Wedding stationery is a minefield. What kind of message do you want to send? How thick should the paper be? Does the invite come from your parents or from you? Navigating can be at best an adventure, at worst traumatic .
Lots of couples choose their invites based on the general theme of the wedding – the venue, the time of year, the shared passions of the couple. Because we’re celebrating our wedding in Slane Castle, a venue that’s famous for its rock concerts, we wanted to do something that is music-themed.
We toyed with the idea of doing concert ticket-style invites, and explored various permutations of festival-look stationery before eventually landing on the idea of sending out 7-inch LPs. There are so many people selling their old 7 inch collections on eBay for not very much money, and we want to create a record sleeve with all the details on it. This is a work still in process but I got so much enjoyment looking through the novel ways that couples do their wedding invitations these days, that I thought I’d share some of the best I found.
Concert ticket-style wedding invites
Festival style weddings have become really popular in recent years and you can really go mad with this theme: get a handy friend to draw a map, print tickets for the RSVP, some people even print guest passes for the escort cards. Etsy is the best place to look for ideas such as this, just beware of the uber-cheese invites such as newspapers telling the life story of the couple. Does anyone want to read that?
This is a really cute idea. Holly-Anne Rolfe is a London-based illustrator. Send her a picture of the church or venue where you’re getting married and she will turn it into a cute stamp that you can put on your invites yourself. A great money-saving DIY option.
This is another cute DIY option – though a bit tricky to fit all the information onto. Luggage tags with a strip of photo-booth pics attached could easily be put together yourself, just try not to be too corny once the flash goes off.
One couple got their talented friend to create a comic book of their wedding – how cool is that? It really pays to have talented friends when you’re getting married (see Records, below).
This cheeky little number is the work of our news editor Emily Cronin, who licensed the photo and had it printed onto postcards to send out as a Save the Date. I bet the oldies loved it.
‘Photo by Elliott Erwitt, licensed through Magnum’
This is the kind of thing we are going for and our very talented friend Gemma is doing the design. We managed to get somebody’s collection of 1960’s 7-inch singles on Ebay for a measly £49. The music is so good – Serge Gainsbourg, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones – that we are going to leave the labels on and stick our one on the other side. I just hope these invites doesn’t confuse the grannies when they arrive in the post.