Post # 1
After the wedding, FI and I’ll head to France for a week. While there, we’ve been thinking that we would send post cards to our wedding guests – thanking them for coming to the wedding and for any gifts. I know through my family that some of the guests intend to give us cash towards the honeymoon, so we thought it would be a nice way of telling them what we’re doing there and how much we appreciate it!
Now, I like the idea until I started to think about Canadian postcards, because they all look like this:
at best… Needless to say, this is not the look I’m striving for. I want vintage romance, like this!
I would hate if we would go there and everything was dead ugly – so I found this card manufactured by Zazzle:
Now, FI thinks I’m being silly and that we should just buy a card with a “pretty castle” on it… But I have this feeling that there isn’t such a thing as pretty cards featuring architecture! And there’s where we’re stuck. So, bees – should we wing it in France or order something a head of time?
Post # 3
I would look on etsy or ebay and order before the wedding. Wouldn’t wanna spend your honeymoon stressing about postcards.
Post # 4
Definitely think you should enjoy your honeymoon!! Get something sorted in advance. But I love the French theme. I think that’s great and really personal.
Post # 5
@eocenia: Been to France and most of the postcards look cheesy, I guess it’s just part of the whole tourist attraction thing. Your best bet would be to buy pretty ones here and then send them once you’re over there. When I visited I wanted to send postcards home but it was pretty expensive and the person we spoke with said the mail system wasn’t as fast so chances are they won’t get the cards until after you get back. (I was in France for 11/12 days just FYI)
edit: I went in spring 2009 so things could be different now, just wanted to clarify.
Post # 6
I love the first one you don’t like-I totally think you should get “touristy” post cards on your honeymoon. It makes it more authentic! Such an adorable idea!
Post # 7
@engleman10513: Very good point, it would be stressful and we’re only there for a week. Better to have the cards in advance and just focus on getting them written!
@ladyartichoke: Thanks! I was afraid that all feedback would be along the lines that it wasn’t a “proper” thank you card!
@chouette: I think I’ll actually try to make something myself and then have it printed as postcards (I hand painted our invitations, so I know I can do it)! As for the delivery time, most of them will go to Sweden (where we get married), and we’re heading straight from France to Canada so it’s ok if it takes a while before they arrive. But thanks for the heads up!
@BrooklynWife: Once again, so happy to hear that others think this is a great idea as well – thanks! I think I’ll hand paint cards and have them printed before we leave, that will make them more personal as well.
Post # 8
What about taking your own photo while you are there and having a custom post card made? You could do it online or take it a print shop fairly inexpensively. Then it would be personalized. You could do a photo with you both in it so your guests get to see what a great time you are having.
I love this idea. Am considering something similar now. Thanks!
Post # 9
@GeorgiaBride5: I think that’s a good idea, but we’re only there for a week and travelling from city to city, so I don’t think we’ll have time to get anything printed there and I really want them to be sent from France!
Glad if my idea inspired you – that’s what I love with wedding bee, all these great concepts floating around that you can then adapt to your own wedding!
Post # 10
I vote in advance, especially because you might need a higher volume than most little tourist shops will stock
Post # 11
Ohhh! I totally misunderstood. I didn’t realize you wanted to send them from France. Sorry, that would be so neat. Yeah doing custom ones could be difficult in a foreign country. I think it’s understood that guests typically don’t receive thank you cards until you return from your honeymoon, in case something doesn’t work out while you are there.
Post # 12
Order in advance and have a mini project to do on your plane ride.. 🙂 You don’t want to spend your honeymoon writing thank you cards (or searching for them)!
Post # 13
@Laurenplusalex: We only need about 25 tops (small wedding), but I’m definitely feeling stonger and stronger that this SHOULD be done in advance.
@GeorgiaBride5: Especially in French! FI wants to think he can speak French, but I think we’re set for a disaster if we try to go down the custom made route while there! 🙂 As we’re having a small wedding, I think it’s doable to get it all written and sent from there – which I would love to do.
@MsAmandaAnn: Good idea, I’ll at least prep them with all addresses so that I don’t have to search for that while we’re there!
Post # 14
I love this idea! We’ve been planning on using one of our wedding photos, printed into Thank You postcards. I love the fact that you’re making them yourself. I think postcard TY notes make perfect sense. I am sure they will be beautiful.
Post # 15
When I was in France (it was about 15 years ago) there were beautiful postcards everywhere. They didn’t have the vintage-y feel (at least not the ones I saw). But there were lots of Versailles, the Louvre, Art Work at the Louvre, The Eiffel Tower, etc. There are a lot more historical buildings in France than in Canada. I actually collected post cards all along my trip as souveniers as getting a good picture of a lot of these things was hard,
Post # 16
First DIY draft is done – would be so nice if you could have a look at it and let me know whether or not you think I should work along that path or not!