One more thing off the list.

Invitations are finally sent after a long process of deciding we (a) weren’t going to buy them from a manufacturer (excuse me, $3 for an invite?) and (b) we weren’t going to make every piece of the invite by ourselves.  We did the conceptualizing, printing and assembly over a couple weeks and we’re pretty thrilled with how they ended up.

For all you crafty people out there, we manufactured them with seed paper (from the Seed Paper People out of Colorado:  http://www.bloomin.com/), vellum, twine, and our printer.  Originally we were going to make our own seed paper.  We prototyped a couple sheets before realizing that if we wanted to send these out before the wedding we would have to forego doing everything ourselves.  We came up with the design through multiple edits and help from friends and family.  The drawing is a photo of our home that we sketched over with tracing paper and scanned.  We then printed out the text on vellum and attached the vellum to the seed paper with some twine.  The result surprised both of us in being an invitation that was personal and something we both loved.  We choose not to include RSVP cards and instead ask people to contact us directly.  For out of town guests, we included some specific directions on an additional sheet of cardstock attached to the back of the invite.  We also included direction on how to plant the seed paper.

A couple of afternoons of construction

And more of addressing gave us a hefty stack to send:

It was definitely time consuming to do all this ourselves, but it was actually kind of fun to just sit and construct.  We used the time to talk… about more wedding plans of course, but also of our other hopes and dreams, frustrations and complications, and to share stories.  And now we have another fabulous memory to add to the stories about us.

Postnote:   A few of these have already gotten lost in the mail or returned to us because of wrong or outdated addresses, so please let us know if you haven’t received one and were hoping to come.

July 7, 2012

Artist: Hardy Tate, 1999

What: Dustin and Cindy are getting married so come and celebrate with us!
When: July 7, 2012 (but come and camp for up to a week before and stay for a week after)
Where: At Horse Creek Ranch, Otter, Montana: our home in southeastern Montana. And yes, we live 70 miles from the nearest movie theater, library, and decent motel. You are welcome to bring a tent or RV and camp in our fields. We can also make motel suggestions in Sheridan, Wyoming (about an 1 1/2 drive).

More Specifics coming soon….