16 April 2010
I've been talking about our invitations since forever. It's been so long since I posted here about our adventures in perforating. And as you might recall, we actually mailed the pretty little things a few weeks ago. At this point, I think it's safe to say that, despite a few false starts with the USPS, everyone that was expecting an invite ought to have received it by now. Maybe it's finally time, then, to show off a few of my favorite things about our fancy correspondence.
If you've been reading for awhile, you already know that my partner-in-crime printed the invitations during his letterpress class at Pratt. Actually, he did the save-the-dates first. Remember this?
The invites are printed in the same font and on the same paper as the save-the-dates, but I think my man would agree when I tell you that printing the invitations was a bit more complicated. He spent a lot of time planning it all out, and--almost--all of the good ideas here are his, not mine.
(I know that when he sees this post, he'll think that my photos don't quite do justice to the fruits of his labor. Let me point out to you--and to him--that it is very, very hard to take flattering photos of a piece of paper. I really don't know how the pros do it...)
The layout is a tri-fold. The first section is the invitation to our Ohio wedding, the second--which is almost a mirror image, of sorts--is the invitation to our Washington reception.
I think the third part might be the best. It's a detachable RSVP postcard for our guests to send back to us. And this isn't some stuffy old RSVP, that just indicates who is responding and how many there are in the party. Oh, no. We wanted people to have a chance to, well, say something.
Granted, there's some multiple choice involved, but after that, we've left plenty of room for people to tell us just about anything. And while I loved seeing these invitations come into being and I really enjoyed sending them out, I'm pretty sure the best part so far has been the RSVPs coming back home again. I've been getting a big thrill out of checking the mailbox every day. It turns out that our friends and family are hilarious and/or incredibly thoughtful people and it shows in their responses. We are so lucky.
There are plenty of beautiful wedding invites out there, but please don't think I'm being silly if I tell you that I wouldn't trade these for anything.