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Wedding Invites: The Perfect Return Address Stamp

I can’t believe I haven’t posted here in almost a month! Ugh.

The good news is, we are finally settled into our new digs in sunny LA. The boxes are almost all unpacked, and now all that’s left to do is hang the pictures and buy a much needed coffee table and nightstands. Those things… I can handle.

One thing that’s also on my list is a new return address stamp. We had one in Nashville that came in handy for our wedding invitation envelopes…and even though I knew we wouldn’t live in our Nashville apartment forever and we won’t live in this one permanently either, there’s something nice about having a memento of your former addresses. So, I’ve been shopping around for a new one.

I found this self-inking one on Etsy that I thought would be great for a wedding invitation envelope. And if you’re not into calligraphy this designer has some great options to choose from for good prices. I personally recommend self-inking, as I’ve had some problems in the past with getting an even covering from wood stamps/ink pads. It might not be an issue for the occasional thank you note, but when you’re doing a lot of envelopes in bulk (like for a wedding) it’s going to come in handy.

Calligraphy self-inking return address stamp

Etsy seller: foryoo

Price: $29.95

Buy it here

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Designing Your Wedding Invitations

I’m less than 4 months away from my wedding date, which means I have to start thinking about invitations ASAP. Ideally, you’re supposed to mail out your wedding invites 6-8 weeks before the big event. I already sent out Save the Dates, so I’m a little less worried about getting them out exactly 8 weeks before. But, the sooner then better (it’s one less thing I’ll have to worry about!).

Our Save the Dates were definitely “out of the ordinary.” It all started when FH and I went to a “European Masterpieces” exhibit at our local museum. I passed by this painting and kind of fell in love with it. It suddenly dawned on me that it could make a great Save the Date, since it sort of captures me and FH’s sense of humor. I found a great Etsy designer that got what I was going for, and created a Save the Date that people either loved or hated. I just wanted something unique that made a statement, and this definitely did! The painting is below. I had the side of it say, “Giving You a Heads Up…” in calligraphy, and the back was very renaissance-y and had all our details on it. I have to say, it turned out pretty awesome.

Now that it’s time to do the invites (I want them to still reflect our personalities…but maybe in a slightly more subdued way), I’m back to thinking about custom designs. Etsy.com really is the best resource out there for unique invitation designers! So far, I’ve come across some ones I think could be great, especially if work with the designers to create a custom design. Just click on the designer name to go directly to their Etsy store. I’ll post more as I find them!

Designer: PaperHeartsDesign

$95 for high-res PDF field, or printing done for $3.75 and up

Designer:  EnFinLaVoila

$4.50 and up for invitation set

Designer: Ivandy27

$3.99 for invitation set

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Save the Date

After much deliberation, I decided to go with my heart and opt against Door #1 (the check) and go with Door #2 (the one with the wedding). How many times in your life do you get to have a wedding? Hopefully just once. I don’t want to miss mine!

While we haven’t finalized the venue yet (we’re currently negotiating with one), I pretty much know the date (this Fall). So I figured I might as well go ahead and start looking into Save the Date cards (AND finish the wedding website and registry…a work in progress).

There are tons of options out there for inexpensive Save the Date cards that can kick off the theme/vibe you want to have at your wedding. I’m nearly finished with mine, which I’ll post after they’re sent out. (I don’t want to ruin the surprise!) In the meantime, below are some easy ideas and links for your Save the Date cards:

  • Shutterfly.com, Kodak.com, and Snapfish.com are all great options for photo Save the Date cards. You can upload a photo of you and your fiance or choose a photo of something else (like a print, which is what we’re doing). I can’t stand photo paper, so be sure to think about what kind of texture you want for it. My favorite option is the stationary photo card that is on writable card stock (matte and thick).
  • If my Save the Date wasn’t photo-based, I would have definitely gone with a designer at Etsy.com (though I did purchase an adorable return address rubber stamp that I am oddly super-psyched about). Browsing through all their paper designs was a treat, and I think I will definitely consider choosing a designer from Etsy for my formal wedding invitations. Here are a couple of my favorite Etsy paper designers:
  1. West Willow
  2. Completely Charming
  3. LilleBarn Too
  4. Ello There
  5. and…Sugar Letter for the stamps I’m currently obsessed with!
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