Monday, June 13, 2011

Paper galore!

Future hubs and I headed to my hometown this weekend to work on assembling wedding invitations with my mom.  On Thursday, Mom had picked up the printed parts of the invites from Butch the Printer Guy.  Then, she and a friend of hers got a head start on the project Friday and completed half of them, minus the final embellishments.  Once Mark and I arrived Saturday afternoon, we got to work!

Grand Central Station!
Double-sided tape was our best friend
Mark prepares to attached the gold accent piece to an invite
Even Dad joined in on the fun!  He put stamps on the RSVP postcards.
By Saturday evening, we had fastened the fronts (the "formal" invitation part) and the gold accent paper strips to the second half of the invitations.

Sunday, after church and brunch (future hubs and I took Mom and Dad out to eat to thank them for all the work they've been doing for the wedding, especially my mom), we got back to work.

Mom adheres the back printed sheet (containing reception/dinner/dance info, directions and hotel info) to the blue card
Mark, the champion taper
I did lots of taping, too!
Measuring precisely where to put the embellishments
Mom uses tweezers to place the embellishments on the gold accent piece

Making sure the embellishments stick!
After several hours of hard work (made easier by listening to the Minnesota Twins games and oldies on the radio), we completed the invitations.  Whew!

Next weekend, I'm driving home again to work on addressing the envelopes.  I hope to have the invites sent out the last weekend in June, which would be 2 1/2 months before the wedding.  Wow, it's coming up fast!

This weekend wasn't all work, however.  I participated in the ALARC Legends 10K for free on Saturday morning!  Thanks, Steve!  I even incorporated the race into my long run for the week by warming up for 1.1 miles before the race and cooling down with a 1.1 mile run.  Total mileage on Saturday = 8.4 miles.  Stay tuned for a race report!

For those of you that are or have been married, do you have any advice for me as the wedding date draws near?
Seriously, I appreciate all the help I can get!


  1. That shirt looks good on me (both the Ragnar Relay shirt and the other one). ;)

  2. I remember those days! So much easier with help. Glad you got them all done and they look great from what I can see!

    In the final months before our wedding, I had lists like crazy. It was the only way to keep me sane!

  3. Yay for the invitation crew! It's nice to have so many happy helpers! I am so proud of you girly -- we are STILL trying to get my wedding invites out, and well the wedding is a little over a month. I guess I'm not too worried, since we did send out the save the dates, but still. The pictures of your invites looked so cute! :)

  4. I love this.

    I remember doing that so very well.

    My 2 cents . . . . enjoy every stressing.

  5. Wow, that looks like a lot of work. BUT they are really pretty!

    Not married - but I did have to help out a lot for my cousin's wedding. Very low-budget/eco-friendly.

  6. Definitely looks like a lot of work, but they look cute - will you take a photo of the finished product? Wow, fitting in a 10K - awesome.

  7. No wedding advice other than don't get stressed. Enjoy yourself. You're the bride you deserve it.

  8. That was a lot of work for you and family.
    No wedding advice because here it happened 32 years ago and I don't remember anything about the invitations. indeed I only remember that my wife..... was younger.