Was I really so naive to think we'd be able to send out the Save The Date cards in one weekend? Did I really think stuffing over two hundred envelopes, affixing postage and mailing labels and dropping them off at the post office would only take a few days?
Apparently I was.
Our goal was to get the cards out no later than mid-February and in that we succeeded, but only because we started on the first of February. Kinko's quoted us a price of over four hundred dollars for a double-sided, brochure-style announcement on glossy paper. That's more than some people spend on the actual invitations, so we - and by we I of course mean L - took the proof to a copy place near NYU. Their quote? One hundred ninety dollars. They even surprised us and printed the front photograph with a sepia tone without charging us extra.
Once we had the copies and mailing labels I thought it would be as simple as printing out our mailing list and dropping everything out at the post office. If only.
As anyone who has planned a wedding can tell you, we didn't have just one list. Sure, we had our "master list," the names of everyone who's invited to the wedding, but then we had to break down the list into smaller parts. Out of town guests? They got an insert inviting them to the rehearsal dinner. International guests? We had to separate their envelopes so they didn't get posted with a normal thirty-seven-cent stamp. Then there was the list of people whose addresses we still don't have. There's also the gift list, which helps us keep track of who gave us what and who is still owed a thank-you note. Have you ever played Tetris for hours on end and then gone to sleep with visions of falling blocks running through your head? Well, my dreams for the last week have featured a visual parade of Excel spreadsheets.
With the exception of the international envelopes which are still awaiting postage, the save the dates made it out early last week. I've already fielded a number of emails and phone calls from friends and relatives either confirming their receipt of the mailing or asking a few things we didn't cover. Our moms have phoned in similar reports.
Not that things haven't been fun before, but now it feels like we are really on our way to our wedding. It's still six months away, but sending out the Save the Date was like throwing open a giant switch to light a neon billboard. The wedding of L and D is open for business.Posted by The Groom at February 22, 2004 03:01 PM