Friday, February 23, 2007

broken DVDs, broken hearts...

So we busted our butts. We stayed up late several nights in a row to get our beautiful wedding DVD finished up and assembled for mailing. Our good friend Nevan devoted countless hours to production. And as we finished putting the stamp on the last mailer, we breathed a huge sigh of relief saying, "check another big one off the list -- we're done with our invitations!" And then the bad news started rolling in. The tears started falling. It seems that almost all of our DVDs were cracked en route to their destination.

And it's not that we didn't take protective measures. We were a little leery of using thin, paper mailers for DVDs, but it was a significant savings in postage. So we did our homework and sent out a couple samples. One to the east coast and one to the west coast. Both arrived safely and played fine. So we ordered the rest of the mailers and packed them up.

I don't know what we could have done differently, but I wish we would've tried something. Maybe if we'd sprung for nicer mailers. Maybe if we'd paid a little extra in postage. Maybe if the weather wasn't so cold. Maybe we could have hand-delivered all of our invitations across the country to our friends and family.

But alas, we sit here crying and laughing at the same time. Surely we'll look back on this and it will be only laughing, but right now Tammy's mascara doesn't stand a chance.

So we're working out our Plan B. We REALLY want everyone to have a chance to enjoy the DVD. We're going to try and buy some different mailers and send out a new batch. Look for it to arrive shortly. In the meantime, it's not too early to RSVP. Just follow the instructions on the insert that was with the DVD.

And if your DVD is just cracked and not broken in two, consider yourself the proud owner of a brand new beverage coaster.