Laura Leigh Bean
Illustration, Visual Branding + Design
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My destination wedding invitations!

Wedding invitations! I decided I to make my own. The designs are above, and here's how they turned out in IRL:

This project was a lot of work, but SO much fun. I cruised Pinterest for inspiration for a while, and then got down to business.

The process:

I designed our invitations in my beloved Adobe Illustrator. I chose a deep teal as a nod to the color of the ocean and featured lots of palms. Gold was the perfect accent color and while initially, I envisioned printing with gold foil, I eventually went with a shimmer card stock which was a much more cost-efficient way to go but still gave me the luxe feeling I was hoping for. 

I printed my invitations through and I can't recommend them enough. I had to stop the presses for an error and they were more than accommodating. (Thank you, CatPrint! Dates matter, a lot.) I chose to have them pay to do the tri-folding for me, but I ended up buying scallop edging scissors to add a little somethin' to the edges. I thought this would be the biggest pain of the whole process, but it was actually no biggie. 

I tied each invitation with a gold bow, and with the help of my sister and lots of sauvignon blanc, affixed a tiny shell to each bow. 

But - truth be told, the part of my invitations I find the most beautiful I take zero credit for. My incredibly talented friend Sue-Ellen hand-lettered all of my envelopes with her beautiful calligraphy. She is amazing! I am so lucky and grateful. 

I used the monogram that I created for the invitations to make a stamp for the return addresses, and found a no-smudge ink in teal that worked for shimmery paper. 

On our wedding website:

I initially wanted to go nuts with a suite of paper invitations, RSVP cards, info about the hotels, etc. It would be so pretty!

But then, the more I thought about it, the money I'd spend printing those could be better used for other wedding stuff (like the violinist I'm convinced I need... in Mexico.) Plus, we just needed people to book as soon as possible. So, our wedding website became the home for a ton of information. I hosted it on Squarespace, which I highly, highly recommend for wedding websites and personal websites alike! 

While I'm not comfortable linking to it, both for safety reasons and my fiance's pride (I got reallllll mushy with "our" story!) here's a screenshot:

 The whole process was so much fun, and now I'm looking forward to the next creative projects for the wedding, like welcome letters, maps, menus, and some surprises for our guests!

I'd love to help you with custom invitations if you're getting married soon! Tell me more about your wedding and what you're looking for, and we'll chat.