Wedding Preparations: Invitations

From the moment we got engaged, I knew what I wanted for Save the Dates: picnic-y vintage postcards.  It didn’t take me long to find an option over at Wedding Paper Divas.  Their service was prompt (we had the post cards in hand within a week), and the quality far surpassed what I expected, given the price!  The best part about the Divas is their regular sales; we managed to hit one for both the purchase of our Save the Dates and Invitations, saving 10% of the cost and all of the shipping on each order!  And our photographer, Jane Mavor, really captured exactly what we were looking for in our images (this is just one of dozens that we love and are so lucky to have!).

Our Save-the-Date

But when it came to ordering invitations, I dragged my feet.  We had about eighteen months, initially, to plan the wedding, and I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted.  Our wedding is going to be a backyard affair, full of crazy antiques that we’ve collected or salvaged, mason jars of flowers, bubbles, and …. undoubtedly … chickens.  I wanted something whimsical and elegant and… simple.

I looked all over before finally settling on another WPD design, Simple Pleasures: Willow.  And while the image below shows their details, not ours, our names, address and information filled out the card perfectly.

Included in our purchase was a free digital proof, and I was delighted by how easy WPD’s technicians and designers were to work with — they made a fairly significant alteration on both our Save the Dates and invitations.

The invitations arrived in about ten days, and the envelopes that came with the invitations without an extra charge were on good quality paper and had a really nice texture to them.

My only advice is to double-check with your fiance and families before ordering invitations.  We thought we’d finalized our lists, but came a little close in the end, as we remembered a handful of names after the order was placed.   Also give yourself plenty of time to address everything.  I spent one whole afternoon on return addresses and response card envelopes, then another evening on guest addresses.

All in all, with one more step complete, we’re looking forward to the wedding even more!

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