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I am mother to four and my wonderful dil Lisa recently blessed us with our first grandchild. I share my life with my indulgent husband, and my love of hobbies

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wedding invites FINALLY!!


 i wanna share these "wedding invites" that i made for my sons upcoming wedding.  This has been a real headache for me, not sure when if ever i shall EVER volunteer such a service again.
I made an embossing folder so they would have their initials on the front panel of the invitation, i think it gives it a personal touch.  Keep in mind that before we settled on this particular invitation i had to make 16 mocks and my future dil, Lisa took elements from a few of them to make up this one.
She wanted lace so we went with the MS ribbon border punch and threaded lace through it.  Not an easy feat when you're making 150 invitations.  When i did a pricing for them, i was told that they thought it was gonna be a labour of love, so i punched all the borders and got the ribbon together put twenty of the invitations into a bag and gave it to Lisa.  She says " whats this"  I replied "Well since you think i am doing this as a labour of love, i am giving you twenty invitations to thread ribbon through, and i wanna know if you love the labour"
It took her five days, LOL!!!
Then to top it all off, i had to make a template for this flourish of pearls so that i could get each invite exactly the same, and i stuck all those pearls down using little drops of glue.  In the picture you can actually see some of the glue before i cleaned it up.

Well the insert Lisa and Jason got printed at the printer and then it was just a case of glueing that in.  We used 2mm magnets to hold the invitation closed.  Still no rest for the dead or peace for the dying, i gotta move my toosh and find someone to make my glamorous mother of the groom outfit for the big day.
smiles
Paola

21 comments:

  1. Wow Paola, these are amazing. The amount of work you've done is staggering. They are just gorgeous.
    Hugs
    Honor xo

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  2. Woohooo!!! Eventually all done girlfriend! Such stunning work as always my special friend. Well done you, you're very brave to have taken on such a huge job, hope they appreciate it. Have sent Linda an email regarding a dressmaker so will let you know as soon as she comes back to me. Lotsa luv xxxxx

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  3. They turned out very nice..Trust me I understand..last year this time I was making invitations for my own wedding..same color scheme, and about 200 of them as well..I even made my own shower and rehearsal dinner invites...I would like to say never again..when my girls get married I will pay to have the printed ones made...

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  4. gorgeous!!! Love the embossing, and the ribbon detail! Hugs Juls

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  5. All your hard work paid off! Absolutely beautiful...

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  6. these are just gorgeous, sometimes it is worth paying someone else to do the work - but wow! really stunning design and I'm sure they love all the work you put in. ♥

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  7. These are so elegant and looks like alot of work! Beautiful job! hugs, Angela

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  8. very elegant invitations. You have done an excellent job.

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  9. Hi Paola, I know the work that went into these! We've spent many hours on Skype while you work on those and I work on my own projects. I have to say though you did and exceptional job on them. Never in a million years have any other couple had such exquisitely made invitations! This job was more than a labor of love, it was like being in labor for endless day!!! Big, big KUDOS to you my dear friend for this awesome work...hugs...Barb

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  10. Very Elegant, I must say. Love the initials, great touch. When I made the invitations for my daughter and my sons wedding last year, we had a workshop, where the bridesmaids came and helped make the invitations, we had a production line going. It did help that Paige had 6 bridesmaids who came to help! xxx

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  11. I love your invites, isn't it fullfilling to be able to do those for your son. I made my first ones 2 years ago. I just made food for the one this past weekend. I wish your son and new DIL a very blessed marraige.

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  12. Very elegant. Can't wait to see what you are deciding to wear. You'll have to post pictures!

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  13. Labour of love! Ya right!!! I don't think people begin to understand what hard work something like this is. They are beautiful though, well done.

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  14. Dear MIL,

    Do you know your DIL reads your blog? LOL

    Don't forget that you volunteered your services!
    The invites do look beautiful though and we are very happy with them!

    lots of love your 'unappreciative DIL'

    ps: do you know what the invitations have been posted on facebook for all to see?
    x

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  15. The world see the invites before the guests, kind of an anti climax.

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  16. Well done Paola! I did the invitations for my daughter's wedding last October, and it really is quite an undertaking. Labour of Love - pah!!! well done you, for making the bride to be share in the work, lol.

    Hugs

    Judi xxx

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  17. Great job Paola...now you can take a little breather girl.....ok that's enough...back to work...lol
    Seriously though....a job well done....I did my youngest daughters wedding invites a few years ago, so I know exactly how you felt.
    hugs

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  18. The invitation is absolutely Beautiful and so elegant. I'm sure all your hard work was greatly appeciated. Is there anything a Mom would not do for her child?? (only law biding) I bet you'll be happy when the big day comes. Best Wishes to You All!!!

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  19. Stunning colour combination & very stylish indeed. These traditional ceremonies are very special. My own Mum conducted my wedding at my husband's request. Reading of your own involvement with your son's wedding reminded me of the day & all that was needed in preparation. Wishing you a all a memorable & joyous day.
    Paula (PEP)
    http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

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  20. Hi kiddo...these turned out soooooooo beautifully!! Labor of love indeed! You are a far, FAR better mother than I would be! So glad my kids are all married! hehehe! Hugs...Pat

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  21. Outstanding Paola!
    Sandy Dehon

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smiles
Paola