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’m confused, do these invites you designed cost $7.50 each? If not I would totally use only the ones you made, because they look awesome and unique. If they are that expensive, & budget is a concern, I’d get the free ones and send these to your favorite people. (;
One suggestion: cut down the number of fonts you are using. You should have one primary font and one accent font, no more. It looks like you have way too many fonts going on here. Reducing to two will really pull together the design.
Post # 4
I hear you on finding good nautical invites- I’m doing a nautical theme too, and will probably just work with someone to design something, but these are a few of my favorites that Im hoping she’ll work off! I don’t know if you think these are boring or not but hopefully some of them help
Post # 5
@Jade33: No, no these are the invites I will order with groupons I bought from VistaPrint. I got 4 of them each getting me $17 for $70 worth of product so these are VERY economical.
The Posh Paintbrush is giving me $300 worth of custom-designed invites for a contest I won but their invites are $7.50 each so the $300 credit won’t go very far… I’ll need more invites but instead of spending more with The Posh Paintbrush to have them all match, I’d rather use my VistaPrint groupons.
I showed my mom and she too said it looked a bit busy but that’s kinda what I love about them. I see what you mean so I’ll figure out two or three fonts I like out of all of them and keep it to that… I wonder what I can do to make them a bit more formal looking…
Post # 6
@anchors_away: oooo I LOVE the 1st & 3rd of your suggestions!!! The last pocketfold is to die for! I’m totally going to send it to my designer! Maybe she could just make all the pocketfolds for me and I could make the inserts!
Post # 7
First of all, I looked at those same VP invites for my Western rustic wedding. How in the world did you add your own graphics??? I thought that silly star was permanent!
Second, I have been told that the invitation does set the formality of your event. Your invites don’t really convey nautical to me (other than the little graphics), the playbill font seems more western to me.
So your invites don’t look like the proper formality for the event you are describing.
Do you like any of the Minted nautical themes?
Wedding Paperie are good priced and very customizable.
Post # 8
@sienna76: lol you can just click “add image” at the top and crop an imagine on top 😉
I guess I liked the playbill font because its eye-catching but that can be changed… The nautical star borders and etc really stuck out to me as nautical and obviously adding all the clip art helped… but I can see what you mean about the formality… I just wish I could use these cuz they’re so quirky and cute… like me? haha
Thanks for the links! I wish they would give me the design that I could upload to VP so I can use my groupons up!
Post # 9
Ah, good tip!
I forgot, did you ask if they can give you a digital design?
Post # 10
@sienna76: They did not give me a digital design but I did ask for one.. maybe I’ll ask again so everything really is cohesive.
In the meantime, 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 # 11
I definitley think these set the right tone: they’re fun, but they also look formal to me: not super-formal, but definitley semi-formal, especially since the guests will see the evening time and most likely automatically think it’s more formal. I love the mix of fonts too: I think they’re great. You wouldn’t need two sets of invites unless you wanted to get your free ones.
Post # 12
These look really cool and are a steal with the Vista Print deal! Could you use your free invites for the rehearsal dinner, your bridal shower/bachelorette, or an engagement party? Or could you save them for sometime when you’re a MOH/bridesmaid for someone else and do their shower/bachelorette party invites? (I just think it’d be awkward at the wedding or shower if someone brings up how great your invites were and realizes they got different ones than the person sitting next to them…) I prefer your revised ones, but do you have the RSVP info on the back of the invite AND on its own card? I think it’s a little overkill to have it on the back of the invite…just my opinion though! Great job!!
Post # 13
I found a great designer on Etsy who did my nautical invites for me…. here is the link…
I am doing a formal wedding and loved how these came out!
Just another idea if you’re still looking for suggestions!
Post # 14
@RapunzelRapunzel: Not trying to freak you out, most people here blur their information. Why? For starters, it kinda defeats the purpose of password protecting your site when the password is spelled out here. I easily went to your website. If I wanted to be a creeper, I could google you, your Fiance, your parents, and your future in-laws now that I have their names. Also, giving a time & date for when you will all be out of town (ie your house) is telling criminals a lot. If you take your images into paint, just add a black box over the personal information, save, and upload here.
I agree with PP about leaving the back of the invitation blank.
Post # 15
Honest opinion I would give a friend: My eye still wants fewer fonts. It has a bit of a zany/unkempt/disorganized feel with the different fonts and the amount of busy-ness. Also, why do you say the price of the hotel twice in two sucessive lines?
Post # 16
I agree: they are fun but there is still a lot of font going on. I think two or maybe three max would make it easier for the eyes to rest a bit.