Despite the fact that I just plopped our wedding invitations in the mail this past week (ah!), I had them picked out shortly after Sam and I got engaged—more than a year ago. Admittedly, I probably spent more time thinking about the invitation suite than necessary, but being the paper person that I am, I wanted them to be perfect. After all, I am a strong believer that the invitation sets the tone for your entire event.
In my mind, there were two necessities when it came to the wedding invitations: They had to incorporate the color navy (our main color) and they had to mirror the classic and formal vibe we are going for. We scoured Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration, ordered samples from a handful of shops, and even considered going the DIY route—but we kept coming back to an invitation suite I saw from Wedding Paper Divas. With elegant fonts and the ability to make the majority of the text navy, it met our criteria in color and style. The gold foil, however, is what really sold us. It adds a classy pop of glamor and surprise that perfectly aligns with our vision of our wedding day.
We also opted to add a “details” card—which lists information for our hotel room block and the shuttle to our venue, and directs guests to our wedding website—and RSVP card/envelope to our invitation suite. Because of the multiple components, I was adamant about enclosing it all in a pocket envelope, which we ordered from Cards & Pockets (much more affordable than Wedding Paper Divas, with a wider selection of colors).
I loved how everything was coming together, but one worry I had was that our “glamorous fall” theme wasn’t coming through enough. So at the suggestion of my mom, we secured a gold leaf and ribbon around the pocket envelope. It was the perfect special touch to hint at our theme and tie (literally) the whole suite together.
As I did with our save-the-dates, I gave the envelopes a personal touch by handwriting all the names and addresses in calligraphy, and finished them off with a postage stamp featuring one of our engagement photos. Yes, selecting and prepping our invitations was a long process, but it was also incredibly satisfying once we popped them in the mail. Now Sam and I can sit back and watch the RSVP cards roll in. We can’t wait!
A few tips:
- If you're craving a very unified look for your invitation suite, I highly recommend Wedding Paper Divas. Beyond the invites, RSVP cards, and details cards, we were also able to order return address labels, favor tags, and thank you cards that perfectly match our invitation suite.
- Take one complete invite to the post office to be weighed before you order stamps! Because of the weight of our invitation and the ribbon tied around it, we had to order special 89-cent stamps.
- Order custom stamps from Zazzle for a personal touch that shows off one of your engagement photos—and don’t forget to pre-stamp the RSVP envelope to make things easier for your guests.
- Speaking of RSVP cards, assign each a number that corresponds to your guest list. We recently got an RSVP card back with no name and no return address, so we have no idea who it's from! We'll have to use the process of elimination once all RSVPs are in to figure it out.
- Don't get too stressed out if the post office refuses to hand-cancel your invitations (a process where mail is manually stamped by the post office, instead of run through a machine). Mine were not hand-canceled, and they made it through the mail just fine.