In an effort to work through as much as we can as early as we can in a stress-free environment, John and I have started thinking about invitations and paper products. We figured this was something we could work on and then just let sit until we were ready to have them printed, so we didn't feel rushed to make a decision. We are also trying to coordinate our save the dates, invitation suite, and the paper products that will be at the event itself (programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers, etc...) so the sooner we decide on a motif, the sooner we can start working on those bits and pieces.
The paper products are also something that we both care about more than most people might; I've had friends and loved ones point out to me that it's just a piece of paper that will likely be thrown away after the information is entered into someone's calender, but I disagree. Whether it's intended or not, I firmly believe that the invitation sets the tone for the wedding and can do a lot to raise the excitement level. For most (if not all) guests, it will be the first tangible part of the wedding they encounter.
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It's just in the beginning stages, but I'm really excited about the prospect; I've found several companies that will print the invitations for us, and we are strongly considering having them letterpressed or foil stamped. I love the idea that we are so intimately involved in the entire process of designing the invitations. If this really is our first opportunity to set the tone for the wedding, then I want absolute control over every aspect of the invitation (maybe that's the control freak in me talking, but I don't care). I want to choose the paper, the ink colors, the printing method, and the font! I want to give everyone a glimpse of what my vision is. Furthermore, we are planning on using a lot of paper products at the wedding itself, so it will probably end up becoming a strong decorative element; we don't want one of the strongest aesthetic elements of the wedding to be something we don't feel strongly about.
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