{wedding picks} wedding invitations

If you didn’t know, I’m taking an Introduction to Event Planning course through the UC Irvine extension. It’s more work than I expected, but it’s super fun! Last week, we touched on the logistics of planning an event. My part in our group project was to design our event’s invitation. I haven’t touched Photoshop in quite a long time, but it was nice getting creative again.

Did you know there are actually quite a bit of “requirements” needed for an invitation? One of my biggest challenge designing the invitation was fitting all the information onto the invitation space! Here are some things that an invitation must include:

  1. Event purpose: a celebration, award program, birthday, wedding?
  2. Who is the host?
  3. Who is being honored?
  4. When is it?
  5. Where is it? You should provide a map, directions, and parking information
  6. What’s the dress code?
  7. How can people respond to the invitation? When are they supposed to respond by?
  8. What is going to be planned at the event?
  9. Tickets and sponsorship information.
  10. Contact information in case there are questions.

Of course, what I came up with is nothing like the professionals out there. With that said, here are some of my favorite invitation sets.

3-mintedHow does one NOT fall in love with any invitation sets from Minted? This particular design is hot of the press and featured on Snippet and Ink last month. I truly believe in the saying “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and this invitation set does just that. Two colors and one consistent (cute!) design keep the design fresh and beautiful.

2012_11_26_003With a fabulous Boho themed wedding comes gorgeous gold and black coordinated wedding invitations from Berin Made. Although this wedding, which was featured on Style Me Pretty, was drop dead gorgeous, the invitations were definitely the event element that stood out the most to me. The calligraphy is clear, yet soft and romantic. The contrasting colors gives it the classy feeling. And the dots in the photo just make the whole thing look fun!

balloonschevron-06This garden themed invitation set from Rifle Paper Company is perfect for the typical girly girl AND the outdoorsy girl. This set was used at a garden styled wedding located in beautiful Florida. The event featured on Green Wedding Shoes had similar pinks, peach, and magenta colors as the invitations.

California-dreaming-shoot4aDo you like to travel? I know I do! If you’re planning to have a destination wedding, you can incorporate your wedding destination on your invitations. In this California Dreaming Photo Shoot on 100 Layer Cake, the invitation set plays off the idea that California is laid back, dreamy, and fun. (All which is true, right?) The watercolor look is becoming popular – and I can see why! It looks awesome whether you’re printing words, drawing pictures, or using it as part of the font.

timanda19And… saving the best one for last – Because Amanda from 100 Layer Cake is a designer, she had the most fun designing her wedding invitations. Besides the wedding invitations, she also designed the drink coasters, programs, menus, cocktail napkins, and more! I love that some designers are stepping away from all the matchy-matchy sets and going for the different looks. I love the gold trim on the envelope, polka dotted envelopes, color combinations, font, and that teal envelope (oh gosh… the gold looks perfect on that teal)!

From destination themes to classy-chic themes, there are so many ways to make your invitations stand out in the crowd. Colors and design are so important. You may think that the purpose of wedding invitations is just to invite and inform your guests, but they do so much more. Not only do they set the tone of what your big day will be like, the invitations are also another way to express your style.

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