Weddingbee bloggers always refer to their invitations as a “labor of love” which is bridal code for “these mofos took a lot of effing work and I’m so glad to be rid of them.” I vowed not to call mine a labor of love because I was going to go simple—there would be one piece for the invitation, one for the response card, and a return envelope. I wouldn’t freak out about stamps, there would be no belly bands, and there would certainly be no pocket-folds. But then, I saw this:
Image via TwoYellowShoes on Etsy
And I fell in love with stacked invitations. I don’t think a stack would look very cool with only two pieces, so I decided to add a Reception card and an Information card. We would also be needing a belly band now. I really liked the heart belly bands Mrs. Cannon used:
Image via Mrs. Cannon on Weddingbee
And then I saw this (the moral of this story is STAY OFF PINTEREST):
Image via Bridal Musings / Design by Christina Moralego
So I decided to forgo my plans of having quick and simple invitations and just go all out. I still wouldn’t call it a labor of love. Maybe a labor of hate? Here’s the sneak peek I showed you before:
I had my friend and bridesmaid Barbara design everything for me, and she did a fabulous job! She also designed our save the dates for free. One thing I know about design from watching Project Runway is that a good designer needs to take the client’s wishes into consideration while still maintaining aesthetic integrity. In other words, I knew what I wanted in an invitation suite, but I know nothing about graphic design, and Barbara did such a great job bringing my vision to life while still making it look professional. She designed four pieces for us and made multiple edits (we’re talking a month-long email thread here), all without ever complaining. I wish she was a real vendor so I could recommend her here, but you should visit her blog anyway because she’s a really good artist.
Without further ado, I present to you my labor of hate:
Here’s what they saw in the mailbox:
When they removed the bellyband and unstacked the stack, they received the whole suite:
I made the envelope liners and belly bands from wrapping paper with help from my mom and FMIL. I designed the map in Powerpoint using Mrs. Ballet Flat’s tutorial, and Barbara designed the Reception, RSVP, Information, and Invitation cards. Here they are close up:
And now, for the pièce de résistance, the main invitation:
The dirty deets:
All in all, we spent approximately a million dollars and an infinite amount of time on these. I suppose they could be called a labor of love because they certainly were laborious, and I do love how they turned out.’
Were your invitations a labor of love, or a labor of hate?