Wanna see our invitations?! If you're a little wedding voyeur like me, of course you do! Well, they are finally out to our guests, so I can show you:
When looking for invitations, I wanted to find a design that would be representative of both Mr. HC's and my heritages and give our guests a taste of the Chewish goodness that was in store for them at our wedding. After some deliberation, I zoned in on papercutting, which is, as Miss Perfume pointed out in an earlier post, an art form that is shared by both the Jewish and Chinese cultures. Luckily, last summer, when Hot Mama Cocoa and I were in Hong Kong, we happened upon Wedding Image, a printer that produced beautiful lasercut invitations that mimicked the look of hand-crafted papercuts.
For the cover, we chose a design that incorporates the Chinese motifs of cherry blossoms and love birds and features a traditional Chinese wedding aphorism, which means something like "two hearts coming together." The saying is a bit thick on the Velveeta scale for my taste, but I love how it looks on the cover. The papercut design has so much dimension; I dig the shadow that it casts on the lavender paper underneath it in the above photo.
As you might remember from a previous post, we spent a lot of time putting together the inside text, which is a trifold invitation that has panels in Hebrew, English, and Chinese. Even though the silver thermography is a bit hard to read on the lavender stock, I am really pleased with how the trifold came out. Mr. HC had to push hard for having all three languages, but -- Mr. HC, if you're reading, I will only ever write this once, so relish this moment -- he was right; it really is the perfect expression of our relationship and wedding.
For a bargainphiliac bride like me, the highlight of the invitation is something you don't see: its cost. For around $3 per invitation, we got the invitation, an RSVP card, an RSVP envelope with preprinted return address, and an outside envelope with preprinted return address. Sssweeeet!
If you are interested in using Wedding Image, they have no website, limited English skills (we gave them Adobe Illustrator files of all of the text), and are half the world away. But if that's not enough to deter you, you can contact them at email@example.com, or call them at 852-3116-2608. If you're visiting Hong Kong, they have shops in Wan Chai and in the Wedding Mall.
Did you integrate different cultures into your invitations? Or order your invitations from an international vendor?