Tuesday, February 17, 2009


We finalized the guest list this weekend - we're just short of 150. And finished the save the dates - all 61 of them. And have a better idea about our budget - all $15,000 of it.

Now that the save the dates are done, my mother has been pressuring me to get started on researching my invitations which she thinks I should make to save costs. Knowing me, and knowing how much of a procrastinator I am, even though they don't need to go out until July for our September wedding, she's already on my butt about them. Just because your mother lives 12 hours away does not mean she will not nag - but bless her heart, I know she's bugging me only because she's not around to help more, so this is her way of ensuring I do what I need to do.

See she knows I should probably get started now rather than later because I started my save the dates in...October? They just barely got finished Sunday night. They still need to be labeled and stamped though. They WILL go out by the end of this week. Hopefully tomorrow and God willing, I won't need any extra postage.

So today to appease my dearest mother, I did a little bit of research. In the past few weeks I've become an etsy fiend.

The invitations I'm really loving?

These. Sage and Navy and Pink are our colors - so obviously they wouldn't be exactly like these. But I do love the ribbon (which I'd make pink) and the layers. [via decadentdesigns]

I also really liked these:

via [Your Style Invitations]

I'm pretty sure I could make something similar to these fairly easily, especially with the wonders of the Paper Source which I'm a HUGE fan of. Last time I was in there, I noticed that in the coming weeks, they're having a couple of wedding invitation workshops.

At one of these they say they:
"We'll look at several examples to determine what style you prefer, then learn how to design and produce your own invitations. You'll experiment with several different papers and designs to create the invitation of your dreams."
They have one coming up on the 25th of February at their Georgetown location on M Street, NW where you can register and learn the above for $55. Register [here]

They also have one where you:
"Sip sparkling champagne and enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries while you create a full suite of wedding samples — including a select group of letterpress invitations, escort cards, favors and table accents. "
The Georgetown one is currently sold out however on March 5th there's one at the Old Town Alexandria location. This one is $35 and does still have seats left. Register [here]

I'm sure eventually I might hit one of these up - for now I'm going to peruse my options and come up with a plan to make my own. I'll just do what I did with my save the dates! Find inspiration and adjust to be my own with my own creativity skills.

What are you doing for YOUR invitations? Etsy? Making your own? Or are you going all out and buying them?

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Blogger Gray Photography - Zach and Jody - Nashville Wedding Photography said...

just came across your blog today! Love love love the first invitations above! -JG

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Sharpiegirl said...



The sweetheart is a musician (with a day job thank goodness) and I used to work with several musicians so it seemed only natural that we have concert posters for our country picnic style wedding.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We are in the same boat Miss Gallery Place. I am also getting married in September and my fiance and I have been procrastinating and we are getting our Save the Dates out the door at the end of this week come hell or high water! I have also been looking at Etsy for invitations. I really thought I could save a lot of money buying invitations through a seller on Etsy but I have found some that I love through Wedding Paper Divas that really are not that expensive. I think I'm going to go with them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Only One Heidi said...

@Christie - omg we finally finished ours last night - they should be going out today. YAY!!! Good luck on yours!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Prettylittlemess said...

I took a wedding invitation making class at the Paper Source in Georgetown. We made three samples with different styles.

I priced everything out for the one I liked best. The supplies were going to cost over $100 (if buying from Paper Source). Plus you have to figure in time and labor.

I second Wedding Paper Divas and Etsy. You won't save money unless you are a careful DIYer who gets the best prices on all the supplies. Saving your sanity might be better than saving money.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly recommend http://www.allisonbarnhilldesigns.com/ She has done both my STD's and invitations, and she will be working on my table numbers, menus, etc. She charges very reasonable amounts, and works with you to make them however you would like.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. You really inspired me of making my own wedding invitations too, and I thank you for that. I visited americanbridal.com where I saw gorgeous wedding invitations, I wish I can make my own invites as lovely as those too.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

i'm pretty much definitely going with this type of design for my invites:

and plan on using the pocketfold invite style so the misc. cards are in a "folder" for the guests so they don't lose them (hopefully)! my colors are brown/pink/ivory!

Friday, February 20, 2009 10:04:00 PM  

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