You've saved the money, reserved the venue and photographer, and even said, "YES" to the dress. The big things are taken care of (phew!) and you've turned your attention to the next round of details, wondering where can we cut back so we can upgrade our honeymoon flight to first class.
Wedding invitations may be entering your mind as you go down the list of to-do's. You've searched Pinterest and a few online shops, but haven't found "the one" yet, and are wondering if the investment is really worth it.
The short answer is, yes.
Here are three reasons why you should invest in your wedding invitations.
1| IT'S THE FIRST LOOK (FOR YOUR GUESTS)
Your loved ones are so happy and excited for you and the upcoming wedding, and they just can't wait to get their hands on those invitations. Receiving the invitations mean that they will soon be able to celebrate this special occasion with you and your fiance. The next generation is planting roots, the family is expanding, and let's face it, we all want to gather and dance and feel the love in the room!
They open the mailbox and see the calligraphy on the front, decorated with vintage stamps, and immediately know that this is a special envelope. They open the flap and see the beautifully detailed envelope liner, and just a hint of the invitations as they peek out of the envelope.
They pull the wedding invitation suite out of the envelope, and "ooh" and "aah" over the silk ribbon, and the textures that are soon to be revealed. They disassemble the suite and as they hold the invitations in their hands, they catch the shimmer of gold foil on the invitation as they read over the wedding details and start to envision your day.
You see, this is the first look for your guests. This is when they can imagine what the day will be like. This is the first tangible thing that represents your marriage, and your new life together. Surely, it's something special that they will display proudly on their fridge in anticipation of your wedding day.
2| THEY BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER...LITERALLY
Weddings are an interesting event where worlds collide. It's a place where family gathers from both sides, and where friends from different walks of life dance together. You may see your high school friend talking business with your father-in-law's colleague, or your cousin dancing with your fiance's best friend from grad school. I can say from experience that it's totally weird, and completely amazing to have all of "your people" under one roof for an entire day and weekend.
I've always been surrounded by a very close knit family and friends circle, and truly love spending quality time with them all. It's not often that you get to see all your favorite people in such a short amount of time, and it just fills the heart up. You can't imagine this feeling until you've had such an experience, and I can't wait for you to feel it! My heart of full just thinking back on it.
My advice to you, as a friend told me before my wedding, is to stop during the reception, grab your new husband or wife, and just leave the venue. Step outside for a breath. Talk about it the fun events or conversations you've had, look around, and take a tour of the venue before you get sucked into another dance, or taken aside for another picture. Take those few short minutes to soak it all up because it is an amazing feeling.
3| MADE TO LAST LONGER THAN THE WEDDING
For as long as it takes to plan, and all of the details that go into it, there are few tangible items that make it past the wedding day: the photographs, the dress and tux...
and the wedding invitations.
Your wedding invitations are a physical reminder of the feel of your wedding day. The colors, the textures, and the first piece of printed artwork that represent you and your husband. It's something that is able to be framed and displayed, and can be passed down to the next generation.
Let's face it. They'll probably make fun of the pictures and the invitation style just like we did for our parents and grandparents, but hey, it's a memory and a sentiment that they can hold on to for years to come.
Are you ready to make this investment in your memories? If so, head on over to my contact page and let's get started.
Wishing you all the best in love, business, and life,