Wedding Fatigue and Paper (part i) | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been kind of absent blogging-wise and I wish I had a good reason, but the truth is I’ve been suffering from wedding fatigue.  David and I dated for six months and have been engaged for the next seventeen.  Now that it’s getting down to crunch time it feels like all we worry about, spend our money on and even bicker about is wedding-related.  Sometimes I just miss having a boyfriend, you know? (And of course you guys do!)  On top of all that mess, my bff and David’s bff are marrying each other next weekend!  We’ the maid of honor and best man, so there’s been lots and lots to do related to that as well.  Not that I’m down on weddings at all – I think I just hit one of those points where, for my own mental health, I needed to stop, take a deep breath and readjust my worldview a little bit.  It’s been remarkable!  So now I’m back and ready to jump in all over again!

To me, paper products (save the dates, invitations, menus, programs, escort cards, etc.) are one of the most fun and versatile parts of creating your wedding.  I was super excited and spend a lot of time looking online at all the beautiful, creative things you can buy.  And then I looked at the price tags – not so budget-friendly.  I’m a scrapbooker, so I love paper of all kinds and knew that although I couldn’t afford my letterpress dreams there are still lovely, lovely options out there.

One of the best resources I found was www.printablepress.com where you basically pay for an image and then print your own!  Some of the early contenders were:

I thought they went well with our outdoor location and natural inspirations.  Still, I wasn’t quite sure they were personal enough.  Then, after following a link that leads to a link that leads to a link (as you do) I found this:

Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcements free printable save-the-date for Fall

For those of you who aren’t Shel Silverstein fans, it’s based on the book The Giving Tree.  I thought it would be perfect and when I showed it to David he agreed!  It was perfect – I love books and reading but he really doesn’t, but The Giving Tree just happens to be his favorite.  And the best part is – it’s free!  That’s right!  With a comment or an email Adam that you’re going to use it and then it’s yours.  I downloaded a free test trial of Adobe Illustrator and went to work.  We made a few changes, including coloring in the leaves and replacing the little circle around the date with a red apple stamp.  We’re also planning on modifying it to use for the invitations and (possibly) the programs.  I took them to Kinko’s and got them printed on heavy-weight paper for approximately $.20/page, and two could fit on one page.  If I hadn’t grossly overestimated the number of envelopes we needed it would have been even cheaper (I think I doubled the number I needed.  What can I say? I was nervous. (: )  I also scored linen envelopes on clearance for $2 and after that all I bought was stamps.  I set up a mail merge on my laptop and ran off the addresses on my puny little desktop printer.  I think the most painful part of the whole process was sealing and stamping those envelopes!

For the invitations I hope to do something a little fancier, but I’m not quite sure what yet.  I’ll come back with the answers next week!!

Have any of you suffered from wedding fatigue?  
How did you decide what kind of stationary you wanted?

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Images from: www.printablepress.com; http://www.merrimentdesign.com/giving-tree-save-the-date-wedding-announcement-for-fall.php

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  1. I think it’s normal for someone to feel like what you are feeling right now. With all the details that you need to attend to, it’s perfectly normal to feel like all the energy are sucked out of your system. And to freak a little. So there. Be happy. :)

  2. First off, "The Giving Tree"? I Love It!

    Secondly, I totally feel you on the wedding fatigue. Sometimes it feels like there are so many nuances and the minutia of it all is unequal parts frustrating and exciting. I'm glad to read that you're break has brought you back to us refreshed and ready to tackle the obstacles of you and your Fiance's big day!

      • Jenna
      • July 15th, 2011

      Yay! I love it too! We're trying to figure out other ways to incorporate it subtly throughout the day.

      It's really hard isn't it? I'm glad someone else knows what I'm talking about! :)

    • Candice
    • July 15th, 2011

    Love printable press… even if you didn't use them!

      • jenna
      • July 18th, 2011

      They had such awesome designs! (And I did get to use them for invitations to a friend's bridal shower … it's the best of both worlds!)

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