Many little girls often dream of their perfect wedding. For me, that meant an outdoor wedding in a flowery meadow, with the entire bridal party astride beautiful white horses. We would all ride up the aisle in a perfect line, and my soon-to-be husband, Ronald Weasley, would be waiting for me at the end on his own stallion, happy as a clam.
Of course, dreams tend to change as you grow up. The thought of getting married outdoors grew to feel like more of a hassle than it was worth, my love for horses returned to more socially acceptable levels, and I was hit with the crushing reality that Ron Weasley, or Rupert Grint for that matter, could never truly be mine. I grew to have a new dream as I went through college years: to design everything in my wedding.
When my fiancé Adam proposed last winter, I got my wish: to be able to design the perfect printed materials for my wedding. As a graphic designer, wanting to design my save-the-dates, invitations, and programs makes sense. Why wouldn’t I do that, instead of ordering some template design from a wedding store?
As I am knee deep in wedding plans with the date set and fast approaching, I am wondering if I now have the answer to this question. Wedding planning takes up a lot of time. There are venues, vendors, registries, and many other minute details that must be thought through, and many decisions to be made. Imagine going through this entire process being told, “You’re the bride, this is your day, do what you want!”, all while feeling that you have to please everyone else instead. Needless to say, when I finally arrived at the time to design invitation pieces, my patience was stretched a little thin. I had found my answer to that question: the less you have on your plate, the less likely you’ll go completely crazy before the big day.
However, I enjoyed designing my invitation pieces. I got to pick out my envelopes and stamps (with a little weigh-in from Adam) and design all the pieces that are part of an invitation. This included the invitation itself, the response card, the accommodation card, the rehearsal dinner invitations, even address labels and stickers. It’s important to be thorough when designing anything, including wedding items. Matching colors of the dresses and the style of some of the clothing and decorations, I came up with a design style that I could apply to all of the pieces, creating a system that belonged together. Several versions of each item were sent to my mom and Adam for proofing (nice catch on the “daugher,” Mom). I was then able to coordinate printing with Adam (a graphic media management/printing major, my perfect match), and am now waiting for final prints to be shipped.
While it was a little bit more of a drain on my time and sanity, I think that if I went back to do things over again I would still design my own pieces. I enjoy designing, and it helped me to lose myself in wedding plans that I enjoy, and forget some of the more trying aspects of the process. In short, designing can be time-consuming and at times frustrating, but in this case it was well worth it.