Post # 1
I ordered some DIY invitations from White Aisle awhile ago (the one with the flower below, except the flower is magenta). They’re beautiful, I have them, and after a bit of DIY, they can be ready to send out. I was totally fine with this decision until I saw another invitation on The Unbride blog.
The second invitations are simple, GORGEOUS, and just my style. I had automatically assumed that anything letterpress could never happen, but now I’m soooo tempted to go there. Paper hasn’t been “my thing”, but these invites actually made me catch my breath. Dumb, huh? 🙂
I think I could get the new ones done for $300 or less (based on some initial investigations), and I could use the other invitations as programs b/c I haven’t printed them yet… Is this justifiable, or am I being a bit crazy here?
Edit: Sorry about the size, and the second invitation is a bit distorted here – check the link for the best pic!)
Post # 3
If it’s any help, I actually prefer the first invite. But I do know what it’slike to have your heart set on something—I loved the plantable invitations! But I put invites on my “not as important” list. I guess you need to really think about HOW much they mean to you. And would the floral one detract from your wedding
Post # 4
i don’t know much about the cost of invites, i did diy… but since you have a use for the other ones if it’s in your budget i think it’s a good idea.
Post # 5
Sorry- I’m not going to help you justify spending an extra $300. I think a lot of brides actually list invitations on their “not worth the money” list.
The first invitation is pretty and will be just fine 🙂 If it will make you feel better, go buy yourself for something for $150 and justify it by the fact that you “saved” $150. haha.
Post # 6
I am usually really against spending extra money on wedding related things, its such a slippery slope my friend 🙂 But, were you planning on doing programs anyway? If that were the case, then maybe you would be justified.
Post # 7
I actually like the first one better as well. Maybe you could use those to do letterpress on? I think that the second ones look really hard to read. The think that is going to keep me from spending alot of money on invites is the fact that everyone throws them away. Sad but true.
Post # 8
Are you a “paper” person?
I’m not, so spending a LOT on invites wasn’t very important to us. And I agree with MissChirpie – people are just going to throw them away.
I say stick with the originals.
Post # 9
I’ve saved money on every aspect of this shindig – my dress was $300, we got a deal on our venue, we’re doing heavy apps, not dinner, our decorations are bascially free… I’ve spent $100 on the invitations, and then found these. Dang.
We ARE doing programs anyhow, so the other invites REALLY will be used. Buuut… you guys are probably right. I’ll probably use the original ones, unless when I run the exact $$$ numbers for the originals it’s really close, by some weird twist of Kinko’s fate. 🙂
Thanks for your thoughts, and helping to ground me!
Post # 10
Im a HUGE paper person, and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the second one!! its amazing, unusual, breathtaking, and unique. If its your style, i would totally go fot it!!!!
Post # 11
me personally- I say go with the ones you love! You get married one time your whole life,….. and you love these so much… so get em’ girl!! By the way,… I LOVE the 2nd one myself!!!
Post # 12
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the second ones. the first ones are just “eh” to me. I am a total paper person. Can you just get the invite letterpressed? Then do flat printing for the RSVP cards? That would save you money! We did letterpress invites and if I could do it over again I would just do letterpress for the invite, and flat printing (aka using the printer at work!) for the rest of the pieces.
I think the second one would also look nice framed, and wouldn’t take over a room too much. That’s the issue I’m dealing with now, is how to fit my grey-and-pink invite into my blue-and-brown living room or my orange kitchen!
I really think the second ones have a HUGE WOW factor, people will remember them. Of course, some people will complain but that’s what people do. (They might be hard to read for the older generations.)
Post # 13
I suppose the thing you need to ask yourself is, “Who are the invitations for?” Are they for you or for your guests? I think the letterpress ones would be incredibly hard to read for anyone older or anyone who has vision difficulties. And why invite someone to your wedding using something he/she cannot read?
Invitations weren’t very important to me, so when a family friend offered to design them, I said yes. The one thing that mattered to me was big clear text so my grandparents (and other older guests) could read them. The friend created a design that we could just print onto ivory paper from a regular color printer. Each invitation was just an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper with all the details and RSVP info in big letters in a pretty font, with pretty colors and a bell design. We didn’t have reply cards or separate pieces or anything like that.
I wondered what people would think of the invitations, since they seemed less formal than the usual type. But my mom (who was the RSVP contact) said that she kept hearing, over and over again, “What wonderful invitations! You could read them without your glasses!”
The font we used is called Patrick. I highly recommend it. 🙂