A Few Vintage-esque Save the Dates

Today I’m sharing a few Save the Dates I’ve made recently. While making these, I was wondering: am I the only designer out there that uses Adobe InDesign for pretty much everything? In college we had classes specifically for Photoshop and Illustrator, but nothing with InDesign. I used the program a lot as an intern at a publishing company, and to me, it just makes so much sense to use for any and all print documents. I’m still using CS2 on my nice old Mac, and InDesign is the only program that lets me package my files. To my non-designer readers, “packaging” files basically means InDesign does the hard work for me: it puts copies of all fonts and images used in my design into a new project folder. That way I will always have the fonts and images, even if they accidentally get deleted from other areas on my computer . . . it’s awesome. Plus InDesign just has a lot of tools for organizing text and making designs ready for printing that just make it preferable to Illustrator.

That’s not to say I don’t use the other programs as well. I use Photoshop for — you guessed it — editing images. I also save all my images for this blog and my store using Photoshop. Illustrator I use . . . almost never. Only for complicated — again, you guessed it — illustrations. InDesign has most of the illustration tools I use, so there’s often no need for Illustrator. It’s all about preferences; I’m sure there are lots of designers who would read this and be shocked. Oh well.

Anyway, about these Save the Dates! Originally we were going for a somewhat vintage look. These four were the first options I showed my client, and none are the final product — in the end, we went with a much more simple text treatment. A couple of these will be available in my store starting today! Enjoy.

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Wedding Invitations Galore

I just thought I’d pop on here to share some wedding invitations I’ve designed recently. None of them were for anyone specific; I just sat down and created a bunch of unique styles for brides who don’t especially want to go with the “traditional” look. Personally, I love when brides want something a little different . . . the invitations can really set the tone for your entire wedding and show off your personality. I also love using a lot of color, if that’s not evident already:

INV_TealGold_7x5

A modern, text-heavy invitation. Found here in my store. A matching Save the Date is also available!

INV_flower

Simple and elegant, yet still modern in font choices. Found here in my store.

INV_gray_5x7

Chevron is a huge trend that’s been around for a little while now. I realize gray isn’t wedding-like at all, but I loved the look of it. Colors are always customizable for every order. Found here in my store.

INV_date

I wanted to do something that really showcased the date. Yellow and gray are so much fun together (but again, colors always customizable). Found here in my store.

INV_Story

I love this one. It’s about as far from traditional as you can get. I wanted to go for a pretty informal look, with a few different fonts that still work together well, and some elements to “break up” the design without taking away from the overall look. It would look great with a lighter background as well. Found here in my store.

INV_Stripe

On the opposite side of the spectrum, this one is formal, but in a unique way. I originally had this displayed with a deep red background and all white accents, but it looked too Christmas-y. It would be a great Christmas-time wedding invitation, but I didn’t want to limit its versatility. Found here in my store.

INV_2ColorPetals

Last but not least, another somewhat formal one. The simple flowers–to me–are modern enough to not look dated, but versatile enough to be used anywhere, traditional or not. Here it really adds to the elegance. Found here in my store.

Thanks for checking them out! I have so much fun creating these. Matching Save the Dates and RSVP cards are always available as well. Contact me to ask about pricing wedding packages!