Hands down the most stressful part of wedding planning is the guest list, invitations, and addresses. Ughhh. So many details! Thankfully, the girls at Bridal Accents Couture are helping keep me sane. I found my dress there as well as my bridesmaids dresses, all the tuxes, our save-the-dates (which are in the process of being ordered . . . ahh procrastination at its finest on our part) and our invitations. I really love being able to wrap a bunch of details into one package. Even better, with them the more you package together the bigger rebate you get. Ease of planning and extra shopping money all in one!
After multiple visits, and spending probably hours thumbing through their books and asking the same questions over and over, I think we are finally making progress. With so many of our guests coming in from out-of-town/state, pocket style really are the only way to go for us.
Many of our guests will have two RSVP cards. One for the "groom's dinner" welcome party at Pinstripes, and then another for our reception. Nate is an amazing artist, so I'm also hoping to add a really cool homemade map with our key locations, as well as our favorite local spots for our vacationing guests.
All in all, this wedding thing has been a total blast. Like I said from day one, I LOVE planning a good party. However, in my mind this is the 'ugly' of wedding planning. Perhaps it's because I'm more of a big picture sort of girl, and not into the super small details. I originally assigned Nate to the invites and organizing the guest list. When he started to mention taking trips to Kinko's and making them himself I thought I should probably hop on board. Although I would have LOVED to have seen several of my guests reactions to a photo-copied invite! Instead, Nate's going to work on managing the labels for our invites. As much as I would like to have beautiful calligraphy featured on the front, we both write like messy Doctor's and lables seem so much easier.
We have managed to get our guest list down to the (almost) final count. Everyone's address is gathered, and both sides of the family have had their say. The interesting thing about wedding planning is you have your 'target' number in mind from day one. However, until you really talk to the parents and get final rsvp's it's all just a ball park. I can't wait to get everything in the mail, and see who shows up at our big day!