Post # 1
I consider myself a DIY queen. I LOVE crafts and DIY projects, so it really was a no-brainer that I’d do my own invitations. I always felt completely overwhelmed with all of the different ideas and themes and invitation suites and what not, but I knew at some point, I’d settle on a design and assemble them myself. Well now I’ve sent out an evite for my wedding party to get together this weekend to assemble invitations…AND I HAVE NO DESIGN!!!
OK, I do have SOME kind of design, but it’s not complete and I’m missing my main invitation focus…the picture! I have istockphoto-ed myself to death!!! I can’t look anymore! I can’t find anything I like, yet I keep finding lots of things that I like! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO!?
For weeks I’d decided that I’d emboss a design onto the invitations. I had been practicing and trying to find JUUUUST the right stamp, but now I got NOTHIN’! My paper finally arrived, I did a trial run, and I HATE the embossing!!!
I have no idea what to do! And I only have TWO DAYS before I’m supposed to have eveything printed and cut and ready for my bridesmaids to start assembling and packaging.
OK, that was kind of a vent, and kind of a plea for help. If you embossed or used stock photography, what did you use? Do you have any advice or suggestions?
Post # 3
I’m designing my Save the Dates right now based off a design I saw on Etsy that I loved. I think its easier to make adjustments to a piece that’s already been designed than start fresh. I would suggest browsing around for inspiration and once you find something you like start tweaking it to your preferances – font, font colors, graphic you prefer to the one they used, etc. Using another piece for guidance can save you a lot of time in figuring out a layout that works and proportions.
Since you’re on a time crunch, you may want to put most of your effort into the main invitation and make any additional pieces simpler, but coordinating. Carry over the fonts and colors, but don’t worry so much about incorporating a fancy design.
Post # 4
I agree. I just finished my programs, inspired by someone else’s design. I had free handed one and it seemed plain. Now I *love* it.
Post # 5
Pick something simple like a texture to incorporate and don’t stress about the image. Or pick your favorite few and ask friends and family what they think (or do a poll on the Bee).
Time constraints are going to force you to pick something so maybe if you have some ideas of what you like you could get some suggestions from the bees.
Post # 6
Thank you all for the feedback! I finally finished this weekend and dropped them in the mail! It was SUCH a weight lifted off my shoulders. I love them and will post pictures in a few minutes!