The Bon: I wouldn't want to eliminate invites and go totally digital. I am interested in the idea of being able to give more information to those who want it, via the website. IE: things to do in the area, different options of hotels, more detailed maps, etc. I like the idea of having a really uncluttered artistic invite, and have all the details and nitty gritty on an easy to access website. That seems ideal to me. But, like (ruby_soho) mentioned, some of our older relatives or non-tech savvy invitees might have a problem gleening the important info.
ruby_soho: I agree that it is easier for people of all tech-knowledge to receive paper invites. As to the "classy" aspect, I sort of think being more "green" and wasting less paper is classy. But, that's just my perspective. I know alot of people who look at a website for wedding info will probably just print out the maps on paper too. It is a conundrum. I am constantly going back in forth between three things while planning my wedding; tradition, artistic vision and eco-friendly-ness.
Summerlyn: What country do you live in? I guess we they are prevalent here in the States as a way of preparing the bride's home for marriage. Replacing dowries and the like.
Alright, enough of my babbling. I have been working on save the date's for our second reception (which is in Michigan with my fiancee's family/friends) - and my eyes were starting to glaze over! Back to work!
D*S is great. The gal who does it works at House and Garden, and I go look at their links page alot, too. There are some great design resources in there.
BTW, I saw a great centerpiece design in Rachael Ray's magazine. Which suprised me, as I use her recipes, and never thought of her much as a design resource. Very easy, very cute - branches spray painted red, with birds on them, stark and crisp and modern.
I saw the Ticketmaster save-the-date's on IndieBride. I can't remember the bride's screen-name though. Hope that helps. I love this idea too. I wonder how you get Ticketmaster to do this for you and how much it costs? I suppose you could photoshop a counterfit, sort of ticket, and use the perforating roller tool to make the perfed part. But, these are so authentic and cool, and appropriate for people who are musicians, love music, go to a lot of concerts - etc. So cool.
Thanks! Nice to hear some feedback. I feel like I'm working on all this stuff in a vacuum. My fiancee is really wonderful about complimenting me and thanking me for doing things like this, but it would be nice if my Mom or sister were around to do projects like this with!
I like our wedding date, too! It was a complete accident. The art gallery my friend owns and is renting to us for our reception, wasn't going to be available until the weekend after 4th of July. We started planning for it, and didn't figure out the 7/7/07 until we were getting my Grandmother's ring sized, that became my engagement ring, and the jeweler asked us. We said "the weekend after 4th of July." And he says "Cool, 7/7/07!". I felt a bit daft!
We're doing several favours, to give people a choice. One of them is a compilation of our favourites from our wedding music, which is all compiled by the two of us. I didn't like the idea of using plastic cases, so I made my own.
I had rubber stamps made at Lakeview Rubber Stamp, of our names and our wedding date, so I could use them throughout the process for different things. I bought a package of 12x12 scrapbook paper in green, cut it to fit a cd, did the folds, punched the corners with a corner cut/emboss tool, and used a ribbon punch on the bottom. Threaded through ribbon in our wedding colours; magenta, chocolate brown and sage green, strung on a "thank you" charm on the inside. On the outside, I stamped our name and date, embossed the ink with a deeper shade of green embossing powder, and embellished the front with a two-toned pink blossom held in place with a brad. I did about 24 of them. Took me two evenings in front of the tv.
If anyone wants to do the boarding pass thing, they should check out Aylee's page: http://www.gnyc.net/bio/b-diy.htm#std. She is a real talent, with some great ideas. She designed three monograms for my fiancee and I. She'll do one for free and two for $5. A total bargain. Love her style!
We are doing exactly what you girls are talking about... We have setup a wedding website (www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah for anyone who wants to check it out... it took lots of time, so the more people that see it, the better!). We have listed our registry info on the website, but no where else. We just sent out Save the Dates and listed our website there. We will not include those little slips of paper that the stores give you in our invites when we get around to doing those. It's such a touchy thing, so just do what your gut tells you.
Your website looks great! I wish I had the time/resources to do that. It would be so much easier to give people a web address, than to individually send out all that info. Great resource and really handy for guests. Great job!
I'm under the four month deadline now, and starting to panic with all the things I still have to or want to, do!