Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Big Reveal

I gave you the teaser a few weeks ago of our invitations, and they've all been delivered, so there's no reason to hold these bad boys back any more! Without further ado, the product of much love, sweat, and tears is revealed!

Page One

Page Two

Page Three

Page Four

Page Five

RSVP Postcard Front

RSVP Postcard Back

The whole package

A few tips I learned from other brides that have served me well. On the back of our postcards, I put a little heart, this serves two purposes. First, it matches the heart on the main page of our invite and looks cute. Second, it's my tracking system. Inevitably you'll get someone who RSVPs without a name (we've only gotten one so far). I bought a kids "spy kit" from Chapters online for something like $4 that came with an invisible ink pen and a black light. On my guest list Excel spreadsheet I gave each guest/couple/family a number. I wrote their corresponding number on the heart in the invisible ink on their postcard. Now if I get a blank named RSVP, I can use my blacklight to see that it's card number 38, look that up on my guest list and see that it was Mr & Mrs Smith who forgot to write their names. Magic! 

Don't forget to budget for stamps! When you make a mock up of your invitation make sure you take it to the post office and have it weighed to figure out the postage. There are weight and size restrictions for different classes of mail depending on your country. Don't guess what category you fit in, go to the post office and figure it out! Because I was doing a multi-page invite, it cost us $1.00/invitation to mail within Canada. Had we gone with a simpler design we could have fit in the $0.57 category. However, I never do things the simple way. I'm really happy with how they turned out and I wouldn't change them at all!

So I hope you've enjoyed our invites! I'm so happy I took the time to design, print, and sew them all myself. I loved putting so much of "us" into them. We've gotten nothing but compliments and great feedback from our guests which, of course, puts a huge smile on my face!


  1. I love them! They're unique and different. They really show personality. Well done! :)

  2. Thanks so much Britt and thanks for visiting! Everyone is really loving how personal we made our invitations and I think the story-telling aspect to it. I couldn't be happier!

  3. Adorable. I love the blacklight idea.

  4. So adorable!! I love how personal they are. and wow, I love the black light invisible ink idea. So clever, we're going to do that for sure. I just stumbled on to your blog and I am so glad I did :-)

  5. Thanks ladies! Just as a follow-up to the black light/invisible ink stuff, it's worked out pretty well so far. However, I will say that because we used RSVP postcards, some of them got some rain splashed on them or whatever, and the blacklight didn't work quite as well. I could still make it out, but it involved some squinting ;) I'd say make sure you go over your numbers a couple times with the pen to make sure it's nice and heavy, I think that would have helped mine.