Post # 1
We have an extremely tight budget. We are also having an extremely casual reception (and ceremony); think BBQ buffet, bocci ball, horseshoes, cupcakes, served by family and friends, all in a barn. I just came up with this idea, and PLEASE be honest, would it be a complete no-no?
Printing the maps on the back of the invitations instead of on their own separate card???
This would save amount of paper used and possibly postage because one less paper would be mailed. I can also see people having both the map and invitation with them on the way to the ceremony without having to remember more than 1 paper. I had already planned on having separate map cards, but what do you think? Please please be honest.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
No way! We had friends do a gathering back in CA for a second reception bc they had a destination wedding, and they all sorts of lawn games etc, and everyone loved it. A barn reception sounds great, that’s what we are trying to do. I have seen many barn receptions lately on blogs and websites. Here is a good inspiration board:
And maps on the back of invitations will help save people from losing all the info you’re sending them. I honestly don’t see a single problem with your ideas.
Post # 4
To be honest…I wanted something simple casual and fun…then my mom got a hold of this wedding and now i’m getting married at a mansion in front of HER 100 closest nearest and dearest when we can only fit 150…
Go for it! Have a blast and save as much money as possible. All I keep telling my mom is that its 1 day. My dad gave us a huge budget and whatever we didnt’ spend we would get to keep…I might owe my dad when all is said and done…Its so stupid. I’m jealous that you actually have the opportunity to do it.
As far as the invites go. I think thats a fine idea and its smart too…Its all the important info they need on one piece of paper!
Post # 5
Don’t think it’s tacky at all! I know with my family, they might not realize there’s something on the back, so you might want to put an arrow at the bottom of the page, or ‘over’ so they know to flip it to see the map.
Post # 6
I think its a GREAT idea! Not to mention smart and eco-friendly!
Post # 7
I don’t think its tacky at all, your wedding sounds awesome! You could also check out one of the online maps (like wedding mapper) and your guests can go on there and print out the maps themselves.
Post # 8
I can’t see that it would be a problem, go for it!
Post # 9
Oh my gosh, thank you all! I was totally expecting the opposite response!
@ budgetbeatiful: I was kind of thinking that too, so thanks for the suggestion!
@nurseheather30: I actually have already made my "hand-drawn" maps using the wedding mapper tutorial, but had them all set up to be on their own separate card. Putting them on the back of the invite will be so much better b/c they will get to be bigger!
Post # 10
Go for it!! My only advice is to make sure you get very thick paper so that the colors of the map dont leak through to the invitation side. But otherwise — save some money and save the earth 🙂
Sounds wonderful, have fun!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
I think it’s a great idea!
Post # 12
excellent idea for the invitations! I went to a wedding last weekend with the directions on the back of the invite and I didn’t think twice.
Your wedding sounds like it will be really great!
Post # 13
I think it’s a great idea! Save some green and some other green too (the green tree kind!).
Your wedding sounds fun, fresh, and very vibrant. I love a downhome bbq!
I am also lovin’ the weddings I’ve been hearing about with a brunch reception with wedding in the late morning too! Very casual and elegant!
Just an idea..I went to a party that was outdoors two years ago. They had games for the kids in the barn and a lake was nearby. The host/hostess had a hayride for the kids right at sunset around the lake and the host/hostess had fireworks go off right after the sunset. You don’t have to hire a company, get some friends to light a few and they could send you off with sparklers too!
There was also a bonfire where guests made s’mores all together and a band. You don’t have to have a band, but the smores and hayride and DIY fireworks were a hit!
Post # 14
I think that, that is great. Somethings you have to do what you have to do.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Backyard BBQ and games is a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage and could even be a theme! YOu could incorporate horseshoes in your invites (as they are "lucky") and have them as a game at your wedding too… lots of hints to cute games could run throughout the theme of your invites and paper products. So cute!
Post # 16
I think that’s a really cute idea! I second the suggestion that you use heavier cardstock if you do it, but be sure to compare the price of heavier stock to just printing separate maps and invites. If the heavy cardstock is too expensive, could you scale the invites and maps down so that there’s room to print both on one sheet of paper? That could be a good way to be more economical, too!