Most of the month I've been working with a bride-to-be to design and create custom wedding invitations. My nephew is getting married in August and he and his fiance are having an outdoor wedding. I was honored when she asked me to help her with the invitations.
Since the invitations haven't been mailed yet (any day!) I don't want to post a full picture, but I'll give you a little peek so that you can get an idea of how we incorporated their outdoor wedding theme into the invitations.
We knew we wanted a birch bark type background for the invitations, but we had a hard time finding card stock that we liked. The one we found was really expensive ($1.49 per 12" x 12" sheet) and since we needed about 200 sheets that was just too much.
I decided to search Etsy to see if I could find paper and what I found was digital paper that you could purchase for just $5 and it came with about five variations (color and pattern). I thought about how I could make that work and by the time I decided to buy it the shop was having a sale and I only paid $3. Steal!
Using digital paper meant that I would be designing the invitations - and RSVP cards, insert and dance post cards - in Photoshop, which made me pretty nervous. It took me longer than it would have if I was working in a program I'm more comfortable using (like Microsoft Word) but I found that once I had the first design complete I could "save as" rather than starting from scratch on the next design.
Once each of the items was ready to print I loaded them onto a flash drive and took them to Kinko's for printing. Their print job compared to the sample I printed at home was 100 TIMES better and it was fairly inexpensive. We printed 100 invitations (2 per sheet), 50 inserts (4 per sheet), 50 RSVP cards (4 per sheet) and 100 double sided postcards (2 per sheet). They printed them and CUT THEM, which we didn't anticipate, for around $80. The time and ink cartridges we would have used (and the frustration!) would have been much more expensive.
We spent Saturday putting the finishing touches on the invites (I'll explain that in more detail when I show the actual items in a few weeks) so now they need to be put in envelopes and mailed.
It was a fun project, although we had our share of setbacks along the way (what do you mean that paper is discontinued??). It was fun to spend time with my future niece and I'm so excited for the wedding!