One of the things I love most about my job is the expression or reaction a client has when they see their completed wedding invitations for the first time. After all the hard work we have put into them both us and the client, it brings me so much joy to see their eyes light up as they look at each piece. That was especially true with Ashlee and Haykel.
When I met with them for the first time, it was clear that the groom saw no value in spending money on “paper that would just end up in the trash” where the bride seemed to be a little more interested in making their invitations the best they could with their budget.
What I remember most about our consultation was that they both fell in love with the same design and they were able to envision the changes to the design that would make it theirs. They were pretty much telling me what to change like I really didn’t even need to be there.
The project went as most do through design and then production. When it came time for the couple to pick up their invitations it was the groom that stopped in. I showed him a complete set and his reaction is one that I will never forget. His eyes lit up, he carefully looked at each piece handling it all with care. I even saw his eyes turn a little red as he fought back tears. He simply smiled and said that I was right. His wedding invitations aren’t just paper and they were worth the money they spent.
While the groom was technically right when he first told me it was just paper, wedding invitations are so much more and they should have value. They are the first real, physical piece of your wedding that your guests are going to see. Maybe you’ve already sent out save the dates, but they are not usually like the invitations. Like a wedding gown, your wedding invitation is a physical part of your wedding that you will be able to hold on to and cherish for years to come.
Wedding invitations are what gives your guests an idea of what your wedding day is going to be like. It helps them figure out how to dress and what to expect for the reception. It’s a real, physical piece of your wedding. Maybe one of the first times that you actually see your wedding day written out. So many times couples respond by saying “wow, now it’s for real” when they see it printed on paper.
Today’s project feature is more about the story than the actual project but I have to say that this wedding invitation will always be special to me, not because of the design but because of the people.