Destination: (Wedding) Invitation
They’ve been a long time coming, but I’m very excited to have FINALLY finished making my wedding invitations!
Because I decided that selecting an invitation ‘off the shelf’ would just be far too sensible and easy, so I managed to convince my fiance to brush up on his ‘self-taught’ Photoshop skills, and have a crack at making our own! It wasn’t easy, and we had our fair share of arguments, but it was worth it in the end. Here’s what happened:
After two separate (and completely different) failed attempts, we finally came up with something that reflects both of our styles and tastes, and was was alsonwithin our skill set to design and create!
The general inspiration around the invitation was a vintage theme, featuring art deco fonts and muted colours, with a focus on the minted ‘Tiffany Blue’ which will be our theme colour that runs throughout the wedding. We also incorporated some floral elements to represent Central Park in New York where our ceremony with take place.
Despite the difficulties and heartache caused by ‘DIY’ invitations, now that they are finished it’s so nice to hand them out to our family members and have them notice all of the personalised elements that we included.
My favourite inclusion is the ‘Big Apple’ which is featured under the bottom scroll on the invitation. Instead of going with the obvious clichéd red apple to represent New York, I decided to go with a ‘Tiffany Blue’ apple with a New York cityscape printed across it. We then used this apple as the motif on our guest tote bags, which we had screen printed in the same colours and design of the invitations.
To add an element of fun, Trav and I also thought we’d include a tiny skull and crossbones at the bottom of the invitation next to one of the flowers. Whilst this may sound a little random, When Trav and I first met he was a little ‘alternative’ for my Mum, however as she grew to love him she embraced this in a way that only a Mum can, and every Christmas or Birthday she would buy him something with a skull and crossbones on it, because in her mind this was what Trav was all about. We thought this was a perfect way to add some fun and it will also create a talking point for years to come!
Here’s a few tips and tricks on how we made our invitations, but remember there are no hard and fast rules – I strongly recommend you take lots of ideas and then add your own personal stamp to make your invitations your own, as I think that’s the whole point of DIY in the first place!
Printing – We uploaded our finalised designs to Vista Print. I have to say, they are the cheapest and easiest print option we’ve found, and they can print to a higher quality and standard than most people can do at home. We’ve used Vista Print for our Engagement Invitations, Engagement Thank You cards, and many other projects and we’ve never been disappointed. You can find them online at www.vistaprint.com
Accessories – We went to various paper and craft stores (we used www.thepaperconnection.com.au and www.eckersleys.com.au both in Brisbane CBD) to find the various elements used in our invitations. The diamante buckles were by Christina Re, as were the laser-cut doily folders. The ribbon we sourced at Eckersleys and the 16 x 16 invitation boxes were bought at Paper Connection. They sell them individually and flat-packed which makes them cheaper, however putting them together isn’t pleasant so if you have a lot of invites, I recommend buying them fully assembled!
Whilst it took Trav and I a couple of months to finish our invitations, and there were times when I thought we were crazy for going out of our way to make life difficult for ourselves, I think the results speak for themselves, and we are both so happy to have an invitation that is uniquely ours, and represents both of our personalities.
PS. What do you guys think of our invitations? I’d love to hear your feedback so please feel free to add your comments!