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90 Days to Go!

12 Aug

My wedding is just 90 days away! The invitations are in the mail and now it really feels real. The entire process of designing the invitations has been incredibly symbolic for me. I had such a clear vision in my head of exactly what I wanted. I’ve drawn inspiration from other examples but never saw one that made me say “this is it.” But since I’m not very creative it was difficult for me to describe what I wanted. But our awesome designer, Sarah of Fuzzynk Designs created a beautiful custom invitation suite that came out better than I could have ever imagined.

The Suite: invite, insert, rsvp card, pocketfold, outer envelope, tag & twine

What’s so important about this is that seeing the final product finally gave me the confidence that my vision for this wedding can actually be a reality.

But of course, the process was not easy or without just a little bit f drama. We went through several design drafts and I really struggled with the wording. The biggest challenge was infusing the destination wedding theme without being cheesy or using one of the go to destination wedding symbols like a palm tree, star fish or airplane.

Instead we included some wording in Spanish with English translations. We also tied on a “luggage tag” to the pocketfold. Finally, it was important to emphasize the formality of our wedding. It’s not a casual beach affair, this event is black tie optional!

fit to be tied!

Something else that was really important for me was getting the envelopes addressed with outgoing and return labels. Because my handwriting isn’t great and to save time. Unfortunately, using a calligrapher was cost prohibitive for us but Sarah offered a pretty alternative based on something she saw on Martha Stewart Weddings. This wrap around label seemed like a nice and economical solution. However, the post office would not accept them because it was possible the scanner would read the return address as the outgoing address. Really? So my timeline was blown and we had to come up with another solution. We had to cover the return address label on the back with our monogram and affix a return address label in the traditional spot. It definitely changed the look but I didn’t want to take any chances on them not being delivered. But thank you anyway, Martha, for the inspiration.

envelope label solution via marthastewartweddings.com

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Wedding Details: save the date!

16 Jun

With a destination wedding, save the date cards are especially important. Not only did I want to give our guests an early heads up, I wanted to try to set the tone for the wedding weekend. I set out to find a unique save the date card. I couldn’t be happier with what I found! It’s unique but still makes sense and has become an inspiration for our colors and design scheme for the entire wedding.

Michele of Michele Purner Designs created these beauties. You can find her shop on Etsy. The final design had rounded edges, making it look even more sleek. We also added custom yellow envelopes that matched the string. Michele printed the outgoing and return addresses. So I just had to stamp them and drop them in the mail. This was a huge time-saver and the primary reason I managed to get the cards out 7 months in advance.

Up next, equally unique invitations. I found a young, up and coming stationer to design custom invites. There is no shortage of custom stationers but the $2400 minimum is just not in our budget! Fingers crossed that this young designer works out!

5 months to go!

12 Jun

Our wedding is exactly 5 months away. Exciting but scary! We actually have very little done in terms of planning. We’re having a destination wedding in Mexico. My fiance nor my parents seems to share my concern about how much we still have to do.

Here’s what we’ve confirmed so far:

  •  the venue/location
  •  travel agent
  •  my dress
  • the bridal party
  • save the dates have been sent
  • invites are in the process of being designed

We’ve talked to but not officially hired:

  • the photographer
  • decor company
  • DJ
  • a local wedding planner

We naively settled on a destination wedding thinking there would be minimal planning involved but that myth was put to bed almost immediately. Lots more wedding convo to come but just though I’d share this milestone now. I think writing (typing) this out just made it that much more real…..

Time to get to work….tomorrow =)