It occurred to me that we never showed you our super-nerdy STDs that reflect our wedding being on 10-10-10, which is binary for 42. If you haven't read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you should probably just stop reading now.
These save-the-dates went to our really nerdy friends, a lot of whom didn't even get the reference. I think part of the reason I haven't written about them is because they were somewhat poorly executed. I mean, the save-the-dates are cute; but we mailed them out with no explanation and never heard anything from anyone who got them, except for one friend. (Who loved them.) But...I was disappointed with the way everything happened.
I also never wrote about them because somebody would have asked how we did them. The process was this:
1.) I stole a bunch of clip art from the Google Image engine until I found a good image of the planets. Then I found a bunch more clip art. I'm not proud of this, but we only mailed out 12 and I ran it by my IP friend and he said as long as it was proper parody and not for sale, we would be okay.
2.) I put the images in Gimp shop to manipulate. I failed and eventually Mark did it by trial and error.
3.) I put together the images in Inkscape and used fonts from DaFont. At the last minute, I added the starry background at Mark's suggestion.
4.) I attempted to print them about 11 times before I finally got the layout correct. I had to .pdf them on my laptop and email them to my desktop to print them and it was really frustrating.
I was really happy with how these came out, but like I said, I wasn't happy with the way we then executed it. The original design I had was much more explanatory, but Mark came up with this one and I deferred to his judgment, since they were mostly going to his friends. In retrospect, I shouldn't have done that. Truthfully, I think I did because I'm the girl. I'm the one who doesn't know binary. I'm the one who didn't read Hitchhiker's until my freshman year of college. So I deferred to his judgment at that point, but later, when he wanted to make a small change that would make a lot more sense, I refused because getting them to print had been such a nightmare and I wasn't going to reprint them and I just wanted them to be gone!
Mark also got annoyed when I tried to explain it to people before we sent them (he didn't want me to "ruin the surprise", which I understand), and nobody asked us about it afterwards. We also gave them to guests who had already received regular STDs, so they were super-confused.
What have been your wedding fails so far?