The Knot's checklist has totally been my b!tch lately. Minister? Check. Groom's attire? Check. And then there was the big one. The one that took months, and I won't be writing much about until August (sorry!). Invites got checked off last week.
Originally, the plan wasn't to DIY the invites. Because DIYing invites is how marriages end before they start. It is how you get Too Much control over your invitations. However, once I found the invites we are using off of Printable Press, I was sold. DIY it was, because that was the only option. So I set out to find a printer. I got quotes and samples from several online sources, but nobody would print with the matte finish that we needed on 100% recycled paper like we wanted. Any local large-scale printer didn't do small runs like ours and they had setup charges that priced them well out of our $200 invite budget.
Finally, I came to the conclusion that we would just need to get them printed at a copy shop. But none of the local copy shops carried the kind of paper we wanted to print on. So I started to shop for paper. After several searches through the recommended paper sites, as well as a trip to paper source*, I finally found what we were looking for - recycled white cardstock with a linen finish. Bonus: Paperandmore.com has flat rate shipping and carried recycled card stock for the backing, as well as cardstock that was the right shade of green to use on our escort cards later. They also sold envelopes (although they aren't recycled).
We're somewhat crunched for time, what with the invite stuffing happening on Saturday and us potentially not having the invite until four days beforehand, plus however long it takes to copy and cut the invites, but regardless, I got to check the "invites: ordered" box off The Knot's website. I'm not even afraid to go there anymore because I'm SO ON TOP of my checklist.**
Are you on top of your checklist? Or has it swallowed you whole?
*Overpriced and disappointing. Don't believe the hype.
**I suppose I should say "our checklist" but actually, our checklist is in the form of an email we send back and forth each month with this month's to-dos and the overdue to-dos. It's really good for ignoring things you don't want to think about, because you don't put them on the list.