It's hard to believe that almost a year ago I was working on my own wedding invitations. This is the final product! It had three pieces - the main invitation, which included both ceremony and reception information, an RSVP card (+ return envelope), which also included a choice for dinner entree, and a map.
I first planned the wording, then wrote everything out with my calligraphy nib in black ink. I then scanned and re-colored the wording to pale blue, except for our names and the swirl at the bottom, which are in navy. I decided to make a flower illustration to go at the top, because it felt a little too simple at first without it. I looked up the flowers that my florist was planning to use, and made an illustration based off that (white lisianthus, garden roses, freesia, pale pink astilbe, and Queen Ann’s lace).
I made the map navy with a soft pink background. Some of the envelopes were pale blue, with white calligraphy, and some were white with pale blue calligraphy. I also used blue vintage stamps for the postage - that was quite a project and I'm not sure I would recommend it! That story deserves a blog post of its own!
Also, I printed these at home with my little Epson XP-410 printer, on nice thick ivory paper from Paper Source. It took a while, but the quality was great. I tried having Staples, FedEx, and an online place print them but wasn't happy with the results (always get a proof before printing the whole batch!) I never expected that they would look better with my home printer, but it worked out really well!
I really loved making these invitations. The map is framed and on a shelf in our bedroom now, and the invitations are tucked away in a keepsake box. It was so important to me that the invitations set the stage for the type of wedding we were having, and also felt true to my personal style. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!