Posted on | July 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
Or let me design and print it for you
I have chosen a selection of inspiring cards by other designers or just self made cards which may help you with some ideas to make your own wedding invitations. Throughout this post I will also try to offer a few tips to keep-you-right and save you time and money.
A nice idea is to explore your old photographs of you and your partner as this can spark off a number of ideas and I should know as this is where my wife and I started. In the end our card was inspired by old photographs of both my wife and myself as toddlers around the same age (2 years). The images were cut and pasted and photoshopped until we had a nice realistic sepia image of two ‘well fed’ kids playing on a tricycle with a ‘just married’ sign on the bumper. We are still asked to this day if we know each other since we were 2 years old, even though, we were brought up on different sides of the ocean (Ireland & Germany). These invitations that my wife and I created together in 2003 will be included to this post very soon. Also, my sister will be getting married October 2013 and I will be creating something very special for that, definitely letterpress, so watch this space.
layout can make a big difference with your wedding card. This card is also printed on landscape form rather than the usual portrait.
On this card the paper is scored, cut and folded to create steps to the alter. A nice way to make a card stand out from the crowd. You can learn a lot about folding with several different techniques and explanations on this simple online guide http://www.technologystudent.com/designpro/popup1.htm
Another simple black and white design with a stamping technique. The card was made by several specially made rubber stamps. It is not your every day wedding invitation and has a nice hand made look to it.
Using unusual materials with original printing techniques make these invitations very interesting. The graphic design is also very nice on these cards and envelopes
TIP: Try to avoid the common style of invitations which is sadly favoured by many letterpress companies at the moment. It is of course the bride and groom that have the final say when it comes to their wedding stationary. My tip is just to try and bend the rules a little with your design. Something different from the norm, but of course also meaningful to you and your parntner and fitting with your personality.
Recycled paper, card and envelopes is the way to go if you are making your own wedding invitations and there are suppliers out there and with smaller advertising budgets they can be harder to find These guys have a huge selection of papers and ready folded cards and envelopes etc and almost every colour under the sun so you wont be stuck for choice. We at loudBANG! like to use 100% cotton papers where we can for our ‘kikisoso creative studio’ printing jobs. Unfortunately, there are fewer options in this area and like so many other letterpress printers we like to use the Cranes Lettra paper as it is very very soft and takes a good impression, but there are many others out there which would be ideal for your handmade wedding invitation needs. Crane’s Lettra can also be printed on with inkjet or laser printers if required.
TIP: If you do spend a little more and want to go for the cotton, environmentally friendly card then make sure you try some other cheap card around the same thickness in your inkjet printer before running your lovely cotton stock through there. You can of course end up with some inky rollers through printing and when using a nice thick cotton card you can be iunlucky enough to catch this ink of the roller and end up with a lot of wasted sheets. Just pop the lid on your inkjet and have a look at the rollers to make sure they are clean and if not then make sure to give them a good cleaning before you start feeding your beautiful papers through there.
TIP: You can find great little paper punches in the shape of balloons or hearts or the like which are great to make a sort of confetti just by cutting up some light coloured paper or of course tailored to your ‘Big Day’s’ depending on your colour scheme to put inside the invitations.
The following are Letterpress Wedding Invitations
one of my own wedding invitation designs for a friend who will be getting married July 2012. The design was originally supposed to be printed on recycled stock (letterpressed) but in the end we decided to go for offset on gmund cotton 300gms card.