MelvinSaidJess #17: The Invitations
I'm a graphic designer whose focus is on printed collateral.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was creating our wedding invitations.
I think wedding stationery is one of the best ways to give your guests a preview of who you are and what your wedding is going to be like. It's also a preview of your chosen color scheme or theme.
We really wanted to make sure we had something that reflected who we are and what we love.
Let me tell you, there's a lot that fall into that category.
So how does one approach incorporating Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, cars, knitting, and other random stuff in a cohesive look?
You make it a pattern.
From far away, one wouldn't necessarily see what was included on the pattern, but upon closer inspection, you'd pick up on all the fun little details. This pattern came in use at this stage and during the wedding and reception since we used it for "Reserved" signs, our favors, and our table games. It was an extremely versatile visual that helped us keep the theme throughout the process.
We went back and forth a little bit in trying to figure out what we wanted our colors to be, and in the end, we decided on white and gold with green (natural) accents (remember the natural décor outside the glass windows from my post 2 days ago?).
At the time, I had also been doing more hand-lettering, so I wanted to include that aspect in as well. One of the things I decided I wanted to do earlier on was hand-letter the invites and hand-emboss them in gold. I thought it was an ambitious and time-consuming goal, but I decided that if I was going to spend time doing something like this, it should definitely be for my own wedding.
Did it take a long time? Yes.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Then, there were the envelopes. I considered emerald green envelopes for a while, before deciding on white. To jazz it up a little, we hand-cut gold glitter envelope liners and added Harry Potter stamps. We were going to add Star Wars stamps, too, but they were more expensive. Oh well.
Also, Melvin was a trooper when it came to this part because he was the one that actually did most of the glitter paper cutting. Haha. He only threatened to burn his clothes after once (because it was covered in glitter).
Anyway, it all came together quite lovely, and we were very happy with how they turned out.
Oh, and May the 4th be with you today. ;)