There are a lot of different routes you can take in terms of designing your wedding invitations. We are going to discuss three of the options that we see the most: Online, Etsy, and using an Invitation Designer.
Websites like Minted, The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly and The American Wedding provide online options for invitation ordering. You can order samples from these sites so that you can see how the coloring and paper quality is prior to ordering and designing your invitation. These sites often offer discount codes, typically making ordering from them affordable. They will address the envelopes for you and often allow you to make design changes.
Etsy is becoming another frequented spot for finding invitations and designers. If you are looking to keep your costs low, Etsy offers a lot of print at home options. This can be a very big undertaking though, so keep that in mind!
Finally, you can find an invitation/wedding stationary designer and work directly with them to create your custom invitation. We spoke to Meghan Shaughnessy, owner and creative director of Lace and Belle and Meghan Coppinger from Art, Paper, Scissors about the process of working with an invitation designer.
Tips from Meghan Shaughnessy, owner of
Lace and Belle
It’s so hard to choose just ONE tip when it comes to wedding stationery (I have so many!), but I always say, as long as you have your wedding date, it’s never too early to begin the invitation process. [Photo by Idalia Photography]
There are SO many elements that go into your invitation suite, especially when you go the custom route. Custom suites are created from the ground up.
No two card stocks are the same in texture, there are a variety of printing methods, verbiage is completely personalized, as well as endless color options and styles.
Each piece is thoughtfully curated and depending on the amount of revisions needed, the entire process can take anywhere from two to six months (and in some cases longer!) The more time you allocate the better and the less likely you’ll feel rushed, which is especially important during proofing. (RUSHING=MISSED MISTAKES)
Join Lace and Belle on Instagram, where I share many other tips and over on my journal you’ll find many informative posts to help you along your wedding invitation and stationery journey.
About Lace and Belle
Lace and Belle is a boutique-style stationery studio curating luxury wedding invitations, calligraphy, and laser cut details. Meghan Shaughnessy (owner and creative director) specializes in minimalist designs for the timeless and free-spirited couple. There’s just something about beautiful things that have been created simply to be enjoyed; to make you feel special and loved. I want your wedding stationery to be one of those things. Your stationery should be a representation of your story as a couple and it’s the finer details that will make your guests so excited for your big day!
Tips from Meghan Coppinger, Social Media & Marketing Coordinator at Art, Paper, Scissors
The wedding invitation is one of the most sentimental pieces of paper you'll ever have! It sets the tone for one of the happiest days of your life. A custom invitation is a special way to represent the personalities and styles of you and your future spouse as you embark on a new journey together.
Draw inspiration from favorite places and spaces and use this when designing your custom wedding stationery to add a personal touch.
Maybe your first date was a bike ride through beautiful scenery. Maybe you often dreamily reminisce on your favorite island getaway together. Perhaps your wedding venue holds the significance when designing your invitations - the start of your new life together. Incorporate some of the special places and spaces you two cherish most in your stationery through colors, textures, verbiage and even illustrations.
For nature lovers who are planning a rustic wedding, including real woodgrain texture in the enclosure or bits of forest foliage adds an outdoorsy vibe. Those who fell in love by the sea may include some abstract watercolor designs, ethereal fabrics or nautical graphics into their stationery. A wanderlust-loving couple planning a destination wedding may incorporate travel-themed accents throughout their stationery, including boarding pass-style designs or colors from some of their favorite locations they have visited. And for the couple that loves all things elegant, they may make glamorous choices of statement-making foil, marble textures or bold typography on their designs.
No matter where you fell in love or are planning to get married, you should incorporate design elements that feel right to you both as a couple. Have fun with the process!
About Art, Paper, Scissors
From save-the-dates to wedding invitations and everything in between, Art Paper Scissors is your one-stop-shop for all things stationery. Our team creates unforgettable wedding invitations and more that are completely customizable for any couple's vision.
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