Our Wedding Invitations

March 5, 2012

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.

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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?…

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Heidi – these are just gorgeous 🙂 And the details are amazing!
    If these are your invites – can't wait to see the wedding pics!!!! 🙂

  • The Food Mentalist March 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Just gorgeous! In every way. Congrats 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    They're absolutely stunning Heidi! I knew they would be as you're such a stylish, creative lass! 😀

  • Blithely Unaware March 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I die for these, love them!!!
    You've given me such good ideas!!

    xox

  • Iron Chef Shellie March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    FAR too gorgeous!! Love the idea 🙂 I love when brides come to see me with different ideas for wedding invites, these are gorgeous!
    xx

    gah!! i wanna see the wedding pics!! hehe

  • Michelle Chin March 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    for your baby's full moon!

  • Sig March 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    What beautiful invitations! they're amazingly thought out and I LOVE the pictures 🙂

    Yes me too! Me too! Wedding pics next please 😛

  • Hannah March 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Oh Heidi, this is just beautiful. So beautiful! I totally love the idea & photo booth shoot 🙂 xx

  • Heidi March 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Lisa – thanks, lovely 🙂

    The Food Mentalist – awe thank you!

    Lorraine – shucks *blush* 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – yay! & thank YOU (you know what I mean 😉 xo)

    Michele – yes it must be fun to do different things, you'd love it! & I so want to show the pics!

    Michelle – hmmm what's that? I'm a bad new HK lady, clearly 😛

    Sig – hehe I'm trying! I don't have them all yet!!

    Hannah – thank you so much 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Very cute, personal and YOU!!

  • Just a small town girl March 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding. I have been reading your blog for a while now and I really enjoy it 🙂 I'm a dietitian as well and I think its nice that people can see that we don't just eat salads all the time!!

  • Hannah March 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    1. I love that Ben was involved.
    2. Those photos are the most charming, gorgeous, perfect-personality-your-fun-and-jazziness-shine-through things ever.
    3. You're so sweet with helping people figure out all the details, like accommodation!
    4. HONEYMOON OMG I CAN'T WAIT. And I'm not even going…
    5. xoxo

  • _Bettina March 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Soo gorgeous and unique! I really enjoy reading your blog for a while now. Congrats on the wedding. It must have been amazing.

  • Lisa March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Those are sooo gorgeous! I just love seeing all the different ways people find to make invitations. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 7, 2012 at 2:31 am

    These invitations are sooooo cute and I really like how Ben helped out and had an opinion too 🙂 I really like the idea of a box and giving out chocolates too ~
    I dying to see wedding photos!! Where are you going for your honeymoon?
    Have an amazing time!!!

  • Heidi March 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

    InTolerant Chef – thank you 🙂

    Just a small town girl – aw thanks, that means a lot! glad to be breaking down those perceptions 😉

    Hannah – I love these 5 little comments, you're gorgeous xo

    Bettine – thank you, how lovely 🙂

    Lisa – you're so welcome!

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley March 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Oh how beautiful! I love how thoughtful and personal your invites are! You and Ben are totally adorable 🙂

  • Aspiring Domestic Goddess March 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    These are so, so cute!!! You are very well restrained, I was blogging blurry snap shots of our wedding not even 24 hours after hahaha.

  • Susan Thorton April 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I like the wedding invitations. They look so simple and yet the style is still there. These are the kinds of wedding invitations that're getting rare nowadays.

  • Wedding invitations May 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hey these wedding invitations are really good, they look beautiful…