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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DIY: Handmade Wedding Invitations--It's More Fun with a Village

Photo courtesy of betsy and iya

The ratio between the amount of time it takes to plan a wedding versus the actual time of the wedding is pretty insane. I can't even begin to estimate how many hours it takes to plan a wedding.

That's why it's important to make wedding planning fun as often as possible. As Annie Dillard says, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

I recently got an e-mail message from a 2000dollarwedding kindred spirit. Betsy and her partner are planning a wedding in a public park with picnicking and game-playing to follow. The "rehearsal dinner" will be an open-invitation talent show (with the theme of love). She says, "Just about all of our friends and family are putting their working hands into this, and we couldn't be more grateful." Yes! I love it!

She wrote an awesome post about inviting friends over to help make the handcrafted invitations. I'm so inspired by the vision of friends and family "putting their working hands" into the wedding.

It's definitely more fun with a village.

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Kelsey said...

The talent show as rehearsal dinner is so fabulous!! My fiance had the idea of having everyone play a card game at our rehearsal dinner. It's a game I've never played before but its in groups of 4 and you rotate around so hopefully evryone will have a fun way to meet those they don't know. Once we do more planning on this - and I actually learn how to play the game! - I'll share.

betsy and iya said...

Oh my goodness, this is SO sweet. I guess with the wedding craziness and everything else going on, I completely missed this post. Thank you so much for reading my email and including our invite with such sweet words. I continue to be inspired by everything you do here.


betsy and iya said...

(btw, talent show and wedding pictures are finally up on my blog now. it was truly the work of a village.)


elizabeth said...

the invites are so cute! love the idea.

a great addition to handmade, personal invites is custom wedding postage. www.weddingstamps.us/suggest-a-stamp has a tool which allows brides to plug in a few details of their wedding (color, theme, etc) and get suggestions for unique postage.

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