Invitations

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

100 days to a Wedding!!!

100 days from today I will be making vows in front of friends and family, promising to love my best friend for the rest of my life. I am excited about the wedding but also incredibly stressed out when I think about how much still needs to be done. We have been engaged for almost two years and set the date last year but despite this forewarning we are fast approaching with nothing other than the venue and the dress set in stone. So I had an idea……..I am going to revive this blog that never really got off the ground and I plan to share my journey from here to the (hopefully) mst fun day of my life so far.  By setting myself the task of posting daily updates, I will keep myself accountable and have a record of the fun and exciting journey that I suddenly find myself further along than I had realised.

So that is the challenge to myself. What should you expect to find here going forward? I will include the story of what we have done so far inclluding the propsal and dress shopping as well as all the decisions still to make. We want to have a fun, relaxed wedding full of hand made personalised touches so that we can enjoy our day with our guests and have a day to look back on with nothing but happy memories. I have three months off work this summer and I am going to get stuck in to the wedding organisation and handicrafts the day after I finish. This is one of the major advantages of teaching as a career.

I hope that you find this interesting and maybe even useful. If you have come here looking for a tutorial on how to organise a wedding you might want to check back in 100 days. I do not know what I am doing but this will be an honest account of what works for me and what proves to be a mistake. If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to comment below

Lxx