After teasing you with the outside of our invites, it’s time to share the meat. Since we are obnoxious and decided to make a book, we had a lot of pages to work with. Like I mentioned earlier, we viewed the invite as our last chance to sway those guest who hadn’t decided if they could make the trip or not. We provided all the details right in the invite (what etiquette?). Sure, we could have used the ever popular wedding website, but we decided not to have one for a couple of reasons:
1. We wanted our guests to have all the wedding info right away. I imagine guests who decline don’t take the time to look at websites to see what they may be missing. We wanted to dangle the awesomeness right in their faces. It worked! I’ll give you the final numbers later, but we seem to keep hearing about more relatives who changed their mind and decided to come.
2. Mr. S and I slowly worked on the invite design over a period of many months. There were many adjustments and edits. I knew if we added a website, it would be one more thing for us him to obsess over.
I should mention our inspiration for the inside was based on this beautiful book invite. We love the idea of simple modern images juxtaposed against dramatic botanical plants and elegant scripts. We chose to use the font Mishka for a large portion of the inside. We had fun playing around with all the different glyph options. (Check out Mrs. Penguin’s post for more details on glyphs)
Unfortunately, I had to shrink my pictures down because I wanted to show how both pages look together (basically how it would look if you received it in the mail).
The lovely front cover:
We wanted the invites to be classy, yet have TONS of personality. We decided to keep most of the writing and images black, and made the botanical plants coral so they would pop. This helped the pages feel cohesive.
[last names removed for privacy]
Favorite People in the World
Alright, now it is time for some close-ups.
If you look closely on this page, you may be able to see I used two photo corners to hold the RSVP postcard in place. On the back of the postcard, guests could leave us a message or draw a picture. (So far, these have been hilarious!) There was a thank you message hidden behind the postcard.
After lots of hand stamping,
…designing, erasing, re-designing…and crumpling (so it feels like a real treasure map)…
the guests first saw this:
And then pulled out this:
Partially functional and partially just pretty I just love all the little details. Mr. S is pretty amazing.
Did anyone notice the HP glasses? (Yes, we are inviting our guests who come in town early to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the beach!)
And of course, some love from the couple.
Obviously we jammed packed this book full of information. This was an extreme move, but so far our guests have loved it! Like all invitations, I’m sure most of the books will eventually end up in the garbage can, but I can assure you our copy will be around for a very long time!
Has anyone else gone to extreme DIY to rev up your guests?