Choosing a wedding announcement was a top priority for me since this was the main way our close friends and family were finding out we got married. There are a lot of sites that offer announcements and cards - WeddingPaperDivas, Tiny Prints, Shutterfly, Minted and more.
I love Tiny Prints, but anything wedding related actually came from WeddingPaperDivas. I like WeddingPaperDivas, but didn't find myself loving most of the announcement cards. In the end, I found a handful of announcements I loved from Minted. I didn't care if our card had a picture on it, so I found a few adorable announcements that I bookmarked to share with Jon:
This one would have been funny to a few of our friends that affectionately refer to Jon as, "Captain Tyin' Knots"
I was so excited to show these cards to Jon, so one night after dinner, I pulled out my computer and let him browse through what I liked. I didn't realize that Jon wanted something with a photo of us. It wasn't negotiable to him. I hadn't even picked out one photo card I liked. I started looking for a few photo cards that weren't postcards. Most of the cute ones I found were postcards, which we didn't want. We wanted our friends and families to open the envelopes and be shocked. I know a postcard could have done the same thing, but there's something fun about opening mail. And it would protect our pretty picture from any smudges the USPS might have added.
It's really to hard to pick out a photo card without the photo, just in case you were curious. So I decided on a few I thought I liked and waited til we got home from our wedding to start trying them out. As soon as we got home and settled, I uploaded our pictures and started picking out the few I liked the best for a card. After some quick editing to get rid of any unsightly blemishes, we had two or three pictures we really liked, but just needed a card to go with it. In the end, after trying a few different ones, we settled on this one:
I kind of look naked.
When we got back from our honeymoon, there were two boxes waiting on the front step for me. One with our announcements and another with our new return address label stamp. Even though it was well after one am, I had to dig into the boxes and see what our announcement looked like! I loved it! I couldn't wait to start addressing some envelopes and sticking them in the mail! Of course, we did not tell our parents through the mail. We told them in person and luckily, they weren't too upset and are still speaking to us!
After we sent out our announcements, we waited for reactions from friends and family. For a few days in a row, every afternoon, our phones were ringing non-stop. I think some of our friends and family were happier for us than we were! We're quite luckily to have such a great support system!