Invitations. Like everything else the past few months, I was a little late on the draw. Around February I was still toying with the idea of designing them myself. I’m so glad I didn’t. Let me tell you why.
1. I’m not a designer. Yes, I made our save-the-dates, but it was mainly just a picture, and it took me probably longer than it should have.
2. I just didn’t have time. I knew that I wanted something fun, yet classic, that reflected the style of the wedding, but the thought of being solely responsible for executing, had me picturing late nights and probably a break down or two. I decided this was something I could let go of a bit and ask for help on. Using a professional meant that we didn’t have to start from scratch. We could draw inspiration from things they had already done, and build off of that with our own ideas.
3. Letterpress. If you don’t know about it, you should look into it. It’s pretty sweet. We didn’t originally intend to do letterpress, but when we saw Printerette Press and the beautiful designs coming out of her studio, there was no going back.
4. Proofs. We got proofs from Catherine at Printerette, which we could then use to review and make edits. My future mother-in-law, who is very wise in the ways of stationery and really anything paper related, knew how awesome letterpress can be and offered priceless recommendations along the way. She knew the etiquette and had a keen eye for placement and emphasis. None of which I would have thought of. My mom, who has rocked the advertising world for about 30 years, added observations about layout and design that really brought the whole invitation suite together.
5. They were printed on time and blew any expectations I had out of the water. All we had to do then was stamp and address the envelopes (which only took like seven hours . . .).