Tuesday Giveaway!

Well, after months of searching, and a night full of belly-laughs, we have chosen our wedding invitations and I think we nailed the wording down as well:

“You are cordially invited to celebrate with Landon,  Ashleigh and their families on this joyous day where they will exchange marriage vows at their wedding ceremony. We would be honored if you would join us for our union.”
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Maybe you can see where the belly laughs were coming from? We did have a jolly time last night going through the 30 or so sample invitations that we had collected, and narrowing it down to six before making our decision (Now I just have to call and see if they can do a sample in the colors we want because we can’t seem to picture it and be okay with purchasing it based on the picture in our heads!).

Anyway, this left us with a pile of sample invitations that we aren’t going to be using – so here comes the giveaway! I know I have lots of friends that are brides-to-be, and we have also just entered wedding season so this should be fun!

First bride-to-be to comment with their email address saying that they want the invitations, will get them. Now, if you don’t want them ALL, you can also say that you want any of these categories and I’ll happily just send you those: Modern, Traditional, Artistic, Rustic.

Ready, set, comment!

Paper Goods

I have a slight obsession with stationary, and greeting cards, and apparently also with wedding invitation samples. Maybe not so much an obsession with the samples, but with finding THE RIGHT ONE. It took us a little bit of time to decide on the save-the-dates, but not nearly as long as it is for the invitations. And here we are, coming down to the wire and we’re still going in circles about which ones we like best.
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Here is our kitchen table with MOST of the samples that I’ve ordered, from various places, such as: Wedding Paper Divas, The Green Kangaroo, and Exclusively Weddings – we have about 25 all together. The thing is, I can’t pick JUST ONE. There are certain things I like about some of them, and other things I like about others, but they aren’t all on the same invitation. Someone told me a while back about Salutations in Ballantyne, and that we could basically design our own there, but between work, grad school, and regular ol’ life, we haven’t had the time.

There are about a million sites that you can order invitations from, and I really appreciate the ones that offer samples (and free samples are even better!). It’s so hard to pick THE PERFECT ONE that will forever be “our wedding invitation.” Do we want artwork? Do we want our names in big calligraphy letters? Do we want white paper or colored? Ugh! Toooo many options – and still trying to not break the bank with the invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards.

I know I want classy, and simple, and definitely in our wedding colors. My groom is a little more artistic than I am and prefers some sort of design, and apparently does not like “big names” on the invitation. So, we’re still at square one with this decision, and have about 8 weeks before we need to be mailing these bad boys out. I see a quick game of eenie, meenie, miney, mo in our near future!

What are your best invitation recommendations? Favorite vendors or websites? I would LOVE to hear about them!

Making the Cut

We’ve been working on our invite list since… oh, ’round about October and I do believe that it is in its final form now. That was TOUGH. Do we invite all the great co-workers? Do we invite the college friend that was a really good friend but we haven’t talked to in years? Do we invite the sorority/fraternity members? Do we invite those people who believe that they are “best friends” with us but we consider them acquaintances? So hard.

Modern Manners Guy had a great post about who to invite to your wedding – and who you didn’t have to!

  • You don’t have to invite who your friends or parents want you to invite – it’s YOUR wedding
  • You don’t have to invite all of your co-workers (or any of them!)
  • You don’t have to give everyone the option to bring a date – maybe they’ll meet someone!

I’d like to add to his list that it’s okay to tell people their children aren’t invited. Yes, they are cute, and we like them, but we don’t want children in the mix on the dance floor or screaming during the ceremony. Please leave the munchkins at home.

I have found it incredibly rude that people ASK if they are invited to the wedding. Who does that? I feel like if you have to ask, you probably aren’t invited and if you are invited, you wouldn’t feel the need to ask. If I haven’t seen you in 7 years and have only talked to you via Facebook every 10-12 months since then, yeah…. about that.

Our plan was to have 125 people at our wedding for a quaint, outdoors affair. After a first try, our list was at 168. We tried to modify, but for everyone we removed, we added someone else. And what about the great grad school friends we’ve made? So many tough decisions with this wedding stuff (eloping is NOT off the table! Just kidding, Mom). After my biggest decision, some people helped remove themselves from my list (15 to be exact).

So as of last night, we were at 153, including our pastor and photographer. Obviously, we know not all of those will show… it will be vacation time or a baby will arrive, and we’re okay with that. But our list finally reflects the people that we want to share our big day with and we’re so excited to finally get our save-the-dates out in the mail!

We’re still in the running for winning a Sandals Honeymoon package! You can vote for us once a day here – all votes are VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

Tough Decisions

I would like to order a bunch of different save-the-dates because I am terrible at picking JUST ONE. We were trying to finalize our invite list this morning and simultaneously looking at save-the-dates. I plan on sending these out after the holidays (don’t want any to get lost with all those holiday cards!).

A few weeks ago, we ordered samples of wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas to see if we picked any of the same ones. I thought that would be a cute way to decide on the invitation, however, I have more of a classical style and my groom is artsy-fartsy. We did find one that has a burlap design with a blue design… I mean, hello! It doesn’t get more perfect than that… luckily, we have a little while to decide on the invitations, response cards, menus?, and whatever else we have to order… but the save-the-dates are a little more immediate.

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com

I have always loved magnet save-the-dates… something to keep it right there in people’s faces versus being put in a “junk drawer” and forgotten. I also HAVE to have a photo on the save-the-date … after all, we have just taken a million more adorable photos together, so we have to put them to good use.

Just two more weeks of classes for the both of us and then we have a few weeks to relax and wedding plan our little hearts out before Christmas, New Years and the start of our Spring semesters. Lots of decisions to be made… soon… but probably not today.

Kids, or no kids?

Calm down, we’re not debating on whether or not we will have children, just whether or not we will allow kids at our wedding. Family kids alone is adding about 15 people to the guest list (which is already over the amount of people we wanted to invite…. and without several people that we had hoped to be able to invite on that list)… tough decision. Let me show you why…

My sweet, sweet, adorable little cousins. Maddi & Addi are almost the same age and I literally adore those little girls. Addi is my mini-me and Maddi is… well… she realllly loves that Landon is going to be a part of the family. I love them to pieces and can’t imagine celebrating such a big day in my life without two people who have been such a big part of my life. Drew too… he’s Addi’s little brother and a very special little boy in my life. Then there’s this guy….
My nephew who is just too stinkin’ cute to leave out. I mean seriously… look at those eyes! I initially didn’t want babies there (because of crying during the ceremony) but again, I can’t imagine not having pictures of me holding this little man on the happiest day of my life.

I’ve seen weddings every which way… no kids, everyone’s kids, only family kids, only kids that were in the wedding, only allowed until a certain time…. it’s just such a hard decision. Who to cut out, who is a must-have… but it comes down to a number limit and budget, I think.

I should also point out that my fiance has quite a few kids on his side of the family (adorable kids) and I think he would regret it afterwards if they weren’t there… so even if we don’t have kids in the wedding (I’m thinking no flower girl or ring bearer – that’s why we have dogs!) … I do think I at least want family kids there.

What do y’all think? What’s the best way to approach this?