Planning Sunni’s Wedding- actually PLANNING

In the beginning of this endeavor, I saw it all as fun and games.

“I like this. This would be cute. We could totally do this. I love these colors. I love these colors even more.”

After diving into my first task of invites, I see that I need to be more strategic in my planning. That is when I did a little research and found this nifty guide:

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Using this, I made myself a clear list to begin with. These are research topics and questions for the bride:

Vendors:

  • Photographer
  • Catering
  • Flowers
  • Reception Area
  • Music
  • Decor
  • Cake

Some of these may be simple since this is a cruise wedding and they aim to make that easier. However, I cannot neglect the fact that all of these topics need tended to.

A few pieces of collateral that I need to create include the following:

  • Favors
  • Itinerary
  • “Just Married” sign
  • “Reserved Table” signs

I anticipate this to go over more successfully now that I have organized my thoughts and tasks.

I will make a phone call to the bride tomorrow to discuss a few things. I also feel emailing her will be helpful for her to respond to with our busy lives and the answers that involve more research.

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Planning Sunni’s Wedding- Invitations Part 1

My dearest friend Sunni is getting married after a long three-ish year engagement. Being her maid of honor, and one and only bridesmaid, I have taken on the task of wedding coordinator.

She has made it easier for me by doing a cruise wedding, but it is still a lot more than I had prepared for. I need to be very organized. I feel bad for her wedding to be a “trial run,” but this learning experience with definitely help me in the future.

To start, we need to mail out invitations. I found many cute ones of Pinterest. That was the easy part. The hard part- actually getting them. A learning curve in this is to mold my work to someone else’s taste. When looking for invitations, I tended to favor more frilly, loopy, ribbon enhanced and delicate invitations, like these:

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Sunni, on the other hand, wanted something a little more fun and unique to her style of wedding. After a few attempts to please my bride (yes, I called her MY bride), I created this:

Sunni's Invites

This was pretty much copied from a DIY Pinterest post I had found earlier. I found a website to make it, but after seeing the pricing, I wasn’t sure it was worth it. To receive the proper WxH ratio, with the curved edges to make it look nicer, it was $2.20/invitation including a plain white envelope. The size of these were pretty big. 4.5 x 9.25. THAT’S HUGE.

I rationalized some of the invitations to determine the most cost efficient without sacrificing quality.

I know! I can get the smaller size for 50 cents less, then cut the excess from the top and bottom. Then I would be cutting the rounded corners. Making my own would be risky- G.H.E.T.T.O.

That’s when, after searching Amazon for about 30 mins, I found and ordered this:
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Problem solved.

Well, what about the plain white envelopes? That’s no fun. This needs to stand out.

I found a good deal for 100 blue envelopes on Amazon Prime, $8. So I will just replace the envelopes.

I am looking at my mock up of the invitations, with all of my fixes in mind, and I start to wonder if these have a “tear” line where the dashes are, or if it’s just paper. It would look more realistic with a tear line.

If it doesn’t, I can use a roller blade with perforated edges and make my own.

So what’s the point in ordering these to begin with??? 

I made my mock of the invite on word, grouping the text and image boxes, and saving as a PNG. I then inserted the picture three times to a page.

I visited Office Depot to get these printed nicely, but for some reason, it is all coming up very blurry. I have done nearly the exact thing for marketing and promotional material, and the color matching and clarity has never been so poor.

I have in the back of my mind a few reasons this could be.

Maybe it can’t be converted to an image. Leaving it as a .docx would produce the clear font I am looking for. Maybe it is knowledge of service. When I ask the employees for the best printing quality possible, they just don’t know what to do. Maybe it is the quality of printer. That I would have better luck elsewhere.

I attempted the print on my home computer, knowing it would be better on a better printer, but I still need to see how it’s turning out.

The letters are clear but the color is off. These are at the HP Photosmart  settings of:

  • Paper Quality/Type: Plain Paper, Best
  • Vendor Color Matching

I plan to try Office Max tomorrow to see if these will turn out. If not, I am worried we will have to resort to ordering them and not getting the extra touches like round corners, specific colors and tear lines.