My invitations are handmade. Yup, I make all the invitations you guys order BY HAND. Well, I have the inserts printed by a professional printer, but I make all the pockets and add the rhinestones and whatnot by hand.
Recently I ordered some samples from some other invitation companies, just to see what my competition was doing. And they were very nice – I have no complaints really. They are not my style, But that’s why I created my own wedding invitation years ago in the first place. But the samples were fine. Just – fine. Kinda blah, in my opinion.
However, it was very obvious that these were factory made. The pockets from the different companies were identical, but assembled in different types of paper. The ink was printed right onto the cardstock rather than onto blank inserts along with a design. To me, this made it look less special or unique. Basically, all of them seemed very “cookie cutter”, as though a line of nano robots were spitting them out in an assembly line rather than the invitations having any sort of human touch to them. Wow, that’s quite the image, eh?
Now, I don’t want to slam these – I realize people have different budgets, and for some this may fit within their budget or preferences and that’s fine. But for those who, like me, just cannot do things like everybody else, I offer my handmade invitations as an alternative. Because each one goes through my hands I make sure every single one is up to my high standards before shipping it out. I painstakingly create a tiny reflection of you and your partner to present to your guests while allowing you to be a part of the creative process. While the inserts are at the printer, I begin to cut the cardstock that will become the handmade pockets and outer wrap. When everything is back from print I assemble it all myself. I am a perfectionist and have set a very high standard for myself. I am very proud of the work that I do and the high quality I provide.
My try to exclusively use Bazzil cardstock when creating my handmade invitations. If Bazzil isn’t available in a particular color I will go with another brand that is of the same quality, but it is my favorite cardstock to use because of the thickness and texture. There is also a huge variety of colors and even certain gold foil patterns that I’m somewhat in love with. I’m a bit of a paper snob, this is a topic I should probably write a separate post about.
When planning your next event, I hope you will consider using my invitations. I really do believe that a beautiful handcrafted invite sets the tone for your wedding. Contact me for a free sample!