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Oh, invitations—how I love and hate you all at the same time!

When I got engaged I thought I knew exactly what I wanted. Formal feeling with a hint of interest. I ordered a sample about 40 minutes after the the ring was on my finger:

Above images via Invited Ink on Etsy

While they are GORGEOUS and very well made, they just didn’t feel right. I started doing more research and realized there is a whole world of invitations out there—way more than what I initially wanted. I mean look at these—they’re embroidered, for pete’s sake!

Image via Rifle Paper Co.

Or how about these? They are a freaking record! They play a song!

I mean, how could the measly invites I was considering not look inadequate after seeing THAT video!? I started to panic—but then I realized that I needed to think about it like this: what do I want these invitations to say about our wedding? I definitely want a formal feel, since we will be having a black-tie-optional affair. But I don’t want them to be stuffy or boring; I want fun formal invitations, maybe with some floral details to match the garden-y feel of the wedding.

Here are the final three designs that are fighting for my love at the moment.

Option #1: Custom calligraphy—love the adorable little flowers!

Image via Angelique Ink on Etsy

Option #2: Trellis of flowers

Image via Wedding Paper Divas

Option #3: Wreath with the most adorable bow ever!!! (Have I mentioned yet that I love bows?)

Image via Minted / Design by Gakemi Art+Design

While I have samples of the first two options, the third one is not actually in production—it is currently in a contest to find new designs for, and the public can vote for the designs they like the best. (Hint hint—GO VOTE NOW!)

I can’t decide which I like best! All three are adorable and get the message across that we are intending to send, but I don’t know which one should be OUR invitation! So, hive, do you have a preference? Which do you think fits our wedding and style the most?


Mrs. Elk

City: Syracuse/Long Island
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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Come Sail Away with the Ladyfingers: Honeycap 1
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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    Number 1 is nice and has a fun feel to it. Number 2 looks a little more formal but still not stuffy.
    I also thought I knew exactly what I wanted for invitation – and thank goodness for samples because some were not the paper quality I wanted and expected.

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    halicolandrea 25 posts, Newbee @ 10:19 am

    I LOVE # 1

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    misstiger 266 posts, Helper bee @ 10:32 am

    “I ordered a sample about 40 minutes after the the ring was on my finger”

    I ordered 4 and let them order the other sample and I don’t even have a ring yet, lol.

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    misstiger 266 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 am

    Opp, forgot, number 1 =D

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    Jesij1212, Guest @ 11:12 am

    Definitely #1!!!!!!

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    Karine04 51 posts, Worker bee @ 11:16 am

    #1 is adorable! Very garden-party-meets-formal.

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    Great Gatsby 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:25 pm

    I too love flowers and bows, and my favourite is the first one with the little flowers! So whimsical :)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:40 pm

    I personally like the third option, but I tend to like something with a little quirk to it. The flowers are charming. :)

    I’m a HUGE fan of Minted and I’ve been voting for designs for a while.

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:35 pm

    If #3 goes into production, I vote for that! It is so pretty and interesting. #1 is back 2nd fave – I really like the font.

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    LibraryBride2013 212 posts, Helper bee @ 3:10 pm

    I LOVE Angelique Ink Calligraphy, I recognized it as soon as I saw the invitation! We almost used them for our name/address stamps, so I personally would pick that one!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 pm

    I love numero uno!! The calligraphy is just gorgeous.

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:57 am

    I’m jumping on the #1’s bandwagon. So beautiful!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:25 am

    I love them all really, but I have to go with number 1!!

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    abby, Guest @ 9:45 am

    #1 for sure

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