UPDATE: I sent out the RSVPs with no response date on them. I uploaded and printed the wrong version. I totally FAIL. I am now officially distraught.
The invitations have been sent!!!! They are with the US Postal Service and in the hands of little baby Jesus. I got a couple of texts that they have already been received by some but the process to send them out was not without a little pain. I hope to NEVER have to go through that traumatic experience again! LOL!
I arrived at my mom’s house at 9AM, primed and ready for battle. I had my materials in hand and I was ready to rumble!!! I woke my Mom up, fueled up with some kolaches and coffee and got to work.
My first task was to cut the information cards from the card stock I had them printed on. There are were 4 to page so quite a bit of cuttage was going on. By the time my Mom finally got up, cleaned up and ate a bit, I was ready for her to get on task with her assignment.
I ordered 200 invites and 250 postcard RSVPs. The back of the postcard RSVPs needed to be stamped with the stamp I had made with my return address. (That is another story in itself, full of f*ckery by the idiots at Office Depot.) I got Mom to stamping, while I got kept cutting. We made speedy progress and by 11AM we were ready to stuff the envelopes.
I had Mom stuffing the invite and info card into the envelopes and then put the return address labels on. I was numbering the back of the postcards and writing down the numbers to correspond to the guest address labels since my genius self left my Excel spreadsheet (already numbered, mind you) at home. Can you say #BRIDALFAIL????
After we get ALL that done, I get ready to stuff the postcards into the envelopes and they ARE TOO BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cue the BRIDAL MELTDOWN!!! I called everyone but the fire department (well not really but I felt like I did). What to do?? What to do?? Myron is texting and stressing me out, I’m about to pass the hell out and I have RSVPs too big for the damn envelopes!!!!!
So I finally made the executive bridal decision to shave some off the bottom so they would fit. I didn’t have much choice. Re-ordering would have taken another week and I have an RSVP deadline of August 31st. I had to give folks time to respond.
So I cut some of the bottom off with some scissors and nearly cried. My cutting skills are rusty. Please see exhibit A below:
My family is really nice. They said it didn’t look bootleg. I sent a copy to my friend Nicole who actually designed the card for me and she said it didn’t look that bad. She was being nice too. They do wonders for my self esteem.
Sooooo, me and mom rolled out to FedEx Office to have them professionally cut down. We arrive there to find out they don’t do that but we were welcome to use their paper cutter in the back that is available to the public. So that is what I did. We spent an hour cutting down the postcards to size and then putting them in the right envelopes. I will admit that the paper cutter made the cards look a bit better because there was a nice straight edge and I was able to leave a bit of the brown border at the bottom. A bride’s gotta do what she gotta do. *kanye shrug*
Lastly, we set out for the post office in the blazing heat and I buy $72 worth of stamps and after that, we commandeer a table in the post office and get to stamping and licking. This is what 90 invitations look like after being stamped and licked.
I dropped them in the mail slot at 3:21 PM CST. I would have gotten a shot of me mailing them but some man was behind us breathing down our necks! (Hater!) They were a full day’s work but so worth it in the long run. I got the invitations I wanted and they don’t look like anyone else’s.
So now it’s for real, ya’ll. The invites are out and this party is about to get started. The countdown to September 26th is on!