Chapter Thirty-Two: Inviting Invites

15 September 2008 at 8:32 am | Posted in Adventures, Invitation | 4 Comments
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[She Writes]

I’ve always found myself captivated by stationery, or any paper product that captures one’s imagination  – cards, invitations, magazines, books, anything palatable on paper!

In fact, my favorite part of wedding planning has to do with invitations – whether it’s doing research, designing, or simply imagining the possibilities for our own.

The whole of an invitation – its texture, style, colors, text, design – sets the expectation and anticipation.  Will it be an elegant affair? Will it be a fun party? Will it be an intimate event?

My fiance and I are hoping for a combination of classy yet carefree – following a poignant ceremony, a tasteful reception that will still invite guests to let their hair down.

How will this be expressed in the invitations? The classy part – from the texture and style; The carefree part – from the colors, text, and overall design.

The colors, text, and design are the least of our “cares,” as these are “free.”  We choose the colors, write the text, and execute a design – decisions, which we’re not technically paying for.

The texture (kind of paper) and style (letterpress, thermographic, embossing, or engraving) are what comprises the cost of an invitation.

Letterpress best exudes the kind of elegance my fiance and I would love to achieve for our wedding.  It is the epitome of refinement and good taste.  Even if splashes of color are incorporated into the design, the letterpress serves to balance the look and lend sophistication.

Of course, letterpress does not come cheap.  In fact, it’s darn right expensive.  As much as I would LOVE to have letterpress invites, we might not be able to afford it.

Nevertheless, there is hope! A dear friend, Luzel, from our online community, weddingsatwork, shared news of the very generous promo by Dingbat Press (http://dingbatpress.blogspot.com), a design studio that specializes in letterpress.

Adrienne Berry, the owner and creative genius behind Dingbat Press, is giving away a FULL WEDDING SUITE valued at $900.  The suite includes 100 letterpress invitations and reply cards.  Check out full details at their blog, THE DINGBAT’S AGENDA.  The promo runs until the 20th of September.

The contest is open even to non-US residents (such as myself). 

But my fiance lives in Ohio, USA.  So in case we do win, I suppose we can have the invites shipped to his place.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Right now, I’m just hoping, wishing, and praying that Dingbat Press would seriously consider (and eventually choose) our entry.

 Good luck to all the hopeful couples!

All images in this entry were taken from www.etsy.com and http://dingbatpress.blogspot.com.  Visit www.dingbatpress.com to learn more about the company and their products.

See Chapters 19 & 25 for invitation-related entries of Storybookwedding.

Chapter Nineteen: DIY

5 June 2008 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Adventures, Invitation | 1 Comment
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[She Writes]

Like a lot of brides, I am forced to unearth talents that may not even have been buried in my body in the first place, in an attempt to personalize and effectively cut on expenses for THE day.

As part of this wedding saving slavery, I decided to try my hand at DIY (Design-Invitations-Yourself).  I’d been toying with Adobe Photoshop for a while, but I’d never had the guts to show my output to anybody except for my Mom and my Goldfish.  So far, I’ve had great response from them – a motherly pat on the back, and a flick of a fin.

My idea for the invitation is a “storybook.”  Hence, the title of this blog.  It does NOT, I’d like to clarify, translate to a Fairy Tale theme.

These are simply “inspirational” designs for the “cover,” and may not appear as is on the invitations.  I believe in constructive criticism, so go ahead: lay it on me.  I can take it like a woman. 

UPDATE: On the advice of a few lovely ladies from our online community, I’ve added variations of a couple designs, and then some.

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If anything, I hope you had fun viewing these.  Cheers!

Chatper Eleven: The List

28 April 2008 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Guest List, Insights | Leave a comment
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[She Writes]

Lately, one topic seems to be bothering a lot of soon-to-weds out there – GUESTS.  That’s right.  The people who had the least (or even nothing at all) to do for the entire wedding can bring about the most worries.  Especially in a country where RSVP holds no meaning and the term family extends up to the entire barangay, this is a major dilemma for couples.

There are those who don’t seem to understand the difference between YES and NO.  They say “No,” they will not attend, but will show up on the actual wedding day anyway.

Still others don’t seem to know how to read.  While their invitation is addressed to “Mr. & Mrs. John Smith” along with an escort card that clearly states “We have reserved 2 seats for you,” they bring along little Jack and Jane at the reception.  At which point did the Universe decide that 2 is the same as 4?

The problem may even stem from the family.  There are lucky brides and grooms with level-headed parents who understand and help the situation by sticking to the set number of guests they can invite or by offering a bit of monetary support.   These are, of course, quite rare.  Most are blessed with crazy families who not only refuse to stick to inviting 50 people, but have the gall to complain that they are given such a small number of people to invite.

Because many people don’t really know what it’s like to plan a wedding, they also have no idea how even just one person can spell all the difference in the set-up, seating, and expenses.

A number of couples tried to remedy the situation by posting a sort of “Wedding Guest Etiquette” on their wedsites to subtly (or not-so-subtly) let their guests know how the heck they should behave.  This might do the trick, but not everyone will likely visit the wedsite.  Others said that they did the opposite of word-of-mouth, and requested their families NOT to tell anybody about the wedding so they won’t be pressured to invite people just because they know about it.

In our case, my fiance and I have already drafted a guest list, which I should have shown our parents a couple months ago (so I’m blogging about it to remind myself).  We’re sure that our parents will be adding to the list.  Our set number of guests is pretty flexible although we already have a ceiling number in our minds.  Once this “quota” is reached, that’s when we will review the list and discuss who we can cut from it.  This way, we’re hoping that the dilemma at least won’t come from the family.

For shameless guests who refuse to be nice and insist on adding to everyone’s stress, we will probably send them this reply card:

Reply Card

And hope they take the hint.  Maybe we’ll also include the following:

___ Will say yes but won’t show because something important will come up that day

___ Will decline to respond but attend and bring five other people you don’t know

But seriously, I’ve surrendered to the fact that there’s really no way of being in complete of control of the details – whether it’s the guest list, the food, or the weather.  So I plan to just enjoy the whole planning process – the fun and stress of it all,  and try to stay light-hearted about the problems because forty or fifty years down the road, the only person I’ll probably remember attending our wedding is the man who said “I Do” with me.


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