Your wedding day is like a story. Or more accurately (as the saying goes) one that’s about to begin. But with so much to tell, where do you start?
Should it be with the perfect ceremony or with a decadent drinks reception?
Some tales are best told from the beginning. Invite your guests to embark on your wedding day journey with subtle ‘save the dates’ to give them a taste of what’s to come, followed by beautiful invites before the big day, and finally delight them with heartfelt thank you cards to summon fond memories of your special day.
Just like your flowers and your finishing touches, there’s something special about beautiful wedding stationery that’s been designed especially for you.
Kirsten combines beautiful fonts and unique illustrations to create bespoke stationery packages at Freefall Design, from save the dates to your thank you cards (and everything in between). Here are some of her top tips on how to design and deliver your own designs, for wedding stationery that’s uniquely yours.
A sketch or illustration of your special venue will let guests see your location from a unique perspective.
Incorporating the colours from your wider theme (like your flowers and bridesmaids dresses) into your wedding invites will ensure that the pre-wedding experience is in keeping with the big day itself.
Tartans and fabrics
Transforming your favourite fabrics into a digital background is a fantastic way to add depth to your invitations. There are so many textured papers and cards to choose from now, that you really can make receiving your invites a tactile experience for your guests! Combining a fabric inspired background with a textured card will give your guests a lovely surprise when they pick your invite up to read it.
Having your flowers illustrated on the front of your invites is a lovely touch that’s both colourful and in keeping with the day. It’s a great way to add a personal touch, if you don’t want to give away too much about the venue or the overall theme before the big day arrives.
Drawing on seasonal themes to inspire your design is a beautiful idea and one that works particularly well if you’ll be having seasonal flowers, colours schemes or table dressings.
Everything from cut-out flowers and laser cut designs to bows, glitter and diamantes, can be added to your invites by hand, to create something that’s uniquely yours.
How will your invites arrive? Once your chosen design has been tailored and refined for you, it’s time to think about how your guests will receive it. Do you have a lot of information to send out to guests? If so, a pocket-fold style may be the answer.
Pocket-folds allow you to add more surface area to your cards without losing their neatness, and add in elements like RSVP cards, accommodation details or venue directions.
If you prefer to keep things short and sweet, a simple yet stylish postcard invite tucked away with an RSVP is the perfect way to deliver your invites. Have them loose in a simple envelope or fasten all your elements together with twine, tartan ribbon or a belly band – whatever goes with your theme!
TOP TIP: Whether you’re working with a bespoke designer or crafting your own invites, it will definitely help you to ‘idea gather’ along the way. Put together a moodboard (Pinterest is just perfect for this!) with all of your favourite designs, colour schemes you love and anything else you find inspiring. This will give both you and your designer an idea of what you like, making it easy for your designer to craft your perfect invites!
Bespoke or not, it’s a good idea to have a really good think about what you want from your invites. Do you want to give guests a sneaky taster of the big day? Or do you want to share something beautiful that appealed to you right away?
Creating your own design is an exciting and rewarding journey of beautiful fonts and unique illustrations, luxurious cards and pretty finishings. It’s a journey that you’ll love taking, but one whose results you’ll enjoy sharing even more.
Looking for more invitation inspiration?
Browse some of Kirsten’s unique wedding stationery at Freefall Design.