Please tell me what to do

My husband’s brother and sister are both getting married this summer.

Not to each other, ew.

I offered both couples a wedding gift of handmade invitations and both accepted. I spent the last several days in a frantic whirlwind of wedding invitation assembly for couple #1. (Don’t get me started on the printer nightmare I endured…)

Wedding invitations and skeleton leaves

I came to a strange realization during the process of designing the invitations – I perform better when people tell me what to do. I thrive on super-anal specifics. This is true of any custom order – the more specific and detailed a project is, the happier I am. Given free reign, I will over-analyze every single detail until my brain aches.

In general, this is not good for me. Or my brain.

Now don’t get me wrong, I really appreciated the trust that my brother-in-law and his fiancée put in me. They were very flexible with colors and style. However, I know that I just had too much leeway and as a result, I spent countless hours on the design – my perfectionist self wouldn’t allow anything else.

Thankfully, I’m very happy with how they turned out – I think that they really reflect the couple who will be receiving them.

Packages of handmade wedding invitations

I’m thankful that bride #2 is very specific and clear about what she wants. It only took 1.5 hours to completely design her invitation, from walking into Paper Source to purchasing all of the supplies.

Val, I love you for ordering me around. Feel free to do so any time. 🙂

4 Responses to “Please tell me what to do”

By sgdish - 17 February 2009 Reply

Beautiful invitations. They are very lucky to have you in the family!

By elissa - 17 February 2009 Reply

Thanks so much – you’re very sweet. Now that more time has passed since my crazy invite binge, I feel much more positive about the result.

By sgdish - 17 February 2009 Reply

Our family (my daughter, my mother and I), just completed her “Save the Dates” about a week ago. We questioned and questioned, over and over, every little detail until we were in the eleventh hour and had to complete them before she left to go back home (She lives out of state).

I’m more of a “make a decision and move on” type of person, and my daughter second and third-guesses everything! It’s surprising we get along so well!

By elissa - 19 February 2009 Reply

Not that I wish the frustration on anyone, but it sure feels good to know that I’m not alone. Personal involvement in a project is never good for efficiency. 🙂

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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