Looking at the wedding planning process thus far, it is clear to me that this is actually great process to learn about marriage and how you operate as a couple. You both have to make big decisions (and compromise), work on budgets (both money and time), manage extended family and friends' opinions, and plan ahead for the future. Whew! Who knew?!!
I can honestly say that the process has brought us closer together. Sure, I have had my moments of toddler-like tantrums where I act like the world is falling on my shoulders, and he has had his moments where he just wants to get something done to check if off the list, but we have learned a lot about communication and prioritization.
One element of the process that put us to the true test was creating, ordering, and making our invitations. I am sure you are thinking, "Why is that so complex?" They have all of those great invite kits out there, or you can just hire a company to do it. Well, you must not know me . . . I enjoy taking the path of most resistance! I had this idea in my head and Mike and I were committed to making it come to life, and I actually think we grew closer in the process.
We went in to Paper Depot with a sketch and pictures of an invitation that I had previously seen and really liked (they had great templates to look at, which I skimmed through, but my heart was set on this). This amazing consultant named Anna met with us and helped us create this invitation from the bottom up. We picked out our paper style and colors and started cutting, taping, assembling, and measuring. When we left we had a sample of the template, our paper (that didn't need to be custom cut), and this:
A piece of cake right?! Not really, but we spent a lot of quality time together, and he now can navigate through any Michael's in 60 seconds to find tape, eyelets, and labels!
We had the cardstock custom cut to size and Paper Depot will let you come in and use any of its equipment to work on your invitations. We had a Friday date night scoring the cardstock to create the tri-fold on the cards.
We then got everything printed and cut and the assembly process began!
There were some times in the process that we did get a little frustrated. (I can be a little bit of a perfectionist; but hey, if we put this much time and effort into making them look great, we might as well do it right!) I can say that Mike is a pro at using a punch and setting eyelets on paper!
I took some deep breaths and Mike was really patient, and we got them done and in the mail! I cannot tell you what an accomplishment that was and the end result turned out great:
The invitation (banded before opening):
The invitation opened (RSVP, Invitation, and three sheet with details connected together with silver eyelets):
I can honestly say our invitations were a "labor of love," but they turned out amazing. I wouldn't have changed anything about the way they turned out (and the quality time Mike and I spent together making them)!