Clayton Wedding Update: The Invitations

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Do you know how many types of paper are out there? Not to mention the different color choices! Do you have any idea how many different fonts there are? A zillion. At least.

We are in the process of getting our wedding invitations designed and thought we’d share the experience with you.

I used to work at a print shop, so I like to think I’m a little familiar with these options. Maybe a little too familiar! Luckily, meeting with our graphic designer, Kelly with Uppercase Designs, helped me to narrow down our options. Not only about the paper and color choices, but the font, the size of the invitation, whether or not we should have a map, whether we will provide another envelope for our RSVP or if we should just make it into a postcard style and did I mention the verbiage?! There are so many ways to say the same thing! Just do a search on Pinterest for ‘Wedding Invitation Wording” and you will see what I mean. It’s dangerous.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy & Pinterest (pinning my favorites) lately getting ideas and trying to figure out what will best fit our day. At first, I was getting a little stressed trying to make the design decisions, especially since Brooks was pretty vocal about not caring what the invites looked like each time I ran an option by him. But then I realized, every time Brooks would tell me, “it doesn’t matter, you decide”, that I need to remember it really. Doesn’t. Matter. In the end, I don’t care if our invitations are 100% Pinterest perfect. I just care that they let our beloved guests know when to show up! Without realizing it, Brooks was actually a big help in convincing me to make a decision, and move on. Luckily, I was also able to consult my maid of honor for a second opinion. The invitation design is underway and we are feeling pretty confident in our decisions so far!

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Since I know there are quite a few couples going through the same thing as we are,  I thought I would share three things to keep in mind when you’re planning your invitations.

1. Style

Pick the style that best matches your wedding day and go with it. Putting your own style stamp on your invitations is a way to give your guests the first glimpse into what your big day will be like. Cordially invite your friends and family to a black tie affair, or Google “wedding invitation wording that won’t make you barf” for a casual backyard shindig. Start with a favorite quote that you plan on incorporating throughout the big day. Choose a flower border that mimics your bouquet design. There are endless ways to subtly, or not so subtly incorporate your theme!

2. Budget

Spend some time researching how to customize within your budget. While you may pay a bit more to hire a graphic designer, this will give you the highest level of customization. We decided on using a graphic designer because we wanted our invites to be completely unique to our wedding. As creatives ourselves, we also love the fact that we will be able to proof the design and make changes as we go along. Not to mention, it’s a great way to support a fellow small business owner! Custom doesn’t always have to mean expensive, either. Between independent designers on Etsy and online paper companies like Wedding Paper Divas and Minted, you can find a great design that matches your theme and tailor it to your needs. Or, if you’re having a smaller wedding (and you have super crafty bridesmaids), check out some DIY wedding invitation ideas on Pinterest for a super personal touch.

3. Don't Stress!

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A beautiful, perfectly styled invitation will get guests excited for your big day, but in the end they won’t even remember what color it was by the time they see you take your vows. As long as your invitations are giving your guests the important information, that’s all that matters (sidenote: double, triple, and quadruple check dates, times and locations before you order!).

 

For now, I am keeping the specifics of our invite design hush-hush, since I can’t wait to receive our guest’s excited calls, texts and emails when they arrive. Don’t worry, I’ll share them eventually!

What was your experience choosing wedding invitations? We’d love to hear who designed and/or printed your invites. Did you address the envelopes yourself? Is there anything you would have done differently? Comment below and let us know!