After a rather busy Christmas, Alexandra is back this week to tell us all about her wedding invitations and various other wedding suppliers she has been researching in the last few months. As Alexandra is getting married in Cyprus, her venue’s wedding planner is able to provide recommended suppliers however Alexandra is still keen to do her own research to make her big day just perfect for her and husband to be – Yousef.
Once I had come down to earth, I realised that I needed to start thinking about everything else that is involved in planning a wedding… I had exactly a year to go by this time.
The first thing that I felt needed to be done was to create the guest list. Obviously getting married abroad can have an effect on who can attend, but everyone that we wished to be there, would be invited, so together with parents we complied our list.
What to do first? The first thing I wanted to do was send Save the Date cards as the wedding was abroad, I felt that guests would need as much notice as possible if they were going to be able to attend.
I searched the internet for ideas, and decided to have fridge magnets as save the dates, as they are always in view in the home. After looking at quite a few sites, I found a website called Tree of Hearts, and they had exactly what I wanted – a credit card size with a gold pattern, so the order was sent, proofs agreed and they were in my hands by the end of May 2017.
These were then sent out in the middle of June so that the quests had a year to plan and book time off etc if they were intending to attend.
Once the save the dates had been sent out, I bought a couple of bridal magazines to get some ideas for the invitations as well as searching the internet, and also using Pinterest where there are so many fantastic ideas.
As Yousef is American Jordanian, I wanted to acknowledge his Arabic culture within the wedding theme. So, my first thought was to have scrolls for the invitations. After looking through the magazines and internet, I found a website with beautiful scrolls on there, Sijara designs, a small business and they were based locally to my parents!!
I loved the scrolls, but the more I looked at the gallery on the site, there were so many beautiful designs I decided to order a sample, which was completely different, and it was waiting for me on my next trip home to Birmingham.
When I was home, I couldn’t believe the quality of the invitations, and the designs are all unique, and hand made to your own design. I arranged for an appointment with Parvi the creator of these beautiful items in September, and Yousef and I went there to discuss our requirements.
When we got there, we were met by Parvi, and we looked around her showroom. I was spoilt for choice, there were so many beautiful invitations, guest books etc. It took a while to decide on exactly what we wanted, but eventually made a decision and were delighted with the choices which I felt would compliment the theme I was trying to create.
We agreed a date for delivery in December so that the invitations could be sent out early January 2018.
After numerous conversations and emails with Parvi, deciding on the wording and what inserts we wanted in the invites – the proofs were received, checked and returned to Parvi for the invitations to be created. I was so excited when she emailed to say that they were ready to be collected mid December.
My parents collected these for me as Yousef and I wouldn’t be in Birmingham until Christmas Eve, luckily we had both managed to get leave to spend Christmas at home. When we saw the finished items Yousef and I absolutely loved them ❤️
At the time of writing this blog, all invitations have been sent out and received by our family and friends!
Now there’s less than 6 months to go to your big day we are getting so very excited, we can only imagine how you and Yousef are feeling! Those invitations are just lovely Alexandra, we can’t wait to see what comes next.