For most of our wedding details, Nate and I have had to rely on vendors to help us out with things we can’t do ourselves. We can’t arrange our own flowers, do the bridesmaids’ hair and makeup, or cook up a meal for 250 people. But, because we’re both designers, the wedding invitations were our time to shine.
I do freelance, I’ve designed others’ wedding invitations in the past, and I also design and layout a quarterly online magazine, so I felt pretty confident that I could design my own wedding invitations. Because Nate is an architect, he also has a very strong sense of design. We both have distinct personal styles, but agreed that minimal and modern was the way we wanted to go for the invites.
I designed, we discussed, I redesigned, we rediscussed. After a few rounds of critique and improvement, we were happy with what we had, and sent the designs off to a local printer. At my previous job in downtown St. Paul, we used Chase Printing for many of our professional printing needs and, because the quality and customer service was so good I began to use the print shop for my personal printing needs.
I’m telling you—if you are able to design your own wedding invitations, DO IT. We saved so much money by going that route, and local print shops (like Chase Printing!) can be incredibly affordable. Plus, our invitations are very special to us because we put our own time and talent into them.
As happy as I was to send out the invites and RSVP cards, I’ve been even happier seeing them roll back in to my mailbox! The big day is getting closer and closer and feeling more real every day—we’re actually going to get married! Ahhh!