These days everything is so digital, so to receive something so tactile like a hand crafted wedding invitation or save the date card is such a beautiful experience and I think very important in today’s world. Receiving beautiful stationery that is made using traditional letterpress printing techniques is a beautiful tactile experience to receive invitations decorated with watercolour styles, using embossing techniques or even foil.I think so! It sets the scene for how you and your partner are going to celebrate your love together and show the world that this is a celebration of a partnership, of love, of a life together that will be a journey.
Save the date cards
Save the date cards are a great idea if you have family and friends making the journey from other states in Australia or if they are coming from overseas and needing accommodation.
The really important thing is to create a theme that runs through your whole wedding stationery. So for example, I created this circular watercolour for the main invitation which was enhanced with mini gold stars and the names of the bride and groom foiled in this beautiful copper gold colour.
I then took a section of it to create a personalised Honeyfund card that the bride and groom could send with the invite so the guests could donate using the bride and groom’s bank details. Most couples have spent a couple of years together and usually have every thing they need. Setting up a bank account for any money that you receive from he money would go to travelling or even to the drinks package of the venue.
Creating this wedding stationery was just a joy as it turned out so beautiful especially with the copper cold stars printed onto it. H
The process to help your stationery designer
Go on Pinterest and make a private section for you to pin a heap of different invitations that appeal to you that you can share with your designer. Just keep pinning until you think you have quite a variety of invitations, save the dates, reply cards whatever wedding stuff you can find. It might be water colour flowers or illustrations that represent a particular meaning for the bride and groom, or a place card that looks really pretty. Pin stuff of wedding dresses, bridesmaids and groomsmen and even layouts of the tables or the table seating plans. Once you have 30 -40 images then you will look at them and you need to make an instant decision of YES I
LOVE IT or I HATE IT or I DOESN’T MOVE ME AT ALL. These you get rid of! You should be seeing an consistent theme of similar images. After you go through and delete the ones that don’t get you excited, then you can take the rest to a designer to create your own personalised wedding stationery.
To get these designed if you live in a big city, find a young high school kid or someone who is in uni doing a graphic design course and ask them to design your invites in illustrator and photoshop and putting it into adobe indesign so they export it as an high resolution PDF and now you can send it to a printer. If you live in Cairns, North Queensland Australia, take your invitation artwork to Planman and get it printed on 150 – 250gsm card. I have also ordered specialised card from Peterkin and then taken the card to Cairns Plan Printing
so it looks absolutely beautiful.
Below is a few of my invitations I have designed.