Here's a few final photos of the finished product. I showed the original invites when I received the mockup back here. However, after showing them to Mr Fix It, he had one main request - change the font on the invites to something a little bit more 'formal' and not so simple and plain. Whatever...I accommodated his request and here is the final invite as we sent it out:
* As always, note the colors are not represented well at all...they look green in this pic instead of the aqua color. :(
Did you see that I added some little crystal rhinestones to the invites to bling them up a bit...love it!
And here are the envelope wraps my sister and I created as well as the fun little personalized photo stamp I bought from stamps.com. Yeah, they're heavy invites and so we had to pay $0.61 per envelope. BE SURE TO TAKE A SAMPLE OF YOUR INVITE INTO THE POST OFFICE TO HAVE THEM WEIGH AND CONFIRM POSTAGE NEEDED BEFORE YOU MAIL YOUR INVITES!!!
I didn't take a pic of the back side of the envelope but it wraps all the way around to the back where our return address is on the back side. The graphic also wraps around to the back as well.
Sorry the stamp pic is blurry...I really need a new camera.
All boxed up just before I left for the post office:
Well, that's it...98 invitations from our 'A list' have been dropped in the mail today. This is 11 weeks before our wedding...about 3 weeks earlier than when they typically suggest you mail them out (6-8 weeks). But we are giving them 5 weeks to respond. I know that's early to respond to a wedding that's still 6 weeks away, but we won't be sticklers about people absolutely returning their response by that date. We just needed to do this to assist with confirming those that absolutely will not be coming (most likely because they're out of state). This way, it allows us to confirm those that cannot attend so that we can still mail out a few 'B list' invites to local friends we had to cut :( At the same time, it gives us plenty of time to call people who are lazy about returning their RSVP card. Especially since our caterer needs the final head count 3 weeks before the big day.
As the no's roll in, we'll mail out a few additional invites to our B listers (hopefully) and then give them an extra 4 weeks to respond (since they didn't get their invite as early). Either way, the guest list is stressing me out big time...but that's a post for another day. All I will say for now is let's just pray that at least 23 people out of 221 will respond that they cannot come. Fingers crossed!
What do you think of the finished invite? Are/Did you go the envelope wrap route or did you use calligraphy, handwriting or computer printed envelopes?