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If my wedding were a cheesy romantic comedy, then right now Stevie Wonder would be singing as a montage rolled: of my fiance and I assembling, licking and stamping all 130 of our invites,  of me walking in the summer heat over to the post office, of me hand canceling each envelope as the line behind me grows (yes, they let me do that. It was awesome), and finally ending with me mailing  an invitation addressed to the Honorable Barack Obama (it wouldn’t really fit in with the PLOT of my wedding movie, but it would match the song perfectly!)

But my wedding is not a romantic comedy,  and in the end we decided not to invite Barack and Michelle Obama to our wedding. Even though I do love our President, I feel that he and his staff have better things to do than come to a humble farm wedding in the Midwest. Still, this is a real thing. Apparently a lot of brides invite the president to their wedding, and whenever possible the “president” (i.e. some lowly intern who works for him) sends a letter of congratulations.

And that is pretty freakin’ cool, and probably worth the price of the invitation. So, maybe we will invite them after all… but only if enough of our A-list declines 🙂

Did you invite the president to your wedding?

**Update**

Just realized that I left HALF the invites at home when I went to the post office earlier. D’OH!

I guess the montage continues…


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Today, I walked over to the post office to have my invitation weighed. As I was walking, I thought about how important and ceremonious this was. Weighing the letter to purchase the postage that will send out my wedding invitations. Then I got to the post office, the employees were rude and unamused, and I felt rushed. So much for the glorious sentimentality of the USPS.

Still, even if the process of mailing (or in my case, weighing) letters is “nbd,” postage is still beautiful! After finding out that my invite will require 61 cent postage when traveling within the U.S., I went to the website to locate pretty 61 cent postage. Turns out there is only one 61 cent stamp.

And it is of a wedding cake!!!

CA-YUTE.

But too easy.

So I started looking at other stamp denominations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Love!I love these LOVE stamps. They’re 44 cents each, so I would need to supplement 17 cents.

I could add 4 of these:

and one of these:

or 3 of these:

and 2 tiffany lamps.

Really there are just too many wonderful options. But when I suggested this to my better half, he told me that putting multiple stamps on an envelope looks “cluttered and bad” *GASP!*

I tried to explain that actually an envelope with multiple stamps looks “interesting and beautiful” but then he asked the following: would it be more work than one stamp? (yes). How long will people look at the envelope (12 seconds?)… He has a point. Fine. But I still felt like buying the simple wedding cake stamps was too easy. So I moseyed on over to zazzle.com and tried my hand and custom making stamps.

Awesome! Until I realize they charge you $22.00 for twenty 61 cent stamps (face value = $12.20)! I’m no Einstein but that seems to be a HUGE rip-off. So……………. after all this fun investigative work and custom design, what did I end up doing?

Ordering cake stamps. Because they are adorable, the right price, and for better or worse (I’m sure mostly better) they are easy.

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No beating around the bush tonight. Let’s get to the meat of it: my invitations arrived in the mail today, and they are BEYOND gorgeous. Yes we paid out the nose for hand painted invites. When I paid last week, I couldn’t imagine what could be worth all this moolah. Turns out, our invitations were worth it.

sorry in advance for all the blurred out bits. I just don’t want any stalkers

(Our budget was blown on invites, we don’t have room for wedding crashers!!)

(All the pieces peeking out from their adorable folder)

<3 <3 <3(The piece at the top is the back of the RSVP card… I hope super cute RSVP cards don’t keep people from returning them! They get to keep the invite)

AHhhhhhhhhhh I’m so excited!! I want to mail them right this minute. Sadly, the envelopes are all at the calligraphers. It’s just as well, the wedding is still 3.5 months away (SO EXCITED).

I’m pretty sure that I am more excited about my invites than I am about the dress.

What detail are you most excited about for your wedding?

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Yesterday, I spent the whole afternoon at home, waiting for the envelopes for my invitations to arrive. Only the envelopes. It’s a long story, but the gist is: it is everyone’s fault but mine. What else is new? Anyway, my envelopes arrived in all their glory yesterday evening around 5:45 pm.

big box for little envelopes!!

envelopes

I was eager to start stamping them right away so I could get them out, well…today! So as soon as I opened the box, I pulled out my return-address stamp, took a deep breath, and stamped away.

stampUgh, you can imagine my dismay when I realized (after letting the stamp sit for an hour) that the ink runs! While the envelopes are gorgeous, the glossy finish keeps the ink from setting! So, I’ll admit, when I realized this, I had a mini spaz-attack. Our calligrapher originally said she needed the envelopes by May 8th for her to complete our order on time. There was no time to commission another stamp or even to order another ink cartridge (damn me and my absurd fascination with self-inking stamps!).

After panicking, I came up with a plan b: purchase a non-smearing ink pad,  remove the ink cartridge, and use the self-inking stamp like a normal stamp.

So early this morning I drove south 30 minutes to the nearest rubber stamp store, waited for them to open (15 minutes late…started to have another panic attack…) and explained my dilemma to the clerk. She was unsympathetic, to say the least. Basically she told me I was dumb for buying a self-inking stamp and that nothing was going to work. I explained my idea, she was skeptical; although she couldn’t say WHY she didn’t think it would work. But, she reluctantly sold me the ink (Geez lady, I’m trying to give you money! Take it already).

archival ink

As I was walking out the door, she told me if it didn’t work that I should just screw the glossy envelopes and use normal envelopes. “Because no one will look at them, and they’ll just be thrown away.”  And yes, she’s totally right. As I drove home with my ink, I thought about wedding invitations I’ve received in the past, and how long I have kept the envelope. I’d say the average lifespan of an envelope, post opening, is 12 seconds. I tried, on this epic drive home, to take an existential attitude. How important are these envelopes and the stamp? How about the customized invitations I have stressed over for months? Will anyone keep theirs? What about the marriage and the event of having everyone we love in one place to celebrate it. Of course. Those other things don’t matter one iota in comparison. But weddings are scary things. We can’t control them. I will do everything I can to make this marriage work, but that doesn’t change the fact that it might not. Similarly, I will stop at nothing to ensure that my guests have enough food and drink, that they feel welcome and happy to be at my wedding; but I can’t control weather two of my guests are angry at each other and have an argument while they’re there. Or worse, I can’t control whether a friend has held a grudge against me and shows up grumpy, agitated and a little resentful at my wedding. As much as I want to, I can’t control anyone else’s happiness. I can, however, control the details. So, meaningful or not, I will make this GD stamp work with my glossy, beautiful envelopes. Satisfied with this irrational conclusion, I got to work on my envelopes once I got home.

Luckily the stamp lady was wrong, the ink pad worked wonderfully…ish. I mean, of course it wasn’t totally straight forward. The self inking stamp has a border around it, so if I just plopped it down on the ink-pad, the border would show up on the envelope.

border

Coincidentally, the border is kind of pretty, but it is plastic, unpredictable and not the look we were going for. So, with a little tape, some ingenuity (McGuiver style),  4 “practice” envelopes, and a couple hours, I was able to conquer the project!

bundled up to ship out!Bundled up to ship out!

If  I had to make a list of 3 things this process has taught me, I’d say:

1) The internet is convenient, but you’re better off going to a real store and trying the product to see how it works and if it is exactly what you are looking for.

2) Creative thinking can help you come up with solutions to almost any problem

3) They’re just envelopes. Feel free to substitute envelopes for any other wedding detail your are currently stressing over.  They’re just envelopes, they’re just flowers, they’re just dresses, ties, earrings, shoes, favors.

What struggles and snafus have you encountered in this process? How did you solve it?

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Just a quick note to share something I am excited about!

My invitations are in production, and the envelopes should be arriving today, so I can turn around and whisk them off to my calligrapher. But, even more exciting, our return address stamp just arrived!

Originally we wanted to have the calligrapher do our return addresses, just like I wanted my groom to ride into the ceremony on a horse, and I wanted to have Idan Raichel play during our reception (seriously, I looked into it). But, as my mother says, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”

Apparently I’m not the only one who took these words to heart…

In this case, we needed affordable and legible return addresses for our invites. This ruled out having either our calligrapher or me do them. But just when I thought all was lost, I found Emilie Friday’s shop.

Now the only question is: when the envelopes arrive later today should I stamp all of them before sending them to my calligrapher, or risk her doing an excellent job and then effing a couple up with my inferior stamping skills? I think I may have answered my own question, but if you have additional insight into this issue, please share!

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