A wedding post? I think it’s about time to heave-ho into the foggy word of manic decisions and throwing handfuls of tulle in the air and crying “FRANTIC CITY! FRANTIC CITY!”. Being of the typography-loving disposition, the idea of having a sub-par set of stationery to accompany by big day seems distasteful. Also, I would not be pleased. Not pleased in the least. So, i’ve been piling up a few ideas (with the assistance of Pinterest, many thanks to Jenn for the invitation) and staking wedding websites like 100 Layer Cake and Etsy to trigger some ideas.
For my own engagement shindig, I pulled together a few ideas, hours of Photoshop time and a shaky colour scheme to create a little invitation, utilising the lovely people at Vistaprint. It was only a trial printage, but it managed to help me get a gist of how the system works, the prices and the quality of the print – which wasn’t half bad.
See, not too shabby for a first effort at this thing – managed to get me some pretty fonts, and see the TINY LITTLE ALPACA? Yes, I managed to add a tiny little alpaca. Pretty awesome sauce!
So I’m planning to follow this very adorable little DIY tutorial from A Practical Wedding – time for me to get busy, once again, with Photoshop and plenty of blood, sweat and tears, to add to it all.
The Oops I Really Care Way
This morning, we posted the APW theory that really nice invitations have two elements, with everything else being extra: good design and good paper. If you’re using an APW printable invite sponsor, I’m pretty sure you’ve already got good design in the bag. But perhaps you also want good paper, and you want to print at home. Well, here is the thing. People will tell you this can’t be done. But it can. We did it. David and I printed part of our wedding invitations on our home printer, using 100% cotton paper. And they looked so good that I wondered why I’d also effed around with Gocco (well, actually, I did that because it was fun). So it can be done, and here are my tips:
- Order a design that isn’t super ink heavy. Don’t make me say that again.
- Order 100% cotton paper. Go somewhere with a heavy duty paper cutter to cut your paper down to size. Normally you can go to a Kinkos, or other print shop, offer to pay to use the printer cutter, and have them offer to just let you use it. Score.
- Cut extra paper because your printer will inevitably eat some of them, leaving you yelling profanities if you didn’t cut enough.
- Get a cheap-o paper cutter for your house, to handle the part when you inevitably didn’t cut enough. These work well, and will come in handy for years to come.
- Buy envelopes in a complementary color.
- Buy extra printer ink, because your printer will inevitably run out of color at the most inopportune time.
- Go home, sit by the printer, feed your lovely cotton paper. Curse loudly as the printer yells at you about the paper. Tell the printer who is boss. Admire how professional your invitations look, and think about how cheap they are, and realize how little skill this took on your part.
Now to accrue some ideas – here are a few that I’ve been eyeing off – and yes, I’ve noticed that they’re all pretty different from each other – but i’m planning to mish-mash ideas into a delicious soup of…er…invitations? One thing I’m certain of, though, and that is I’ll be using heavy weight (cotton/linen) paper. Oh yes. Yes indeed.
RAVISHING SCRIPT, PRETTY IDEAS: Swooshy calligraphy, simple, but modern. [ LINK ]
SIMPLE, ON AMAZING PAPER: The contrast colours are truly amazing. Customisable with a matching RSVP card. [ LINK ]
ILLUSTRATED, WATER COLOUR: Hand drawn wedding invitation, a sweet and simple watercolor invitation set. Personalised to perfection – but so pricey and impossible to create oneself (unless you’re particularly handy ay drawing). [ LINK ]
DIY, PRINTABLE: Instantly downloadable from Etsy, cheap and complete with invitation, RSVP and info card all together in one pack. Oh my. [ LINK ]
SELF INKING, ADDRESS STAMPS: Custom calligraphy style self inking address stamp – fabulous for the lazy people like me who hate writing my address over and over again. [ LINK ]
AIR MAIL, THE LOVELY THINGS IN THE MAIL: This has all the hallmarks of a lovely vintage invite – all the way down to the bakers twine (or which can be put together so easily, as well). [ LINK ]
CARNIVAL WEDDING, ALL OF THE COLOURS: A printable suite pre-created – but this colour scheme is so lovely and perky. Love the perky! But maybe it’s a little…too perky? [ LINK ]
Yeah, so here’s to me scratching my head and cracking my knuckles in front of my trusty Mac and Photoshop (I’ve finally managed to re-install it). I’ve got so many ideas bustling around and not enough presence of mind to calm down and start prodding buttock. More ideas and inspiration to follow (and any other little suggestions are eagerly accepted)!