Stationery Design: Invitations

I started thinking about wedding invitations way too soon on the planning process. I knew I wanted to make them myself, so I needed all the time possible to accomplish that task. First, I thought about what I wanted them to say.

I wanted to include our parents’ names on them—this is how old school Mexican invitations are. Both sets of parents’ names go on top, and they are the ones that invite you to the wedding. I wanted to do it that way as a sign of respect and appreciation. So I did that. (Disclaimer: Nowadays most couples don’t have these formalities, but what can I say? I guess I’m old fashioned.)

Then I just wanted the basic information, address, date, time, and of course our names. Once I knew what I wanted to include, I started searching for some inspiration.

Oh, there are so many beautiful options out there. These are some of my favorites:

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Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper / Photo by Ken Kienow

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Image via minted.com

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Image via Invitation Crush by Bow and Arrow Paper Co.

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Image via minted.com

But I also had to think about how we were gonna make them. Letterpress is a bit expensive, so that was out. I could have them laser-printed someplace like Kinko’s, or I could have them silk-screen printed. I chose the second option; I like how it gives the invites a little texture and the quality is different than laser printing.

Since every color in the process uses a different screen, and since every screen costs money, I decided to limit the colors to just two. That was hard. So again, to Illustrator I went.

What printing method did you use or do you plan to use? Are you lucky enough to get your invites letterpressed?

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Mrs. Weather Vane

Location:
Mexico City
Wedding Date:
03/08/2014

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 am

    If we were having guests (and had the money in our budget), I would have loved letterpress invitations. They’re beautiful! :) I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Miss Duck 8 posts, Newbee @ 7:32 am

    I love every single inspiration invite that you printed–I’m so excited to see what you come up with!

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    ecjohnson 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:43 am

    I found my invites at target a couple weeks after getting engaged. They were on clearance for $9 for 50 invites including RSVP cards. I never thought I would by my invites off the shelf and as much as I wanted to get something different by the time I was sending them out, I couldn’t justify spending the money. I put that money into other areas instead..

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    Mrs. Panda 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:58 pm

    I think we had almost the same list of invite inspirations. if you can find the budget for it, letterpress is just stunning.

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    scottishmrs 2823 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:09 am

    We put both sets of parents at the top of our invitations too! It was important to us that they be remembered on our big day too. I just printed everything on my home printer though and backed it with coloured cardstock and an accent ribbon.

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