Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why I love Vistaprint

Ordered the invitations and RSVPs today! Scariest moment of my life. Seriously. I do not know what I will do if they don't turn out.

I hate online shopping. HATE it. I will never be one of those girls that can browse online through pages of dresses and shoes. I love shopping, but I do it in person, where there are fitting rooms and mirrors, the way the good Lord intended it.

So needless to say, creating and ordering invitations online terrified me. Terrifies, actually. Vistaprint offers a print proof for a couple dollars, but that really only helps with the layout, since I can't print on their specific paper or linen finish.

However, I am a bride on a serious budget, and Vistaprint does wonders in that area. Remember this post where I talked about most invitations being crazy expensive? Well there's a good reason for that... they're professional. But once I decided to relinquish that expense in favor of other things, it was just a matter of the best deals.

My favorite line is that bottom one. See that? We saved MORE than we even spent! I'm pretty excited about it. I wish I took a screenshot of the breakdown of all the discounts, but I didn't think of it. It was strange that I had to buy in weird increments that were different for each product (hence the extra 50 RSVPs). At least we have a lot of extra for each.

The initial price wasn't bad at all. ($203 for 200 custom designed invitations and envelopes and 250 RSVP cards? Yes please!) Then I ended up finding a deal of 50% off the entire order plus free shipping since this was my first order through Vistaprint. (The order has to be at least $50 for the deal.) Thank you, Google.

So yeah... at a price like that, it doesn't matter so much what the invitations look like. ....Right?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's here!

The dress! Well, technically it's in Valencia.

The sweet lady from Chantilly called me and I literally did a couple half spins and then some awkward running steps across caf lane while on the phone. Funny story, apparently she called my mom and my mom told her not to call again? I'm going to have to have a word with that woman.

Ahh, I cannot wait to see it. And hold it and twirl in it... and in white! Too bad I can't take it home with me yet.

Now the question is... when do I have time to get to Valencia? Hmm...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Details scare me

Well, we have the venue, my dress, and the bridesmaids' dresses. We've met with the photographer and the caterer and asked our officiators. We've sent out the save the dates, created a wedding website (and blog) and registered at Target, and Macy's.

And now... it's onto the small stuff. And I am terrified. I just know that I'm going to regret all of my decisions a week after they're finalized, buy not enough or waaay too much of something (or everything), or actually love everything only to find out that everyone else hates it all. As of right now, these are some things I'm liking for various reasons:

(Basically all found either via Pinterest or my momma--if you know where these images came from, please tell me!)

A couple things I know: I want our guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, and our budget is about 1/100th of the average Joe's (Jane's?) wedding. Luckily, to me at least, those two things go hand in hand. Trev and I don't care so much about having a big, expensive, fussy wedding. We just want to celebrate the start of our marriage with our friends and family. I know things are going to begin to feel stressful right about now, but I also know that all of this planning is really just one day in our lives, and even if everything goes wrong, after it's all said and done, I still get to marry my best friend.