99 Days to go!!!!
With less than 100 days to go I find mself sitting in front of a pile of envelopes and invitations wondering whether or not it is time to commit and send them out. Looking online there are plenty of people who have firm opinions on the etiquette of when to send invitations, what information should be included and who should be invited and how. Its all well and goo saying that the invitations should be sent out with six weeks to go but as my fiance and I never quite manage to get around to sending out Save The Dates we probably should act sooner than that. Added to that we are asking that children do not come to the wedding so to give our guests time to organise childcare, accomodation, travel etc. we are going to send out the invitations now.
So as far as I am concerned the hardest part of this is deciding on the guest list but we have already done that and I might talk about that in another post. Once that is done you need to think about what information you want to include in your invitations and how any additional details can be disseminated. There are so many options for that these days with various social media platforms providing means for contacting people instantly even when you don’t see them very often. We decided to do a more traditional invitation because a significant portion of our guest list is made up of family who are less au fait with social media and the internet in general. However, having not finalised a lot of the details of the celebration we printed the core essentials on the physical invitation and put together a website that we could continue to update as we organised the finer details.
The website is a separate issue but for the invitations we decided to use VistaPrint. There are excellent options for sourcing personalised invitations online but we wanted something super simple and economical. There are some amazing options on Etsy of fabulous artists work and with an unlimited budget I would have found these much more decorative options diifficult to resist. We ended up going for a ready made design on VistaPrint that perfectly matches our laid back natural theme and for around £50 we were able to get all our invitations printed and envelopes to go with them. My one tip if this is the way you want to go is to spring for the higher quality card stock. It costs very little extra but gives the invites a much more special feel.
Tip number 2 is go and invest a small amount in a callugraphy pen and coordinating ink. Spend an hour practicing writing some of the names of your guests and then put your new found skills to work in producing some simple, elegant invitaions with an easy to do personalised touch.
That’s the way we decided to go and we are delighted with the results. I would have loved to make something more elaborate using a variety of papercraft techniques but this way I was able to get them all done in the space of two evenings. One to design them on VistaPrints online design software and one to write them.
Back to work finishing them off Lxx