Semi-Custom Wedding Invitations - My Bees Knees!!

Wedding planning is complicated, but designing wedding invitations doesn't have to be. You don't need to pick from a catalog of ideas. You don't have to reinvent the wheel and come up with your very own custom design. There's a very happy middle ground called semi-custom invitation design.

Semi Custom Wedding Invitation Design with Invited by LamaWorks
Most of my wedding invitations are semi-custom. Semi-custom is where I find my groove.

What does that mean exactly?

Well, you have 3 types of invitations:
1. Catalog design - what you see is what you get, you pick a design, you plug in your wording, you maybe change a color, you print you go. You'll find these at on those big box websites or when you go to a stationery store and leaf through books of design options.
2. Custom Designs - you go to a designer with a brand new idea. You have mood boards, inspiration pieces. They design something from scratch for each client. The process is very personal to you and may involve custom art, hand lettered calligraphy and unique processing techniques that are unique to your design.
3. Semi-Custom - You love a catalog design or two, but none are quite right. You want to change a font or two, change some colors or give it a new spin, but it's not something totally new.
This is where I come in and where I love working with my brides the most! I find my groove with semi-custom designs. I personally don't think I could handle either making the same 5 designs every day or starting from scratch with every brand new client. Everyone has their strengths right?

I love to design, no question about it, but I love to hear what YOU want. Most of my design ideas come from my awesome clan of LamaWorks brides and grooms. I start with a design. I sketch it out, I work on the fonts, I get it just right and launch it into the world ... but then magical things can happen to it. 

Take Rebecca for example.  She loved the Vivienne and Miles design.
Black and Pink Floral Wedding Invitations

She loved it, but ..... her colors were navy and sage green and she wasn't using pink flowers, she was using succulents. So close to being perfect, but not quite right. So she asked if I could change it?

YES! This is great! Check out what we did! We swapped all of the fonts out from black to navy, added in a few succulent graphics in place of the pink ones and a whole new, perfect design was made, just for Rebecca and Craig. 
Black and Pink Floral Wedding Invitations
After - swap the black for navy, ditch anything pink:Navy and Sage Succulent Wedding Invitations

Black and Pink Floral Wedding Invitations
After - Take out the black backing to save some money, swap out the pink for navy and add in a trailing succulent or two
Navy and Sage Succulent Wedding Invitations

Semi Custom Wedding Invitation Design

After - take out all of the pink and add in a succulent peaking off of the edge
Navy and Sage Succulent Wedding Invitations
It's custom to the details of their wedding, but it wasn't reinventing the wheel right? Semi-custom products are perfect for the wedding couple that has ideas, but doesn't want to have to come up with ALL of the ideas you know what I mean?

What changes are my most requested?
  • Paper Colors
  • Font Colors
  • Font choices
  • Changes to fit within a specific budget
  • Changing from a pocket to a flat invite or a flat invite to a pocket
  • Adding in belly bands, ribbons or other accessories
So what design ideas do you have? What invitation design would you take from 'almost perfect' to PERFECT with just a few small changes?  Let's talk about it!  If you love a design, fill out the Custom Quote form to get started!

by Laura Mays
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