What I didn't tell you was the thought of picking out fonts, placements, colors and graphics to go with the fun stuff (like gatefold cards, japanese silkscreened paper accents and ribbons and eyelets) made me want to bang my head against a wall. Not that I don't appreciate font, color and placement; on the contrary, I LOVE IT, it's just that I don't do it well and with the flair of a graphic designer. Never mind the whole tech-savvy issue. Not that I'm computer-tarded by any means (I blog, right?!) but I lack the patience that people like my sister have when designing things online. Actually, she was pretty much going to be my design process crutch. I hadn't told her yet, but I fully expected her to help me with fonts and the like.
Now invites are probably going to be the next thing I start tackling for a couple of reasons. First of all it will force dear fiance to make a guest list, which will in turn make me super organized and get addresses and info together. Second, it will force me to tie down my minister (who is leaving our church in June *whimper*) Third, it will force us to pick a church and times. Yes. Lots of forcing. But honestly we've done a lot of the things you can do without a time and church, and most of what's left needs to have those things in place. Soooo. Invites it is. Also, handmade invites allow me to indulge in things like bone folders and embossing powder. ROCKIN'
So I was killing a half hour between conference calls and decide to look at some favorite wedding sites for a bit of inspiration. It's a little rough out there - we don't really have the budget for fancy letterpress or engraving. Yeah, we could make it in our budget, but not how I envision it, unfortunately, because I have fancy ideas ;) So I am forever on the lookout for something that is pre-designed but affordable. I found BLISS. Through a series of links I came across A Practical Wedding featuring THIS. Yes. This amazing woman designs the invites and sends them to you in pdf form to self print. SO they are custom designed and totally badass and a fraction of the price. So you still get to look suave and hip and amazing, yet save money and have the whole DIY experience. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Could it get anymore exciting??!!!?! If Jamaal were here he'd look at me funny and say "of course it can get more exciting. Well not for me, right now, at this moment. This is the ideal solution. And I want to start NOW!
I am seriously in love with ALL of these designs:
I love the flourish on the top of this one. Since we don't have a firm "theme" it'd definitely work well...
I love this for 25 bazillion reasons. It's a shoutout to me growing up running wild in the woods, my love for mice and chipmunks (yes I absolutely rescue them from the pool. shh. don't tell my parents about the mice!) It's whimsical, unusal and could totally help pull the wedding together. How? We-eeellll. I would love love love to have a bit of a woodland theme. Nothing too strange or ridiculous woodland or too focused around the theme (cause that's weird and people would hate me lol), and because it still needs to be a bit elegant, but woodland in the sense that there's a strong natural influence in the decorations, place settings, etc. This would work.
These two are actually my top favorites though, because I'm still to unsure about the rodentia theme ;)
Awesome awsome swirly design. It's elegant but it STILL HAS BIRDS
Sigh. I just love this one. Fantastic. Fabulous.
Ok I'm wedding'd out. Gotta check my email, and change - my sister and I are off to see Fleetwood Mac tonight (her FAVVVVV) Yay!