Post # 1
Hi fellow Bees!
I have recently been working feverishly on my invitations. At the beginning of my engagement invitations were the last thing on my mind (colors, my dress, my attendants were much more exciting) but when I stepped into the world of invitations and saw all of the possibilities, I got really into it. I have been doing a lot of diy projects for my wedding and they have all turned out really well (though some after adjustments and first try misses). So in order to save money, I thought I could do the invitations myself. I didn’t want to have to worry about the printing so I ordered that out. Well, I got all of my supplies and put together pocket invites. I was super excited about them! They look so cute! I did layers and a belly band and a little layered square closure thing. I brought it in to work and showed off my great work to my coworkers, emailed my mom a pic, etc.
Well, last night I got the printed part of the invitations in the mail and I HATE them! The font color doesn’t match, I got a border printed on to save me from adding another layer piece and it doesn’t match at all. The font & border are in navy and the pocket fold is in a shimmery navy color but the 2 navies are awkwardly different shades. Also, the font is super small. I can read it just fine but I’m young and have never needed glasses…anyone else would surely have trouble. Also, I ordered matching save the date post cards which come with all of the same problems.
What should I do?! I tried cutting the border off- it works ok for the invitation (doesn’t solve the small font problem) but it makes the rsvp post card super small. the printed invitations and post cards cost over $300 and now i am just kicking myself for wasting so much money on something that I don’t like. I feel really stupid for taking on such an expensive project by myself and getting myself into this mess. Any ideas on inexpensive (like $100 or less) fixes? Or should I just take a deep breath and get over it b/c the invitations are not a very big part of the wedding? <– been trying to do this but so far 12 hours has not been enough time for me to get over it. Also, would like to point out that this is my first bridal freak out (and hopefully my last). I’ve been so calm about everything else up to now and I’d like to stay that way…
Post # 3
Is there any way you can post a picture? It would make it easier to offer suggestions.
Post # 4
A picture would definitely help. I DIYed my invites and printed everything at home (pocketfold, 3 insert), would that be an option for you?
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
Could you try using VistaPrint? They’re farily affordable with all of the links/groupons & maybe try creating something new or replicating what you have in different colors. Can we see what you have already though?
Post # 6
I would suggest maybe cut off the un-matching printed border. Since the text is smaller, the text color would not be too noticable.
Was the shade of blue your choice or the printer’s choice? Maybe talk to them and tell them their color did not match up with yours and see if they can offer you a discount on a re-print?
If you post a picture, we could give more advice…
Hope it works out.
Post # 7
posting a picture would be the ebst way to get an opinion.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Well the save the dates aren’t sent with the invitation, so that doesn’t matter if it matches. Does the font look smaller than it did on the proof?
Post # 9
picture please 🙂 they may not be as bad as you think!
Post # 10
Here are some pictures- sorry, new to this, didn’t think to put a picture up. It also bothers me that the outside printed square doesn’t match the inside invitation in style very well but i love the outside of the invitation (which of course is the easiest and cheapest part to change). Am I freaking out about nothing? Is there an easy way to fix it? I hesitate to start all over with a design and printing company b/c i don’t want to spend more money on more inviations and not like them again
Post # 11
They look great and no one will notice the different navy shades. BYW- you will never be able to get the navy shades to match. Seriously, they end up in the trash after the date is entered onto a calendar. Don’t stress and send them out as is!!
Post # 12
@KoiKove: thanks, when i was taking the pictures, i realized that in pictures they really don’t look as bad as i was thinking they looked in person so maybe that’s a good sign. i’m still not thrilled with the outside pocket square looking less formal than the invitation but my fiancee says that it just shows our personalities- party on the outside, serious on the inside- haha hes pretty good at making me laugh
Post # 13
I didn’t vote, I think they look great and you should keep them as is! 🙂
Post # 14
I think that they look fine!
Post # 15
@ali_bride: These are great! I really like the design. Don’t worry about the varied shades…no one but the bride notices these things. 😉
Post # 16
i think they look okay as is. i was expecting much, much worse. i would send them as is.