August 2016

Creating my Wedding Invitations

My 1st anniversary is coming up in 1 week. It is crazy how fast a year can fly by, and it makes me think of all the preparation it took for that perfect day. I am so happy I decided to design and print the wedding invitations on my own. At first, I was planning on having someone else do the work so it would take some of the wedding stress off of me. After hours of tedious work, I created something that I am very proud of and will remember forever.

To begin, I decided to hand draw everything. I drew design after design, with different styles, different wording, and different characteristics. This was probably the most frustrating part because I was being so indecisive. When it came to the wording of my invitations, I referred to Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette book. I didn’t want it to be too formal, but I did want it to be worded properly. She is all-knowing when it comes to etiquette and I would recommend this book to anyone getting married.

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After deciding on a style, I began transforming my drawings into digital options. This process took me longer than I expected just because there were so many tiny details and I wanted it to be perfect. To create the digital options, I used a combination of my Wacom tablet and the pen tool in Illustrator along with a bunch of other tweaks in Illustrator and Photoshop.

I knew I wanted the invitations to be letterpressed after taking a course at Baskerville a few months before. Since I would be printing these myself I also had to decide on the perfect paper and envelopes. I decided on Neenah’s Crane Lettra Ecru White with the Astrobright Blast-Off Blue Envelopes. I chose a deep gold for all the imagery I would be printing. The whole letterpress process was so fun and exciting. I had to cut the paper, mix the ink, and finally print the invites. I can’t wait to get more experience with letterpress in the future.

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Lastly, I had the calligraphy for my envelopes done by Smallchalk. She did a beautiful job and I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. I then bundled all the invitation material together with a gold ribbon and touches of the Blast-Off Blue paper. I chose to top it with a drawing of Anthony Chapel in Garvan Gardens.

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In the end, I was so happy with the final product. Wedding invitations set the stage for what to expect at the wedding. While some may think it isn’t a very important step in the wedding planning process, I think it may be one of the most important. This opportunity made me so excited to possibly create wedding invitations for other brides in the future. Please contact me if you are interested in creating your perfect invitations together!