With the “big things” booked (venue, photographer, celebrant) I knew we needed to nut out the guest list. Don’t ever let anyone tell you this is easy – it’s been the hardest list to write (and re-write, and re-write) EVER. Our venue is restricted to 100 guests which makes things really difficult!
Because our wedding is a “destination wedding” as such (ie. no one lives in the area and everyone will need to travel/ stay there) we wanted to get the word out quick smart. I was already fending off emails asking about times and places for accommodation and flights, so we decided to do an electronic save the date – and follow this up with a printed invite.
Kaylee Donald from Emma Creative
I’m once again lucky to be surrounded by amazing talented friends – and so I enlisted the help of graphic design whiz and my dear friend Kaylee to help us with the invites. Kaylee owns and runs Emma Creative, a wedding design and photography company – so she knows exactly what is required and when. Fun fact: Kaylee also did the original design work for this blog nearly three years ago!
We all had a skype session where Kaylee asked us questions like “is it colourful? is it pastel? is it romantic? is it fun? is it floral? is it modern?” which really helped drill down into what we wanted (which we didn’t even know!). One thing Jason was adamant on was not using a photo of ourselves – we couldn’t agree on one we both liked, so we decided to go for a pure design instead.
One of the invite designs I liked
I created a pinterest board with some ideas of invites that I liked – and then Kaylee had me rate them from most to least. This enabled her to see where my tastes were leading – even though I wasn’t able to articulate it in words. After a few weeks, Kaylee came back with some initial thoughts, and I was able to give her some direction as to what we were liking and what we weren’t. Two more rounds of concepts later – a few colour tweaks – and we had our perfect save the date design sorted!
I uploaded the save the date jpeg to Mailchimp (or MailKimp if you are a fellow Serial fan!) and sent it out like I would a newsletter. This way I could see stats and reports on who had and hadn’t opened the email – which was actually helpful when we realised a few people had changed email addresses!
After researching “invite wording” on various blogs and website, I drafted the copy for the printed invite, details card and RSVP cards. Kaylee worked her magic, tweaking our design a bit for the content. For cost and ease of printing we made the invite double sided – with the invite wording on one side, and the details on the other.
Note: I’ve cropped out some of the key information for privacy sake
On our “Details” we had information on our website, transport to the venue, and about gifts.
A few weeks later I held the printed copies in my hands with excitement. I used Gelato Cloud for the printing – they were fabulous as you could upload your design files, pick your print quantity, and they were delivered to you 48hours later! A very affordable and easy to use service, I would highly recommend them. My only tip would be to select matt printing (I didn’t and I ended up with one side gloss and one side matt – not a biggie, and I am sure it was only me who noticed!) – although we have since realised that people have struggled to write on the gloss RSVP card with ink.
I spent a bit of time choosing envelopes – I wanted a certain shade of antique gold to go with our colour scheme. In the end I found a fabulous envelope supplier on ebay who sent me samples of all their different golds. I ordered the main envelopes and the RSVP (white linen) envelopes from them – and get this – was even able to pay for all of them using my nectar points I had earnt from my weekly Sainsburys grocery shopping. How’s that for wedding budgeting? I was pretty proud of myself for that one!
I spent a few nights addressing and stuffing envelopes (this is where wedding crazy started to set in – it’s a bit mind numbing!), before I posted them in batches back to NZ for our parents to distribute. Currently our invites are being slipped through letterboxes around the world, and (hopefully) opened with delight by the recipients. I was over the moon with the way they looked – it was very “me” in the end I think!
There are some fabulous DIY websites out there like Wedding Paper Divas that you can customise and print your own invites from easily. I’m glad that I was able to use a friends services for our design work though – it made it all the more personal and special, knowing Kaylee had given us her time, love and care to help to create our vision. Second fun fact: Kaylee is also going to be our MC at the wedding!
If anyone is looking for some fab design – I can highly recommend working with Kaylee from Emma Creative!
Who have you used for invites to special functions? DIY or Custom Design? Do you care as much as I do about envelopes (seriously, so much time on the envelopes haha!)?
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