TNWC Real Brides: Emma tells us about her botanical inspired wedding stationery and illustrated save the dates
It is less than a month now to Emma and Shane’s wedding – I can’t believe the time has flown by so quickly! Fingers-crossed Emma will be able to squeeze in another blog post or two if we’re lucky with a few more details about their beautiful sounding natural city wedding. You can catch up on all her posts so far here.
Today she’s sharing details of her botanical inspired invitations (I love this design so much!), so over to Emma…
Love Local, or, A Tale of Two Cities
In all aspects of our wedding we’ve aimed to make the most of the incredible pool of local talent, and our wedding invitations are no exception! Although I must admit that if I had the time and skill I would have loved nothing more than to make all of the wedding stationery myself.
It was important to us that they reflected our day and felt personal and informal – I spent an inordinate amount of time searching for “the one”. As we had a small budget for stationery, we couldn’t go the bespoke route, so I looked instead for something off-the-peg that could be customised.
For our save the dates, we worked with the lovely Becka Griffin Illustrations, who was so easy to work with and super helpful. She designs beautiful, quirky cards and prints of Liverpool (I love her alphabet prints!) and customised a drawing of Hope Street with our wedding details for us.
This meant we could show off how gorgeous Liverpool is to guests travelling in and feature the city as an important collaborateur in our wedding day. As we’re marrying on a Friday we had some lyrics from The Cure on there too!
I found it more difficult to source wedding invitations from far away, so, with our “shop local” ethos in mind, I searched Etsy for designers in Vancouver and that’s where I found Freckled Stationery, who supply invitations as printable PDFs.
I was initially worried about doing this but it really made sense for us, as we could have them printed in the UK and sent to my mum’s house for distribution to guests! We used printed.com to print our wedding invitations and were very happy with the quality.
We also asked people to RSVP by email to cut down on postage and paper. Etiquette dictates you should send out RSVP cards to any older guests, but the first person to RSVP to our wedding was Shane’s 92 year old grandmother, who responded using her iPad. So if your guests are as cool as ours, fret not about etiquette!
“Words Needs Love Too” ~ Kamau Brathwaite
Our “Thyme For Love” invitations are botanical without being aggressively floral or chintzy, and we really like the typography. Becca of Freckled Stationery was wonderful and also designed a cute note for the wedding details, and an alternative version of the invitation for our evening guests.
We were able to personalise everything this way and I wrote so many versions of the text that when Shane read through them he thought my laptop was showing an error message…!
We chose to incorporate some sentimental lyrics on the information card from an Alabama Shakes track that resonates with our experience establishing a life together in Canada. I’ve actually already framed one of our invitations and I know it will look really beautiful hanging in our kitchen one day!
I styled the invitations with some fine pink-and-white striped baker’s twine with monogram tags my sister Annmarie spent hours cutting out and tying together — seriously, the best Maid of Honour ever, already!
We received lots of compliments on them and I like to think the care and attention that went into them helped make our guests feel loved and special, which after all is the whole point, otherwise we could just send out emails!
Finally, we set up a wedding website using AppyCouple and included the address on the information card. I made some dummy sites in the early days of planning using WordPress and Blogger, but AppyCouple is made for weddings so for anyone like me with limited technical abilities, it looks sleeker, and, as the name suggests, guests can download the app and store all the wedding information on their devices, including maps to the venues and hotel details. There was a one-off fee but it was good value.
One of the loveliest things about planning a wedding is when the people you have invited to share your special day are happy for you and it has been so wonderful to receive RSVP messages from guests saying how excited they are! It makes all the research, drafting, monogram cutting, and being laughed at in the post office for selecting all the prettiest stamps (Annmarie again) worthwhile!
For me, the invitations were quite a big deal and once they went out it felt like it was all really happening! Shane and I would just like to take a moment to thank every person who received their invitation and got in touch with advice about the day, or just to say how much they are looking forward to it. We can’t wait!
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
Images: (1) MCS Photo: (2 – 6) Brides own pictures