Post # 1
….I totally want to have the best invitations.
FI and I are in 2 weddings this summer (he’s in one, I’m in the other).
We’re DIY-ing our invites and if all goes as planned, they’re going to be very fun, creative, and pretty (some of you might have seen my previous post where I was deciding on what kind of envelopes/enclosures I wanted to use, and I plan to post finished pictures when they’re done!).
I’ve already received the invite for the wedding I’m in- she’s a good friend (in each other’s weddings), and the invites are pretty, but very traditional. Nothing I hadn’t seen before.
Is it bad to want people to see our invites and go “Wow! How creative!”?
I’m really not concerned about having a better wedding (the two weddings we’re in are so different that it’s totally apples and oranges) but I would like to have the best invites 😀
Post # 3
But why? I’m genuinely curious.
Post # 4
I totally get you.
I’ve loved hearing everyone tell me how cute and creative and fun my invites were. The only proiblem is that some people don’t understand invites that aren’t traditional.
I’ve been working in photoshop for 6 years now and I felt like my wedding invites were the final exam for my PS education 🙂
Good luck in finding something awesome!
Post # 6
@futuremrshc: Haha… no problem! I am happy to answer.
FI and I are both in creative fields- he’s in architecture, I’m in fashion merchandising and hope to get a job out of school doing visual displays. (Last summer, I did an internship at our local Anthropologie helping with the visual displays there, and *loved* it.)
Long story short, I pride myself on being creative- it’s my “thing”, I guess. So having unique, creative invites were a must for me.
Add to that the fact that FI and I both have some graphic design experience- I did most of the digital myself in Illustrator, so it makes me happy to know I was able to do that.
I also just love paper crafts 😀
Post # 7
@futuremrshc: Oh, also, my favorite thing in the world is when I make something, and people go “You MADE that?” in an awe-struck, totally jealous way.
My MOH’s mom and I have built our relationship on it… I make my MOH something cute, and package it up all cute, and then MOH’s mom sees what I did and goes “I hate her”. I know I did a good job if her mom says that, and I know I did even better if her mom sends me a message later telling me about it 😀
Post # 8
@kala_way: I felt this way too! I’ve just recently started learning Illustrator for a class (I’m learning to design textiles! Woot!) so this was kind of a “Let’s see how well my tuition is paying off” project for me 😀
Post # 9
I understand completely!
For me though, it’s not so much of a ” I have to have the most creative ” it’s more like “people expect me to be creative” My extended family is always in awe of what my mom and sisters do. We are just really good at being crafty/creative/organized. Plus, we love putting time into all kinds of projects. So basically, I need to have awesome invitations to uphold my reputation.
Post # 10
I TOTALLY understand! I have double the pressure because I owner and main designer at a graphic design & bridal invitation studio. My invitations have to be PERFECT!
Selecting them has been such a HUGE process.. inspiration everywhere man. Can’t decide on anything for the life of me!
Post # 11
yes yes yes! i just got one of my high school friends invitatins, and they are cute, but totally look diy. and the magnet on the back keeps falling off so the invite falls off the fridge every couple of days.
im doing pocketfolds (diy of course) and they will be awesome. i know people dont care as much as i do, and they throw them out, but i WANT to do them to a certain standard.
and i LOVE doing something really cheaply that people think cost heaps of money – im a bargain queen by choice. i have my wedding spreadsheet spending section set up with two columns – spent and saved! makes me smile to see what ive saved too
Post # 12
I always think the invitations are important, and am actually disappointed when I get one that’s so plain or even boring and basic (or as my sister says ‘a big nothing’). My nephew’s fiancee saves all the ones she gets (and has for years) so that when it came time to do hers, she’d be able to pick the things she loved the most and possibly copy/replicate/use some of the elements of them. My daughter’s was the winner! 🙂
I hope you post them when done. I love seeing all the designs people come up with!
Post # 13
@Lilubird: Ugh! Tell me about it! The inspiration made it take *so* much longer to pick what I wanted! In the end, it was actually FI who suggested the theme- which of course I still got stuck designing, because he’s too busy to help!
That was honestly another big sticking point for me doing these well- this whole time, FI has been saying he would to them. He’s honestly the stronger graphics person of the two, because he’s got the background for it.
He’s tech, I’m craft.
So, when the actual graphic design of it was shifted over to me as well…. I guess that I just felt like I had a certain standard to live up to, not only b/c people expect my creativity/execution to be great, but because they’re expecting a solid graphic design piece.
Post # 14
@Lee_Ann: I feel this way too! I have friends and family who know I’m creative, so if I didn’t do something creative they would think I dropped the ball!
Post # 15
@ItWasntMe: I *might* actually have a mini-update after this weekend.
FI and I have been using the laser cutter in the architecture department to our full advantage, and *supposedly* we should be able to “raster print” our text using it.
Basically, the laser burns the text into your paper for you.
I’ve seen what it looks like on thicker paper, but not our invite paper (I just got the nice Fino paper form PaperSource)
So we’re going to test out the text this weekend if we have time to decide whether or not we actually want to do that, or just have the text digitally printed with the rest of the design.