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Anyway, I'm getting off topic. Back to the invites. We met at Paperista with owner Antoinette for what I knew would be a long meeting. Fortunately the save-the-dates set the tone for the invites, so we knew that the colors would be grey and navy and we already established the fonts. Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher did all of the custom calligraphy on the save-the-date, and once we had the design established, she was going to do the main words in calligraphy for the invite, as well. I knew going in to the meeting that I was going to have traditional wording, with few, if any, of the extra frills that stationers are now doing. Don't get me wrong, I love bright, colorful, funky invites. I just knew it wasn't going to fly with my parents, and it didn't really go with the classic and elegant feel I was striving to achieve. On the contrary, I also did not want to send out a boring, no frills invite. Cue the Paperista brain trust.
MR. AND MRS. TIMOTHY JOHN HOWALD
REQUEST THE HONOUR OF YOUR PRESENCE
AT THE MARRIAGE OF THEIR DAUGHTER
yada yada yada
Every word choice on every page was her domain, which given my profession is a little comical. But, like I said before, this was not a battle I cared to fight. We had a slight moment of tension as to whether or not to include the hotels/ transportation information. Ms. Post of the past says no to all those extra details; it's an invite and that's all . . . my mom conceded to have one line on the reception card that said "Transportation from The Hyatt and Radisson Hotel will be provided." And that was it. If anyone needed more details, it was to the website they go! And in all honesty, I'm okay having not mussied up the invite, but I sure hope people like to save and still have the save-the-date, which has the link.
If you're wondering, here's everything we are having printed/ letterpressed: One formal invitation with the time of the Mass and the church name on it. A reception card with the details about where our reception is taking place and the much-discussed transportation line. An RSVP card (with little-to-no room for people to add in extra numbers . . . we are not including children since the guest list is already huge, and I am really hoping to avoid that awkward conversation when people RSVP for more individuals than were on the invite), a stamped envelope (with one of our engagement pictures as the stamp), an inner-envelope (with an envelope liner filled with the chosen curly cues), and the outer envelope.
Carly is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Vanessa is creative director and co-founder at Bow & Arrow Magazine. See her engagement story.
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