It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I’m easing back into the swing of things by highlighting a recent design project that I’m pretty excited to write about: my wedding invitation.
In this post, I detail the design process for my personal wedding invitation, including what I learned and the unexpected outcomes of the project. I put a lot of myself into this one and am thrilled with how they turned out!
First Comes Love (I mean a Save the Date)
I designed a Save the Date (STD) awhile back. Although we didn’t end up using it, I like it a lot and hope someone is able to use it one day!
Then Comes Marriage (Ah-hem, I mean a Formal Invitation)
For personal accountability (and budgeting) reasons, I wanted to be sure the invites were sent to the printer by the end of November.
I used an Adobe Stock credit for this beautiful image.
I used the colors in the image to build a color palette. This is something new that I’m doing to build my color confidence.
I was a little self-conscious, but I decided to just go for it and posted my palette on Instagram. To my surprise and delight, I got a few new followers!
I used Canva, again. I feel like I should try something new, but it’s just so easy and fun to use!
I requested wedding invitation sample packs from several outlets, including Vistaprint. While I was impressed by the packaging and detail included in the other packs, our favorite sample (I’m picky when it comes to paper stock) was from Vistaprint.
Factoring in the minimum 20% discount code they always seem to honor and my confidence using them as a printer, we went with Vistaprint.
The Final Product
Size: 5′ X 7″ flat
Fonts: Playlist Script, Hammersmith One, and Arialle
Paper Stock: Ultra thick matte (Vistaprint) – the invite looks as good as it feels!
Then Comes Baby (HA!)
I’ve been thinking about listing some of my designs on Etsy for awhile now, but I just never did. Until now! This invite turned out so well, I decided to I finally take the time to set up a shop and do all the stuff I needed to do to sell my designs.
Here’s a link to my shop, which I’ll add more designs to over time:
I’ve got another project in the works that will launch on Etsy in the first quarter of 2018, so I’m glad I’m learning how it works!
But Wait, There’s More!
Back to the wedding invites – there are a lot of things that need to happen before the mailing commences.
I’m currently designing the RSVP card to include in the invitation envelope. I probably should have just done everything at once, but I wanted the invite to be done and paid for, so I just went for it!
I’m making things even more complicated by lining the invitation envelopes myself.
I have the envelopes, the paper is cut, and the glue dots are patiently waiting to drive me to the brink of insanity. Historically, glue dots and I are not friends.
I will detail both projects in future posts, so be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in hearing how they go!