My wedding is in less than 5 months away, November really is coming around quick, it feels like only last week that I got engaged and only yesterday that I found my perfect wedding dress, and one of the most stressful elements of the planning has definitely been the invites so it feels great to share them on here now that they have been sent out as I really am so pleased with how they came out.
As soon as we set a date for a wedding I feared that my one major stress would be the invites, as all I had seen in magazines were very traditional and not very “us” designs, and I had a specific idea in mind – a New York skyline, a pop of colour and funky, bold font – not asking too much hey.
I have to be honest, it wasn’t easy finding exactly what I wanted, it took hours on Etsy finding the right designer and hours of tweaking to make invite just right. I found it one of the most stressful parts so far in my wedding planning as I just knew how important the invites were in setting the tone and style of our wedding – non-traditional and fun.
Like with most brides-to-be I started with a Pinterest board, I pinned all my ideas from images of the New York skyline to represent where we are actually getting married to pantone colours that worked together, I really wanted yellow as when I think NY I think of yellow cabs, and most importantly various fonts and layouts. I found it the easiest way to organise all my ideas, ask my fiancé which elements he liked before tracking down someone to design our invite.
Etsy was recommended early on to me by a friend as a great place to find a wedding invite designer as I knew that I would need to go for something custom to get all the elements I would want. My friends wasn’t wrong, Etsy really is filled with amazing talents, what she didn’t warn me was how addictive it is, how many options there are, and that I would spend a week, many enquiries and rejections before I came across the amazing work of JPress Designs, who made the creation of my invite design so simple and stress-free.
Based in America, Susan founder of JPress Designs really took all the elements I was after, an illustration of the New York skyline, the colour pop of the yellow, which when printed came out perfectly, and really worked the oversized font I was after with something a little more romantic for a wedding. What made this invite perfect was that when our friends and family received it they really felt that it conveyed both Paul and I’s personalities, which is something I really wanted to achieve.
With how much stress and searching it took to get the custom design sorted I thought I would have a nightmare sorting the printing, as I really wanted high quality paper and somewhere that didn’t insist on every wedding invite to need a fold, what is so wrong with flat invites? It wasn’t actually as scary as I thought when I discovered Printed.com and its amazing Wedding Collection, which basically offers you everything you might need from the invites to tiny RSVP cards to menus, table plans, thank you cards, and even belly bands and cute stickers. It is basically a one-stop shop for all your wedding stationery needs.
The hardest part about Printed.com has to be choosing what you want, from the size of invite to the type of paper to the finishing touches like what colour envelope and whether you actually need those cute stickers, which in my opinion of course you do!!! The paper was the most important factor for me and I have to be honest I know nothing about paper types except what I like and what I don’t, thankfully Printed.com supply a free sample pack for stroking tests, that’s how I decided upon Tintoretto Gesso, the hammered luxury feel of this paper blended perfectly with the vibrant yellow and grey detailing of the invites.
I know I am biased, they are my invites designed in my vision, but I think my wedding stationery is pretty special and I am so pleased with how they came out. Everything from the oversized postcard size to the uber-tiny RSVP card and the silver ‘skyline’ envelopes really did execute what I had planned perfectly, the only element that I decided upon after finding Printed.com were the stickers, I just couldn’t resist that finishing touch.
Are you planning a wedding – let me know how your invites are taking shape?
**Post writing in collaboration with Printed.com, for more wedding inspiration and tips check out their Wedding Hub**