Wedding invitations. You go into your wedding plans either knowing what you want, not having a clue, or thinking you know what you want and end up somewhere totally different.
I went into my wedding not wanting to waste money on invitations. It wasn’t a high priority, and we were just fine printing them off ourselves, thank you very much. But, as always seems to happen, while flipping through a wedding magazine I happened upon a full page ad for wedding invites. I don’t think I gasped, but I almost did. I stared. And stared. And became entranced. These were nothing like I’d seen before! I loved the color! I loved the font! I loved the extremely simple yet very, very classy design. I went to the website of the designer, found two retail stores in my entire state, and decided to make a trip to visit them “in person.”
I was so innocent as the sales lady gave me the price. I can’t remember the exact number, but I believe it would have been about $4,000 for 150 invitations. This was almost half of my ENTIRE BUDGET! I asked if it anything could make them cheaper. Nope. The entire invite was a designer who trademarked the whole thing. It was that or nothing.
But the seed had been planted. I could no longer go from that invitation to plain white invites printed off the computer. I asked the sales lady for other unique invitations and she gave me a few books. Nope, nope, nope, nope, flipping page after page after page. But then I stumbled upon a FABULOUS invitation! Yes, this was it. Unique, funky, but not too weird. Just the right balance of zip and class.
My husband came with me another time and he agreed they were fabulous, especially after looking at the same books and seeing what was out there. We proceeded to “stalk” our invitations, stopping by several times on date nights, just to see how pretty they were.
They were more expensive than we had originally planned, but we came to see how vital they were to setting the tone and mood of the wedding. In fact we got a TON of compliments and we even had guests of his mom call HER to say how great the invitations were.
I’ve asked some great, unique wedding invitation questions of a wedding invitation designer. Check it out and I hope you get inspired!