choosing wedding announcements

Because Ryan and I are having such a small, intimate wedding with just 21 people (including us),
we knew right off that we wanted to send wedding announcements to all those we didn't invite for the day.
Here's the thing though...
wedding announcements - heck, cards in general, are expensive,
So, we really want to make sure we pick the right one.

Obviously, we'll be waiting until we have our wedding photos back before we send them
because we'd like to have a photo card for those who didn't attend.
We didn't do engagements because it just wasn't our cup of tea, so this is how we're making up for that.

We're okay with spending a little extra on these cards
because we've cut a lot of corners elsewhere, and it's something special for those who couldn't be there, too.

We also think we want to combine it with a sort of New Year's card, as well,
because we're planning to have them all out by the end of January.
But we've narrowed it down to a few cards that we love, and we really can't choose between them.

Frankly, we love all of these options,
and we'd be happy with any of them, really.
Minted has such a great collection of cards, and though the prices often deter us,
we think they might be worth it this time around.

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Soooooo....help please!
Which card do you like the most?

20 comments

  1. EEEEK! Is this hard or what?!! I mean......ok. I love that the first one says Cheers (obviously) and I adore the simplicity. AAAAAnd I of course love the white + gold combo and the married and bright sayings. Because you can say cheers on the card in other years....but you've only got this one for a cutsie "married and bright" statement. Soooo in typing my thoughts out...as partial as I am towards a good CHEERS...embrace the married sayings while it's your year to do it!!!! xx

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    1. Your rationale is PERFECT, Elise! You're amazing :) xo

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  2. hmmmm 1st and 2nd I love but between them I love the 1st one more so classic!!

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    1. I love the font on the first! Eep! I'm so bad with decisions!

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  3. oooh, Melissa! I love these! i LOVE LOVE LOVE the 1st and 3rd. I ADORE minted. We got all of ours at weddingpaperdivas.com and you are so right. they can be super expensive.

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! I think I'm reallllllly leaning towards the first, but then I look at the others, and I'm so torn!

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  4. I can't wait to see them!! And I'm certain you will be a beautiful bride!!!!

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  5. I love the first and third one. The third more because its a pop of color with the text and the first because its classic nad elegant if you have a black and white photo. So hard! I understand i am going through a tough time looking for wedding invitations they are so expensive too. Can't wait to see which one you choose.

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    1. I actually got my invites on Etsy, and they were really affordable. I know that shutterfly has some great invitations for a lot more affordable, as well! Thanks for your input!

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  6. If your focus is more on the "hey we got married, and it's Christmas coincidentally" I think number 3! But I also love has 2 has that print over it. I was on a tight paper product budget, and it seemed that all the pretty ones were expensive. Luckily, even if you're looking at $1+ per announcement, youll only be looking at around 25-30. I'm not sure if they'll have what you're looking for, but Ann's Bridal Bargains and Invitations by Dawn are incredibly cheap for wedding products and it may be worth looking into!

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  7. Oh I LIKE THE 2nd ONE! the 1st one is great too.

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  8. I really like the simple but elegant look of the first one. It is not too busy and doesn't block any part of the image.

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  9. Such a great idea. I really love the 2nd one the best! The first one is a very close second though!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  10. Um... so hard!! They are all so super cute! You really can't go wrong. Love the simplicity of the first and the pop of color on the 3rd (plus, its gold and you can never go wrong with gold at New Years!)

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  11. They are all cute but the first is my fav!

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  12. Ooo... it's between the 1st and the 3rd for me... if I had to pick I'd say the first!

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  13. What a great idea to make up for the people who can't be there! I love them all -- but the saying on the 3rd one is one of my faves!
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  14. I love the married and bright one! So sweet and I love the idea of a wedding announcement :)

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  15. I love the last one! If you are going to use one of your wedding pictures, you may wait to see what kind of pictures you get to see if one of them fits with the layouts better than others.

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