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#1 Maura

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:16 PM

OK, as many of you know my FI and I have spent WEEKS having mini-fights about colors for invitations/bridesmaid dresses. We finally chose our invitations from mygatsby.com because we loved the sample we ordered and the prices are decent. We are also going to make matching STDs which I haven't tackled yet.

**As an aside, I called MyGatsby yesterday because our sample hadn't arrived yet, and they stuck another one in the mail. When I got home, there was my sample in my mailbox. D'oh. So now I'm going to have two samples which includes the actual invitation and enclosures and a large number of paper color swatches. If anyone is interested, PM me and I will send you my extra when it arrives if you are thinking about doing invites from MyGatsby.**

Here is the invitation style we chose:
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We have finally agreed on a shade of navy blue to go with our otherwise sand themed invites. The below photos are what we have finally chosen, and we are really pleased with how they look. However, I do feel I need some constructive criticism about the wording for the RSVP card, reception card and accomodations card.

Here are some color swatches of what we picked:
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the navy color (actually called marine) is nicely textured which you can kind of tell from the first photo. The middle one, cappuccino, is a metallic light brown. The text will go on the classic ecru in navy thermographed ink.

and here is how they will look matted together:
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**First question**
We like the belly band with the monogram type square on the outside, or actually just perhaps use the square as a closure for the gatefold. I CANNOT for my life figure out how I can get those on mygatsby because it doesn't show as an option when we did the customized thing. I spent awhile last night clicking around the website but couldnt find anything. Does anybody know how to do that? And how do you attach the square to close them?

Ok, here is the part I need some help with wording. We are pretty set with the wording on the actual invite. Only thing that will change is we are hoping to put a proper address for the church, something about the fact that transportation will be provided from the Westin to the church and back, and because we are bringing our priest, possibly adding Fr. Jack’s name to the invite.
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In the lefthand pocket, the tallest enclosure is the accomodations card. This feels kinda blah to me, but I can’t think of any wording to make it better.
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Middle enclosure is the RSVP directions – I would like to add a “we have __ seats reserved for you” somewhere so we have no surprise guests… my FI is eco-conscious and wants to do our RSVPs online to save paper (but I like his idea because it saves $ on ordering self addressed envelopes for the reply card and postage) what would you suggest to make this better? FYI, my FI is totally against cutesy stuff like “must wave your invitation” – he likes traditional stuff.
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Last enclosure is the reception card (ignore the fact that the proof came out in the wrong color) Again, do I put something on there about the fact that we are providing roundtrip transportation between the resort and the church? How do I word that? We also will be having a cocktail hour before the dinner because we want our photographer to take photos of just the two of us and with the wedding party on the beach at sunset. Need wording help/options with that!:
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I’m at the point where I’ve looked at these so much, that I just can’t look at them clearly anymore and need some fresh eyes. Thanks ladies!

#2 ticia277

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    Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:19 PM

    Ohh I like it ! The wording is very classic and elegant.
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    #3 Jenn3878

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      Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:15 PM

      Great choice! Those are really nice. I am in the same boat with you on the MINI FIGHTS

      #4 melglnh2o

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        Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:48 PM

        I think everything looks great. I love the color combo. Check the spelling of "accommodation". It should have 2 c's instead of 1. I am also providing transportation from the hotel to the church and I simply wrote "round trip transportation will be provided to (name the church) from (hotel name)". Great job!!

        #5 Alyssa

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          Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:01 PM

          Maura,

          really nice!
          for the accomodation insert, i think it would be better for the guests to have the westin website instead of the address, this way the guests can research the hotel and also you have the address on your reception cards.

          as for the transportation on the ceremony card - i would put along the bottom

          "transportation will be provided from the Westin to and from the ...Church"

          #6 becks

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          Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

          Hi Maura! These are beautiful!!! So classy and elegant.

          They are very formal, but I think that's the feel you're going for, so I really don't have any suggestions (other than "accomodations")

          I agree that transportation will be provided between the Westin and the Church is appropriate.

          Love them!!

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          #7 Maura

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          Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:36 PM

          d'oh! how did i misspell accommodations? i am a professional editor... thanks all for that catch! this is what happens when you spend too much time looking at your invitations! keep the advice coming

          #8 coreyphil

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            Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:32 PM

            Maura -- the invitations are beautiful and I think your wording looks great.

            As for limiting the number of RSVP's - is there a way to do this on the website? Which hosting program are you using? We used weddingtracker.com and you enter in the number of guests per invitee --- it won't let you rsvp for more. If you had that option, then a guest trying to enter more rsvp's than are allowed under their name will most likely call you.

            I tend to agree with Jose on the formal invites ... I like to stick to simple. :)

            As for the transportation provided ... I agree with the other girls ... a small line at the bottom would be fine. BUT --- IMO you could skip it altogether. Since you are directing people to your website - you could provide that information there. Are you doing a newsletter before you leave? That's also an opportunity to let people know that you'll be providing transportation!

            I love the colors you picked --- so classic!!! So exciting! :)

            #9 coreyphil

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              Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:34 PM

              oooh ... I forgot --- On the invitation - I thought it might be nice to change town square to "Plaza Mijares" ... just a thought! :)

              #10 Maura

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              Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:39 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by coreyphil
              oooh ... I forgot --- On the invitation - I thought it might be nice to change town square to "Plaza Mijares" ... just a thought! :)
              Ah thanks, I could not remember the name of the Plaza!!

              I know the church has a formal street address, but I cant find it online anywhere, and Padre Juvencio doesn't seem to like to answer his phone or return calls very often. My FMIL is aware that if she gets a hold of him before I do, to ask for the address to put on the invitations.

              But in the meantime, does anyone else know the formal address?




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