Post # 1
So, I am currently in the process of printing/packaging my DIY invites, and I need some help from the Bees!
We have chosen which paper to use for the invite itself- Paper-Source Luxe Cream. Just a little off-white, with a wonderful texture.
From there, we will be printing a graphic and then *hopefully* using a laser cutter to raster print the text- it will be a soft brown color and will look a bit like an engraving (assuming all goes well!)
But my biggest hang up is packaging. I know I want a few things.
2. Uniqueness (is that a word?)
3. Vellum Envelopes
Here are my 2 inspiration images, and what they would include. We’ll start with the easiest
Ms. Gloss’s Invites are a great inspiration!
If I went this route, I would include:
- Colorful outer envelope
- Envelope Liner (probably DIY)
- RSVP card
- Return Envelope
- Info Cards
- Vellum Inner Envelope with everything inside
- Ribbon around the inner envelope with something in the middle- possibly a sticker, or possibly a tag hanging from it.
Fairly simple to pull off, and it looks quite pretty.
- Vellum Outer Envelope
- Address Label (DIY)
- Colorful inner Envelope
- Ribbon/decorative bits around Inner Envelope
- Invite Enclosure (probably DIY)
- Pattern Paper or fabric on front of Enclosure (DIY)
- Decorative band/tag around enclosure
- RSVP card
- Return Address Envelope
- Info Cards
Now, it’s pretty obvious that Option #1 is going to be less labor intensive than Option #2. One would certainly require much more work than the other.
If I do Option #1, I will likely be shipping my colorful envelopes off to my friend who has offered to do calligraphy for me, whereas if I do Option #2 I will be doing a print out label.
So, what do you bee’s think? Easier Option #1, or Harder but more impressive Option #2?
Post # 3
Lol… currently at a perfect 1 to 1 50/50 split….. Anybody else?
Post # 4
They’re both very prety and creative, but different styles. I personally prefer the first one, but what’s the theme of your wedding? If it’s creative-modern, then I would go with number one. If it’s vintage-romantic, then I would go with number two.
Post # 5
@babylou: Well, that is quite the good question!
I tend towards vintage/romantic with an Anthro twist. The majority of our wedding leans my way – for reference, I have a beautiful lace dress, I’m using blue ball jars as vases and showed my florist Mrs. Cowboy Boot’s garden-tastic flowers, and our wedding is outdoors in a historic garden.
That being said, Fiance is very much the modern man- he’s in Architecture…. clean lines and all that jazz.
So for our invites, we are attempting to marry the two styles (haha… marry… yeah, I laugh at my own jokes :D)
This is the current rough draft of our invite, if that helps 🙂
Post # 6
Did you notice that you’re “celebarting” your marriage? Make sure you fix the typo!
Post # 7
@red_pepper_gal: HAHAHAHA! Thank you so much! I’m clearly quite tired and started doing these in the evening 😀
Fiance was *supposed* to do them…. but he sort of forgot that the wedding was no longer a year away and never started them.
So after about 2 weeks of trying to get his attention long enough to give me ideas, we decided on the ribbons theme today. I’ve been putting them together in Illustrator and pricing out paper since then 😀
Unfortunately, his Masters thesis is due the week before I want to have them sent out. I’m a mean Fiance.
Post # 8
i love love love the second ones. i may use these as inspiration!
Post # 9
I ended up deciding on Option #1, based partly on the responses and also because I only have about 4 weeks to get them done 😀
I *love* the style of the second ones, though….. maybe I’ll do something similar for our Christmas cards this year 😀
Is it bad that I’m super excited to be able to *finally* start sending out Christmas cards as a couple? I’ve always felt like we couldn’t because we’re not married yet, but darn it, this year it’s happening!
Post # 10
your invite is so cute! option 1 matches its style perfectly — 2 seems a little too formal.
Post # 11
@kitzy: Thank you! I didn’t think Fiance would go for something like that at all, but I had used the ribbons graphic for our wedding website, and he actually suggested we use it.
I’m really hopeful that etching the text for the invite on the laser cutter will work- Fiance says that we shouldn’t have a problem, but I’m still skeptic.
However, if it *does* work, we’ll have really unique invites that aren’t costing a small fortune!