And now the fun begins!
There’s been a lot going on at our house in the past few weeks. On Tuesday, our behemoth tree in the backyard was removed and all the wood was saved for my fiance’s new workout routine, which will be wielding chainsaw and hatchet to break down all the logs into firewood (and perhaps a hammerschlagen or two). The yard now feels stark and barren which is excellent motivation for a thousand new projects to pop into my head. I’ve got a vision and there’s no budget too small because I’m living like Great-Grandma, dammit! We’ve got plans for a pergola, vines, and a new (smaller – much smaller) tree that will be placed away from the house and the power lines and the foundation. Goodbye tax return! I barely knew ye!
In the meantime, our wedding planning has shifted into high gear. I’ve been thinking about my Great Grandma Loney as I get our wedding invitations on two levels. The first level is that I’m so grateful for this project and that my first effort was handwriting. I would never have been able to write all these addresses without all that practice I did with cursive this spring. My script skills are still not perfect and some of the addresses are messy but overall, I think the envelopes are looking quite stylish. Second, when I visited my grandma last spring, she showed me my GG Loney’s wedding invitation.
Back then, it would not have been custom to include an RSVP card because guests were expected to send a card of their own handwritten note about whether or not they were coming and how many to expect. In spite of this, I have included RSVP cards with my invitations because even though I thought of going it GG style, I didn’t trust all of my guests would get it and I’d inevitably end up in a barren wasteland with no RSVPs.
The process of putting my invitations has been a bit of a trial but no irreparable mistakes were made:
My improved handwriting served me well throughout this process, but I made mistakes on more than twenty envelopes. Sorry everyone. I spelled your name wrong, forgot your significant other, or wrote that you lived in Minnesota instead of Wisconsin (actually, not sorry about that). Luckily, I ordered twice as many envelopes as I needed. And the invites came with white envelopes too, so I have a hilariously inflated number of envelopes.
Writing the addresses was time consuming to be sure. Several hours went into carefully handwriting each one (although I am certain I didn’t spend nearly as long on this as some of my friends who took the time to do calligraphy). After beginning to assemble the invites and RSVP cards inside, I realized I also needed to address the RSVP cards with my own address. I didn’t know if the post office would accept my circular return address stamp (would have looked so awesome) so I resolved to hand-address those as well. To my immense surprise, I addressed all 100 RSVP cards in less than 40 minutes. And I only made one mistake. It pays to have the content you’re writing memorized.
I’m looking forward to all these invitations to go out so I may begin receiving the RSVP cards. I love getting mail!