Before deciding on a venue, a caterer, a photographer or my dress, I thought it would be a good idea to start looking at wedding invitations. As I mentioned, my wedding is only going to have about 40 guests total. Even though that’s a very intimate wedding, I am still very aware of cost. As in, even though I have a tenth of the amount of people a big fat latin wedding would have, I still feel like I am paying un ojo de la cara for everything. What I am trying to tell you is that this Latina is on the prowl for a deal.
The classic route of going to a brick store to look at stationary, having our invitations written by hand in exquisite calligraphy and having a wax seal are way behind us. Naturally, I delved into the DIY, do-it-yourself, wedding preparations and I wanted to start with the invitations. The first place I went to, which the Modern Latina Brides before me have mentioned, is Wedding Paper Divas. This great little website is a one stop shop for your wedding (actually, life) stationary needs including the ever elusive invitation! They have a variety of styles to choose from and each one is customizable for your big day.
This site has a lot going for it. Firstly, it has an enormous selection. I can search by color, theme, season or collection, and they have an entire section dedicated to DIY. What I love about the process is that you get a preview before ordering. This is really important because you may fall in love with an invitation and find that with your personal wedding information it just doesn’t look as amazing as you’d hoped. Now you can just give a quick, sad sigh and move on to the next amazing looking invite. Third, they let your order 8 sample invitations, personalized, so you can examine your invitation-to-be in person. If you and your love order separately you can get 16! Bending the rules a bit for the perfect invitation? Totally worth it!
The Wedding Paper Divas have DIY lovers in mind. They make shopping easy. Whether it’s invitations, save-the-dates, or ceremony and reception needs, they’ve got you covered. They even have some things that are printable, like table numbers, which cuts down on the middle man, on cost and saves time. Fabuloso!
However, even though Divas is amazing, I didn’t find one invitation that sung to me. At least, not after consideration. Lee and I did settle on one modern, simple card that we liked and that I mirrored in Pages. Unfortunately, when I showed Mami she said, “¿Dios mio, eso? ¿Tan simple? No, no, no Carolyng. Es tu boda! Dios Mio!” Mom helped me realize I needed to spice things up a bit, so I have been on the search for more ideas. Etsy wedding searches have become my passion, and that includes wedding invitations. There are some incredibly creative people on Etsy, and most shops have a choice for a customizable invitation, meaning they work from concept to execution.
Nevertheless, I continue to look for a way to be a bit more hands-on with the invitations. I was thinking about collaborating with a local painter, Pridon Goisashvili, a Georgian artist that sells his work at Eastern Market. Lee and I love his work, so much so that our condo could serve as a gallery. He creates incredible paintings of the capitol dome, cherry blossoms, flowers, town houses, women- the works, and he is un amor!
Right now I am trying to find a way to incorporate his work into my wedding invites. It’s a work in progress, especially since I want to personally be more involved in the processing of my invitations. I want to tell our guests, “si, si, I did the invitations. Thank you, it was nothing!” when I get amazing complements on them. Like any good Latina, I will be modest and act like I didn’t pull my hair out in the process (even though I did).
Bottom line: you want your invitations to be your style and be personal to you. Remember that your wedding stationary sets the tone for your big day, and gives your guests a taste of what’s to come. And keep in mind this is your big day, so don’t hold back and have a blast with it!
The search for me continues for a way to make my invitations a bit more DIY, more D.C. and more... me.
Have any ideas on invites? Have a site or shop in mind that’s perfect for wedding stationary? Sound off below and let me know. As I said, the search continues!
Next up: So many venues, so little time!