I married Adam in August of 2006, three and a half years after we first met and kissed and walked in the snow and ate pancakes at my table in the window.
In true Courtney Quiet City fashion (but not in a bridezilla kind of way) I insisted on doing several things for my wedding on my own. No wedding planner. No professionals. No one else telling me how my wedding should be or look. This wasn't always the easy way but we saved a lot of money and my wedding only had handprints on it from people I know and love.
My friend Danial took all of the pictures. My friend Alex played songs at our reception- performing some and DJing my mix CDs for the rest. My bridesmaids made the bouquets and decorations. My friend's aunt made the food. I was married in my aunt and uncle's yard and I walked down the aisle to a song from the Amelie soundtrack. My mum officiated the ceremony.
With Adam's help I designed and printed the Save the Date cards as well as our invitations. I enlisted some helpful and creative girls from work to help me get them mail-ready. This is what we did.
We cut out the invitations themselves to fit the envelopes I bought at Staples. We cut the response post cards to fit postal regulations. I had printed driving directions and travel info on plain paper and we trimmed those down.
For the outer decorative sleeve, we cut scrapbook paper and tri-folded it to fit the invitation. I snipped the edge of the paper with craft scissors. I used a multi-pack of scrapbooking paper so every invitation was different. Then we looped a ribbon around the whole thing and tied it in front where the folds met.
I addressed the envelopes by myself and by doing our own invitations we saved a TON of money. We sent out 80, so yeah... we needed to keep it cheap. It still turned out beautifully and personal.
If my description doesn't make sense, please pardon me, it's nearly midnight and I should have been in bed two hours ago.