It feels like a very long time ago that I was talking about how we created our rustic Save the Dates (what a long engagement we had!) but as they went down so well and were very cost effective, we decided to do the same thing again and create our own country wedding invitations.
As there was going to be lots of eucalyptus and elegant greenery at our wedding, we had wanted to incorporate that into the invitations. We went on a website called freepik.com where you can find free vector images (a vector image means you can edit parts of it in programs like Photoshop and InDesign, unlike a traditional JPEG image which sits on a white square background that can’t be removed) and saved down all of the watercolour style leaf images that we liked.
We then went onto the free font website DaFont and downloaded the calligraphy style Velessa Script font for the headings and Aracne Regular font for the main body of text (I found this font pairing guide on Pinterest quite helpful when deciding which fonts to choose).
A former colleague in the Visual Merchandising team at work kindly helped me to get started by creating an A5 template on InDesign, getting the text aligned and layering a selection of the leaves around the border. I then went home to tweak it by downloading a free trial of Adobe InDesign. It was at this point where I was getting cocky with the program that I decided to mix things up for the evening invitations by swapping the greenery for a gold dot design that I had found in one of our design folders at work!
There had been so many wedding invitation designs that I had liked on Pinterest (which you can find on my Wedding Invitation Ideas board) that I was really happy that we got to have two different styles. I was also very lucky that the boys at Page – the printing company we used regularly at work – offered to print the invitations for us complimentary as a wedding gift, saving us lots of time and money. Thank you Page!
Whilst I was working on these designs, Marc was busy printing pages of the leaves and gold dots on translucent paper, which we wanted to overlay on top of the invitations to give some texture (thanks again to my VM colleague Emmanuelle for that idea)!
To bind all of the pages together, we ordered ‘belly bands’ from Printed.com which we personalised with our name. We expected these to arrive as pre-made sleeves but they ended up just being strips of paper, so we dashed to Ryman’s to pick up some clear sticky dots and stuck them together ourselves.
After assembling all the pages, we put them into dove grey envelopes that we ordered online and used a gold pen to address them. I had wanted to write each address in a calligraphy style but after my disaster calligraphy class last year, I knew that wasn’t going to happen!
Then it was a case of posting them all out which ended up being the most costly part. Where possible we tried to give them by hand, either by leaving them with family to hand out amongst themselves or arranging catch ups with friends, which is something that worked well for us with the save the dates. A good excuse to continue the celebrations!
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