Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Revealed: Invitation Suite!

Now that our invitations (all 140 of them) have been sent out into the world and I've gotten message/texts from people saying how much they loved them, I figured I would share them with you all. I'm not going to lie, after dropping these off at the post office, I had a little separation anxiety from them. I had worked MONTHS and MONTHS on these and they felt like my babies. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that separation anxiety was transferred to separation anxiety from my dress now (it's with the seamstress) and I am happy the invites are out.

So, without further ado... join with me as I present to you our invitations (also, please excuse the dark pictures, I had to take most of them with the flash off bc it was washing the cards out and sorry about the black blotches in some places.. I had to cover some information for privacy):

First up, this is what our guests will see when they get their mail. I printed every address in a light gray color and then wrote over that with a brown fine tip sharpie for that handwritten look.

I was a bad blogger here, I forgot to take a picture of our return address stamp. This is (sorta) what it looked like, I blurred our address out for privacy. We stamped it on the back of our envelopes in a brown ink.

When the envelope is GENTLY opened, our cute polka dot envelope liner (that was a pain in the butt to do) is revealed.

All the pieces (minus one.. again, bad blogger.. we had a last minute piece added and I forgot to update this picture).

Front cover. All the pages are tied together with blue and white bakers twine.

First page... some info about yours truly.

Second page.. some info about the fiance.

Third page.. some info about how we met.

Fourth page... some info about the proposal.

Fifth page.. info about us getting married.

Sixth page... the wedding invite.

All the pages were then hole punched.

If you look closely at the first few pictures, you'll see the hole punch was a lovely heart shape, like that shown above.

Our information card. Sorry, this is a screen shot because I forgot to take a picture of the card after we printed them. I know the registry this is "tacky" to some, but where I live.. it's the norm and people will get MAD if it's not included.

Front of the RSVP postcard.

Back of the RSVP postcard (I know it's hard to read on here, but it's easier in person). We did a mad lib style RSVP and I am hoping we get some awesome responses.

There you have it, our invitation suite and all the pieces that went into it. There are a lot of small details in the invites (for example, the dashes have polka dots in them). I wanted to tie the polka dots in with the wedding somehow, but not overdo it.. I think it worked perfectly.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bridesmaid Dress Drama

Yesterday was a VERY stressful and frustrating day. We had a meeting with our priest and he pretty much nixed all the awesome personal touches I wanted to put on the wedding. I was really upset about it at first, but I just have to keep telling myself that it's just 30 mins of the whole day and I can give up a few things. Frustrating? Yes. Can I change it? No.

Also, we're a little more than 2 months away from the wedding and you want to know what I did? I cancelled my custom made bridesmaids dresses. Why? Well, they were suppose to ship out 1 1/2 weeks ago and due to some measurement problems, they weren't done and it wasn't looking like they would be here in time. So, I risked canceling them and I crossed my fingers that I still had enough time to order from somewhere else. 

I went to David's Bridal yesterday with one of my sisters and my junior bridesmaids to try on some dresses. My very first a FAVORITE choice we ended up nixing because we felt like it would be too short on some of the bridesmaids. Frustrating? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. I want my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in what they are wearing.

So, we went with my second (and still fabulous) choice:

(Screen shot from David's Bridal)

It looked really good on the two girls that tried it on and I'm going with 2 other bridesmaids on Sunday to order. As for the other 2 bridesmaids... one is going in tomorrow and the other on Monday. The dresses should be in no later than the VERY beginning of November (I think they said November 2nd last night) and they said they almost always come in early. So yeah, we're cutting it absolutely close.. but, there was nothing I could do.

I also bought my undergarments for my wedding dress yesterday (some spanx and a long line bra) for my first fitting on Sunday. (whew.. we spent WAY too much money yesterday). Busy busy busy.. I can't believe it's getting so close! There was also some other frustrating/stressful things from yesterday, but we'll leave those out of the blog.. for now at least.

We're also mailing our invites out within the next week and then I'll be sharing the awesomeness that was months in the making, lol.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bedazzled Sign

A couple weeks ago I placed an order with Crafty Eddy to make a "CARDS" sign for our card box (which will be shared later). He was so quick and efficient with his e-mails and made the sign the day I ordered it and shipped it out the day after that.

I was so excited when it arrived in the mail and couldn't wait to bedazzle it!

Here is what it looked like originally:

Just a plain old wooden card sign. So, of course, I spunked it up some.

I forgot to take a picture of the "middle state" but I painted it with several layers of metallic silver paint so that when I glued on the crystals, it all blended in instead of being light brown wood shinning through.

So, I present to you.. the final product after several layers of paint and TONS of crystals.

I LOVE it and it's so sparkly in person! I can't wait to share it with you how it's going to be used on our wedding day (which, btw, is 66 days away.. AHH!)

And some final good news, this Sunday my dress is going in for alterations so I should be able to share the final product with you soon!! Although, I need suggestions on what undergarments I should buy by then (I want to suck and smooth everything out, but still be able to pee, lol.) Any suggestions?