We can check off another LARGE milestone on this week's wedding Wednesday - the invitations!
A few weeks back, I sat back with a calculator and asked this wedding to show me the money. Well, ladies? It couldn't. Why, you ask? Because it had all been spent! GASP! How was it possible that we had already allocated all of our budget, and weren't even CLOSE to finished yet?! No big deal, only a few minor details left to cover... like the invitations, ALL reception decorations, a DJ, tuxes... OUT OF CONTROL.
Needless to say, I had more than a minor freak out over the situation. Add in the fact that I have no additional income to contribute (every cent I receive from unemployment goes to fixed expenses like rent and utilities), and actually had to take ALL the money I'd saved up for the honeymoon and make it my safety net in the event unemployment wouldn't cover the basic necessities needed to get by. Obvi a pretty grim situation to face 5 months before the wedding.
I feel SO blessed and fortunate to say that my parents decided to help me out with the cost of invitations. We weighed many options, but in the end decided to outsource the invitations in exchange for deciding to do ALL the reception decor, favors, and potentially all flowers ourselves. Fair enough, I thought, as I certainly have additional time in my schedule to research and pull off the ultimate DIY reception.
There was one person I knew I could trust to pull off the perfect wedding suite for us. Our goddess of all things paper, Laura Hooper, gladly took on the job of designing a unique and personal wedding invitation that would still fit into our ever-shrinking wedding budget. We couldn't have been more pleased with our Save The Dates, so we had every confidence that the invitations would turn out fantastically.
And boy, ladies, did they ever.
We didn't have an extremely specific idea of what we wanted, other than the ultimate desire of fitting letterpress somewhere into the overall suite. I am absolutely, positively addicted to the art of letterpress. We decided to go very minimalist, starting with just the script choice we both loved, one of Laura's styles called Rosen. Mr. Wonderful commented that it looked kind of like script from the U.S. Constitution, which was a VERY high complement from my old-fashioned man. The other requests we asked for were some kind of flourish to jazz it up, and the incorporation of a symbol that has serious meaning in our household - the fleur-de-lis.
As a die-hard, gung-ho Kappa Kappa Gamma, the fleur-de-lis holds a very special place in my heart. I think that my Kappa sisters will especially appreciate the addition of the fleur-de-lis, as there are many inside jokes that have bound us over that particular symbol. Our house is covered with tasteful fleur-de-lis, from bookends to drinking glasses, so Mr. W is a big fan as well.
I've decided to resist ALL temptation right now, and will not be showing you a picture of the invitation in this particular post. But- I have good reason for it, I promise! Laura was so pleased with the final design she pulled together, that she'll now be offering our invitation suite as part of her permanent design collection! Is that not *beyond* exciting!?! And, to top it off, she's calling it the "Blair"! An entire suite of wedding stationery, named after me. I can't even begin to tell you how flattered and excited I am! Total dream come true for this paper addict. Mr. W loved the idea as well, and has now been calling me "The Blair" for the past week in honor of Laura's announcement. "How's The Blair today? Did The Blair have a good afternoon?" ha.
I'll reveal the final design as soon as Laura adds it to her website, both to give proper credit where credit is due, and to keep the wedding guests who read this blog (hi, ladies!) in a bit of suspense. No point in revealing ALL the goodies before the event has even taken place!