Driven by our house-pilfered pocketbooks, and by our desire to steer well clear of the frankly terrifying Matrimonial Industrial Complex, we’re avoiding vendors where possible. The first test of this is our wedding invitations.
It’s actually a big treat for me, because I don’t get many opportunities to do graphic design in printed form, and it’s really my first love when it comes to design. Thankfully, I have done enough printed work over the years that I know where all the pitfalls lie, and I’m not really worried about making any tragic errors. My main worries are about creating a design I can be happy with.
The invitation sets the tone for our event; every element—from colors to typefaces to language to layout to the paper it’s printed on—sends a subtle cue about what to expect. It’s a little bit tricky. We want the wedding to be casual and intimate, and most of all real. But at the same time, we also want it to have some weight and formality, some solemnity. As Linus would say, it needs to be sincere. If the Great Pumpkin were invited (he isn’t), we would want him to see the invitation and RSVP in the affirmative without hesitation.
I’ve been browsing through invitations online to get some thoughts on design, and many invitations out there are far too girly for my taste. Too many flowers, too many swirls. Sure, most of them are lovely, and well-executed, but they also look like maybe the groom isn’t invited.
I have a design underway, and I’m mostly happy with it. The wedding colors are orange, brown and cream, which keeps it gender-neutral and matches the goofy-but-I’m-keeping-them orange dining room curtains that came with our house. Also matches Trottomatic, which is doing double-duty as our wedding website.
However, I can already tell that if I let the invitation design sit for a day and come back to it, I’m not going to be happy with it. Plus, once I have it all printed, the assembly is going to be no small feat. There’s still lots of work to do, but it’s fun work. After the invitations are completely done, I’ll post the design, along with a blow-by-blow of the invitation creation.