Guess What We Did Yesterday…

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Why, yes, I did get out of my car and walk up to the drive-through mail drop off box at the post office for a Weddingbee photo op. We don’t have those fun, free-standing blue ones there! That’s how us small town folks do things, y’all.

That’s right!  We officially invited people to our wedding!  210 completely handcrafted and assembled invitations made by myself (along with Mama Dillo, Li’l Dillo and Mr. A) were dropped off at the local post office yesterday afternoon.  And after actively working on these suckers since we became engaged back in September of 2011, I was SO FRIGGIN’ HAPPY to get them off my hands.  Dropping them off felt like turning in a freshly printed and stapled term paper to a professor after working on it all semester–I was super proud, super relieved, and super exhausted.

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There they sit moments before their mass exodus to the USPS.

Although I’m ultimately happy with the way they turned out, my adventure in DIY invitations wasn’t without its hiccups, and I fully intend to share them with you after I do the big reveal!  The honest truth is, DIYing invitations is a lot. of. work.  I completely underestimated how much time and effort it really was going to take, and although it did save us a pretty decent chunk of cash, I totally and utterly understand why wedding stationery can be so expensive.  Time is MONEY, y’all!

Anyway, even though I’m DYING to show you guys the finished product, I want to wait at least a week or two so our guests have a chance to see them first.  But I’m not completely heartless, yo!  How about a little sneaky peek of some of my favorite elements of the envelopes?

You're invited, Hive! (Okay, not really.  Pretty sure my parents would kill me if you all showed up.  JS.)

You’re all invited, Hive! (Okay, not really. Pretty sure my parents would kill me if you all showed up. Sorry.)

Fancy embossing on the corner?  Yes, please!

Fancy embossing on the corner? Yes, please!

 

President Washington and Mr. Henry look quite smashing together, don't you think?

President Washington and Mr. Henry look quite smashing together, don’t you think?

Anyway, I’m really hoping our guests appreciate all the time and effort we put into these invitations, and I absolutely could not have done them without the help of Mr. A, Mama Dillo and Li’l Dillo.  I’m so grateful to have such wonderful and loving people in my life who are willing to sit down at the kitchen table and cut hundreds of sheets of cardstock with me.  Now I just can’t wait to see those RSVPs start rolling in!

Did you choose to completely DIY your wedding invitations?  In the end, was it worth it?  Did you save any money by going the DIY route?

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