I’ve decided to split the ‘do it yourself’ for our wedding stationery into four parts as there seemed too much to share in just one post, and I didn’t want you all nodding off. So without further ado, here’s Part 1.
First off, you should know I did all of this in Microsoft Word. Perhaps insane, as Word is not meant for graphic design, but it’s what I have. I don’t have any fancy software packages, so I had to do the best that I could with what I had. Yes, it undoubtedly caused headaches and extra time faffing about, but I got where I wanted in the end and I’m proud of my effort.
For me, our invitation needed to reflect what our wedding was going to be about. I wanted people to get excited (hopefully!) and have a sense of what kind of wedding they were going to.
I went through various different ideas, including sewing mini bunting onto each card, which I decided might kill me off and wasn’t a true reflection of our wedding day. Here are the some of the ideas I was inspired by…
The brown card we used for our ‘save the date’ cards was so lovely that we wanted to use it again throughout our wedding, so it only seemed appropriate to use it for our invitations.
Prior to the printing of the final wedding stationery, we ordered a selection of different thickness of cards to see which were the right thickness – we used thicker card for the postcard and invite, and slightly thinner for the details booklet.
There are three elements on the invitation which I drew by hand and then scanned – they are the ‘dash and dot’ oval frame, the string of bunting, and the banner which has the wedding date in it.
If you’re thinking about drawing bits for your wedding stationery, my advice would be to just have a go – it took me a couple of goes to get them as close to how I wanted – and they do look different once you’ve scanned them in and printed them off on nice card.
All the way through our wedding planning I had dreamed of getting the perfect stamp made. I searched all over the internet, found things I loved, and didn’t buy any of them. I was determined that our invitations would have something I’d stamped onto them.
But sometimes I think you can just get stuck on something and in the end it’s just better to accept that it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen.
The image we used in the end – the tree with two birds and heart motif – is in fact a stamp. A good friend of me raises money for a school in Nepal every year by holding a bazaar at her house – I came across this stamp and thought it was beautiful.
Because the stamp is carved from wood, my experience is that they are quite difficult to stamp neatly. So I scanned the stamp, emailed it to my little sister, and asked her to do some magic with Photoshop. It came back in black and when pretty out looked quite like a hand-printed stamp so I was quite happy with it.
I work for a little organisation that takes great care with how things are worded. We work to make people feel welcome (we run a lot of events in deprived areas) and valued, so I tried hard to create wording that did just that.
I looked at quite a lot of other wedding invitations on blogs to see how they were worded, and what I liked and didn’t like. We definitely didn’t want anything too formal.
We wanted to build up some anticipation about what to expect at our wedding, but at the same time not giving too much away. As you will see from the invite, our wedding started with an afternoon tea before the ceremony, more details to come on why we did this and how it worked.
What we used
100% Recycled ‘Hairy Manilla’ Brown Card
Bought from the eco-craft website, which is full of fantastic eco-friendly paper and card products. Extremely good service and excellent prices. For the invitations we used 280g weight.
Love bird tree stamp
This was bought at my friend’s Nepalese bazaar, all items sent directly from Nepal. Pretty sure it cost no more than £5. If anyone is really keen to buy this stamp, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can see if she has any left.
The following text is in a font called Landliebe ‘Nick & Charlie’ and ‘Saturday 21st May 2011’. All of the main text is in a font called UglyQua (as used on our ‘save the date’ cards). And finally, the text ‘We hope you can join us!’ is in a font called Artistamp Medium. They are all free fonts – one website I use a lot is DaFont – but an internet search should find them.
Check back tomorrow for Part 2!