I waited until I had a ring. Then I started hunting for wedding invitations. I went to many paper stores, and any place I could think of that would sell wedding invitations. I was hoping to find some sort of inspiration to establish a color pallet or theme or something. Oddly enough… in the grand scheme of wedding planning, the invitations were one of the last items decided upon.
The price of “professional” personalized invitations eventually led us to look further into making our own. For a while we had planned on doing a black and white theme, so we purchased a kit from Michael’s and it sat around the house for a while… but after a while it just wasn’t going to work. I’m not a fancy enough to person to warrant a black & white affair. After settling on blue and brown we were able to more seriously continue the invitation making endeavours.
We purchased a kit from Target. It came with brown “envelopes” (picture coming) and cream inserts. The inserts were… saved for later. I used the small envelopes and cards for writing thank you notes after the wedding. And from there my Mom went about creating the information inserts for the invitations.
On the front we printed address labels in blue ink:
When you opened up the invitation you were greeted by our picture.
Underneath the picture were the details to our Summer BBQ… and wedding of course!
In the invitations that we gave to people from church we included this card at the top. Figuring out how to incorporate both of the ceremonies was a little tricky.
We also included this card to people whom we are close to, and that we definitely wanted to attend the temple with us:
At the bottom of the envelope was a little pocket.
The enclosed card detailed how our guests could get directions, hotel information, and address for the different venues we would be using. To avoid sending out tons of little envelopes with stamps that might not get used (we sent a lot of invitations as “announcements” rather than as invitations) we also had a place for guests to RSVP on the website.
With all of those little goodies inside the envelopes were folded up and sealed with a “W”.
And there you have it! The invitations!
I guess at some point I may write about the difficulties of having an LDS wedding when the only family members we had in the church were my parents and siblings. Honestly, the pain of things that my own family said to me over the course of the event still stings, over a year and a half later… which is probably why it is not a topic I have touched, and I probably won’t for a while.