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My biggest regret when creating my marriage invitations

So I don’t tell people the story of how I got married, because to be super transparent it’s rather embarrassing. Like seriously. I figure it’s safe to disclose the story since Jo and I are about two months shy of celebrating our tenth anniversary. This is a safe place, right guys??

Like all embarrassing stories, it all started in a bar. Well, rather a jazz club in New Orleans. After a couple of drinks, Jo leaned over and said, “Do you want to do something stupid?” Of course, my young self said “Uh yeah!” He then suggested that we get married.  

For a moment I considered all of the things we’d have to prepare for a wedding – marriage invitations, a venue, a dress. It all seemed so daunting. While I was totally down to marry my then-boyfriend, I knew that we weren’t in a position to have a wedding. I told him that I’d marry him, but that we should forego a wedding and just get married the next day. Needless to say, we did it! The day was a total whirlwind, but it was special and perfect for us. 

About a month later, our parents decided to throw us a party in honor of our union. Jo’s cousin printed marriage invitations for us, and let me just tell you, I was beyond overwhelmed with collecting every extended family member’s address. Then it was such a headache to write everyone’s address on envelopes. And let’s not talk about all of the envelopes I wasted because of careless mistakes.

When we started to prepare for our vow-renewal ceremony, we immediately decided to outsource our marriage invitations. I’m very particular about the aesthetics of everything, and it really mattered to me that I could customize our invitations. After vetting invitation resources, we decided to go with BasicInvite. The almost unlimited color options really met my criteria of being able to truly customize our invites. Also, it’s a total win that I’m able to order printed samples of our invites before placing a final order.

I feel really bad saying this, but I was actually dreading having a vow renewal ceremony because of all of the moving parts. I’m super busy these days and I really don’t have the patience to make time-consuming mistakes. I am the worst at collecting and maintaining family members’ addresses, but BasicInvite eliminates all of that drama. BasicInvite has a free address collection service that allows you to share a link with your loved ones and they collect addresses for you and do free envelope printing on your marriage invitations! If you’ve never put on a big event, you don’t know how much of a big deal this is! This is a gamechanger!   

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I value my time a little more than my money and so it’s necessary that this vow renewal planning is as efficient as possible. I get easily overwhelmed with having to make so many planning decisions and to be quite frank, I would rather spend my time doing something else. BasicInvite has over 900 marriage invitation sets that include save-the-dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching thank you cards! Talk about efficient! 

Learn from my mistakes and outsource your marriage invitations. Seriously, it saves so much time! On a side-note, if you’re looking for a flawless wedding website, BasicInvite is truly wedding websites best resource for efficient and customizable wedding websites. Your future self will thank you!

What are your thoughts on this post?

  1. Crystal coy says:

    I’m getting married soon, I’ll definitely try using this company to make my invitations.
    Thanks Elle.

  2. Denise Young says:

    WOW! What an amazing love story!! Thank you for the tips on being organized and outsourcing the things we are limited with. We are planning our 10 year vow renewal, and will certainly check out BasicInvite.

    Thanks, Elle!

  3. Kimberly Simeon Washington says:

    Your wedding invite was beautiful! I wish I had known about BasicInvite when I got married. I spent over $1,000 and it was a nightmare!! I will use them for our 20 year anniversary party invites! Thanks Elle

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