- 10 years ago
So, I know there a lot of things that are stressful about wedding planning, but the save-the-dates have truly taken the cake for me. We had hired a designer early on, not thinking it meant printing them out ourselves, figuring what to do with envelopes, matching colors, etc. But I had seen all these crafty DIY posts and was confident I could come up with something great.
The actual card ended up being really plain, no design element or anything.. which was ok with me, I guess, except the card stock available at Kinkos wasn’t that great and they did an awful job cutting, so I had to have them all reprinted and cut with an exacto knife. After I had them all cut and rounded all the corners I realized there was a typo in them. The word was in such small font, the cards were already so late, and honestly, I just couldn’t imagine cutting them all again, so I just went with it. 3 people I asked couldn’t find the typo even after I told them it was there so I figured I needed to let this one go.
Since the actual cards were kinda boring (and misspelled) I decided to really make the envelopes cute. I got the A6 envelopes from paper source because I loved the way the flaps went so far down. I ordered super adoreable paper from Whimsypress that matched our colors to line them, and carved 2 stamps for decoration and the return address, and custom postage from Zazzle. I ended up being really happy with the way they turned out, and with the exception of the typo, was happy to finally be getting them in the mail.
So I tossed my list’s cards in the mail, since my fiance’s address list was not totally in place yet. My friend Josh, who is also acting as our officiant, was coming over the next night so I decided to just hand him his. He opened it in front of me and WHAT A DISASTER. I guess I sealed them too tight or something, but he literally had to rip through the envelope to get to the card. The whole front of the envelope came off attached to the flap when he finally got it up. It looked like my dog had it in her mouth and chewed on it by the time he got to the card. I had three throw-aways that were sealed, and had the same problem when I tried to open them, and I was TRYING to be careful. I called my dad and he confirmed he had the same problem when he got his. (at this point I am at the end of my rope and crying hysterically, cue to my fiance with his head his hands, and a look of bewilderment about what just happened on poor unsuspecting Josh’s face). Has anyone else heard about this problem with the PaperSource envelopes with the lower flaps?
Honestly, I’m so upset. The actual save-the-date cards are not so great anyway, and the envelopes really turned out to be a disaster. I still have to send out my fiance’s family’s cards. Any advice about closing them? I can’t use a seal since it would interfere with the return address stamps. Will double-sided tape work?
My fiance agrees the opening process is pretty bad, but thinks I need to take a deep breath and let this one go. It’s just that these were truly a labor of love and it kills me that they look like they went through a paper shredded by the time people get down to opening them.
Thanks for any advice!