You guys. Planning a wedding and keeping yourself quiet aka not working it into every conversation is difficult. I feel like I’m officially that person at work. Ha! I didn’t think I’d one day be that person but it’s exciting and expensive and if I’m going to put all this effort into one day then gosh darn it I want to talk about it.
So here we are, at the beginning because I can’t give details away until it happens. But I can officially share details about our Save the Dates because those were mailed last week, holler!
Okay, we’ll have to back up one more step to address budgeting, which will be an entirely different post. I had budgeted $250 to spend on save the dates and that did not include the cost of postage. [THAT is how detailed my wedding spreadsheet / budget is.] For some, that number may be a little high but you have to remember, we’re paper / stationery people. We both had visioned setting up a new studio in our basement and printing like the wind to mail one of a kind pieces. In reality, with moving and trying to unpack and the holidays and LIFE, that wasn’t going to happen and I knew this months ago –
Then randomly one day while in a meeting at work it popped into my head: have another artist do the work and we’ll customize the rest. I texted the beau and he loved the idea.
That artist was Will of Thorneater Comics. We had met him two years ago at the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo where he did individual $1 portraits of us both in between sales (we were vending at the event). Those portraits hung in our apartment and will be taped up somewhere in this new house once we find a special spot / the walls are painted. I had seen a post on IG that he’d be back this year, so we made the plans to drive down to Kingston to have our portrait done together – and that’s just what we did. We had crazy warm weather that weekend and we spent the day wandering around on foot and window shopping after sitting down with Will. Check!
One lazy Sunday afternoon – I’m pretty sure it was the first day of January – we sat down for a good thirty minutes finishing up the design. We had worked with Moo in the past for our business cards and loved the quality and customer service. After doing a quick little search on their site, I was sold on the postcard idea because they use the Luxe line of paper from Mohawk Paper. If that sentence means nothing to you, know that Mohawk is located right in our backyard – Cohoes – and that it’s excellent quality paper. It’s 32pt (thick) and you can choose a seam color that runs in the middle of the paper; a fine little detail. We ended up choosing white – ha!
We sent off the design that Sunday afternoon and I danced a whole lot in the kitchen that following Thursday when they arrived. They were perfect! I took one into work with me the following day to confirm with my postmaster, Justin, that they wouldn’t cost more than 34 cents (thicker paper remember); all good! Friday evening I sat down before dinner to stamp and personally address each postcard. My sister got me the Rifle Paper Co. address book for Christmas – just what this girl needed!
About the vintage stamps: I started collecting them when we were at the shop. It was a personal project and I saved the ones that I liked, which included the Christmas designs. Despite them going out after Christmas, I wanted to put them to use because I hadn’t sent out Christmas cards from our new address… If only we had remembered to put a return address, our closest family and friends would have that new address.
Breakdown of costs:
Custom portrait: $10 donation
50 Moo custom postcards: $103.99 minus a $20 coupon I found online: $83.99
Expedited shipping: $19.75
Vintage postage: free!
Total spent: $113.74, saved $136.26