It’s been a little while since my last wedding update, so I thought I’d come back with a bang and share one of my favourite parts of the whole planning process – the invites.
The wonderful Kris Atomic created this beautiful illustration of me, Rob and Travis for the front of the invites. We had this done pre-Lilian (our other kitty!) so she doesn’t feature here, but she’ll be making a special appearance in illustrated form on the day itself.
The reverse of the invites was designed by my awesome brother, Patrick. He used the colours and font from Kris’s work, mixing in handwritten text and cute little symbols for a friendly, cheerful look. I can’t show much of the back as it has all our location details on, but the two sides work so perfectly together.
Patrick also designed smaller RSVP and ‘Where to Go’ cards to sit alongside the main invites. He created a little map of the journey from our ceremony venue to the reception, and I hand-wrote all the names on each RSVP slip. We included an A5 envelope for the slips to be returned.
I arranged little bundles including each element of the invite and tied them up with some natural twine. Then everything went inside these parcel paper-style envelopes and each one was sent off to its recipient. Hooray!
It took a long time to get the invites right – I wanted them to feel really expensive and luxurious, but because the design is so colourful, a lot of print options were actually expensive. In the end we went for a duplex print on a flecked white card for the main invite – that’s where two pieces of card are printed separately then stuck together for a thicker finish. It added to the cost but made such a huge difference to the feel of the invites. The smaller pieces were just a normal digital print on the same card, and everything was done by Evolution Print in Sheffield who were fab.
I bought the envelopes from Ideal Envelopes who have a huge range and will send out a book of samples so you can match your colours – it was so helpful to see the shades in ‘real life’ rather than just on a screen. The natural twine was from Homebase and the pens (I used gold for the names and silver to address the envelopes) from Paperchase.
We’re so pleased with how they turned out. It was an important part of the planning and even though I’m glad they’ve all gone out and I don’t have to self-address another envelope EVER AGAIN, I still get a happy feeling when I spot the one lurking on our coffee table or stuck up over my desk. They look great framed, too!