On the 27th of November 2010 looking out over Wells cathedral my boyfriend proposed. He pulled out the ring, through tears I managed to squawk out a YES!, and bang there you go, Engaged!
After the initial excitement and the family having been informed, thoughts turn to how things will look and what is required to put on this celebratory shindig. Colours, dresses and cake become a high priority as never before. Costs are spiraling out of all imagination and the family is already on the brink of bickering. I looked at my husband to be and he knew, just knew what was coming next…. The wedding list. Now is the time to decide who will receive that special ticket for not just the reception but the chance to see the beautiful church and be included in the actual wedding also with the perks of free food and shhhh! *whisper* a free bar! Woo hoo you lucky devils.
So for our wedding this golden coupon of delight with its potential for a large free hangover had to be special, not an after thought and representational of the unique people we are. The brief was for it to be memorable, personal, fun and something people may want to keep. We initially banded around some ideas, with tattoo inspired designs, (he loves his tattoos), but that did not express both of our interests. So we decided to really keep it simple and have literally us on the invite. I had drawn up cartoon caricatures of us a while ago as part of illustration practice and experiment and just for fun. So that was the idea. Cartoon Jim (fiance) and I.
You know what? Just because you are inviting people to a wedding which is essentially a serious thing and a huge commitment does not mean that it cannot hold a bit of humor and some fun. Our friends and family have recognised us completely from the invite and felt included because it is uniquely personal to them and us. As well as laughing their socks off when they received it. They loved it and I’m very pleased we went down this route.
I ‘m not saying ignore the champagne flutes, cherubs and all the traditional icons of the average wedding, just there is a whole world of imagination to explore and so many things you can do to make your wedding invite exceptional and with out a doubt, stand out from the crowd and really the invites are the first things people will see in relation to you special day. I just wanted to share mine and give people food for thought!!