Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Card Inspiration

I'm always looking for nice, poignant things to write on cards for weddings, birthdays, holidays, etc. I am most definitely going to borrow this idea from kiss the paper. It's simply lovely.

Maybe I'll use this idea for my holiday cards this year. I feel like I'm behind. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of time to produce cards, write on them, and get them mailed out. Hmph...

Maybe looking at all the letterpressed and goccoed wedding invitations I come across on blogs is raising the bar too much.

I thought about using MiniCards from moo by picking three pictures that encapsulate our year and gluing them to a card. But those are $19.99 for 100, which means we would need to spend more than $40 to make the cards.

Maybe I need to go back to the beginning. What goal do I want our cards to accomplish?

I want people's lives to be a little brightened when they receive the card in the mail. I want them to feel connected to us and I want them to feel appreciated for all they contribute to our lives. I also want them to be a little inspired to live authentically and purposefully. Cheesy, but true.

Maybe the above message would be perfect: "We wish for you...a year full of stories waiting to be written." On the inside, we could write our personal messages to each person (to express our gratitude for their presence in our life) but we could also include a separate paper with our stories from the year (including pictures) to help them stay connected to us. We could make it better for the environment by putting two of them on a sheet. We could get the front printed at a color copier (for the pictures), but then we could print the rest of the letter on the back using our home printer.

We could draw the pen and write the message, scan it in, insert it into a Microsoft Word document, print it on cardstock, fold it into cards, and paint the pen with watercolor. Then we could make the envelopes out of old magazine pages to be better for the environment and the pocketbook.

Hmmm....I need to talk to Matt about this idea.

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Melissa said...

I love the message on this card :)

Meg said...

I'm impressed! I run out to the card store at the last minute and try to find something tasteful that doesn't say "Christmas!" or "Hanukkah!" and then scribble out notes to 20 of our nearest and dearest. :)

Probably, after the wedding, people who were not there mostly want a picture and a description. It will make them misty.

E said...

Hey Sarah, was at a wedding in Estes Park over the weekend, and drove by your venue on our way back to town! Was kind of funny to see it knowing all I do about your planning process. :) Great place, for sure.

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