Sunday, August 20, 2017

Wedding: Part 1 - Invitations

So we did it! Aaron and I finally got married! Hooray! Honestly this has been a long time coming since we've been together for 17 years. We decided it was finally time to get hitched. But getting married is a ton of work! We knew it, which is one of the reasons why we put it off for so long. After we chose a date and booked our venue it was time to do all the fun stuff. For me, that meant dreaming of what artwork I wanted to make for our wedding day and all of the collateral that leads up to it, like invites.

So let's break it up, shall we? Today I'll share the invites and the other artsy stuff will be in separate blog posts. My invites were the heart of my heart and I am so, so, so excited to share them.

In October I started to work on my Christmas cards for 2016. In the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted to design our wedding invites, but the Christmas cards needed to get done first. I also decided, kind of last minute, that I would send out Save the Dates with the Christmas cards to any guests who were invited to the wedding. While I'm glad that I did this as people were super excited to see we had finally picked a date, I also wished that I had made that decision earlier so I had more time to work on the Save the Dates and have them really be part of the eventual wedding invite suite.

Once the Christmas cards were out, I immediately started working on our invitations. I can't tell you how much I wanted to design these invites myself. I spent hours pouring over inspiration, painting pieces, testing colours ... I became my own worst enemy. I had too many directions that I wanted to go in and the pressure to "match" the Save the Dates, which I didn't really love, became somewhat of a beast.

Eventually, Aaron and I had a studio day where we just worked on whatever and I did some paintings of feathers I had thrown on my desk. Right then, I knew I had found it.

After that, things came together pretty quick. I had my text written out already and I knew what cards I wanted to include. The Details card led to a website with all of our information on it, like hotels and directions. Each card was double-sided and they were sized in a way that they would stack and border one another.

My printer did an amazing job with the final product, as I was kind of specific about what I wanted. I was looking for a thick stock that was matte, felt like watercolour paper and would look as though I hand painted all of them. I was so in love with the way my paintings looked on the final invite that I based our wedding colours off of the print version and not my paintings. The print is a lovely violet colour whereas my originals are much more blue. The invite colours carried through to the florals (my gorgeous bouquet!) and went really well with the colours of my dress and Aaron's suit.

I hand lettered each of the envelopes to our guests. I also designed a wrap-around label with the same watercolour motif. A lot of the elements in the invites ended up being used for other peices for the day-of decorations as well.

My invites are so special to me. Designing our invitations was one of the things that I was most excited about when we talked about getting married. All of the other planning details relied on other people: the venue, the florals, the music. But the invites were all me and I could really pour my heart into them. Combining my love of watercolour with my fairly new obsession of handlettering into a finished product was so cool. And, you know, Aaron liked them too. Haha.

Next week, decorations! Thanks for reading!

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