Thursday, July 09, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

So I made my invitations. Start to finish. Every inch of them? My work. I used other invites as inspiration but...the work? Mine.

I designed them in word and printed them first. There were 3 layers all pasted together - the navy A9 back, the slightly smaller middle layer and the A2 scalloped edge white paper with the actual wording on them. Let me tell you - all that gluing? Not fun.

Next, we lined the envelopes with green polka dot paper. I addressed the invites - I'm still not AS pleased with the "calligraphy" but I didn't have the time to get it professionally done nor did I have the money so it is what it is.

I had the hardest time figuring out the wording for the RSVP cards - given that we need to know how many people are ordering what, there was a bunch of debate on whether just saying "chicken" and "fish" was appropriate. We opted, finally, for "chicken" or "striped bass" guiding them to our website for details on the menu (which I suppose I should put up since the invitations are in the mail!)

The final product?

So today, I trekked over to Arlington to mail them out - you see, we have a beef with the DC Postal Service. The Friday before Father's Day, Fiance sent out his father's day card to his dad from the Post Office at 4:55pm. He gave it to them because we were out stamps. Paid the 44 cents and was on his way.

His father still has not received the card.

A week or two later, we sent his mother her mothers day card (yes, a month and a half belated), I dropped it in a mailbox near our apartment on my way to the gym one day, and last weekend when we were in Connecticut, she informed us that she had indeed received the card.


Additionally - FMIL has told us that an anonymous person has sent us a wedding card. However, the wedding card in question was sent a week and a half ago and still has not yet been received. Sooo...DC Mail? You're on notice.

I digress, we have a groomsman in Japan so yesterday after getting my hair did, I popped into Longworth HOB to the post office there. Had them weigh it, bought the stamps (all 85 of them) and then sent his with the appropriate postage - all $1.82 of it.

Last night as we were stamping the envelopes, I found that 5 of my stamps were MIA (they have since been found) and so I was going to buy 5 more. But they didn't have my stamps (which are super cute by the way!). The man, bless his heart, suggested lovely wedding rings stamps with....goats. Goats?!?! Seriously?!?!

Ladies, I was about to have a bridal freakout all over the Eads Street Station Post Office. No lie.

Alas, I decided to hang onto the envelopes and decided that I'd find the stamps. They had to be at home. But then, the guy tries to tell me that my envelopes - which are all stamped with 61 cent lovely wedding cake stamps - cost 81 cents. I told him, no, no. Clearly he was mistaken. They weighed them yesterday and I was told by the USPS in Longworth that they were 61 cents.

Bless his heart (again) because he believed me and let it go. Let's just hope and pray they don't all get sent back to me because lawd there will be hell. to. pay.

After all that, my invitations are sent out. Before our July 12 deadline. Tomorrow? We head up to Connecticut for my bridal shower...expect a full report on Monday!

Did you have any snafu's with your invitations? Did you DIY or buy them?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

those turned out great. look at you even lining the RSVP envelope. after lining all the envelopes i had no desire to do another full set... but good for you, it'll be great each time you open one up!

Thursday, July 09, 2009 9:54:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you are a better person than I am...I tried, but could not do it. BRAVO! They turned out great!

Thursday, July 09, 2009 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

well done!! love the polka dots. we're doing invites from an etsy seller (more on that once we actually order them). I'm hoping to have some fun with paper for the programs though. :)

Friday, July 10, 2009 8:39:00 AM  
Blogger Only One Heidi said...

@miss fairfax there was an etsy seller that i saw that had cute ones that i used as inspiration. I don't think i have the picture anymore but i think i posted about them a while ago when I first started thinking about my invitations :) Can't wait to see your post on it!

@miss glen echo - thanks gal!

@jenny - yeah I was intent on uniformity :) Lining the rsvp envelopes was probably unnecessary but wasn't really that much more work so whevs :)

Friday, July 10, 2009 9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Chevy Chase said...

these are inspiring!

Friday, July 10, 2009 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I agree - the Arlington post offices (esp. the Shirlington one) are the nicest!! Long lines, but super nice people :)

Friday, July 10, 2009 12:32:00 PM  

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