wedding wednesdays – save the dates

24 Apr

save the date

Our “save the dates” went out this weekend! When we dropped them in the mail I looked at Brian and jokingly said, “Well, there’s no turning back now”. There is something rather final about telling 170 people to mark their calendars with your wedding date, don’t you think? The pressure is on.

We went back and forth on whether we were even going to send “save the dates” at all. We wondered if it was just an added expense that we could skip, let it instead get around via telephone or something.

But in the end I decided that it would be polite to inform our out-of-town guests so they could make travel arrangements. When I told Brian I thought we should send them out he said, “Can we just send out an evite?” I laughed and when he didn’t join in I realized he was being serious. He wanted to send out an evite for our wedding save the dates. Ha.

I informed him that considering it was our WEDDING and not a fourth of July BBQ we would not be using evite. He then tried to argue his point by saying that is would be “greener” of us if we did. He was thinking exceptionally quick, even I was impressed!

I said NO, end of story. I mean, we were already getting married at a venue called the Smog Shoppe at least let my grandmother who doesn’t even know how to work a computer get a save the date in the mail.

When he realized this battle would not be won, we moved on to the next step…finding a save the date that felt “like us”. That sounded rather precious of me to say, huh? We wanted to find a save the date the “felt like us”, but it’s true. It’s the first impression people get of your wedding and I wanted it to be playful instead of uptight. Much like I hope our wedding is.

So we ended up narrowing it down to three options and then finally one. I will say I kind of picked the winner. Brian actually liked another one better but realized this wasn’t something he really cared enough about to make it a battle. Now the booze at our wedding is a different story. I really only drink wine and usually just chardonnay, so I would be happy if it was a night filled with buttery chardonnay. But Brain feels strongly that we need a full bar. So I let him run with it. Compromise at its finest.

I’ve discovered in four short months that this is how the wedding planning goes. It’s all about compromise. It’s a great starter for marriage. So I happily took the lead with the “save the dates” and picked the one with the heart because well, I thought it was sweet and playful. Then I moved on to ordering them.

When they arrived in the mail, I giddily tore open the box with excitement. Brian took one look at the massive stack of “save the dates” and asked me how many I had ordered. I proudly said 190, 20 more than the 170 we are inviting just in case we messed any up. Aren’t I smart?!

It was quickly explained to me that I probably only needed half of that considering most families and couples live together. I’ve never claimed to be good at math.

So now we have a shitload of “save the dates” to keep as mementos. Brian has taken to using them as drink coasters.


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13 Responses to “wedding wednesdays – save the dates”

  1. JenPastiloff April 24, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    enjoy the planning x

  2. Lila April 24, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Weddings are special; one of those transitions in life that make people cry. It’s amazing how it does that.
    I wish you the best with your marriage. Surely you won’t forget to check this off for “til 30,” right? 😉

  3. Candice Merriweather April 24, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Kate, that’s hilarious!!!!!!!

  4. alifecurated April 24, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I wish you the best, wedding planning can be so much fun and it begins with the little things like the save-the-date. Keep the extra cards, with a little revision sticker, you can use them to celebrate milestone anniversaries – 5, 10 , 50!

  5. the usual bliss April 24, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    I love them! I also have a HUGE stack of leftover save the dates and also the magnets we had made to go with them. Woops. I agree that once I tossed them into the mail, I had a moment of “YIKES!”- no going back now!
    Super exciting! 🙂

  6. rachel April 24, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    “I’ve never claimed to be good at math.” HA! You kill me!!

  7. Sarah Ann Noel April 24, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Those are just the CUTEST. I LOVE them!

  8. cravesadventure April 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Love your Save the Date card:) Planning for a Wedding is about picking your battles – Good Luck!

  9. Rebecca Koo April 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hahaha! And fabulous coasters they are!!! What a great way to make the best of it. You guys are great. (I have been off-line for quite some time but today I had a moment and here is where I came first! – Love the new pic on top and the one on the side bar as well! You are fabulous!)

  10. barbarapotter April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    The day before my 65th birthday. Hmm a double celebration sort-of:)

    • katemcclafferty April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      65!!!!! Amazing!!! Happy birthday, Barbara!!! Love you xx

      • barbarapotter April 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

        Thank you. I never thought I would look forward to 65 so much but now that I need Medicare I can’t wait….lol….

  11. Chantal May 1, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Awesome card! Yes it’s official, but most importantly, ” the save the dates” are a precursor to all that is to come, nuptials, celebrations,love, love love.., so happy for the both of you

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