Here it is guys, our wedding invitation suite! I thought I should share some more fun details such us how our guests were invited to our shindig! Wedding planning was a lot easier once we pin pointed a certain look we were going for and all of the colors we wanted to incorporate! A lot of late night brainstorming, sketching, and using stuff I already had for ideas on how we wanted to almost “brand ourselves.” Yes, I feel like a geek saying that.
Instead of just throwing my photos out into the inter-webs without little story or explanation ( like I am so guilty of doing otherwise), I wanted to talk a little about the process. Truthfully, a lipstick that I own and became slightly obsessed over inspired the overall dark pinky fuchsia color. I’m not sure how I got Chad on board with pink, but I was pretty lucky he let me take my ideas and run with them! Also, a pretty pink agate rock slice I had laying around the house that we used in our engagement photos was a major source for inspiration and became the actual photo/texture for the background of the invitation! I knew right away I didn’t want to use a template found on the internet, I wanted to design everything from scratch and really wanted everything to seem really fun and cohesive. I wanted our stationary and overall decor to have a rustic glam style, and really show our Arizona roots. I’d like to consider ourselves as pretty colorful couple in more ways than one, so bright & muted colors mixed with natural elements alongside mixed metallics seemed to fit the bill!
I was so proud to send these babies out! I would say invitations are pretty hard work, especially if you are determined to spend little to nothing on them but have big ideas like me! Even doing them yourself can become pricey especially if you forget to calculate in your stamps! This part of wedding planning was probably the most stressful for me, as it had many steps to it. From initiailly getting addresses, figuring out colors, fonts and theme, finding out who we wanted to print with ( I searched as many online coupons as possible ), laying out what information I wanted to include, making a few sketches, figuring out our registry info and placing it on our “details” card. We also had to include our chosen wedding website url, design a map to our venue, figure out how we wanted our guests to RSVP ( post cards seemed to be the cheapest route for us ), also I had to be sure I read up on etiquette on addressing the envelopes and who we wanted to use for calligraphy! Once we had all of our pieces I had to decide how I wanted to package them in our envelope, and how we wanted the pieces to lay in the envelope, we did a diy belly band in our case. Assembling, stuffing the envelopes and stamping them took absolutely forever! Especially since I am the type to take on all projects all by my lonesome. It was such a relief and scary sending my precious packages out into the world, I discovered that having invitations hand stamped at the post office was better than having a machine sorting them and possibly damaging them. Giving myself a deadline date when we wanted to actually have them sent out by and when to have our guests RSVP by was crucial! Timing is everything. We learned a few lessons during the process that’s for sure, one being to never send out your invites on a rainy day, we received two back weeks later that were completely drenched and the calligraphy had been smeared. I almost cried lol!
For any current brides possibly looking for some guidance or tips here are the companies that we printed with:
- 4over4.com – Invitation
- Wedding Paper Divas – ( Shout out to Sierra Johnson, she’s the best! ) Diy postcard & map to Webster Farm card
- Zazzle – Both stamps on envelope and RSVP post card, I submitted a custom design/photo for both
- Kraft Envelopes purchased at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon!
As for the calligraphy, I have pretty okay writing but I knew I wanted to have someone with passion and the talent to address our envelopes! I stumbled upon Lori Vance at A Positive Curl blog and her Etsy Shop. She was absolutely the sweetest, her prices were unbelievably awesome and I am so happy I found her! She made our invitations have that fun special touch.
Anyways, we received so many compliments on them, and I’m beyond thrilled to share them here with everyone!