Post # 1
Hi guys –
I didn’t know where else to turn so I thought I’d throw it out there to see what you all think.
We ordered gorgeous letterpress invitations and spent weeks working with the designer on the layout. We love the design. The invites finally came today, and yes, we’re cutting it close to the wire (RSVP date is Sept 1 and we’d planned to send them out first thing in the morning.)
However. I STUPID STUPID STUPIDLY did not think to order a paper sample. I just said “charcoal.” You know what happened next…yep, the invites are like a light brown-gray. Which would be fine, except practically everything else for our reception/decor revolves around this charcoal/silk combination we’re using for the invites (menus, programs, place settings, etc.)
So…after months of seriously stress-less wedding planning, I feel like it’s coming down on our heads *tonight.* I would ask the designer if she could re-do the invites in charcoal (and I’d have to re-pay for them), but by the time they were sent out I’d be a WEEK behind (giving people only 3 weeks to respond to an RSVP date of Sept 1.)
Other option is, suck it up and send ’em out. But I need help to know what to do TONIGHT, because if we suck it up and send them I need to assemble everything before the morning.
(One note: we did send out save-the-dates, 90% of our guests are Out of Town.)
Ugh…sorry in advance if this is rambly. I am such a lurker of the boards and find them awesome to read, though I don’t comment much. I’m on here every night and you all give such great advice.
Anyway. Blergh. Wedding stress! 🙂
Post # 3
I’d just send them. They mean a lot to you, but most people don’t care about invitations when they get them in the mail. At my house, they go on the fridge until I either RSVP no or attend the wedding. Then it’s into the trash. Plus, I don’t think people will be aghast if your wedding colors and the invitation don’t match. I had a friend who recently got married that didn’t want anyone to know anything about her wedding until the day of, heaven knows why, and that included colors… So maybe it can just a be a surprise?
Don’t worry about them, get them ready to go, and take a nice bath tonight. 🙂 It’ll be alright.
Post # 4
That bath (and a glass of wine) is calling my name! 🙂 And I know it’s, like, the most ridiculous thing to be this upset over invites.
I should have clarified in the earlier post that because the invites are SUCH a light gray color, the wording itself is super washed-out (because it was originally supposed to be white lettering on dark charcoal, and now it’s white on light.) So if you stand a foot away from the stack of invites, it looks like it’s a stack of blank paper. Womp womp.
Post # 5
Besides the color, do you still love the design? Are the details right? Send them out!
They don’t have to exactly match the colors at the reception (how many people are going to bring them along and compare?), they are still in the gray family, right? So they would coordinate. I think it’s better to give your guests more notice than wait another week for the absolutely perfect invitation.
Post # 6
I would send them anyway. Don’t worry about them matching anything else, and I’m sure people will be able to read them okay. (((hug))) SEND THEM!
Post # 7
I’m sure they’re still lovely invitations (letterpress!) so you shouldn’t worry so much. Most guests will not notice this little detail as being ‘off’ the way that you’re perceiving it.
I agree with kerensa, no one will bring the invite to the reception to compare the colours.
Post # 8
Thanks for the words of encouragement, ladies! (And @Ms. Martian: my cell phone pics aren’t doing this puppy justice ;)) I think I just needed to step back, take a deep breath. and get some perspective. Also, the bath helped.
This is why I love the bee 🙂
Post # 9
If the lettering is really light, like hard to read light, that is definitely not charcoal. I would send them out but ask the designer for a partial refund. A designer should have known better.
It looks like you’re cheering up about it, so that’s good to see!
Post # 10
suck it up, send them out. When this is all over and done with, when you have married your Prince Charming, you’re going to see how small of an issue this will have been. I promise.
~Encore bride 😉
Post # 11
Just send them out. It sucks, but it’s not worth the extra expense and hassle. I doubt anyone remembers what our invites looked like now.