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
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 Minted.com, 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?