Post # 1
So I have been wrestling with how to go about my nautical wedding so that it FEELS fancy & classy and cool with a semi-formal dress code (which I neglected to put on this mock-up but I totally will! Its an evening wedding – guys in ties & girls in cocktail/evening dresses):
aboard this yacht:
but I am increasingly drawn to the fun nautical theme and I can’t help it!
I was/am trying to keep my theme to navy blue, white/ivory & champagne golds but I have been liking when I see light blue & navy together in a nautical way and when I saw this VistaPrint invite:
I got excited cuz Its so fun… but our colors aren’t there so OF COURSE I got to tweaking and adding images and changing fots and etc and this is what I came up with:
and these inserts:
Now I think the actual invite is like 6×9 (so no dream pocketfold like I wanted) but I do have 60 5×5 Navy Blue pocketfolds that I’m sure I could cut these down to fit into OR I could just secure it all with a navyblue & white bellyband of ribbon & our monogram or something…?
I love the VistaPrint suite I’ve made… BUT I am having a formal wedding?!
Does it send the wrong message?
ALSO… most of the formal nautical invites bore me
THE OTHER THING: I won a package for $300 in invitations from a contest and I am sure I can get pretty, formal invites from that company but ONLY like 40 (cuz the pocketfold ones are like $7.50/each and I need at least 100 total (hense why I’m splicing & dicing on VistaPrint).
so should I have two kinds of invites? The formal ones for the VIP and these for all the people who I’d like to invite/probably won’t come (international & etc) and the 2nd round invitations that I KNOW I’ll need to send?
Plz let me know your thoughts bees!
PS if you see any COOL & CREATIVE formal nautical invites, plz post them!
Post # 3
I voted no cuz I think these would work fine for a semi-formal wedding; but I might work with the design company(assuming thats what they are) first within your $300 budget – is there any way they can design just a flat panel card for you in the design you want, and then you can get the pocketfolds and diy that part? Then everyone would still get the same invitation?
People talk; which is why I would worry about everyone not getting the same invitation. I did this once with christmas cards and included a photo only with certain ones (i only had printed maybe 15 photos); one aunt found out she hadn’t gotten a photo and was upset.
Post # 4
They are the most amazing nautical invites I have ever seen. I think they look wonderful. Stick with them – they are wonderful.
I also feel that everyone should be given the same invites. Etiquette wise it lets everyone know that they are all as important as each other.
Post # 5
If this is your personel info, you might want to blur it out and repost. Everyone on google can see this.
I think a dark blue envelope would help these look more formal.
Post # 6
I agree that everyone should get the same invitation. I think these are very cute and like a pp said, a dark blue envelope could help make them a little more formal.
Post # 7
I think they look awesome. If it says semi-formal, I think the point will be clear.
Post # 8
@Josina: Ooo yes, I asked her if she would send me the template of our wedding stuff but since she hand paints/calligraphys a lot of stuff I doubt it would look the same…
I wouldn’t want people to feel bad but there will be some people invited to some things (like the rehearsal dinner, afterparty, brunch etc) and some won’t either… idk you have a point tho for sure! thanks for the input!
@Nellop: AWWWE thanks so much! you are so sweet! I can totally see what you mean with the same invites but my fiance is English so there are a good few relatives that will get invites that won’t even think about coming so that bums me out to spend $7.50 each plus postage to have them put it in the trash… :/ oh etiquette
@BooRadley: I would love to put a dark blue envelope! great idea! oh and thanks for the advice but I don’t really know how to blur somethings out but furthermore, what would people be able to do with my name and wedding date? You’re freaking me out…
Post # 9
@aheavel: hmmm booo… well if everyone gets the same invite then they’d all have to look like the ones with my credit from The Posh Paintbrush… which I REALLY don’t want to do because they’re $7.50 a peice!
@aheavel: awe thank you! I will put that in right now! Someone also told me I should keep it to 2-3 fonts so I’m working on that now to make it feel a little more cohesive and crisp.
Post # 10
@KimmySumShuga: Can you use that credit for something else? Programs, escort cards, table numbers, or did it specifically have to be invitations?
Post # 11
Very cute! I love the two blues.
Post # 12
@aheavel: ooo perhaps! but i feel sorta bad cuz I asked everyone to vote for me via fb and they all did so we won the competition and should have these awesome invites…
I think they could do a great job on some programs! good thinking!
@Pinkmoon: awe thank you! there’s actually 3 kinds up there!
I did an edit that I think makes it more formal~ let me know what you guys think!
DIRECTION CARD FRONT:
DIRECTION CARD BACK:
RSVP CARD FRONT:
RSVP CARD BACK:
ACCOMODATIONS CARD FRONT:
Post # 13
I like them! personally, I think most people expect weddings to be semi-formal or formal, don’t they? I think you should go with these, since they work so well with your theme.
and also, I agree with the poster who warned you about putting all your personal info and your wedsite password on here. better to be careful.
Post # 14
While I get the general public thinks sailing = Martha’s vineyard and such, as a sailor, I find the nautical formal or semi-formal themes entertaining because my sailor friends are the most casual people ever! The more of a sailor they are – for example, the team I sailed with that raced to Bermuda – the most likely to win awards for underdressed.
Whatever you do though, do only one set of invites. People talk. I’m worried enough about different printing (I accidentally printed, glued, embossed an earlier version of the invite where it was all three – us, FI’s parents, my parents inviting, versus just my parents inviting – onto a few programs and wasn’t willing to redo all that work) even though everything else is the same.
Post # 15
Sorry I just wanted to update you all- Obviously I took down the mock ups because I didn’t blur correctly and decided those couldn’t possibly work for our wedding anyway so THEN
I spoke to our designer and showed her this lovely photo of a nautical invite that @anchors_away: enlightened me to and that we LOVE:
and she said they were SUPER EXPENSIVE to do so we wouldn’t be able to do them in that budget because of the special type of printing required and other limitations but if I really wanted them we could proceed and she could outsource…
of course I didn’t want to blow the budget so I started thinking otherwise ((even tho I still loved this invite)) and was talking to her about petalfolds that we could make look like this & etc
but THEN she said she felt bad that I couldn’t have what I wanted and mocked up her own printed/cut design AND SENT THIS PIC:
I WAS SO EXCITED!
She said she could do these “pouchettes” and our navy envelopes w/ white caligraphy for budget and then she could design the inserts and I can print them via VistaPrint! YAYYY!
I asked her to change my name to be “Kimberly” and the font to be a little more formal and the wording will be a different design but I am SO EXCITED to have come to a great middle ground and get these beautifully unique invites for us! 😀
SO yes, we will have all the same invites, in a very fomal tone with lovely inserts and all will be right with our invites!
Thanks for your advice bees! <3
Post # 16
Gorgous! Glad you ended up with something you really wanted!