@sarah girl you live in a mobile home with a man who is creepily beautiful, and there's a weird scarecrow following you? and other stuff happens? and no one really remembers the plot to this movie, because they are too distracted by the creepy beauty.
@hallelujah caveat: i'm assuming that you are diy-ing this pretty hardcore, so here's my wisdom (ha! no. not really) from my own diy wedding.
1) start with a nice greeting (we request the pleasure of your company, please join us, etc - just google & pick your favorite.) then your names (duh) and maybe recognize your folks if they are contributing. the most important part is the when & where (don't forget time zone!) and that's it. you're done.
unless you are doing something hella formal, it's basically up to personal preference.
1b) not sure what your personal style is, but my sister & i both did our invitations from: http://www.weddingchicks.com/freebies/ i got mine printed up a kinko's in my office building. my paper was free, but if you ordered nice, thick paper online i'm betting that would be pretty affordable.
2) suggestion: are you married to printing your invitations? if most of your guest list is young & tech saavy, and the wedding is casual you might think about doing an electronic invitation. that requires only email addresses & saves you money on postage. if you have a handful of older folks who will need a paper invitation, you can get those printed & mail them.
3) ugggh flowers are the worst. i just said fuck it & didn't try to make them match, and had lots of bright & pretty colors. if you really have to have a certain flower, though, you can either buy just a few & fill in with something cheaper as an accent, or it's out of season, go with silk flowers.
4) no, but people will probably to do something nice for you. if you don't need stuff, you can either put together a way for folks to contribute to a honeymoon (there are specific sites you can use, but a lot of them take a cut of your donation as their payment... LAME) or have them donate to a charity in your name. you're still going to checks & money from some people though.
also, this is the pep talk i give to everyone: there are a lot of little, goofy things that aren't going to hit you till day of, so ask yourself these questions: what underpants am i wearing? do i need tape/tacks/a staple gun/glue/a spare charger/extra batteries/whatever else for anything? do i have a non-alcoholic drink to serve people? if there are going to be kids, do i have a way to entertain them so their parents can kick back for a while?
also also, disposable cameras are not necessary. your friends who are likely to take pictures will bring their own cameras anyway.
also also also, don't ever buy bubbles/rice/whatever from anywhere but a dollar store. it's the same thing some expensive website is going to sell you, but way cheaper.
okay that's all for now.
@sayitaintso @mangosara i am forgetful, forgetful lady who wants to remain baby free for a while longer, and getting an IUD is the BEST healthcare decision i've ever made. i've had bad physical reactions to the ring, the patch & a variety of pills, and this is definitely the least invasive method i've tried (evein if it's technically the most invasive). mirena (if that's the route you're going to) may be getting its lifespan extended to 7 years instead of 5, so you know... bonus birth control!
@adriana our foodie friends went to japan a few years back, and apparently one of the things they were most thrilled by (other than authentic ramen) were japanese donuts. so keep an eye out for those.
@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood i'm darth vader's mom, not anakin skywalker's. it's an important distinction.
billy joel was "too subversive" but steely dan songs about drugs and prostitution and cousin-love are a-okay? i cannot get past this to continue reading.
@Kikimora no joke, what kind of doctor do you go to get diagnosed? i've never heard of Raynaud's but it would explain so much of my life.
@phlox lombardi i'm also thinking that i should go with a flight of something, so that i can yell "what's next" a lot.
mustachioed jerry seinfeld begs to differ, CBS executives.
any suggestions for a cringe-filled re-watching of the 5th & 6th seasons of the west wing?