No Wedding pictures yet, I’m afraid. I don’t mean to be such a tease, I swear. It’s just that I’m still finalising my selection – a difficult task, as I love them all. And as keen as I am to share our Wedding photos with you, I am also bursting to show you our Invitations. So here we go.
As I mentioned in my Wedding planning snapshot back in January, we sent out our save the dates fairly early on, at the start of November. We did this for two reasons: to, well, encourage people to save the date, as February and March is a busy time for Weddings, and also in anticipation of our true invitations being handed out around Christmas time (only two months away from the big day). You see, we knew they’d be a little…large, and hence it would be more cost friendly to hand them out personally rather than post them. During the festive season there were countless catch ups and opportunities to distribute our little packages. Plus it was really fun to see people open them in person, each reaction making me more and more excited for the big day.
And now I can share them with you!
So how did we design them?
My beautiful mum came up with the idea of giving an invite in a box, quite like some French Salted Caramels we were gifted in gorgeous, circular wooden boxes. I loved this idea, and so we promptly went about searching for the boxes. We found them! But they were $15 each. Right. Moving on… Soon enough found some quality cardboard boxes for $1 each, which were ideal, so we snapped them up. Fabulous!
Vicky, our bella invitation designer goddess, worked her magic and created the most darling invitations, following our whimsical instructions. You see, I have a strong, specific vision for pretty things…I’m just not crafty, so I cannot execute this vision. Hmmm that’s a problem. But thank goodness I had people like Vicky, my mum and nana around me, who are in fact incredibly crafty and could help me realise my vision. Vicky, I cannot thank you enough. You’re absolutely brilliant and happily worked alongside our every whim.
Ben was keen on a ‘retro ticket’ style invitation, working along our slightly retro theme, and so we searched the internet for inspiration. We sent a few pictures to Vicky, along with our text (which had to be revised many, many times – I’m terribly wordy) and she created a stunning set of cards for us. We were completely thrilled.
We had four to five cards all up: a title card with all the details of location, an RSVP card, an accommodation card, a gift card (which gave directions to our online registry we set up to help us on our honeymoon). We also included a fifth card for those very close family and friends, inviting them to a brunch the next day at Red Hill. With so many overseas guests and friends staying down on the Peninsula, we wanted to continue the celebration with a casual brunch the next day.
To go with these cards we decided to go to a photobooth and take some cute pictures. However when we arrived at the location where we used to go as teenagers to get these pics, the photobooth was gone. So instead we went home, set up our tripod, put the timer on and snapped away ourselves. I then put an instagram filter on our pics, selected our favourites and went to Officeworks to print them off. Voilà! Cutting them out individually, with the help of many hands and a guillotine, was probably the most tedious task, but it was all part of the fun. They were a fantastic, sharp image too, not slightly blurry like the pictures below might suggest. We have some spare and I can’t wait to put a couple on the refrigerator. Or even enlarge them. I’m particularly fond of the last shot.
To finish it all off we put inside two little love heart chocolates, or some salted caramels or sherbets for those we had to post, and then tied it with blue and white string.
I’m tremendously in love with them. Thanks to everyone who helped create these little gems. What can I invite people to next?…