There are so many decisions that come along with wedding planning, but one of the detail-oriented, in my opinion, is selecting all of the details associated with your wedding stationery. I love how all of our wedding stationery suite turned out, and it is all so much more special because my mom was able to design it all for us! I just want to keep looking at these beautiful pictures forever!
Save the Date
When Evan proposed to me, he had one of my friends hiding with her camera so that we have pictures of the entire night that I will literally cherish forever (thank you, Brooklyn)! For our save the date, my mom took one of these images – of us hugging while Evan lifts me off the ground – and she painted it for us! It is such a beautiful picture that we will cherish forever, and we were able to use that for our save the dates!
I ordered them through Minted, and absolutely loved my experience – they even sent us a coupon in the mail recently for a discount off of our Christmas cards for our first year of marriage! I used one of their Save the Date templates that included some really pretty gold foil and added all of our info. You can even have the addresses printed on your envelopes for free if you want, we just didn’t have all of our addresses together at the time I ordered.
At my bridal shower, my mom actually gifted me with a framed print of the artwork that she created for our save the date – it was the sweetest surprise!
For our invitation, my mom designed us a custom crest that incorporated our initials and wedding colors with custom flowers that she drew. I love how it all turned out. We used that crest at the top of the invitation, and she also hand-lettered our names in navy also.
We sent the invitations in navy envelopes with all of the addresses written in calligraphy (by my mom and I) in white ink. I think the ink looked stunning on the navy paper – I still think about it. It took us way longer than we anticipated to write all of the addresses by hand, but I just think it gave such a special touch. My mom also hand-designed the custom floral print that was on the envelope liner, and we cut them out and placed them in the envelopes ourselves.
Change the Date
Only in 2020 do you have to send a second wedding invitation with a new wedding date. Prior to our original wedding date, we made the decision to move our wedding celebration with our extended friends and family to a later date for the safety of everyone attending. We held a smaller family ceremony on June 20th, which we alerted our family to individually, and then sent out a second postcard-type invitation updating our guests on the change of date. We were still able to use our crest and the hand-lettered names, so it tied in with everything else perfectly!
It was a crazy year, and we have the stationery to prove it!
If you’re interested in custom artwork like our save the date or wedding crest, you can reach out to my mom, Kristen West, of Art and Soul! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.