Gosh it seems like ages since I’ve written a blog post and an update on our own wedding! As many of you will know we are having a navy blush wedding colour scheme. We’re also trying to incorporate lots of our love of literature, sci-fi and film. So what does a wedding stationer design for her own wedding invitations!? Well I found out recently as I set about designing and sending out our own wedding invitations for our wedding next May.
We decided that we definitely needed a full ‘pack’ for our wedding invitations. Most of our guest’s are coming from quite a distance. So we wanted to provide them lots of useful information and accommodation details. I also definitely wanted to provide an rsvp card and a stamped addressed envelope to make it as easy as possible for guests to reply. I definitely wanted guest’s to reply via post for the day invitations. There is nothing better than receiving your rsvp’s back in the post and seeing them on the doormat when you get in!
What I really wanted to do was combine a really pretty and elegant invitation style but also incorporate some little twists. So an information booklet had a hint of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on the front cover and the envelope liner incorporated some little storm trooper helmets. We also added a quote from Lord of the Rings to the top of the invitation.
The skull motif is a running theme throughout the wedding, so this was included on the top of the invitation as well, and then I added lots of florals and wrapped everything up in a vellum wrap and leather thong to make it look like a wrapped up book. A little blush pink tag carried on the colour scheme.
We also wanted to keep things fun and light hearted so the wording on the rsvp card kept things down to earth and fun.
Honestly it was the most nerve wracking thing sending out my own wedding invitations! I felt so much pressure to make them look amazing as guest’s obviously know what I do for a living. Fortunately we’ve had a few really lovely comments about them so I’m pretty sure they were received well.
I’ll be sharing lots more about our wedding planning journey soon.
Ok so I’m a little bit nervous and excited about today’s post as it’s the first time I’m sharing on the blog the start of the real design and look of our wedding which is next May bank holiday in 2017. Even the date has been a bit of a secret up until now as I wanted our guests to find out when they received their Save the Dates. Obviously stationery is a big thing for me so designing our Save the Date cards was a bit daunting!
Anyway a couple of weeks ago we sent the Save the Date cards out to our guests and so now I can share the design with you on the blog!
Both myself and Ant like dark colours … we’re painting a lot of navy and grey walls in our new house! … so I suggested incorporating a navy into the colourscheme. As you will see from my stationery designs though I also love a bit of pink and especially love florals so we decided on a colour scheme of Navy, Ivory and Pink – with a couple of different shades of light and dark pink to stop the colourscheme from looking too ‘flat’.
From there the challenge was to incorporate wanting something elegant and floral but also wanting to include some humour and fun and a bit of our geeky side! We’re massive film, literature and sci-fi fans so knew we wanted something to reflect that in our wedding but really didn’t want it to look too themed. So we decided on subtle hints throughout. Not all of our guests have got the references but they are a true reflection of us … so if you’re not really into Star Wars or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy then this may pass you by!
The idea for the Save the Dates came to me suddenly at 3am whilst Ant was working away so I immediately got up and sketched something out before I forgot and by the time he got home a design was in place for him to look at! Fortunately he loved it!
I decided to incorporate a little bit of the story of how we met and so instead of just standard wording I went for a bit of a Star Wars theme which then explained how we met at a festival and that one of the reasons we got together was because in a bit of a lull in the conversation one afternoon Ant asked the group what the meaning was to life, the universe and everything … most of the others said that was a bit deep for a conversation but I immediately got the Hitchhikers reference and said 42.
I also really love envelope liners and wanted to include a floral envelope liner for our Save the Dates but decided to include a cheeky little Storm Troopers motif in a nod to Star Wars. So subtle that some of our guests had to look twice before twigging what it was.
I’m so pleased with how the Save the Date Cards turned out … now all I need to do is come up with an idea for the actual invitations!