My parents’ wedding album is unique in many aspects.
My mom’s cousin, Seana, who bought a camera just a week prior to my parent’s wedding (absolutely manual camera with films), offered to photograph their wedding. They made a very big mistake by accepting it just to save some money! Apparently, weddings have always been expensive, even back in the day.
Seana _so called the photographer_ not only was an amateur photographer but also pretty much drunk when it was not even noon.
Thank God, he photographed my mom and dad getting ready, also some pictures of the first look before noon, and they came out good. As I said, in Turn Your Wedding Photo into a Love Book blog post, I have not come across a bad picture in my life, as they preserve time and priceless memories.
According to my mom, he shot the entire roll of film, 36 photos, by noon, and for the ceremony, he started to shoot on the second (and last) roll of film, and now is when he is completely drunk! Long story short, there is only ONE picture of their ceremony in their wedding album, and the rest are Seana’s girlfriend, posing with my mom’s bouquet in front of his camera. LOL!
To make it up to them, Seana gifted a beautiful leather album, he brought from Paris, to put their wedding images in. The Album is bound precisely, each page has a blank part to write notes on it, and what is very interesting for me is the very first page of the album that is fully dedicated to the Wedding Invitation cards. Even though my parents were not lucky to have enough pictures to fill the entire album, Surprisingly, they had Wedding invitation cards to display on the first page!
They allocated some budget for invitation cards even though their hands were tight because it is important. Why they didn’t realize the necessity of hiring a professional wedding photographer, is a question I have no answer for!!!
So, do you need a professional wedding photographer? Hell yesss!
Do you need to have wedding invitation cards? Absolutely yesss!
In this blog post, I want to talk about the importance of wedding invitation cards as a piece of memory to look back at.
In the digital era, many things are virtual! I remember the first digital birthday card I received from my friend when I was 20. All I can recall was a card that popped up once I opened her email. Even though according to the psychologists, the first experiences are the ones that stay in your mind boldly, I cannot even remember the color of it nor the note she wrote for me. However, I have kept almost all of the paper-made cards I have received from my beloveds for different occasions in my life.
I know that weddings are expensive; venue, professional photographer and videographer, cater, flouriest, and the dress all are expensive, but there are some details that make things more outstanding and the memories everlasting, just like a piece of accent furniture to a living room.
If you are trying to be on a certain budget, I won’t recommend cutting wedding stationeries from your expenses, for these two main reasons:
When you are planning your wedding, you are basically designing an event from scratch. Even if you hire a professional wedding planner, you have envisioned something already and shared it with your planner to elaborate it. Therefore, details are important, it is like the last touch-ups an artist adds to her painting. It helps your guests to envision your wedding style. For example, if you design your card in black, white, and gold, and the font is calligraphy, you give a message to your guest that they are about to attend a formal and luxurious wedding, so they get to choose their outfits accordingly. On the other hand, an invitation card with pastel colors with a fancy typewriter font visualizes a cozy, small and informal event.
When you send your invitation or save-the-date card to your friends and family, they keep it forever as something precious, especially if you have used your engagement photos, taken by a professional wedding photographer, to design your cards.
All being said, it all depends on the design and quality of the printing company you choose. A bad design in poor quality material would have the opposite effect.
I have been in the wedding industry just enough to differentiate high-quality printing companies from bad ones by just looking at their websites.
Recently, one of my clients asked if I know a great place for invitation cards to recommend. Basic Invite, is absolutely my first choice. They have hundreds of wedding invitation template that you can beautifully customize your wedding invites.
The wedding templates made everything easy, you simply can drag and drop your engagement photos and choose the right font and color. Basically, you can design your wedding invites according to the theme of your wedding. There are many options, yet super easy and convenient; A perfect choice for busy brides-to-be!
Here are more reasons that make them stand out from other companies:
Their seal and send wedding invitations are an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included! The Seal & Send is their newest collection and brides are LOVING them. Currently, they offer them in over 30 designs including their ever-popular foil options, and, like their other products, they are customizable. What’s special about their Seal & Sends is that guest’s addresses are printed on the front of each invitation, so no envelope is necessary! All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design. Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple and easy.
Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. They have all the wedding stationery you need, like save the dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching thank you cards!
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. You can change the color of each element on a card, with over 180 different color options! WOW! The card can be exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from any other online stationery company and is their biggest draw.
They are just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different envelope colors so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be closed quickly and easily.
Their wedding websites are completely customizable! They’re mobile-friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors, and a design suite to match your wedding invitations.
Use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link via social media or email, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.
Basic wedding invites allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their invitation so they can see the card’s paper quality and how it will print before they have to place their final order.