Planning my wedding is something I’ve been dreaming about for years. Now that my turn as the bride has finally come, the excitement of the process makes me want to stay up all night imagining and planning my perfect day.
It didn’t take me long to realize that planning a wedding has more moving pieces than the original 1984 Mac computer. From selecting a venue and purchasing the rings to tasting food and putting together the wedding party’s outfits, there is an abundance of decisions to be made.
But one thing I’ve known since the beginning of the process was that I wanted invitations worth swooning over, ones I hope to find on friends’ refrigerators months after the wedding. I wanted our guests to open that envelope in the mail and instantly get excited to attend our celebration. I wanted the invitations to put smiles on their faces and make them think, “That is going to be one heck of a party!”
The save-the-date cards and invitations are the “first impression” you will set around the vibe of your wedding. These printed pieces allow you to express your style and give your guests a sneak peek into what to expect at the event. They can also help guide your guests into making decisions for attending your big day: formal wear or casual attire, for example. We wanted our invitations to be lively and colorful to let our guests know they should come ready to enjoy the sun and sip on a refreshing libation. With help from a very talented graphic designer, we were able to translate our wedding vision onto a gorgeous and theme-appropriate piece of ecru eggshell paper.
Since joining RPI, I have come to realize how creating personalized print products can help to create a more meaningful, intimate experience. Since our wedding is a destination for most, we have also printed a convenient wallet-sized “cheat sheet” to make navigating a new city easier for the many guests flying in from out of town, letting them know when and where to be during their stay.
And our invitations won’t be the only place creative print products will pop up at our wedding. Our guests will get to see more gems all around, including:
- Personalized drink tags
- Custom welcome bags with printed tourist guides
- Menu boards for the buffet lines
- Programs at the ceremony introducing the bridal party
- Custom stickers for the candy bags
In this fast-paced digital age, there is still a place for beautifully printed products that will make your loved ones feel that much more special, and make an event more memorable and fun. And my wedding is one of them. These items are more than just a printed piece of paper; it’s the chance for our guests to carry with them a little piece of us.
Credits: ‘Chris Campbell Graphic Design’