Here are our invites. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I have lots of pictures, interspersed with musings on the whole invitation-making process.
I designed them in Publisher with free fonts from dafont and some free vector graphics I found online. Designing paper goods takes a lot more time than you would think, but I’ve pretty proud of the end results. I would say the design is *almost* as well done as if we had hired a professional. The quality is definitely not super-awesome (it would have been so awesome if we could afford letterpress!), but it’s definitely respectable.
Here’s the whole suite together, along with some of the paper flowers I’ve been making to decorate the hall:
We had them printed and cut at Kinko’s using their standard gray cardstock and I ordered the envelopes from envelopemall.com (Pop Tones Tangy Orange – what a great color!). Since our wedding color palette revolves around orange, I was thrilled when USPS came out with last year’s LOVE stamp. (Annoyingly, they retire the love stamps in April every year, so we almost weren’t able to scrounge up enough for all our invites. Daniel was a hero and found 3 books for us!)
We also designed wrap-around mailing labels and had Kinkos print them on sticker paper.
Oh, and we are asking guests to draw critters on the backs of the RSVP postcards. So far, we have 100% participation, but we’ve only gotten 2 cards back.
In the end, it was somewhat less expensive than the cheapest professional invitations (like wedding-paper-divas or whatever) and a LOT more affordable than all the adorable hand gocco’d and letterpressed invites I enjoy perusing on etsy. They took forever to design, print, and send, but they are fun an totally worth it.
Here’s Daniel looking cute and excited after addressing all 50 envelopes!