|This is the outside of the pocketfold invitation with our monogram (and of course a peacock feather!) / Personal Photo|
As I mentioned previously, I ordered these from a shop on Etsy and opted to have the designer include guest addressing and return addressing on both the outer envelope and RSVP postcard--we are inviting 137 people so needed 70 invitations. I also ordered 10 blank invites just in case we have some last minute changes to the guest list and need to invite a few more people. In terms of making sure we have no surprise guests, I paid extra to have her print out each guests names on the RSVP postcard. Because of this, we skipped the inner envelope (which also helped save a bit of money).
When I received the invites, I thought they were absolutely stunning. But I think there may have been some slight miscommunication between myself and the designer--I thought she was going to print in the number of guests invited on the RSVP postcard as well but she didn't--I guess I forgot to specify that. So to me, this was truly the first DIY project I've had to do so far (and I know that it's pathetic of me to consider this DIY but as I've said before, I am terrible at most arts & crafts).
So I journeyed to Michaels (which is actually quite a fabulous place!) and bought an extra fine permanent marker to write in the number of invited guests per RSVP card and x-small glue dots to seal the pocketfold, then headed to the post office for those pretty white rose stamps. Here is a pictorial account of my "DIY";
|Step 1: Remove the glue dot seal on pocketfold|
|Step 2: Very carefully write in the number of invited guests on RSVP postcard|
|Step 3: Add stamp to RSVP postcard|
|Step 4: Re-seal pocketfold with a fresh glue dot|
|Step 5: Carefully ease the invite into the envelope (I love the huge peacock feathers but it was difficult stuffing them into the envelope)|
|Step 6: I cut a piece off of a dish sponge to make an envelope moistener and put a bit of water in the ramekin to seal the envelopes|
|Step 7: Since each envelope is over 1 ounce and supposedly "odd-shaped", I had to put two stamps each|
FH even helped out at the end--I sealed the envelopes with my makeshift envelope moistener and he put on the stamps. Oh and quick tip--apparently the postage is increasing in price starting this Sunday 1/27, so I literally just dropped the invitations off at my local post office today to have them hand cancelled. I know it may seem like I'm sending these out a tad early, but since it's a destination wedding, I'd like these in our guests' hands sooner rather than later so people can book their travel arrangements. Like I said, it's gettin' real!! Now let's see how many people actually complete and return the RSVP postcard...
Did you also have an "it's gettin' real" moment when you received/mailed out your invitations?