Post # 1
I thought I would share the most recent (and hopefully final) incarnation of the ongoing “invitation saga” in my head. The choices out there are just dizzying! I was recently at a paper store and got inspired to make my own, and this is what we came up with. A DISCLAIMER: These are strictly mock-ups!
The outer pages are textured, pearlized cardstock in a range of spring colors (light blue, green, lilac, peach and cream), and the inside pages are scrapbook paper in various patterns covered with a sheet of vellum that will include the text. One page will contain the invitation, one page will contain hotel info and the inside back panel will have the RSVP info (we are having everyone RSVP electronically). On facing pages, we’ll put color photos of my fiance and me, using scrapbook photo corners.
A designer friend of mine is creating the text files and a professional printer will actually print the vellum pieces and cut all the paper for me. Then my girlfriends will come over and assemble them with whatever combination of paper, ribbon, brads, flowers and other embellishments she wants. On the very back cover at the bottom will be a stamp that says, “Handmade just for you by ___________” and they’ll fill in their name. That way, each guest gets something unique and handmade, but it’s still in the same theme of our wedding in terms of it being a springtime, vintage, outdoorsy affair.
What do you guys think? Be honest….does it look like a 3rd grade art class project gone very wrong?
Post # 3
Ok, so first things first – this is a huge undertaking! It seems like a lot of work with that many embellishments and different colors/ styles. I would recommend perhaps considering a more cohesive color palete where instead of making each invitation different, you simply select a patterned paper or two that you like and then build the invitation around them, using the colors from it as your solids. You can even take a nod to it when looking into your brads – for example if the patterned paper you choose has flowers, then use flower brads. Or if it has flourishes, maybe use fleur de lis brads. Either way, I hope you see what I’m getting at. I think it will make the process easier for your friends too, as they help you assemble, so that they can have one solid mock-up that will then be the example for each that they do.
Also, I’m not understanding the raffia. If you’re going with a more eclectic rustic feel, I suppose I get it, but then I don’t fully get the little charms either. Anyway, I googled “eclectic rustic wedding invitations” and I got this:
Found at: http://momentaldesigns.com/portfolio/2011/wedding/modern/modern_4.jpg
Note the cohesive color palete, though each piece in and of itself is different. I think the same thing translates to a booklet-style invitation: each page should be it’s own, but they should all go together.
Anyway, that’s my two cents. Hope it helps!
Post # 4
Thanks. I appreciate that and I agree that each invite should be a single color. I was mainly putting these together for the sake of determining the general concept and how it would fit in an envelope. I had a mish-mash of single pieces of cardstock and embellishments in various colors (for example, I didn’t have any peach ribbon, brads, etc.). Fortunately, we only have to make about 35 of these and it’s an excuse to have friends over for some girl time. I’ll re-think the raffia. I like what they they did with the ribbon in the examples you provided. THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK! I’ll post more pics as “operation invitation” evolves. 🙂