Over the last year Gemma Milly has become something of a family illustrator. After having designed my blog headers and our moving home cards, when it came to our invitations it was a bit of a no brainer that we would ask her to design them for us.
Invitations wasn’t something I’ve ever given a passing thought. I had no idea what I wanted except that they should be a bit different and not ‘weddingy’ – no ivory card with gold embossed lettering, no tissue paper lining or anything like that.
Gemma knows me well enough now to know not to give me anything girly, although that doesn’t usually stop her trying to sneak some prettiness past me somehow. Flowers, pink, butterflies, ribbons and adoring faces were out, but trees laden with blossom were in.
I spent some time trawling some fabulous paper inspiration sites that Gemma had directed me to and it all started to come together. What we ended up with were a real surprise and they are perfect. I love them and we have had loads of positive feedback from our guests.
We chose harvest coloured card with tobacco lettering and tobacco envelopes which Gemma addressed with white ink in her stunning calligraphy.
Rather than traditional stand up cards I chose two separate cards, one for the main invitation and one for the details. They are both double sided and had our large amounts of information on the back. It was a feat of admirably succinct copywriting for which I credit Richard that we managed to get all the necessary information included. I am far too garrulous to be that concise. Because of the information cards we didn’t have to send the usual A4 paper insert which I always think rather ruin the effect of beautiful invitations.
Gemma also made us some RSVP postcards which we stamped and included to make it easy for people to respond.
My favourite part is the hand drawn map that Gemma did for us. I fell in love with the 101 Dalmations map of London from Adventure Walks and seeing as the location of our flat is on that map and so is our venue, we used that as a starting point and then put on references for everyone’s accommodation and things to do in the downtime over the weekend. I think they turned out beautifully and I might start giving them to cabbies to take me home after a night out.
Gemma is brilliant – she’s fun to work with, she really listens to what you want and is reasonably priced and so if you are in the market for invitations you should definitely contact her through her website. Thanks Gem! x