Our Wedding Day : Our Invitations13  Oct 2014         Jessica Ratty

It is no secret that I love details, especially unique details. I get so excited when I am photographing a wedding and the Bride & Groom have gone out of their way to have unique and beautiful details. It just adds another element of interest and excitement to the day, especially for their guests. 

I especially love unique invitations and stationary at a Wedding. So when it came to designing our own Wedding Stationary, I really wanted to think of something unique and something that our Guests hadn't seen before, I also really wanted them to match our "French" style Wedding Day. Both the "Save The Dates" and the Formal Wedding Invitation, was designed and all made by me (with the help of my very helpful Bridesmaids & Husband!)

First, was our Save The Dates. Our guests received a little box with their names hand stamped on to a little paper lace doily. I also had a stamp made with our initials and wedding date "SJ 18.05.13", which was stamped above the guest names just to add another personal touch. 

When the boxes were opened, inside was the actual "Save The Date" itself, sitting on a little nest of shredded wood wool. For the actual Save The Dates, we had three little pencils bound together by twine, linked to a large cream luggage tag, with the details of the day printed on it .. along with the headline "Pencil in the Date". 

For our Wedding Invites, I really wanted a "Book" type invite. The invites were presented in rectangle "Kraft" Cardboard Boxes and again, layer on a bed of Shredded Wood Wool (which I love to use for presenting invitations). The invitation was covered in a beautiful cream linen and then wrapped with a cream ribbon bow. 

Once the bow was undone, the invitation folded out to a "Zig Zag" style book. The first page was titled "Love & Marriage" and contained all of the information for the day, that the guests needed to know. The next page was "Our Story", which had all of the important little events, from the moment Stuart and I met, until that point, i.e. How we met, our first home, the engagement etc - again we just wanted to personalise them a little more. 
The next page was a hand drawn map of York (where our Wedding was held) - drawn by my very talented sister, Melissa. It contained the Wedding Venue and all of the important landmarks in York, to help the guests get around.
The last page on the first side was a list of "Accommodation" in York, with a list of different options and a very brief explanation on the type of accommodation they offer, to help our guests decide where to stay, depending on their tastes. 

The back of the book, contained a page about gifts and then a page with their RSVP card and the RSVP details that they needed to know. 

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