wedding invitations.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014

As two classically trained graphic designers, you would think that our career paths would have expedited John’s and my creative decision-making abilities when it came down to wedding decisions.

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

I am here to report: they did not.

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Merging our two (completely) different styles together proved to be a bit of a challenge, but after a little delegation + compromise, we made it work. Our invitations were a genuine collaboration between the two of us that I was so proud to send out to our guests.

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

I would have loved to have had our invitations letterpressed or gold foiled, but those pricey printing options didn’t exactly fit our budget. So! I went with the next best thing: gold foiled printable cards from Paper Source. This option opened up a whole new world for me! I was able to design and print our invitations directly from my home computer (who does that? I know!) for a fraction of the cost of other printing methods, while still keeping things classy with the gold foil action.

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

While I favor clean lines and bold fonts, John loves anything hand-drawn, so he took the reins on designing our map cards. Having both of our styles represented in the invitation suite really spoke to the unique designers that we are and the way that a little compromise can really turn out for the best! Win win.

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Our wedding was heavy-handed on the gold, so it was only right that our RSVP cards be brushed with a little gold paint to tie it all together. Thanks to a marathon crafting night with bridesmaids and family members, these babies were painted and postage stamped in no time at all. Teamwork!

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

After stamping the backs of the gold envelopes with our return address stamp, I calligraphed all of our envelopes using white paint pens. I was able to complete every single address in the time it took to watch the Emmy’s. (It may or may not have been my proudest moment.)

Wedding Invitation Suite | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

And finally, it wouldn’t be a complete Ann-Marie package if there wasn’t a handmade element thrown in for good measure! The hand-cut felt feathers were a last minute addition, but really helped to bring our “rustic fiesta” theme together.

Between paper, envelope, paint, twine, fabric, and postage costs, our invitation suite was slightly over $200. I’m a firm believer that weddings do not have to cost a fortune in order to be well-designed! If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can DIY just about everything!

P.S. Remember our Save the Dates? You can see them here!



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