The wedding invitation suite design process always starts for us with the development of an inspiration or mood board. At the initial consultation we chat through your desires and ideas for your wedding or request that you fill in our questionnaire. We love hearing all about your plans for the venue decor, cake, wedding dress, bouquet; it really makes our day to share in your excitement and planning for your big day! Don’t stress if you don’t have all the little details finalised. We are looking to define a general look/style, so that we can make sure the stationery is tailored exclusively to your wedding theme, desires and personality. At the end of the day your invitations should be as unique as you and reflect the tone and style of the upcoming occasion. Here we have given you an insight to what you can expect in terms of a mood board that will be presented alongside the initial invitation design concepts. Our client has requested that the invitations reflect their colour theme and garden wedding. How great it is to have a little mood board to inspire other elements of your special day, so make sure to contact us early as possible. We hope you enjoyed this little insight in to step one of our design process.
The full suite inspired by this mood board will be featuring soon on our gallery page. Please make sure to contact us if you would like any more information on our bespoke wedding invitation design + print services.
Vendor Credits (clockwise from Left)
Volume 6 of The Wedding Playbook magazine is out now. Excited to see our custom designed wedding invitation we designed for Taryn and Matt included in this feature! View the whole blog article here for inspiration on creating a timeless romantic themed wedding with a modern twist, from desserts to decor and more.
Concept & Model Styling: The Wedding Playbook | Concept & Styling: Ruffles & Bells | Photography: Adrian Tuazon | Venue: Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne VIC | Flowers: Poppy Culture | Cake: Sweet Bakes | Desserts: His & Hers Desserts Table | Gown: Karen Willis Holmes | Accessories: Roman & French | Hair & Makeup: Jessica Woods | Suit: Urbbana | Invitation: Type Styled | Candles: Simple Form | Models: Laura & Indra, London Management Group.
We thought we would share with you today our favourite vendors in the wedding and event industry.
Wedding/Event Planners and Stylists
Ruffles and Bells. A bespoke event planning, wedding styling & hire company offering chic & elegant ideas for your special occasions.
visit website Phone: 0411 618 998. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Event Head. Boutique Event Planning & Management | Celebration Planning & Styling | Event Coaching.
visit website Email: email@example.com
Lettuce and Co.With passion, expertise, professionalism and a touch of spunk, lettuce & co is a full service events company specializing in creating the perfect style for your event.
visit website. Phone: 0403 191 129 (Lisa). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Avenue Events. Wedding and Event Planning and Styling, Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula.
visit website Email: email@example.com
Cakes and Sweets
The Dessert Parlour. Creating and styling wonderful dessert tables/bars and candy buffets. visit website
Phone: 0401 851 384. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Every Detail. Love Every Detail can create custom made treats to suit any occasion or theme.
Phone: 0419 004 094. Email: email@example.com
Little Jar Cakes. Their unique cakes in jars are ideal for weddings, parties and are great to have in the fridge for a quick and delicious treat.
visit website. Phone: 0450 637 393. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytale Cakes. Storytale Cakes specialises in customised cakes and cupcake creations.
visit website. Email: email@example.com
Sweet Sticks. Divine desserts on a stick.
visit website. Phone: 0422 185 283. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet Bakes. Boutique Baking & Sweet Styling
visit website. Phone: 0404 541 450. Email: email@example.com
Nectar and Stone. Sweet baking for pretty occasions and events.
visit website. Phone: 0431 014 429. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neiyo Sun Photography. Boutique Melbourne Destination Photographer
visit website. Phone: 0412 757 856. Email: email@example.com
Image Eight. Image Eight are a Melbourne Photography service, catering for Victoria and the rest of Australia.
visit website. Phone: 043 111 0377. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Formal Weddings Hosting
Brides parents hosting: “Mr. and Mrs. Bride’s Parents Lastname Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Bride First Middle To Groom First Middle Last”
Bride and Groom parents both hosting: “Mr. and Mrs. Bride’s Parents Lastname And Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s Parents Lastname Request the honour of your presence At the marriage of their children Bride First Middle And Groom First Middle”
Brides parents hosting with groom’s parents names included: “Mr. and Mrs. Bride’s Parents Lastname Request the honour of your presence At the marriage of their daughter Bride First Middle To Groom’s First Middle Last Son of Mr. and Mrs. Groom’s Parents Lastname”
Bride and Groom Hosting: “You are invited to celebrate the wedding of Bride First Middle Last And Groom First Middle Last” OR “Together with their parents Bride First Middle Last And Groom First Middle Last Request the honour of your presence”
Brides Divorced Parents Hosting: “Mr. Bride’s Father First Last And Ms. Bride’s Mother First Last Request the honour of your presence At the marriage of their daughter Bride First Middle”
Brides Divorced and Remarried Parents Both Hosting: “Mr. and Mrs. Lastname 1 And Mr. and Mrs. Lastname 2 Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of Bride First Middle Last To” or “Mr. and Mrs. Lastname 1 And Mr. and Mrs. Lastname 2 Request the honour of your presence At the marriage of their daughter Bride First Middle”
The Request Line
If the ceremony is held at a place of worship, the phrase ”request the honour of your presence“ is used, for an informal ceremony the phrase ”request the pleasure of your company“ is used. For an Informal Ceremony the phrase “would be delighted by your presence” is used.
The Bride And Groom
Traditionally the bride is listed first and if she shares a lastname with her parents, only the first and middle names are included. The groom is identified with title (Mr./Dr./etc.), First, Middle and Last. A more modern interpretation often includes just the first and last names of both parties.
If the ceremony is at a well-known location the street address does not need to be included. The zip code never needs to be included on the wedding invitation.
Less Traditional Wording Options
“Bride First Name And Groom First Name Invite you to share in the joy of their marriage…”
“You’re invited to the marriage of Bride First Middle Last and Groom First Middle Last. We hope you will join us and celebrate our union…”
“Together with their families Bride First Name and Groom First Name invite you to their wedding celebration…”
When To Send Out Invitations
Typically, save-the-dates are sent six-eight months before an event. Most wedding invitations are mailed six-eight weeks prior to the event to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and organise their schedules. If you’re having a destination wedding, invitations should be sent three months ahead of time.
When To Make The RSVP Deadline
The RSVP deadline should be two to three weeks before the wedding date to allow you to finalise your seating chart and give a final head count to the caterers. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs.
When To Start Ordering
Aim to order your invitations when your wedding guest list is final, about three to four months before. If you are proceeding through our Bespoke Service you should contact us as soon as possible. We do not need to know all the details before starting the creative process.
How Many Invitations To Order
You will not need an invitation per guest as the invitations usually go out per couple or per family. Start by counting each couple (living together or married), each family (including children under 18) and single guests. Make sure to count invites for the officiant, the photographer (for them to shoot) and for keepsakes and last minute guests. After this initial count is made it is advisable to add on an extra 10% for B-lists and/or forgotten guests.
Your guests’ names should be written in full on the outer envelope, no nicknames or initials. Use the appropriate social titles as well. Spell out all words in full. Rather than “St,” “P.O. Box,” and “Apt,” use “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Apartment.” Invited children’s first names appear under the parent’s names. (Invited children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate invitations). If you are allowing single guests to bring a plus one you would say by adding “and guest” to their title and surname.
These wooden laser cut table numbers are a lovely addition to a rustic style wedding. For a modern take we have added some Japanese paper to the back which adds colour and texture to the design.
An explanation of the different printing and finishing methods we use:
Digital printing or “flat printing” is done by printing straight from a high resolution digital file. No plate or block is required meaning it is an effective method for smaller print quantities and allows for any number of colours to be printed at the same time. Our designs are printed using a very high quality digital press. We are committed to providing a superior quality finish and use luxurious paper stocks usually reserved for letterpress printing or embossing.
Letterpress printing is a centuries old art form and one of the most exquisite forms of printing available. Type or artwork are embedded directly into the paper, creating a textured, tactile feel. Letterpress printing requires great skill, craftsmanship, and the utmost attention to detail. Most of the process is done by hand and is very time consuming. Every print is unique and you may notice subtle changes in inking, colour and impression throughout the print run. This is a natural part of the process and is one of the things that makes letterpress so loved. Letterpress work is crisper than offset or digital because of its impression into the paper, giving greater visual definition to the type and artwork. As a printing block is required for each colour, letterpress work is usually limited to one or two colours.
Wood printing is done on a a thin piece of wood using a high quality digital printing press. There are two variations, Birch is a light coloured wood and Cherry is a darker more red toned wood. They contain no additives, chemicals or water. If you choose to print on wood, your purchase will enable a tree to be planted in your honour in a non-harvesting area.
Gold Foil Stamping
Gold foil stamping is a specialised printing process that uses heat and pressure to embellish the surface of an item. A die must first be manufactured, this is usually a metal plate with the reversed image raised from the surface (like a stamp). This is then pressed using heat to the foil making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the die. The result is a shiny metallic finish which adds a very regal, decadent feel to stationery.