ashley's big day: d.i.y. wedding invitations

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When my fiance and I started poking around for all the accoutrements needed to throw a rockin’ wedding – from flowers to reception spots – everything seemed so, well, frilly. We were going for something cleaner, more modern and perhaps less puffy than my traditional Southern parents were hoping for. Luckily, when it came to invitations, we found a way to incorporate that very design sensibility into our big day: mygatsby.com. True, the site does carry readymade templates from Anna Griffin and Paper Prince, but customers can also design their own save-the-date cards (or backyard barbecue invites, birth announcements and even stationary) with customizable colors and fonts from scratch. No matter what your style is, it’s a perfect option for creative folks willing to put in a little time for the perfect look, while saving cash in the process. The site can even send you supplies for printing out your invites, if you’re so inclined. So what did we end up with? See for yourself. And if you don’t like them, no worries. I love them and they’re all mine. – Ashley P

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ellobie in Chicago

Those look fantastic! I am getting ready to plan a bridal shower, I think this will be a big help. :)

I was looking for a folio for my wedding invite, something different that would hold all of the pieces. I looked everywhere and could not find what I was looking for…but sure enough, I found it on My Gatsby! They were great and I recommend it to anyone.

Now we all know where and when Ashley’s wedding is… (ahem.)

It seems like most wedding invitation sites are actually doing something along these lines these days, and you can find similar options in stationery shops, too. There’s stuff like the invite above in the Jean M. catalogue too, but it’s pricey… I don’t know how it compares to MyGatsby. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something like the above in the Now & Forever catalogue.

We’re vacillating between using my precious, precious Print Gocco (which is not being made anymore, last I heard, but it’s a screenprinting process) and ordering something. If you use the Anna Griffin invites with the printable vellum sheets, a Gocco is a good thing to have, as vellum isn’t all that easy to print on. There’s a place in Kentucky, discussed in the Bridal Bargains books and probably called Reeves, that does inexpensive basic engraving on good Crane’s paper; the stuff they turn out looks really elegant, even if the options are somewhat limited. But we wouldn’t use inkjet-printed anything for the purpose. We know someone who did, and it didn’t turn out that well.

Also be careful photocopying from an inkjet-printed original: some photocopiers will pick up the lines, and they’ll be exacerbated on the copies. Take your original file somewhere to be laser-printed before it’s copied, it’ll work better. (Or better yet, take a PDF to the copy shop and let them feed it directly into the machine.) This advice comes from my fiance, who’s worked in various print shops, commercial and private, for almost a decade.

Your wedding invitation looks stunning. Not to complicated, elegant, and too the point. It’s amazing when you think about the number of people who overcrowd their invitation with information and design elements, and are confronted with confused guests at their wedding.