Today we are bringing you another installment of At-Home Weddings with Janice of Bellwether Events!
Thank you for checking out my fourth post offering DC area brides and grooms tips and advice for hosting a home wedding. I’m so thrilled that United With Love is giving me this platform to share my decade’s worth of wedding planning expertise with you. If this is your first time reading this series, I hope you will check out my past advice posts about wedding tent floor plans, the fundamentals of wedding tents, and the wedding budget and guest list basics to get you started.
This month I’ve decided to take a break from the nuts and bolts of planning a backyard wedding and talk about something a bit more fun. We’re definitely bringing more eye candy this week! I’m talking about incorporating custom art into your wedding stationery to pay homage to your once-in-a-lifetime wedding venue. Now that you’ve decided that your wedding will be at such a personal location, your stationery should be equally personal and unique. One easy way to customize your wedding invitation is with an artistic rendering of the home.
I’ve had more than one client use a custom drawing of their “wedding venue” (aka the private home) on their wedding invitation. Be it the residence that serves as your ceremony backdrop, or the barn where your guests will be dancing the night away, there is no wrong choice. I’ve also had a client use a custom painting of the home on their wedding save-the-date. If you don’t want to use a drawing of the wedding venue itself, consider incorporating a custom map of the area around the home so that your guests can get the lay of the land before they arrive for your wedding weekend.
Some couples are lucky enough to have a talented friend or family member who can create this art. This also allows them to be an integral part of the wedding in this way. If you don’t have that option, there are many artists on Etsy who would create a sketch, drawing or painting from a photo for you. Make sure that the final product you get is a high enough resolution for your stationery designer to work with. You also want it to be an eps file so that it will layer easily with the final product.
Thanks again for stopping by my advice series on planning a home wedding. If you need more advice, and juts can’t wait until next month, you can visit the Your Wedding At Home blog or you can download my free ebook, The Elegant At-Home Wedding.
Photo Credit: Lisa Boggs Photography
Wedding Invitation: Jonathan Wright and Company
Wedding Day Stationery: Fig. 2 Design