Our invites went out last Monday (the 16th) with a rsvp date of Sept 10th (one month exactly prior to the wedding). So far, we have 20 responses, so I'm thinking we are off to a great start!!! I also marked the back of the rsvp card with an invisible ink that you can see with a special light thank God b/c we already got a decline back with just the persons last name (and there are a few families that share that name!). I can't tell you the relief we had when these were out the door!!!
So I'm sure I'll be posting alot now with invitation updates...that seems to be all I think about lately. I really can't wait to have all of this done!! I've cut all of my inserts and starting stuffing my pocketfolds. I stuffed 65 out of my 130 invites tonight. I still have to:
Print actual invite
Stamp and emboss invite
Stick them to pocketfold
Stamp return address on rsvp envelope
Stick stamps on both envelopes
Print addresses via printer
Print and cut belly bands
My inserts neatly tucked away :)
Custom map I made in photoshop. I printed them on the back of the directions insert. Its a crappy pic, but I put where we met, where he proposed, and where we will be married :)
My custom stamps I made (HUGE sale on zazzle where I got them for only a dollar more per sheet than face value)
So, I've printed all of my invites except for my directions card last week. I've begun the process of cuttiing them and I'm just about 1/3 done. I definitly have a ways to go. I'm planning on having a few of my bridesmaids get together to help assemble them so we can just bang them out. Just have to figure out a day!
My invitations printed on letter sized cream linen cardstock
Some of my cut inserts
Today I ordered my cardstock from cardsandpockets.com. I really like the idea of doing my own invites (I like to do crafts and stuff) and my sister is an awesome artist. I know I have a long time but I just want to see what I'm working with and from what I hear from some girls that have do it themselves, it can take a few months to put together. I am going to do the pocket folders now, but not do the actual invites, belly bands and monogram until next year. I ordered some samples last week and I am going with the metallic merlot color. It is a shimmery deep plum color. I ordered them precut to 16 x 7 inches just to make my life easier. They came to 66 cents a piece which is awesome. I plan to follow the directions from "the road to the aisle" blog. So this weekend I'm going to tackle scoring and folding. And once we figure out what we are doing for our engagement party, I will be doing them myself also. Below is an example of the look I am going for.