…was my wedding invitations. And they did keep me away from blogging (and checking/answering email, reading other people’s blogs, and otherwise enjoying myself) for well over a week. I’m not quite sure I’m back into the swing of things yet; we’ll see.
Anyvay, these invitations became the bane of my existence. To save money, my friend said she would help me design them. GREAT! Only problem: I spent well over 40 hours on them, at least 10 of them we were working on the design. Hmm…at that rate, my time is worth, oh, I don’t know, about $.02 an hour. Looks like I probably should have bit the bullet and bought them pre-made. Too late now; they’re done and I’m already getting RSVPs back (albeit with additional guests I wasn’t counting on, but I’m getting them back nonetheless).
I apologize in advance for the poor pictures…I just want this period of my life behind me already! I seriously doubt I’ll ever look back on this with fondness. The wedding day I’ll definitely love, but this whole planning thing and spending every hard-earned penny on wedding stuff (because every time I turn around THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE TO BUY)…mmm, no. If I ever have to do this again (knock on wood I don’t!) I’m eloping.
I tink you’ll be able to click on the images to enlarge them, but I’m not positive. If not, get out your magnifying glass.
So this is what people see when they first open up the envelope (the envelope was lined in that fancy shmancy green florentine paper btw). Not bad so far, eh? (I love saying eh.)
Hmm…the quality of this photo isn’t looking that great when I insert it into this post. Hopefully it’ll correct itself when I publish this. Anyway, see that there’s basically three borders around the actual invitation? Yeah, I had to cut all of those. And see how the outer edge and the edge around the invitation are the same? Well, to save money, my friend and I thought I’d just cut out the smaller box out of the bigger box…which easily took 5 hours. Can you guess how much money I saved? $2.40.
This is a closer-up of the invitation. That ampersand in the middle? That’s supposed to be green, but I couldn’t afford the color printing at Kinko’s… 🙁
Oof, that looks horribly pixelated. It doesn’t look like that in real life, I promise. This was the amazing part of the invitations. There’s three inserts that are printed are gradually darker shades of green. My friend copied part of the design from the florentine paper and made it so that when the cards were lined up, the design would flow across the three inserts, but when you take it apart, you’d never know that the picture is part of a whole. Here’s the inserts individually (sorry about the poor pictures!!!):
So that’s it. I feel like I should have birthed these things with the amount of time (and money…) that I put into these. Hopefully the rest of my projects are not nearly as time consuming, because I don’t know how much more I can legitimately call in ‘sick’ (it was only two days, I swear!). 😀