In the wedding world, invitations are a huge deal. I give them all the credit in the world–they are the first impression your guests have of your big day! That being said, our invitation budget was small. Like, $400 small. If you’ve never planned a wedding, I know you’re shitting your pants right now. Here’s a little insight: Our original invite quote was almost $1,000. So yes, $400 is very small in the wedding scope of things.
Even with a small budget, I had big hopes. Champagne taste, beer budget–remember? Dreams of glittery envelopes, handwritten calligraphy and gold foil printing filled my head.
Don’t worry, my bubble was quickly burst. And when it really comes down to it, I wouldn’t change a thing. Our invitations were custom designed by the lovely and talented ladies at 26 Press. Hand-crafted and printed on a traditional printing press gives these letterpress printed invitations just the sort of love we were looking for. Did I mention they’re located in my hometown? Because they are! And I love nothing more than being able to support small businesses. Though, if I’m being entirely candid, I don’t think these ladies will be small for very long. I could yammer all day, but their work speaks for itself 🙂
A couple things…
–You can read about our stance on kids at weddings here.
–We wanted a creative way for RSVPing aside from the usual “yes” or “no”. We loved what Ashley and Erika came up with.
–The weekend of our wedding also happens to be the same weekend as the largest car show in the Northeast, so local hotels were refusing to give us room blocks. We needed to come up with a way to figure out where out-of-town guests were staying to drop off welcome bags, so we put it on the invitation instead of giving a meal choice (because there isn’t one..haha!).