Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{wedding wednesday} paper love.

happy wednesday! matt and i have been moving ahead slowly on the wedding planning, i have reached a bizarre calm (as calm as one can be) about the whole thing for the time being. but following a busy early september traveling for work, i plan on spending the fall and winter working on some major wedding projects. we have already secured all the big vendors, reception venue, church, food, dress, photographers, wedding coordinator, rehearsal dinner venue, music, hair/makeup and flowers.

one of the last major things we are currently in the process of finalizing is invitations. when we first started planning we both agreed that, though we agree invitations are the first impression of your wedding (as many wedding gurus claim) it is still a piece of paper that people will receive, glance at and then nicely place in a drawer. we both felt that spending thousands on invitations was not our thing, and the saved money could be used for other more important things (like my cafe lights!- i am still holding out people). so with that in mind here is how i set out looking for possible vendors for our paper goods.

my mom, matt and i did venture to a local stationary store, and met with a consultant. When we first sat down, she asked "our style" which we thought was clean and modern, she showed us a few massive books filled with samples. we HATED everyone, in terms of wedding stationary, we are definitely not "modern". we then started flipping through the more traditional invitations, with there clean crisp lettering we both were completely in love with a few samples.  though they were hard to turn away from, the price made it easy, spending multiple thousands of dollars on paper goods was just insane to us. the consultant was nice enough to make copies of the samples we loved and we went on our way.

we went home optimistic about what we wanted, and so the searching began.  i looked on every wedding blog imaginable for recommendations on great invitation designers and producers. and after ordering, 30+ samples from various places (no joke i could open my own stationary store, and i feel terrible just tossing them, even the ones that are just dreadful). we finally settled on a classic wedding invitation suite, with clean crisp black ink, traditional font and a simple monogram. we just ordered our save the dates yesterday and i cannot wait to see them in person (which is why i had to pay extra for rush handling). 

what we learned, it was great seeing the invitations in person and getting a real feel for what we liked.  i recommend to any couple even if you don't want to spend a bundle on invitations go to a store and take time looking through the options. by doing so, it will give you a better idea of what you are looking for, so when you do order online, through etsy, or another route you will be confident in your decision.

below are a few samples that inspired us through out our hunt for the perfect invitation suite, to find your own inspiration head on over to Oh So Beautiful Paper (with a name like that i know you will find something you adore). enjoy!

and just because this one is so fun and adorable, i had to include it. if you are planning a whimsical wedding they would be perfect in any color scheme, but the gold and salmon is to die for!

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