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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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  1. Member
    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!

  2. msfox Bee
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 pm

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

  3. hawk Bee
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:57 am

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

  4. Member
    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:25 am

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

  5. Guest Icon Guest
    abby, Guest @ 9:45 am

    #1 for sure

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