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I had a browse at invitation styles online and through a few free brochures and quickly decided what I liked. I created a mock-up using scrap paper and card to show Guy the shape and work out the sizes, and he approved of the plan (oh, he did not know what he had agreed to!). It was also a practical design – I didn’t want bits of paper falling all over the place, but I wanted it to be easy for guests to read and search for information through. In hindsight, I should have bought some thin magnets you can cut and put those on the backs so that they could be pinned to fridges!

We bought some blue card off ebay and hammered ivory paper from Ryman’s (shiny paper does not do it for either of us) and wrote a template on OpenOffice.

We had three pages tucked into a pocket; the front one was Dress: Sharp Suits and Dashing Dresses and included a scanned in picture of fancily-dressed gentleman and lady: the premise of this was a nice picture and to warn the women to wear shoes they could dance in and get between the venues in. If nothing else, I warned them. We also told them the bridal colour, because some people worry about this (I really didn’t mind what colour people wore, but I didn’t want people calling up to ask and/or fretting over it).

Behind Dress was Location: a map of Oxford I drew showing the station, Somerville and the Town Hall

(it is labelled on the invitations), which was scanned in and contrast-enhanced using Photoshop.

And at the back was the Invitation sheet with an RSVP slip at the bottom. Once the RSVP slip has been cut off, the Invitation with all of it’s information fits comfortably as the front slip rather than the back – you see, we thought about these things!

Wording of the Invitation page:

Ms C S

requests the pleasure of the company of

Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Guest

at the wedding of her daughter
Rowena Lucy
Mr Guy Antony Fletcher-Wood

to be held at 11am on Saturday 19th May 2012
at Oxford Town Hall

Please arrive 20 minutes in advance to be seated.

RSVP by 14th February to Ms C S,
Street Address, Area, City, Postcode

If you wish to bring a gift, we have set up an online gift list which you can access using the list reference number ##### and password ****.

You may find the list at http://www.marriagegiftlist.com. Please contact Kay on email@gmail.com, or 07#########, if you have any questions.


Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Guest
will/will not be able to attend.
Meat meal? Y/N Alcohol? Y/N
Other dietary requirements? ………………………………

So we set up a production line. Guy struggles with scissors because he’s left handed, but I had a little ruler guillotine which cuts much straighter edges. However, I wasn’t that great at aligning it so as to cut perfectly down the middle of a pencil line – and he was. So Guy spent hours and hours loading paper into the printer and cutting the sheets I printed into the various slips of paper and one nametag (because there was a little excess space and I just couldn’t bear to waste it).

Guy definitely did more work on the invitations than I did: my job was making the pocketfolds and using double sided sticky tape to attach the cranes.

I also used our homemade wax stamp to stamp a seal on the backs of the envelopes and wrote on all the addresses neatly.

The finished products!

One things I didn’t do on the invitations was put down the finish time – this was a silly mistake, and a lot of people contacted us to ask about it so that they could book trains and plan their day. People actually started trailing out after the meal had finished (being very apologetic about it, not that we cared as they’d stayed for the important bits: skipping two hours of socialising was fine by me!) and other went on to further partying that night.

We had about 85 invitations in the end, seven or so for overseas and including our own, which we made first and sent through the post with a second class stamp to see if it was okay and would reach us without complaint, a trick I had learnt from the forum! It was very exciting receiving an invitation to our own wedding, and we opened it with a letter opener so as to leave the seal in tact!

All our invitations

We carefully chose an RSVP date well in advance of the wedding, but gave 6 weeks to reply by. Nearly 25% of people failed to make this date, and when asked, many of them assumed we’d know, or assumed they could tell us when they felt like it or just turn up on the day!!! Some of those who didn’t reply in time were making profound efforts to make the date against all odds, but others couldn’t make up their minds or couldn’t be bothered to send back the slip. This made me very unhappy, as obviously we were paying a lot of money for these people to enjoy our wedding and had chosen people whom we respected and thought respected us. A few RSVPed yes and then didn’t turn up on the day at all. And these circumstances are, it seems, far from unusual at weddings.

And so, in the honour of our lovely guests…

Stupid Things Guests Have Asked

Do you have a gift list?

Um, yes we do actually. The details for it and a contact to ask questions about it are provided on your invitation.

Where do I send my RSVP?

Okay, so if you look at your invitation… there’s an RSVP ADDRESS. Where it says “Please RSVP to…”

Where is the wedding?

Asked by an usher!

It turns out that her mum had perloined the invitation… So obviously, instead of asking her mum for it she Skypes me to ask the details, which she can’t write down because of bad RSI.

I thought the wedding was next Saturday?

No. This Saturday. The 19th.

Another usher!

Sorry I missed your wedding.


We haven’t got married yet…

I thought it was in February?

No, that’s the RSVP date!!!


What’s on the Menu?


I’ve talked a lot about food recently. I do that. Most of the time, actually. Whether it’s what we’re having for dinner, what we’re going to get in, what we’re doing for a special occasion, or just plain recipe swapping, I talk and write about food pretty constantly.

So I sat down and wrote out our wedding breakfast menu (not just on here, but in English and Corbel fonts with very precise formatting) and printed it out onto the hammered ivory paper to then glue into our menu books using PVA glue.

The menus are also our table names: I recovered some to-be-thrown-away hardbacks from a library, stripped off the spines, and then we painted them royal blue by mixing together acrylic paints and using chubby brushes. We then named the 10 tables (or 9 and a cake table) after 10 Oxford pubs we’re rather keen on:

The Rusty Bicycle (Bike)
The Gloucester Arms (Glouc)
The Bear
The Chequers
The Turf Tavern
The Royal Oak (Roak)
The Old Bookbinders (Bookies)
The Gardener’s Arms (not the one also known as Pub of Misery)
The Jude and the Jericho (afterall, who can remember which was which?)
The Eagle and Child (Bird and Baby)


I won’t show you the covers in glorious detail, but basically I took a picture of each, photoshopped it prettily into some artistic effect, and then printed them out on photo paper to stick onto the hammered ivory.


On the backs, the Fiance wrote a few interesting facts out to entertain our guests and a solid beer or cider recommendation, because yes, we remember that kind of thing.


And obviously between the pages we have the charming menu provided for us by Cathy from Wrightons, and details of the scrumptious cake we’re making ourselves.


Binding Together

I did a bit more towards making our guest book this weekend. Here are the things I used:

A decorated book cover
13 sheets of hammered ivory paper
Some PVA glue
Some photographs
Some blue silk cross stitching thread
Two slim crochet hooks
Some sellotape
A pair of scissors

The guest book is now all but complete. Previously, I posted a picture of the newly decorated corver, but this weekend I worked at making the inside pages pretty.


We printed off the title “Guest Book” (font = English) and glued it to the front using standard PVA. On the inside cover, I glued a single sheet of the hammered ivory paper across so that you couldn’t see where I’d folded in and double-sided-sticky-taped on the ivory satin. This piece of paper went a bit wrinkly because of the PVA, but generally looked okay.


Using some of the spare hammered ivory paper, I folded it up into three wads of four halved sheets of paper (making sixteen “pages” per wad) and we stuck in our photographs. I thought it would be more secure to bind three wads of pages to the book than one massive one.

To bind the wads in, I opened a wad up in the middle and ran a piece of pretty blue silk cross-stitching thread across it and then down between the inner spine and the book cover, so that they were looped together.


I pulled this tight and went and round again – this time down the middle of a second wad. After the third wad, I tied off the ends of the thread very tightly, cut it from the roll and trimmed the ends off.


You’re probably wondering about the crochet hooks.


Due to the ribbon I’d double-sided sticky taped (that stuff is amazing, I swear…) down the spine to mark the pages, feeding a piece of thread down the spine was not easy: it was pretty full of material. My initial idea was to get my wool needle, knot the thread to it and drop this down, but I couldn’t find my wool needle, and I think this method was more reliable anyway.

Using some sellotape, I bound the two back ends of the crochet hooks together, being careful not to wad the sellotape out too thickly so it would still go down the spine. If you have a longer crochet hook or a shorter book, one hook and no sellotape will probably do!


My hook was quite a bit longer than my books, which was handy for getting a good grip on it.


To use it for threading down the spine, I inserted it at one end (the end without the ribbon) and gently shoved it up until the nose poked out the top. Here I knotted a small loop in the end of my thread (this got cut off in the final trimming) hooked it over the crochet hook and pulled the tool back through the book until it and the thread it had carried appeared at the other end and I pulled the thread taut.

I was pretty pleased with the result, the pages are secure, and although I didn’t put many in, they were significantly padded out by the photographs. I hand wrote onto the pages to ask the guests to leave messages. I could have printed this, but I wanted a handwritten effect inside – especially as the book is for writing on!!!