During wedding planning you learn to embrace a lot of things: stress, multi-tasking, navigating the repetitive question of " hey, how's wedding planning?" and sometimes the fact that you and your mate (or your mother or your bridesmaids) might have differing opinions on how your wedding day should go. Adapting to all of the changes brought on by wedding planning isn't easy, but if you're a bride that is willing to embrace technology , things can get a lot easier.
Last weekend I got the help of 10 women from Josh and my families to assist with the construction of 125 handmade invitations. We used the same process as our DIY Save-The-Dates to create the basic card, with a formal invite on the front and a somewhat informal letter to guests on the back that includes details for the weekend's events. With the help of our families we added ribbon and an individual peacock feather to each one.
We are also renting a bus to drive us and 40 of our closest friends up the North Shore of Lake Superior prior to the wedding ceremony. Since we've affectionately been calling this our " North Shore Bus Tour " Josh decided to make tickets that we included with the invitations.
All of the invitations were created, stamped and sealed by hand over the weekend, and as of last Thursday they were all officially in the mail. So with all of this Do-It-Yourself talk, how exactly are we embracing technology? Glad you asked .
First, we decided to print out our address labels, which goes against both tradition and some etiquette guidelines that claim addresses should be neatly handwritten by either you or a professional calligrapher. I get why this is a nice touch, but I have to agree with other sources that state it is at your discretion, and as a 21st century bride, you should embrace 21st century technology. I don't think any of our guests will take offense to the fact that we didn't write out their name and address ourselves.
Second, we didn't include RSVP cards. My groom has been hard at work for months designing and building a custom wedding site, www.daniandjosh.com, that includes features that allow our guests to RSVP and make song requests online. Of course electronic RSVPs are not the answer for every bride, as it has a lot to do with the demographics of your guests. Luckily for us, our guest list includes some very tech-savvy people who will likely find the electronic RSVPs extremely efficient. Their information feeds directly into an Excel file and sends notification e-mails to Josh and I, as well as a confirmation e-mail back to the guest.
In other wedding news I finished hand making my wedding bouquet and brooch! The brooch was pretty simple, I just added feathers to tie it into the theme. For the bouquet, I did a few Do-It-Yourself blogs on how to make your own bead sprays and how to prepare the feathers, and after 50 oatmeal peacock feathers, 30 traditional peacock feathers, and three sets of my Grandma's vintage earrings, I finally have my bouquet completed. Here is a sneak peek at the finished products! (You'll have to wait for official wedding photos to see them in their entirety.) Be sure to hop over to Aisle File: Dani & Josh for the latest.