Now that I've met with a photographer, found a dress pattern, and decided on a place to go cake tasting (something R is definitely looking forward to), it's time to start figuring out what to do about invitations. I had bookmarked some places that seemed reasonable (you'd think that assembling them yourself would be inexpensive), only to realize that the printing fees would double the cost of the invitations. I know it's my wedding, but spending $500 on invitations seems slightly ridiculous. It's a special day, but it's not like I'm winning a Nobel Prize (not the Nobel Peace Prize is worth much these days).
Luckily, with a little effort I was able to find a website with invitations that are in my taste and price range. My current favorites are this invitation in moss and this invitation in ore. I'm going for a green-blue color palette, so either one would work. I don't have my heart set on one just yet, but these are the contenders at the moment.
Once I figure out which invitation to use, I've got to figure out the wording. I'd like to mention our families, but my family situation makes it a little awkward. I don't want to offend my mom, but at the same time my dad and his parents are the ones paying for this whole affair. Plus, I don't want to leave my step-mom out of the mix. Perhaps we'll wind up going with the very modern "Together with their families, A & R would like to invite you to celebrate their marriage," but I'm not sure R is big on that wording. Of course, we could just bypass this whole affair and go with "You are invited to the wedding of A & R," but I really do want to mention our parents in some way. Oh, diplomacy, you are a touchy mistress.