I have a question that I haven't seen anything about here. did anyone change out of their wedding dress after their ceremony or reception to go dancing?? I don't want to but even though I have almost no train on my dress, I worried about hiking around in it.
so I think I can finally add something of value here. everyone else seems to have great suggestions. here's mine. for any of you that are feeling especially crafty, we've come up with a way to do our invitations that is saving us a TON of money!! We're a really small group and we just couldnt' justify the price that is being asked for 25 invitations and thank you cards (we don't need any of the other pieces). and we're old school - an "evite" just doesn't do it for me. I found a website that allows you to download templates in Word of invitations. lots of different designs that you can do yourself. you can get a 3 pce or 10 pce set depending on the "extras" that you need - reply cards, etc. we only needed invites and thank yous. the templates can be paid with paypal and they are $15 for the 3 and $29 for the 10 pce. we found a place here in Ontario that will allow you to order beautiful paper in the quantities that you want. you don't have to get 50 or 100 sheets if you don't need that many. and they have tons of beautiful colours. the invitation website gives you examples of wording if you need the help. we're doing thank you cards with a photo so only some are thank you for those that go to Jamaica, then we're doing "Our Wedding" cards with a photo or the ones that can't make it. we figure we can do 25 invitations with a "dinner and reception" insert card and 50 thank you/our wedding cards for about $60 CDN tops. I also found a printer in downtown Toronto that is going to print them for me for about $25. everything we looked at was well over $100 just for 25 invitations. that didn't include anything else so we had to try and be creative. our invitations are cream colour with watermelon colour ink wording with a guava coloured background paper that the cream is glued to in a guava or watermelon coloured envelope (I haven't made the final decision on envelope colour yet). they look pretty slick and keep our "tropical punch" theme!!
here's the websites: www.paper-garden.ca www.printable-wedding-invitations.com check them out even just for fun and see what they have. we picked the palm tree invitation and the company changed the ink colour for me at no charge.