Around this time last year Mike and I were debating over wedding colours like shades of blue and particular tones of coral so I thought it would be a good time to share our wedding invitations!
I was super lucky to have a very hands on "planning" husband, who I should emphasize never left me to stress about the details on my own, and it made for some interesting conversations I'm not sure we'll ever have again in our lifetime :) I had it in my head that I wanted something we could keep as a momento for ourselves, almost like a personalized piece of art about the day. We ended up working with the amazing Jessie and Tyler at One Plus One Design, whose work I fell in love with at first glance. It was one of those web searches where I honestly can't remember how I got there, but I was immediately taken by how they brought couple's personalities to life with their invites. They're an super cute married duo out of Winnipeg, Manitoba and I can't believe how accurately they captured our (very) garbled and hap-hazard description of what we thought we wanted, and somehow (through a million and three emails), they worked to make our invitations the "Story of Us."The end result was just what we were looking for and now they're hanging in our living room and I smile every time I look at them!
(Side note, they also have an amazingly beautiful Instagram account and are currently touring through South-East Asia if you need an escape from our North American winter!)
If you're looking to do something like this I'd recommend a few things to make the process go a bit easier (for everyone involved).
1. Do your research on what you want: It sounds straight forward, but I underestimated this step. For instance mostly typography vs. illustration, fun vs. serious etc etc. They helped us through this process by starting a private Pinterest Board and we could comment on the things they were pinning based on our initial discussion - but until we did this, we had really no clue and couldn't give them very much to work with!
2. Know your colour scheme: I know this seems like a no-brainer, but it was February when we started this process... and I hadn't thought much about what it meant to plan a wedding and how these are the types of things you're supposed to take into consideration ;) Also, I like all the colours (!) - why can't I just have them ALL? Early on I was thinking we'd go with peach and sage... and then Mike wanted some sort of blue, and then I thought regular blue and peach looked like baby colours... you can probably fill in the rest of the back and forth we went through. However, if we had a better idea of exact colours, it would have saved us a bit of a headache. We're lucky they were so accommodating with our umpteen requests for revisions!
Other then that, the world is your oyster! If you're planning a wedding this summer, I wish you so much fun throughout the process. It was definitely one of the most hectic times in my/our lives, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat!