How to Design The Perfect Wedding Invitation (and a Behind the Scenes look at Nine Zero Nine Creative)
I recently got together with Ryann from Nine Zero Nine Creative to photograph some of her gorgeous work and while we were talking I asked her to answer a few questions that all you brides and grooms may want to know about wedding invitations - where to get them, how to design ones that represent your personal style, and how she goes about designing the perfect wedding invitation for every couple she meets.
How did you get into the invitation design business?
While I was working in community relations at Randalls (a Houston grocery chain) I had the opportunity to design a ton of collateral for various non-profit fundraising that was done through the stores, and I realized how much I loved graphic design. The very first paper piece I ever designed was my son's birth announcement. Hard to believe that was six years ago! After I had my daughter (three years ago) I decided to stay home full time with my kids and open nine0nine creative!
Where does the name "Nine Zero Nine" come from?
It is my son's birth month and birth year - September 2009. I always say that his birth and this shop have made my life so it's fitting that they share a commonality.
What has been your favorite design so far and why?
Oh gosh - that's a hard one! I think I would have to say the suite I designed for the
Houston because it just turned out to be so gorgeous! It has all my favorite things - hand lettered names from the fabulous Jenny at
, those names were then hand stamped and embossed in gold. Plus an exquisite envelope liner and delicate, scalloped edges. Yes, I suppose that's a clear favorite!
How do you help couples design their invitations? What if they have no clue on where to start?
Here's a secret - most couples don't know where to start! There are so many choices to consider and your invitations really set the tone for the rest of the wedding, so making thoughtful decisions is very important. I always start with the paper and print method and then we move on to colors, wording and overall design aesthetic.
How much should I expect to spend?
Its a very wide range when you think about everything involved. The main factors that determine cost will be quantity and print method. I recently wrote about the various print
methods and cost associated with them on my blog
. For a simple design with flat printing for 100 invitations it might be about $400. For a more elaborate design with multiple pieces and a fine print method for 100 it will be upwards of $1,000.
Do you offer mailing services (ie. stuffing the envelopes and mailing them)?
I do offer this service - typically it is $.75 per envelope plus postage.
What is the font you're currently obsessed with?
Ah - another hard one! For script - I'm currently crushing on Ondise but Carolyna Pro will always be my first love. For serif - I really want to purchase Archer but have used Fine Style a bunch lately.
What's on your playlist while you're designing?
For my birthday last year, my dad gifted me Pandora One and its been SO wonderful. My favorite station is Mat Kearney. I will also occasionally jam either Big Tymers or Elton Joh
Ryann is so talented and so sweet, so make sure you go check out her work!