- 10 years ago
- Wedding: November 2010
I decided to make my invites from scratch, meaning, I didn’t go to Michael’s and buy an invite kit, I purchased all the materials separately, did a lot of random gluing, cutting, samping, etc. My invites turned out great and if you have the patience to take on something like this, I suggest you do it! Pace yourself and view it as something fun, not a headache. One piece of advice I have is if you choose to do stamping. The stamping itself went very well, however, I didn’t know that pigment ink takes forever and a day to dry. Do not use pigment ink unless you plan on embossing it. Not only did it never dry (I waited 2 weeks and got to the point where I said, screw it, and mailed them still wet!), the parts that did dry, still smudged when touched. So when my invites reached the recipients, there was silver ink smudging all over the invites, the envelope, everything. Pretty embarrassing but I only realized this debacle AFTER stamping every single one of my invites and I wasn’t about to redo them all again. So, hopefully someone out there can learn from my mistake! Either research your ink choice or at the very least, don’t use pigment ink unless you are embossing!
Lesson two learned: it doesn’t matter if you put a “number attending” line on the RSVP card. I have found either 1) people don’t know what it means (seriously, I can’t make this up) or 2) they completely disregard who the invite was addressed to and put whatever “number attending” they please. I sent an invite to a couple, addressed it only to the husband and wife, and they responded back saying 5 guests were attending. Um, excuse me, I only invited you two specifically, not FIVE of you! So, again, hopefully someone can learn from my mistake. If I were to do it over again I would have put ___ of ___ attending on the RSVP card, filling in the 2nd blank with the number allowed for each specific invitation. It’s hard to believe that in this day in age people don’t understand simple invitation etiquette, but, it’s true!
Best of luck, Bees!