Invites Revealed!

We sent out our invitations early last week, and the RSVPs have been trickling in, so I think it’s time to share them with the Hive! As you may recall, McGlovin talked me into a VistaPrint invitation suite while we were still over six months from our wedding and…it was an amazing decision. I would have loved to have had letterpress invites that were glorious and thick and lovely, but there was really no justification for it. I would much rather take the money we saved and throw it at our booze fund 🙂

Anyway, so, let’s walk through the invitation suite. You open your mailbox to find this super fun piece of mail:

You tear open the envelope in an excited frenzy, ruining all of my painstaking addressing, to find this pocket-fold envelope with all of the information you’ve ever wanted:

Our RSVP cards actually took a good deal of thought. We thought about doing some sarcastic/witty responses, but my dad wasn’t really feeling it- he asked me if I really needed to be snarky about my wedding day 🙂 So we went with a more traditional wording, and elicited a note as well as a song request. On the back, we definitely included a QR code- I have watched McGlovin ingore many an rsvp card until the day after it was requested back, so I wanted to make RSVPing as painless as possible {because, you know, the SELF ADDRESSED pre-STAMPED ENVELOPE I included isn’t quite easy enough 🙂 }

Now the invitation without the RSVP cluttering things up:

We wanted a formal looking invite with a little fun thrown in, which resulted in one of my favorite details:

Then we have some enclosures: an accommodations card, and the reception invitation. These are pretty basic:

And finally, on the back of the accommodations card we included a schedule of events {mostly, I just wanted to warn everyone that there will be a gap between the ceremony and the reception. McGlovin and I are occasionally ambushed by the gap, which is only frustrating because then, inevitably, hangry sets in and no one is prepared with any snacks :)}

So, those are our invitations. Vista Print provided the design for the actual invite, the RSVP card, and the reception card. I designed and printed the accommodations/itinerary card from my desktop, and Mama Gloves and I hand crafted the pocketfold envelopes. As invitations go, they were pretty economical- with our Groupon, we spent about $120 dollars on the invites, the pocketfolds, the enclosures and the outer envelopes. We also spent many hours in front of HIMYM while we worked on them over the course of six weeks or so. Overall, I think the project turned out pretty well- they aren’t the most amazing invitations I’ve ever seen, by any means, but they were cute and affordable and didn’t cause too much stress, so it’s a win in the Gloves’ book!

Oh! And my sample invite- it’s made out to Mickey and Minnie. Like a few Bees before me, I sent out a number of VIP invitations. If you’re interested, here are the addresses:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Cinderella and Prince Charming
The Magic Kingdom
1675 N Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Pope Benedictus XVI
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00210 Citta del Vaticano, Italia

Governor and Mrs. John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117

The President & First Lady
The White House
Greetings Office, Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20502

So, what do you think? Did you send any invites to the VIPs? Also, did anyone else go the partial DIY route? If so, how did they turn out?

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