Here are my final images for my Save the Dates. Sorry I have been a bit MIA lately. Work and life just keeps tending to get in the way of the things I love most.
Like I stated in my first post here, I learned a lot though this process. #1.) PRINTING IS EXPENSIVE!!!!! All those amazing invitations you see on Pinterest and blogs are worth a lot of money. Gold foil, letterpress, custom designs, calligraphy…it all adds up quickly. Be wary when you start creating your wedding paper suite and know that it can cost you up to $3,000 or more in just paper. No one ever tells you this out loud, but I’m here to let you in on this little secret.
I went with the less costly route on mine and had them only digital printed with a gold ink. It cut the costs way down, but in the end I didn’t receive a final product that I truly loved. #2.) YOU ONLY GET MARRIED ONCE. Well, hopefully for most of us. I spent over 5 months with my calligrapher creating the perfect design. It just never came to fruition on paper, unfortunately.
Honestly…my guest really couldn’t tell a difference and they felt they were beautiful. #3.) DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. It’s a hard balance. Especially when you get caught up in all the wedding hoopla and don’t know when to let it go. I’m a person that lives for the small details and will fixate on them until perfection. I am my own worst critic, as most of us are. Try to find a place where you can be happy and content in your wedding process without going too over the top.
STAMPS!!! What a headache. I ordered my custom logo stamps from Zazzle.com and they turned out perfect! Just know that they are quite large ( even the small version) due to the Zazzle bar code. I only wanted 1 stamp on my invites to keep it clean and cohesive. I made 2 different trips to the post office to double-check weight to order the exact postage correctly. Well…after ordering the stamps and getting super-duper excited to mail these out, the post office now tells me I’m 32 cents short!!! AHHHH…Let’s just say Bridezilla came out! 🙂 I had to go and order more stamps to correct the postage. This was not only timely to wait for a new order but very costly. #4.) TRIPLE check with post offices and go to multiple ones to make sure you don’t have the same wedding meltdown I had.
Then there was the luggage tag catastrophe!!! (I told you these invites were the death of me.) After my wonderful Dad printed the invites at his advertising firm, I decided that I wanted something a bit more polished for the luggage tags. I found a local printing company in Orange County who decided to make my tags out of plastic. They turned out really fantastic, ALL 200 of them she created!!! I ONLY needed 80!! She tried to charge me for all $200 before I had bridezilla moment #2 on her! We came to an agreement and I took half of luggage tags home with me. I wonder what she will do with the other 100??
#5.) Double check all email correspondences and never assume they understand. Always confirm twice before all orders and a 3rd time for good measure.
The save the dates are finally out and now on to the formal invites. Wish me luck.
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