We interrupt your regularly scheduled recap posts to bring you – ready for it? – our invitations. Okay, so these were a long time coming, and I’m sorry we didn’t share them sooner, but here goes. I had seen a lot of other people’s prospective invitations, and it helped us to hone in on what we did and didn’t like in invitations. To start, we knew we liked an outdoor theme: birds, trees, leaves. We knew that fancy folder invitations were really pretty, but that we didn’t have the finances or the patience to do something fancy. We knew that we would keep our invitation, and maybe immediate family and best friends would, too, but we also knew a lot of people would throw it away, and so we only wanted to put enough effort into it that we loved it and were okay with other people not realizing how Absolutely Amazing our invitations were.
A friend of mine from roller derby does graphic design stuff, and she offered to design and print our invitations essentially for cost. The whole process involved a lot of running around for us, which worked because Turtle was unemployed at the time; if you are employed and a busy person, this might not be the way to go for you. The three places we got quite intimate with were: Lisa’s house, Kinko’s, and PaperSource. I didn’t keep the best track of how much we spent on the invites, but I think it was around $2/invite, which apparently is awesome. Yay us!
Anyway, we sent Lisa our basic thoughts, and she sent us back some mockups. She pretty much nailed it right away, with a few minor changes. Here are some of the first images she sent:
We liked the simplicity of the designs, and we loved the way Lisa played with the colors and borders. But something wasn’t quite right – we couldn’t agree one which tree we liked, and none seemed quite… “us”. And then! Then it occurred to us that we already had a tree that we loved!
Remember our stamp? The one that we used for our Save the Dates and for our favors? Well, here it is again, in action:
What did we end up picking? Answers coming in Part 2…