Kimberly and Ross had the most dreamy Houston wedding with their ceremony taking place at the beautiful St. John Vianney Catholic Church and reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. I loved working with Mallory from Two be Wed to make Kim's vision come to life for all of her wedding paper! I designed a custom monogram that was foil stamped on the wedding invitation and wedding program. Some of my other favorite details are displayed below from the ever talented Dana Fernandez Photography. That welcome sign?! All the heart eyes y'all!
One of my favorite things about being a wedding invitation designer is how creative I get to be in all facets of the design. From choosing the right color palette, to the right font, to the right number of pieces for your suite, to the print method used. We get to create something that is inexplicably “you" and that is one of the major differences between working with a designer versus ordering from a big box store.
Something that my clients don’t always realize is that the actual words on the invitation can and should be customized as well. There are so many options available, and the wording can really set the tone for your wedding day so guests have an idea of what to expect when they arrive.
There are some basics that you will want to include no matter what: the location of the ceremony, the date and time of ceremony, and where the reception will be. But there are so many different ways to introduce these details.
A few questions to consider:
- Who is hosting? One set of parents or both? Or maybe it’s you, the couple.
- Do you want to use your full names, including your middle names or just keep it simple?
- Is the location difficult to get to? Do you want to use an enclosure card to share a map and directions?
- Do you have a wedding web site? A good place to include this is also on the enclosure card.
- Are there any special details or instructions guests should know about your venue or the wedding itself? For example, is it an adults only event? We can totally work that in too!
Traditional invitations typically stick closely to the rules of etiquette. In this situation, the bride's parents may host and we would use language like "Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hunt request your presence at the marriage of ..." This type of invitation typically has the date and time spelled out rather than using numerals and the language is a bit more formal. These are perfect for your wedding if you're hoping for something elegant and classic.
I've also created invitations for more laid-back affairs, where the bride and groom just invited their guests however felt right to them. Maybe, "Together with their families" or "Please join Krista and Sam as they begin a joyous new chapter in their lives". Sometimes this is an easier way to write an invitation because it can be straight from your voice as a couple.
We can make something as formal as a dinner at the White House or as casual as a picnic in your backyard. There is no right or wrong way to do word your wedding invitation and I'm here to help along the way!
It's such an honor to get to be a part of my client's wedding day - but its even more special when I have a personal connection to the bride or groom. That was the case for Melissa and Corey - I have known Melissa since 2007 as her older sister, Amber, was my college roommate. (RMFL!) I was thrilled when Melissa contacted me to work on her wedding invitations.
When we started to talk about design, Melissa asked if we could incorporate a hot air balloon because her super romantic fiancee had proposed on a hot air balloon ride!
The watercolor background on the details card may be my favorite design element - I love how it makes it feel beach-y.
Isn't this ceremony setting just dreamy?! The couple wed at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort.