I'm back with the second instalment of My Wedding Diary and this time I'll be talking about wedding invitations. Before I settled on my current invitations, I have browsed every possible UK website there is and some US ones too and have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of wedding invitations designs. I've seen many that I liked, few that I loved. Unfortunately I didn't fall in love with the price. We are doing our wedding on quite a small budget so I had to be very mindful of how much I spend on invitations. Because of our tight budget, I started to look further away from the UK, on some Asian websites. I remembered that I worked with Light In The Box in the past, reviewing some nail art products and that they offer wedding products as well. I shouldn't have looked...But I'm glad I did! They have some amazing stuff for weddings including beautiful invitations. That was exactly what I was looking for.
I'm going to be completely honest with you as always - I reached out to the Light In The Box representative I had contact on and offered to review some of their products in my wedding series if they send them to me as compensation. Cheeky? Yes! But I have dreamt up my wedding and I don't have money to pay for all of it so if I can get anything in exchange for review, great! Besides, I think this might help some future brides to discover their website where they can get MANY wedding items for fraction of the price they are sold for in the UK or US. Yes, some can be 'you get what you pay for' but with many I've been very pleasantly surprised how nice they are.
So let's get back to the invitations. Once I've had an approval, I checked out ALL of the wedding invitation at Light In The Box website...and there's a lot of them, over 300! I absolutely love the laser cut out type which can be more expensive to buy here in the UK. Here are some invitations that I loved and from which I have chosen the final one:
They all look beautiful, don't they? And compared to the prices of the similar invitations in the UK they can be a bargain! It was really hard to choose which one of these top six will be our final wedding invitation design but in the end I followed my gut and chose the one that I fell in love at first sight. Which one is it? This one...
They offer to print out the insert card as part of the deal but because they don't offer Czech language, I've decided to get just blank invitations and print them myself. That was the first plan anyway. My printer wasn't doing a great job at test prints so I ended up going to my local printers and have the insert cards printed for under £9. Not too bad. Then I managed to print the names and addresses on the envelopes myself.
I was very surprised how nicely the invitations were done, just like in the promotional pictures. That made me really happy and took a lot of stress off of my chest. The invitations are made of pearlescent cream paper and the floral cut out parts open up to reveal the printed insert card inside. Love it! To me, this invitation is not just a piece of paper to chuck out after a while but it's a nice keep sake where you can just replace the insert card and you have whole new use for it. I was also surprised that the envelopes have nice pearlescent inside, it's a lovely touch. The ONLY thing that was not a nice surprise was the smell of the invitations. They smelled like a paint thinner BUT after leaving them out overnight to air out (individually, not in a pile) the smell disappeared. I was so glad!
Overall, I'm very happy with the invitations and big thank you to people from Light In The Box for sending them to me and helping me with my dream wedding! These particular wedding invitations are available here.
So? What do you think of my choice? I hope you like them as much as I do and stay tuned for the next instalment of My Wedding Diary!
If you've missed the part 1 of My Wedding Diary, read it HERE.
Have a lovely day. Lucie x
*Invitations were provided in exchange for review