- Mrs. Joey
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
Now that everyone has received their rehearsal dinner invites, I can finally share with the hive the project that occupied more time and patience than I had anticipated.
Do you remember the design I came up with that was inspired by a Banana Republic ad? I really liked the simple design. I was all set to go with that design until I tried to print it. The printer hates me. It wouldn’t print on the cards I bought (they were too small). I tried creating a folded greeting card layout, but the printer wasn’t having that either. The text inside came out slightly off center.
After a few hours wasted trying to negotiate with the printer, I finally gave up on my beloved design and went back to the Illustrator drawing board. After a few failed attempts, I came up with a design I didn’t hate and I knew I could print.
I incorporated our logo into the design but changed up the look with the dots. This isn’t the design FMIL Joey signed off on, but I hope she likes it.
While I was at it, I made a few extra copies of the design to use as envelope liners. I didn’t have a pre-made template, so I just took apart one of envelopes I bought, trimmed it, and traced around it. It was a little extra work, but it was worth it in the end.
I made a really simple map with directions in Illustrator and used the rehearsal dinner invite design as a border.
I also used the design on the labels as border. I thought it tied everything together.
All together, I spent $7.55 on the invites. I only bought envelopes. I had a package of 80lb paper from the favors that I cut down to size. I only needed 5 sheets. The rest of the paper (inner envelopes and map) I had laying around. The printing was free. The envelopes came in a pack of 50, and I only used about 22. The rest I can use for thank you cards or other projects. In all, the rehearsal dinner invites cost about $0.37 each. Not bad!
When I was making these invites, I was scolding myself for not buying them pre-made. My battles with the printer were long and hard fought. Now that I calculate the cost and see the end result, I see it was worth the war with the printer.
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