When I began learning to use Illustrator and also had a wedding coming up to prepare for I knew it would be my goal to design the invites myself.
I picked out some colour sheets to find something complimentary that would also work for our wedding.
Along with colour inspiration I also looked at invitations for inspiration for flower placement, geometric design, hand lettered elements, etc. Some of the more helpful ones are below.
I started in illustrator with my elements sheets, not completely knowing what types of flowers I wanted to use on the invites yet or exactly what colours I wanted to use. I made the flowers and 'filler' materials from this course, the other flowers based on a drawing course I had taken, and the eucalyptus based on google pictures.
After creating everything in multiple colours I started assembling it all. Here are some of the tests based on the my inspiration that didn't make the cut.
I liked the look of the above design the best. I tweaked the colours, sizes, positions of everything and had my final invite template. I wanted to have a hand-lettered element in the invites and the details card for accommodations. I drew and then brought those into illustrator to digitize and added the other details with Adobe fonts.
I put everything together to come up with my first version of final invitations, RSVP cards, and accommodation details cards.
The only thing that didn't work when we printed proofs with our local printing business was that for whatever reason the light pink we had chosen for the background for all three was too light and not showing up in the final print. I changed the colour to be darker and we printed these as the final invitation suite.
I have (almost a year after the wedding) finally taken some flat lay photos of the whole suite together.