(Closed) DIY invites. Constructive Criticism please :)

posted 5 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Which do you prefer?
    Grey Invite : (17 votes)
    27 %
    Navy Invite : (42 votes)
    68 %
    Please start again :) : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    5304 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would make the flowers a bit smaller, they crowd out the words. Your invites are very pretty, I would just make the words stand out a bit more, especially the top right hand flowers, they are large enough to dominate the page. 

    I think dark navy and pink stand out more in contrast than grey and pink, but the grey and pink are pretty together too. 

    Post # 3
    2185 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Smaller flowers, love the navy.

    Post # 4
    26 posts
    • Wedding: July 2018

    (Using bullets to organize my thoughts)

    • I think the grey would be good if you had a spring wedding but the navy looks the best. 
    • It looks like a hierarchy issue between your names and the date.. I would choose one or the other and make those stand out in a large font while the other is considerably smaller. 
    • I agree with Robbie about the flowers up top crowding a bit
    • Stick with maybe 3 fonts I like the one used for “reception to follow” maybe use that same font for the “kindly join us” line, the “and” line, and the “Three o clock” line but no need to have the same size for all of those..

    I like everything else and it’s always easier to critique anothers work than to create yourself so please don’t hate me for my bullet points.

    Post # 5
    1449 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    The wording isn’t traditional, but it’s not rude and it’s clear so im not sure how much you care. 

    Normally you would also write out the date in words. It’s more modern to not do this, but it looks weird to me because you wrote out the time in words. I would chose one method or the other and keep the date and the time are written in a consistent manner. 

    Also, id look at a couple more examples to check your capitalization. The lack of capitals at the beginning of the lines look weird. 

    Post # 6
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    First, I love them overall! The big impactful flowers, the overall balance, all great! I’m going to treat this as though I’m editing my sister’s work, so please don’t take anything personally and just ignore any suggestions you disagree with. We nitpick each other’s work all the time and I hope you understand that it’s coming from a place of kindness.

    I like the grey but like the contrast of the darker color, so maybe try adjusting the grey to be a little darker and see if you like it?

    I’m not a huge fan of the way you present the date. It looks like a slot machine display that wasn’t lined up straight. I would try just writing it in your three fonts and see if you like one of those better. I imagine it looking cleaner.

    The beginning of the text box is closer to the top flower than the bottom. I would center it, either by moving the words down or shrinking the top flower slightly.

    It looks like all your words are not centered perfectly. When you’re ready, convert the text to outlines and recenter so that everything is dead center. Again, apologies if you already know that!

    I always thought of the wedding invitation wording as being a complete sentence, with returns acting as punctuation. So I would change the wording to say “… Berandon on Aug 12 2017 at 3 o’clock…”. I’m sure that’s just personal preference though and both are acceptable.


    Again, hope I didn’t overstep any bounds as a stranger critiquing your work. Bottom line is I do love them and think they are gorgeous! Notice that all my comments are tiny details haha.

    Post # 7
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Love the navy! I had navy invitations too so I might be biased. If you’re ordering through wedding paper divas, their support team will correct any grammar or punctuation errors too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 9
    1736 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    smrt :  Like this new one a lot! I love the contrast between the flowers and the darker background.

    Post # 10
    26 posts
    • Wedding: July 2018

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    smrt :  It’s looking good but I think maybe have your names a little closer together now and the “and” a little bigger. 

    You are a wiz for just learning Photoshop! and big kudos for doing this yourself.

    I’m not up on invite ettiquette or lingo like the others but personally I go by if it has all of the needed info who cares if it matches what the wedding magazine gurus say (I myself am going for more non-traditional)

    Post # 12
    273 posts
    Helper bee

    I would also suggest pushing the names closer together, and I would also go back to original font size you used in the first version, but keep the upper flowers the size in the second round. The type on this one seems too big, and white space is usually always good. When I’m designing something with text, I always print out a mock up. You don’t realize how big it actually is until it’s printed out and right in front of you. 


    ETA: Check the spacing above and below the location information, it appears that it is closer to the time text, and the reception to follow is unintentionally farther away. Looks like you changed the font from the first version, but now since it matches the time information, the spacing just seems like it’s a mistake. 

    Post # 13
    20 posts

    Love it! I think it could be improved if you make the writing more of a cream colour to match the flowers. To me the white looks to stark against the navy and almost gives it a glowing white/blue look. I think cream writing would up the elegance! 

    Post # 14
    26 posts
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Hey no problem! 

    Post # 15
    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

    I love your peonies!

    It’s hard to get the right balance of fonts to work out, and I think you may have too many, I’m counting 4-6?

    Script font is hard, because many times, it either looks too old style or formal, other times, too much like a cramped writing that isn’t appropriate to the occasion. I’m not a huge fan of the font you chose for “and,” it fits into the cramped handwriting issue for me. However, I did like it better when your “and” and the “reception to follow” fonts matched. Bickley Script LET Plain:1.0 is quite nice, and what I plan to use, as it tackles all those problems well (keep in mind that I still had to change the M because it didn’t fit the rest of the font).

    I like your condensed font on your names, but I don’t really think it works on your location.

    I prefer the grey, but perhaps just white? That could be very pretty with a summer wedding, or maybe printed on a lovely ivory card stock.

    Keep fiddling, it’s what we all do.

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