Sunday, March 7, 2010

Invitation Inspiration

From day one, we knew we were going to DIY our invitations.  We decided to do an email Save the Date through our wedding website, so our invitations will be the first physical item that our guests receive for our wedding.  We want our invitations to make a great first impression and convey the overall feel of our wedding, but we don’t want to break the bank either.

Originally, we really liked invitations that had a vintage, almost western-y feel to them, without being overly literal of course.  I especially liked this one.
(Vintage Carnival invitation by Two Trick Pony)

While we were at a bridal fair, the Mister saw an invitation designed like a ticket and was hooked on that idea for a while.  But we couldn’t find a ticket style invitation online that we liked as much as the one at the bridal fair and the stationer at the bridal fair doesn’t have a picture of the invitation on their website.  Le boo.  Here’s a pretty cool ticket-inspired invite, though it is absolutely nothing like the one we saw at the bridal fair.
(Custom Invitation by Unit Design Collective)

Then, along came Etsy.  I found this invitation on Etsy and fell in love.  This is the first invitation I found that actually made me second guess our decision to DIY, if only for a brief moment.
(Modern Scroll invitation by LetterPunch Design)

If we bought these we’d go slightly over budget, and after getting a sample in the mail I decided that while there were certain elements that I loved, overall I only liked the invitation.  Ergo, not worth going over budget.  Plus, I’ve been looking forward to DIYing the invitations and didn’t want to give the project up!

While scrolling through iDIY, I stumbled upon this lovely invitation, and instantly loved the idea of a booklet invitation. 
(reader submitted DIY invitation from iDIY)

While searching for other booklet style invitations, I also found Weddingbee’s one and only Mrs. Lime’s DIY invitations, which were made with backings from PaperSource, which ultimately lead me to this handy-dandy tutorial from PaperSource on how to make your own booklet invitations!  Score! 

And just to make you drool, here is some more booklet invitation wedding porn.
(Custom design from Dolce Press)
(Reader submitted DIY invitations from Oh So Beautiful Paper)

And last, but certainly not least, is the mother of all booklet invitations.  If I had the talent and time to craft these I totally would.  They take unique to a whole new level.
(DIY invitations by Ryan Masuga for his own wedding)

If you haven’t seen these invites already, you seriously need to go check out all of the photos on Ryan’s website. 

I know I'm dreaming big here.  Obviously, letterpress and thermography are out of the question.  And I don’t own a Gocco or a Cricut or any other nifty (but expensive) devices that are all the rage in the DIY wedding universe.  But a girl can dream, can’t she? In the words of Tim Gunn, I'll just have to find a way to make it work.

You likey?  What’s your invitation inspiration?  

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