a tale of wedding invitations


No one told me that wedding invitations would be the bane of my existence. I thought this would be one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. I mean, you go to a website, pick out what you want, type in all your info and voila! the wedding invitation fairy works her magic and delivers those puppies right to your door. Right?? RIGHT?? NOT RIGHT, YOU GUYS. I won't go in to the dirty details but, let me just say this: if you need a 4 piece invitation suite, good flippin' luck, y'all. I had nightmares about these things - these pieces of paper. The exception to this, of course, is if you're ready to shell out the big bucks. Then it will most likely be smooth sailing.




After I finally manipulated a piece that wasn't supposed to be in my suite and forced it to be part of my suite, I ordered those glorious pieces of paper and had them shipped to good ol' Massachusetts.  I let the box stare at me for a couple of days, and then I assembled an invite, weighed it and ordered the appropriate amount of postage.

On stamp arrival day, I began plugging away. Yes, I am hand-addressing all of these bad boys, because yes, I am crazy.  I got through four invitations, made two mistakes (which also means you ruin two envelopes), and suddenly realized why people gladly spend hundreds of dollars on calligraphers. I packed up shop that night feeling quite defeated, once again, by these pesky pieces of paper.



I am happy to report that since day one of addressing, things have improved.  That being said, hand-addressing takes a lot of time. I mean, if you can address more than 20 invites in one night without your hand cursing you or your fingers bleeding, you're my hero. I am on a strict schedule to address at least 18 per night to get these in the mail on time.  So if you could say a prayer for both my fingers and my sanity, it would be much appreciated.  







9 comments:

P!nky said...

Oh girl you made a smart move ordering them early! I waited too long and had them designed and was a major stress case because they were late.

My parents were amazing and hand addressed them ALL!

xoxo

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Bleeding fingers... why I no longer send out Christmas cards... Good luck with meeting your quota! xox

Natalie Gonzalez said...

One of my most memorable wedding meltdowns was over the invitations, so I definitely feel you. I think it was such a bummer because I, too, thought that would be a fun task. No, no. But the feeling when you get the last of those babies in the mail is so wonderful! Keep at it! :)

According to Jax said...

I hand addressed all of my invitations too! Honestly, it was a pain in my butt....BUT it was FREE (most people charge $1 or more per envelope!) and it was exactly how I wanted them to look. I hand wrote our place cards at our reception too....so they "MATCHED"! hahah. So I saved money there too!! keep it up girly, you got this! :)

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Oh goodness. Hand addressing is one thing I am not looking forward to at all!

Kaitlin said...

Two years ago I helpe my sister stamp and WAX STAMP all of her hundreds of invitations...whew was that a task!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Your handwriting is so beautiful! I KNOW they will turn out perfectly :)

Mary Beth Krieger said...

We're stationery designers in Atlanta who help brides make the invitation process easy at affordable prices! Hands down the first question we're always asked is whether we can address envelopes, and they love when we say, "Yes, for cheap!"

Love your blog, Morgan!

Rohan Singh said...

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