Post # 1
All over my invites.
I have been DREAMING of putting them together and taking it all in as I do so – but I just looked at the calendar….yeah – I only have 37 days left until they need to be mailed!
I’m in a freaking panic state. First off I’m a little OCD when it comes to my work, so asking other to "do" or "help" is only partially ok – I will have to be there while it’s done and double check the work….that kind of thing. Besides if I wanted someone else to assemble my invites ‘d have ordered them…not made them.
Plus, I have 5 different RSVP’s, all that need to be placed in the correct envelopes and numbered on the back according to the Excel doc I have with the guests on it.
I just didn’t want this to be rushed – and the reason it is – my step dad keeps putting it off. He’s supposed to be prinitng at his office. (he owns the company) Well I would go in and do it but use his printer….the printer was broken, then he went out of town, then he lost the e-mail with the stuff in it.
Honest to blog I am freaking out. I can’t afford to add on the cost of taking them to a printer to be done. And the earliest my step dad could start now is on Monday. I e-mailed him and said I need a date – NOW when you can do this because I’m running out of time and I’m not a "last minute" kinda of gal……
I just think I needed to vent…. I feel a little better – although not much….lol But thanks for listening.
Post # 3
Maybe since it is his office, you can offer to come in over the weekend and print them yourself, or help him do the printing? It might be easier and faster over the weekend anyway, when other people are not trying to use the printer. That way you could maybe be all done printing by Monday, and ready to start assembling. I would just take a deep breath and tell him (calmly, breathe, in-and-out) that you are running out of time, you understand he has had other things going on, but you really need to get this done. And so you can be there bright and early Saturday morning!
Post # 4
The printer is only used by him, his office has 3 guys in it all in one room, all with their own stuff….
When we do print – I will be there to actually do it – so I’m not actually expecting him to just do it for me. That would be horribly rude of me.
He can’t come in on the weekends because my mom won’t let him. I know, it’s sounds terrible – but whenhe’s been gone a whole week on business teaching, she wants him home and him leaving is not an option. (I have a 6 year old sister) You can not reason with her – even about this. Trust me.He was supposed to goin and print for me on Saturday – and he never made it in…..
I told him everything you said before. I know he’s busy – but he offered and I gave him "outs" 3 times. He keeps saying he’ll do it and he even got uspet when I said I was going to a printer….. I’m so stressed out.
Post # 5
Ok. Deep breaths. 37 days is a long ways away. i just printed out my own invites and it took a couple of hours with assembly, printing addresses etc. Set everything up ahead of time, have all your files ready, and really, once you print, you assemble as you go and badam – out they go. Also, how about you say to your stepdad that you are coming over on say, Monday, and if he says, no, then just nail down a day THAT week. Or just show up. I am really good at pestering procrastinators – you just gotta show up and not leave until it gets done.
Again, deep breath. I know how you feel (I’m having two weddings with two different sets of invites), so I know it seems super overwhelming, but I promise it is no biggie.
Post # 6
I know this is all overwhelming, but you should seriously relax. Having over a month left before the invites need to go out is a lot of time! If you assemble everything at once with a little help/few friends, I’m guessing it can all be done in 2 days.
We designed our invites ourselves and that took for-ev-ver. But, we made a proof and are now waiting to print the invites a week before we need to send them out and are having assembly day 2 days before mail day.
This way, the paper will be fresh and won’t have time to absorb moisture from the air or get in the way… I really think that when you are doing them yourself, being able to wait until the last minute is a perk. When you do print/assemble, it will be closer to time to put the envelopes in the mail and they will be much crisper and you will feel such accomplishment… and sweet relief!
Post # 7
My wedding is the same day as your wedding (the sunny, rain free, best weather ever day of August the 23rd)! My wedding coordinator gave me a very detailed to do list – and it says that I’m supposed to put the invitations in the mail on June 23 – which is 59 days away.
I remember your elaborate timeline (from another post) due to your A and B lists – but I think you were pretty conservative in that timeline and I really think you have a lot of wiggle room.
Hopefully this gave you some comfort. Good luck.
Post # 8
Thanks enmoore! (and everyone!) I think I miscounted….lol I’m mailing them out June 16th. Certianly not 37 days from now…..??? I coulnted twice! I muct have jumped over the rest of this month or somoene because thats the only reason for it (I won’t admit sheer stupidity – though….I think we all know the truth..)
Post # 9
Instead of working and thinking about it all at once, just take it step by step. One night, pop in a movie or turn on a CSI marathon, and number your RSVP cards. The next time, cut the ribbon (or whatever). You have plenty of time. My wedding is at the beginning of August and I haven’t started assembling mine yet either. My favorite past-time lately is stalking my Papermart.com order with the ribbon. I know the printing thing is annoying, but it won’t take that long once it’s actually done. Try to schedule with your stepdad at like 8am on Monday morning, so he won’t be in the middle of something or have meetings or whatever. Good luck and keep venting to us!
Post # 10
just relax 🙂 it all can get done. I just finished printing/assembling/addressing/mailing my invites a couple of weeks ago, they were similar to yours. You just need to do them one chunk at a time like what jma19 said. I was supposed to have help putting together my invites, my sister was going to come to visit me over easter to help but plans changed and I ended up making all 120 invites by myself, not even my FI helped (he was studying). I was totally overwelmed at first, but once you break it down it didn’t take that long. You have roughly 8 weeks so give yourself a timeline:
Week 1: Print them (next week some time)
Week 2: Cut the pieces and Sort the Inserts/RSVPs
Week 3: Glue the pieces together (seal on the front, main invite to pocket folder)
Week 4: Assemble the Invites (Separate the invites with different RSVPs)
Week 5: Address and stuff the envelopes
Week 6: Go to the post office
And you still have 2 weeks to spare if you have don’t get something done one week.
I hope that helps, good luck!