Hi, I’m Danielle from fashion and lifestyle blog, Fashionista Barbie, and I’m getting married in November. I’ve been pretty giddy about all the wedding planning since I got engaged on Christmas Day.
My one major worry was the invites: after finding the venue and ordering the wedding dress, the invites are the most important thing as they really set the tone and style of a wedding. The thought of this scared me to death; especially since my OCD nature means I need everything to be perfect. I knew that I really needed to make these invites a reflection of what we wanted our wedding to be.
My invite search, like most things for my wedding, started with a Pinterest board. I had a rough idea of what I wanted: postcard format, a pop of colour, a New York element (as that is where we are actually getting married) as well as a cool font – not asking a lot, am I? Apparently I was – most of the designs I came across were folded, had some sort of ribbon attached, and were quite traditional, so they didn’t really fit with our wedding.
That is when I decided that designing it from scratch and getting it printed myself was the only way to go. It was a scary prospect until I discovered printed.com and its amazing wedding collection. This basically had all the elements I was after: flat invites, tiny RSVP cards, cute stickers and gorgeous envelope options.
Now all I needed was a talented artist to articulate my vision, and that’s where a long search on Etsy.com began. This is definitely the place to find anything you need, in terms of creative capability. I discovered an amazing designer based in America who did me a New York skyline, implemented my colour scheme and used fonts that really represent both myself and my fiancé, something that my friends and family have gushed about.
I supplied the printed.com wedding collection’s artwork templates to my designer, which it really did make the whole thing easy. Once the designs were complete, all I needed to do was upload the JPEGs and less than a week later my gorgeous wedding invites arrived ready for me to personalise and send out.
I might be a little, OK, a lot biased because they are my own, but I think my wedding invites came out looking amazing. I’m currently preparing a set to be framed to put up in my office. What makes my invite look incredible, other than the design and the quality printing, has to be the Tintoretto Gesso paper. I really loved the hammered luxury feel of this paper and I think it blended the vibrant yellow and grey detailing of the invites perfectly.
I think some brides-to-be worry about organising the printing themselves, but it really was so simple – I literally just uploaded the designs and pressed ‘order’. The hardest decision was choosing the paper, but thankfully printed.com can supply a free sample pack for stroking tests, deciding on the size of the invite, as well as considering the extras I needed. The wedding collection covers all stationery needs for a wedding, from place cards to menus and even cute little stickers that I just had to use on our envelopes.
Since our invites went out I have had nothing but praise – with my guests saying how gorgeous, fun and luxurious they look, which is basically all that a stressed-out bride-to-be could ask for!
Images: Danielle Wightman-Stone