She’s baaa-aaack! In a follow-up to her buzz-worthy Part I on Invitations, Triple B contributor Nae returns with the 411 on her invitation suite designs and more. As always, show love in the comments.

Once we had the guest list finalized, it was time to choose our invitation suite. Early on in the planning process I attended a bridal event at a stationery store. All of the talk about letterpress and typeset made me realize that Mr. DrummerBoy and I would not be going the traditional wedding stationery route. After browsing several different styles, we decided on the Love Story design above (picture from Pinterest).

In an attempt to get an early start on the save-the-date/invitation timeline, we initially met with a designer in December. By February 1st, we still had not received the Save-the-Date proof. Frustrated, we made the decision to focus on sending out the invitations in March in lieu of sending STDs. When we finally received the invitation proof the first week of March, we were highly disappointed. As a result we ended up severing ties with our original designer.

At almost two months out, we had yet to send a STD and had no invitation design in the works. Wedding coordinator to the rescue! She found a designer on Etsy that was able to do a rush job on the love story design that we really wanted, including response card wording (given our concern about +1s) similar to this:

__ seats have been reserved in your honor
__ will attend __ will not attend

We were on our own for envelopes, labels and overall assembly. This is where my teeny, tiny DIY streak came in. I knew that I wanted wraparound labels so after combing through several websites, I found a downloadable Chevron design that I liked and worked well with our colors.  With one brief trip to the office supply store, I gathered my mom, sister and wedding coordinator for an impromptu assembly line on Easter Sunday – for which we were rewarded with a homemade meal courtesy of Mr. DrummerBoy. Despite additional (minor) drama regarding the final delivery of the invitations, I was happy to finally get out our wedding invitations exactly two months in advance of our big day. We certainly never planned on partial DIY invitations but in the end we were elated with the end result:

Next up: seating …..Oy!