I always knew, when it came to our wedding, that I would be doing a lot of the design aspects myself – I really looked forward to making our invitations and other stationery. After a lot of looking online for inspiration, I kept coming across pocketfold wedding invitations – they weren’t so popular back then in the UK, and I had a bit of trouble sourcing the blank pocketfolds, but when I finally did, I was ever so excited! I knew too that we would be saving a lot of money by making them ourselves, and that was a bonus, as it meant money could be spent elsewhere!
Before deciding on invitations though, I designed the Save The Date cards. Our wedding was going to be midweek – a Wednesday – and we wanted to give people a lot of notice of this fact. Back then, our colour was hot pink. I don’t know why I went for this colour – yes it’s a pretty colour, bright and funky, but my favourite colour was, is and always has been, purple. I remember that I seemed to be having trouble finding things in purple, and so went for the easier, pink option. Eventually, I came to my senses, and the wedding colour was purple (with black and white).
However, the Save The Date cards were pink…and of course, I also designed a website to keep our guests informed. It’s no longer up online, but it’s a great memento to look back on I still have all the files!
Onto the day time invitations…I just loved how they turned out! I used the same fonts throughout – Angelina, Adorable and Trebuchet MS. Most pieces of stationery were printed on white paper then mounted onto either purple or black card (or both!) I had a right old mission with the purple card though – I am so fussy when it comes to the colour purple, and I found the most gorgeous card in the craft shop, but it was A1 in size! HUGE! So I painstakingly, cut everything down to size…
Open up the invites…they were decorated with swirly flourishes and tiny purple gemstones. The left hand flap held the invite, and it was mounted onto the pocket fold. The right side had the pocket, which housed four cards – one each for directions, information, photography and RSVP.
- The Directions card, gave, of course, the address details and directions to the venue, along with a map.
- The Information card had accommodation recommendations, taxi numbers, gift list number and order of the day, among a couple of other pieces of info.
- The Photography card explained how we would love to see guests’ photos, and gave directions for them to upload them to our online photobox, or to pop them on a disc (which we provided) and send them to us.
- The RSVP card had details of how to reply.
I remember meticulously working out the size of each piece of card so that they would fit together nicely!
The evening invitations were a lot simpler in that they were a single card, designed with similar flourishes and gemstones, then mounted onto purple and black card.
When I look at the wedding invitations that I made, with so much love, care and attention, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! I still love them!