Why NOT to DIY Wedding Invitations!

A friend recently shared this photo with me and I burst out laughing because it is SO TRUE!
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I can’t tell you how many brides come to me with the same story … “I tried to make my own invitations, but it was just too frustrating!”  Or…”I tried to do my save-the-dates…I will NEVER do THAT again!”

While Pinterest is a great tool for brides, it can also be very deceiving. Everything is made to look “simple.” How many pins have you seen for “Easy DIY Wedding Invitations?” The wedding invitations in the picture look amazing, so you click the link only to discover that the title is misleading. A more appropriate title would be:

“101 Steps for Creating Mediocre Wedding Invitations”

Some brides aren’t scared by a long list of steps, so they decide to carve out the necessary time and energy to attempt their own wedding invitations thinking “How hard can it be?” What they don’t expect is the headache that comes with it… there are so many things that can go wrong! Every step becomes an obstacle…

Just see what this bride had to say about her DIY experience!

“I spent hours in Word trying to design the perfect invite (if I only knew then…) and fighting to try and get it to do what I wanted … I came up with this elaborate (and looking back on it, kinda ridiculous) design that involved snowflake printed clear wrap, vellum, standard paper, etc.  My only option for adhesive seemed to be spray glue. I spent a huge amount of time assembling these invitations, making a mess of pretty much everything, getting cat hair stuck to my invites, everything stuck to my floor, and generally using any and every curse word I could come up with to describe this project. I spent hours and hours printing a myriad of different inserts, wasting tons of paper because of my crappy printer and lack of proofreading, alternately wanting to cry and run away. But, I was stuck with it. (And that’s not all!) Having to design completely different invites because we decided to invite work friends and I had no more paper. Having invitations start falling apart before they were even sent because of using spray glue. Having to send envelopes out with spelling mistakes because I hadn’t bothered to order extra. It went on and on…

When it was all over I swore I would NEVER, EVER do it again (and to this day I often say to clients that if I were to have another wedding, I would hire someone else to create my invitations). I had spent somewhere around $1500-2000 on my wedding stationery, and WAY too much time, and I could have easily used that same amount of money to have something fantastic done by an honest-to-goodness stationer. I hadn’t taken into consideration the real cost of DIY.” (Click here for the complete disaster story from The Invitation Blog at Hip Ink.)

BUT WAIT, there’s more! Many other brides share similar DIY experiences… I couldn’t help but smirk while reading “The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009.” And ANOTHER…”You’re Invited (Part I): A DIY Invitation Disaster.” This bride had so much trouble with her “DIY adventure” that she had to write about it in TWO parts!! See “You’re Invited (Part II): Assembling the Troops” to read about the rest of the mess she endured! The list of DIY invitation disasters is endless!

In just those three stories alone, the list of potential problems for DIY wedding invitations is a long one: spending hours in word processing, reformatting templates again and again and again, having to completely re-do initial designs, paper colors not what expected, having to re-order (for a fee), spray glue (enough said), messy assembly, spending more hours printing, wasting paper, spelling errors due to lack of proofreading, running out of supplies, invites falling apart before they even reach the mailbox, problems with printing companies, text smudging, throwing away invitations, paying for a second printing, and even invitations blown away in the wind!!

Not to mention other problems I’ve heard brides lament about when attempting to DIY: printing invitations upside down, making millions of trips to the craft store, frustrations over learning new design software, assembly taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r, printers jamming and/or running out of ink, and of course many tears shed over these seemingly-menial-but-still-so-important-wedding-details.

The list could go on and on and on! Think you’re saving time and money?? THINK AGAIN!

Brides who contact me quickly realize that allowing a professional to handle the job allows them to relax, knowing that the finished product will look far better than anything they could make on their own! Plus, it frees them up to focus on other important wedding decisions. There’s just so much to do — why add the stress of designing and assembling invitations too? Take it from me (I know how much time and energy it takes to make beautiful invitations!)… this is one thing you will be glad you didn’t take on yourself!

It’s your special day! Let your invitations reflect how important your wedding truly is. We at ‘RSVP to me’ would love to assist you by creating custom wedding invitations for your upcoming celebration! Share your vision with us and we can create it!

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Wedding Ceremony Programs 101

You might have finalized your wedding invitations, but before you can breath a sense of relief, there are some other wedding day stationery must-haves to consider. Today we’re talking all about a detail that’s quite often overlooked and sometimes even forgotten about. Besides your beautiful custom wedding invitation, the ceremony program is the first detail that introduces your theme and style to guests the day of your wedding. Think about the last time you attended the wedding ceremony. Were you anxiously waiting for the service to start without anything to look at, wondering who’s who? Were you confused about any special rituals that were performed? What we love so much about wedding programs is that they not only allow your guests to feel included, as well as help them understand the ceremony, but each one we design is unique to each and every couple. They tell a story, are informative, and are a lovely keepsake from your special day.

Although the booklet style might be the most traditional, this wedding program gives you a lot of room to personalize and outline the ceremony in full detail

Custom chandelier ceremony booklet program by ‘RSVP to me
Are you having planning an outdoor ceremony during the summer? Keep in mind there’s a good chance the weather might be hot and humid. Keep guests entertained AND cooled off with a fun and creative fan style wedding ceremony program!
Custom fan style ceremony program with palm leaf design
Stacked style ceremony programs are a fun twist on the traditional booklet style. This style consists of three or more pages stacked on top of each other with each title showing at the bottom of the page. It can be secured with your choice of ribbon or twine.
Custom stacked style ceremony program as seen on “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Flat style ceremony programs are perfect if you’re planning a short (generic) service that doesn’t need a lot of explaining. These are a great option if you just want to list your bridal party and/or the order of service.
Custom flat style ceremony program with monogram and date
Essential Details to Include
1. A cover page that includes the names of the bride and groom, wedding date, wedding location, and the time of the ceremony
2. Be sure to include the ceremony order to inform guests of how the service will go (i.e. prelude, processional, opening prayer, readings, songs, exchange of vows/rings, blessing/presentation of couple, and the recessional).
3. Listing the names of your wedding party and those who are involved, along with each of their roles is a great way for guests to put a face to a name. It’s also nice to acknowledge those that were there for your throughout the planning process.

Additional Details to Personalize your Ceremony Program
1. Recognition of those relatives or friends who have passed away
2. A special thank you from the couple
3. Quotes and/or lyrics that are meaningful to your relationship

Custom fan style ceremony program embellished with plum organza ribbon
Remember, there are no rules set in stone and you have the option to include as much, or as little information as you like. Don’t forget, ‘RSVP to me‘ can design your wedding stationery to coordinate with your wedding invitations and suggest exactly what to include!