Slowly but surely we’re getting closer to the actual wedding day on these Wedding Wednesday posts! Initially I had big plans for these wedding invitations which included everything from letterpress to hand dip dying every. single. sheet. Budget and time, respectively, got the best of me on those ideas. I knew I wanted to make the invitations myself, but I also knew I did not want to spend a fortune or spend tons of time working on every detail.
When I looked at online printers everything seemed to be so limited with paper stock, sizes, or quantities. However, one night I stumbled across Smartpress.com and they seemed to have the trifecta of printing options: tons of paper types, unlimited sizes, and no minimum quantity. I ordered their sample pack which was $15, but if you like them on Facebook you get a $15 coupon code, so really, it was free. The sample pack came with a cute little spiral bound book of all their papers and how the inks look on them. SUPER HELPFUL. I ended up choosing their Linen Bright White 100# cover stock. It has a nice texture that made the invitations seem a little more special than if they were just printed on regular card stock.
By the way, this post isn’t sponsored at all. I just have good things to say about a good printing company.
Our invitations ended up being 3 pieces: the Invitation, which was 5″x7″, an information card that talked about the reception, the hotel block and to direct people to our website for more information, and an RSVP card that gave people directions to RSVP on our website. I was a little nervous about foregoing the typical rsvp card with a stamped envelope and all that jazz, but it worked out just fine. We did leave our phone numbers on the RSVP card, too, in case people did not have easy access to the internet (aka our grandmas). Both of the smaller cards were 4.25″x5.5″
Lessons learned: Our venue was a little tricky to get to so we should have had parking instructions on the invitations. We also wanted to do an outdoor ceremony (yah, in November) and we did not mention this on the invitation (because it was going to be FREEZING). Luckily since we had email addresses (because our rsvp’s were online) we had a way to communicate to almost everyone and sent a few mass emails telling everyone to dress warm and how to find the parking lot.
Fonts used: Futura and Blackjack (free download)
Oh! I almost forgot. After the guests rsvp’d they were coming and left an email address we sent them a little map I made of B and my favorite Columbus spots around the venue.
You can download a full size version here