting to spend not ONE more dime on anthing that is NOT necessary.  And, I was there yesterday!  Essentially, custom postage doubles the cost of your postage.  It all depends on the size of the stamp and how many you want. 

But, if you’re interested in custom postage, you should check out Zazzle, they do personalized, well, EVERYTHING.  For custom postage, it ranges from $17.95 – $19.95 for 40 stamps.  (Ouch!)  But, when you order more they knock off $2 increments the more you order. 

If you’re not going the personalized stamp route, there are some outstanding wedding stamps that USPS offers.  And, you all know if you’re inviations weighs more than an ounce, you have to pay for additional postage, right.  And, usually, because those bad boys are packed full with all kinds of stuff, it’s more than an ounce! 

Here’s the guideline:  Weight not over 1 ounce = 44 cents; weight not over 2 ounces = 61 cents; weight not over 3 ounces = 78 cents

Bug and I perused their site for stamps and decided we’re going with the two below.  Since we’re having our reception at the Greektown Casino Hotel, we choose the King and Queen of Hearts stamp for the RSVPs.  And, the Wedding Cake stamp for the actual invitations.  (We have yet to weigh the invites, but there’s no way that thing’ll be less than 2 ounces.)

Happy Stamping!

King and Queen of Hearts Wedding stamp

Wedding Cake 61 cents

Wow.  I’m not complaining because life is Oh, So, Good!  But, last week – WHERE DID IT GO?  I’d like to have an actual chat with Last Week and tell it to slow down and back up!   

Our wedding budget is tapped.  Or, I should say, I’m done!  We’re content with our decisions on the money we’re spending on those things we think are most important.  Like the DJ, venues, photographer and other vendors.  So, what we have left are the invitations and other paper-related details.  And, invitations can be pricey.  The invitations I think are PERFECT cost $400 just for the invitation and envelopes.  Cut that in half and minus $75 is what I think it’ll cost to do it my dang self. 

And I did!  I did a jank job in PowerPoint… And, I must say, my kinko-printed mock-ups aren’t that bad.   I showed them to my friend who does graphics and she said we could start from scratch in photoshop.  But it could work.  We’re going to change-up some graphics and all that.

So, I priced-out some paper products online… For 100 envelopes (70 lb), 100 rsvp envelopes and black cardstock (which we’ll attach the invite to, to give it a finished look) it’ll cost me $50.  For the printing of the invites, rsvp cards and my hotel information cards, I’m thinking another $75.  Maybe less because it’s only black ink and some cuts.  My ticket-style invites include the reception info on the actual invite, which will cut costs and save a tree.  No need pay more to have an additional tree die to announce our reception location! 

Here’s my jank-o mock-up.  Can’t wait to show you the finished version.jank inviation2 

I am officially obsessed with the show ticket invite.   And, I particularly love the one I posted below. 

BUG and I are getting married at the Masonic Temple and our names will be on the marquis.  (Cool, huh?)  And, our reception is at Greektown Casino-Hotel.   The ticket invite just makes sense.  And, now, I am obsessed with getting my hands on this for a reasonable price. 

I’ll let you know what I come up with for prices.  We all know that invites can put a dent in the budget.  And, they’re just INVITES.  People throw them away.  (And, here I am obsessed with them…)

Holy Snikes!  I had a good idea today.  It’s about the invitations.  And, this ideas pulls our theme together.  It’s already been done before, so it’s not as though I’ll be renouned as the next Martha Stewart of inviations.  But, I LOVE it.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea!  Don’t you feel good when you’re in love with an idea?

As always, whenever I have a brainchild. I call my mom -BUT when I told her she was rather disappointed with the idea.  She sounded like Eyore on the phone and I couldn’t believe that she, too, wasn’t basking in the glorious idea.

Well, a second later she grumbled that she liked the idea and that I take all the fun out of this wedding fiasco.  <Bridgette has no response… slowly starting to think the idea may be STUPID>

The she says, “You booger!” (as in gooey mucas) “That’s what I’m doing for your shower invitations!” <HUFF, PUFF – btw… this is my mom>

Then she says that I’m ruining all the bridal shower surprises she has for me!

I think this is WONDERFUL.  Finally, we’re on the same page.  After months of different visions… we’re thinking the same things.

And, just for the record, mom, I don’t mind having similar themes for the bridal shower and wedding invites.  They won’t look exactly the same!

Anyway, I’m HAPPY.  Cause, I’m CHOOT CHOOT, Chuggins along.  (Wow, so 90s… I might just bust out Quad city DJ’s “Come on Ride the Train!”) 

What do you think of something like this?


So, I’ve been looking for invitations.  We want simple.  Nothing frilly, nothing over-the-top.  We want something classic and something that serves its purpose.

There’s nothing I hate more than getting a wedding inviation and having to sort through, what seems like a million pieces of paper.  Sometimes I find it overwhelming.  So, we’re going with a simple black and white.  And, I’m going to make them myself.  I may not be crafty with embossing, but I can definitely whip something up on the computer.   I’ll order envelopes online, get the invites printed and cut at Kinkos and save myself a couple hundred bucks. 

I came across these on Invitation Consultants

Oh yeah, if anyone has any suggestions where I can get super inexpensive invites, let me know.  I’m open to checking them out!

I’m liking how simple this is.  I’d toss the white ribbon and get a deep burgandy or deep purple. 

 I like the shape of this.  Not liking the polka dot ribbon or the design of the black slip jacket.

 I like this one too. 

I’ve been thinking about DIY invitations since the engagement.  Not only am I hoping to save some money, but I like the idea of designed and putting together my own invites – it seems more intimate.  Well, yesterday I reveived my girlfriend’s (who got engaged exactly one month before me) DIY wedding inviation in the mail!  I wanted to share…

This took about a day for her and a team of girlfriends to put together.

This took about a day for her and a team of girlfriends to put together.

I love the picture on the inside flap!

I love the picture on the inside flap!





Her and the fiance debated whether they should just buy invites or do it themselves.  They decided on the latter.  They ordered the silver card stock and envelopes from an invitation store and purchased the other suppliers at – where else – Michaels.  The invite design was inspired by one they saw at a store specializing in invitations.

On one side of the flap, they ask their guests to visit their website for additional  accomodation and registry informtion.  On the other flap is a great picture of the two of them!   They also chose to forego the traditional RSVP card and ask their guests to RSVP online.  I only wonder what those people will do who don’t have a computer?  I guess they’ll call!   I think its a great idea to save paper and lower the cost of the invite. (Great job CPF!)

Some great blogs/websites to keep an eye on for DIY invitations are:
Do It Yourself Inviations
DIY Bride
Wedding Bee
Nina’s Wedding Blog

Oh and a fellow Detroit bride Ms. 12K is also planning on DYI inviations.  Check her blog out to see what she comes up with.  She also lists some great tips and some great blogs to visit.

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