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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Personalized Invitations


Matt and I are busy working on our birth announcements. I know it's early (since I'm not due until mid-February), but working this far ahead helps me feel more relaxed. I mean, it has to get done, so why not do it months early so I feel absolutely no stress?

As we were working on the announcement, I was reminded of a very important lesson we learned during wedding planning: We can make up our own rules.

I remember feeling pressure to conform to what people expected an invitation to be when we were brainstorming ideas for our wedding invitations. It was so liberating when we realized that we didn't need to include multiple envelopes with fancy linings and calligraphy if we didn't want to. So we decided to send a postcard with an online RSVP instead! We opted for postcards so we could save money on postage, produce less waste, and set a more casual, family-reunion kind of feel for the event.

Of course my point isn't that everyone should send postcards. My point is that all of us should feel free to deviate from "tradition" in whatever ways suit us. For example, Matt and I also decided to write personalized messages to each one of our guests right on the postcard invitation.

As we started working on our birth announcements, I had the same liberating realization that we could do whatever we wanted to do. We decided to use the collage feature in Snapfish to create a collage of photos from the pregnancy. (Right now, the photos are more like place holders.) We'll replace those photos with more interesting ones as the pregnancy progresses. Also, after the baby is born, we will include one bigger photo of the baby.

We'll be able to print each 4 X 6 photograph for a mere $0.09 (and we might even be able to find a coupon!). We're making labels to stick on the back of them that will include a quirky message (again, we don't have to follow the "traditional" wording if we don't want to), as well as a mail merge of everyone's addresses (that we get from our Google doc). We'll stick on a postcard stamp and simply mail it. No envelope required!



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10 comments:

Josie @ PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com said...

Get it done now...when the baby comes you won't even have time to take a shower (and you'll be too tired anyway :)

Catherine said...

I'm interested in your mail merge/ google doc process! We've got a google doc that has addresses and such, but it always seems like there is one piece of information that I wish was there (slowly adding birthdays and anniversaries!) and I haven't even begun to think about the whole mail-merge thing. Last year for christmas, I just opened the spreadsheet and hand-wrote all the addresses.

Elaine said...

A printed photo with a postcard stamp will make it through the mail? Do you have the photo printed on a specific paper?

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you aren't going to put a picture of the pee stick on the announcement. SERIOUS TMI folks. A picture of just the lines would be much more appropriate.

Nicole said...

I love that you're being yourself and doing what you want when it comes to both your wedding invites and your birth announcements (congrats, BTW!). I'm working with a company called Glo (www.glosite.com) that you really might want to check out. I know you're wedding has already passed, but Glo offers online wedding invitations, save the dates, wedding websites, and a smart RSVP system. Even for brides who aren't interested in scrapping the paper altogether, we have a package that allows brides to do what you did -- send paper invites and utilize the online RSVP system. I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!

Anonymous said...

I have to echo the sentiment that the picture of the pregnancy test that you urinated on is a little... squick? But then, I come from a fairly buttoned-up Boston family. So I'm sure it would be received differently by different people. Congratulations on your baby!

Anonymous said...

Interesting reactions. The pee stick doesn't even phase me. I think it's totally cute. I don't think of pee when I see those things. I think of pregnancy.

Claire said...

I love that you are doing your own thing instead of sticking with traditions. I think if more of us went with what we wanted and liked instead of what we think is expected of us, there would be a lot less stress and frustration around the planning of events.

Mike said...

Personal invitations are what I am all about. I created my invite for my wedding too. No reason to confirm to typical tradition. The postcard idea is an interesting one.

Kat said...

I think you mentioned before wanting some ideas for non-traditional and non-boring pregnancy photo ideas. I saw this link and thought of you!

http://www.photographyblogger.net/a-belly-grows-pregnancy-photography-project/

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