We are getting into the nitty gritty of wedding planning and (shocker) it's not exactly a walk in the park. Whereas we've already had our share of tiffs (wedding look-and-feel, budget, ipod versus DJ, and guest list, to name a few) for some reason, those tiffs felt important to work through. Those tiffs helped us define a wedding that reflects our true joint vision for the day.
Unfortunately, our new tiffs are different. Our new tiffs are all about details that feel vitally important in the moment, even though we're both sensible enough to know better. I mean really, do eco-plastic plates and the color of our paper flowers really matter in the grand scheme of our lives? Apparently they do. But they still don't matter nearly as much as the wording on our wedsite. Obviously.
Oh the wedsite, the focus of all our current frustrations. Honestly, I've never been so irritated that Jason is just as creative as I am when it comes to writing. Trying to get two creatives on the same page about something as emotionally charged as their own wedding... arg. Just ARG. I've heard from other people that their wedsites were unimportant in the end, but I've been a big fan of using friends' wedsites in the past. Oh, and because save the dates and RSVP cards were a non-priority for us and our budget, we're doing e-save the dates and wedsite-based RSVPs. So I feel like the wedsite might be more utilized, and therefore more important, than in other situations. Oh, and because we're just about six months out and really need to send save-the-date information, we really need to get our wedsite wording, hotel info, and other important information in order NOW, along with finalizing that guest list and tracking down emails.
Oh, and did I mention that we're doing this all on the cheap? Yeah. Cheap. We don't really like the free wedsites we've seen and we're not willing to throw $100+ at a paid option when we can build one ourselves on a blog, use a free email campaign program for the save the dates, and use google forms for online RSVPs. So far, we're tiffing about wording, stressing about hotel block research, trying to learn how to design a pretty and functional save the date in Mailchimp (which offers a free mass-email program if you have less than 500 email addresses, has invitation options that won't look like evite, the mass emails won't get caught in a spam filter, and we can use html and images to make it look very pretty and professional with links to our wedsite), and we're trying to agree on design and wording. Fun. Oh so much freaking fun. If anyone has any free website/save-the-date/RSVP technology or practical advice to help, we're all ears. Please.
Yay September and that impending six-month-out deadline on October 3. Arg.