Do It Yourself Invitations (with a little help)
April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve always loved the idea of do-it-yourself everything for a wedding, but realistically, most brides usually do not have the time or are not super creative…and even if they are creative…they most likely don’t know how to use Photoshop (or have access to Photoshop) to make their own images & layouts. For a while now, I’ve been meaning to add to my repertoire the option of semi do-it-yourself wedding invitations…or rather, more like “assemble-yourself wedding invitations”.
I LOVE this idea because a bride can still end up with beautiful graphics, layout, design, etc…yet save money by doing the assembly and buying the little accessories (such as ribbon, flowers, jewels) herself. Genius!
All this is to say…I recently worked with a super sweet client, Kristen, who wanted a vintage, zoo-inspired wedding invitation. She is definitely one of my favorite clients to date. I loved her ideas and how she wanted every detail designed for her wedding…all coordinating of course! Kristen sent tons of images of ideas, inspiration, and “looks” she was after for her invites, but the catch was her budget was limited and she really couldn’t spend much on them.
So, we decided to go the route of semi- do-it-yourself wedding invitations and it worked out fabulously! Kristen purchased gorgeous, dark silver envelopes & pocketfolds from Envelopments and deep, dark purple backing paper. I designed the invitation, the RSVPs, & the direction cards- plus little extras like drink tags and song request cards…and will be designing the table numbers & ceremony programs too. Kristen is a very creative bride; she knew exactly what she wanted, in a good way! One of the things she asked for was for me to design custom rubber stamps for her to use on the envelopes & other wedding paper goods. You can see the stamp design in the pictures below on the envelope, along with all the other goodies.
The invitation design I created focused on the vintage element- with the wide stripes and vintage shape. The zoo-inspiration will come in for the table numbers, where we will be incorporating vintage animal illustrations. So fun!!
Once all the pieces were designed and printed, I mailed them all to Kristen who assembled them onto their backing papers and into their envelopes. There you have it; do-it-yourself wedding invitations with a little help. If you are interested in this option for your wedding, please contact me for more information and pricing.
Pictures of Kristen’s wedding invitation below:
Hope you like them!