Creating the Perfect Bespoke Invitations

I would love to have enough time in my hands to make all of my children’s invitations myself. Right now, life is as busy as it has ever been and I barely manage to get four or five hours’ sleep every night. I had to cut corners. Handmade cards went out of the window when I gave birth to my fourth baby.

I loved our Christmas cards, put together by The Card Gallery, so I was really pleased when they offered to sort out Wriggly’s baptism invitations.

The Card Gallery is just over ten years old and is based in Shropshire. Last year, the company was awarded the ‘Made in Britain’ marque. They have a wide range of invitations, cards and stationery.

“Invitations can be personalised to suit your special occasion, using our online card designer, enabling you to change colours, fonts, wording and sizes. All artwork is done in-house so designs and colours can be further tweaked to suit your exact needs if you would like your cards to be a little different to the examples shown online.”

I really pushed the bespoke option by giving The Card Gallery lots of details to create the exact card I had in mind for Wriggly’s baptism. We did not have a theme as such for the baptism, but I had just taken pretty pictures of Wriggly holding balloons and I wanted to include one of those photos in the invite.

I also wanted the cards to be grey and yellow, the colours I had used for her birth announcement cards. I loved this design by The Card Gallery, and here is the one I started with:

The Card Gallery Template - Grey-&-Yellow-Cloud-Use-Your-Own-Photo-Naming-Ceremony

I loved the clouds but asked them to remove the hearts and bows. I liked the balloons on these cards, and asked for a few grey ones on the back:

The Card Gallery Template - Colourful-Balloons-Birthday
We also needed a church on our cards, and I loved the look of this one:

The Card Gallery Template - Baby-33-A6-Boys-Church-Baptism-Personalised

The fact all artwork is made on site means you can really have a bespoke service at no extra cost, as long as you opt for artwork The Card Gallery use on some of their cards already. Since half of our invitations were going to the French side of our family, I asked for two versions, one in French and one in English.

I anticipated quite a few emails asking for more details or explanations of what I wanted exactly, but what I received the day after I emailed my requirements was a proof, and it was perfect! I had made a silly mistake in the text so I asked for a small change and by the end of the week, we had our invitations. I was really impressed and I will definitely use The Card Gallery again.

The Card Gallery - Packaging

“All materials used by The Card Gallery are British produced, high quality, 350 gram card for stationery and crisp white or coloured envelopes. A free proofing service via email is also included in the price, so you can check and change your order as many times as you wish before printing commences. […] UK delivery is also available for free with every order.”

I designed and made Crevette, Beanie and Wriggly’s baptism invitations. I gave a lot of thought to their overall look and they are really special. I also spent hours and hours putting them together. I remember the rush of excitement; mixed with a dash of apprehension (Would they like them? Did I make a spelling mistake anywhere?) as I put the envelopes through the red postbox by the children’s school. I would then wait excitedly to find out what they thought about the lovingly made cards. With hindsight, I think they meant more to me than they did to anyone else.

This time round, I did not manage to make Wriggly’s baptism invitations myself, but you know what? It does not matter. The time I would have spent cutting and sticking paper was quality time with my children. I did not change the ink cartridge on the printer three times, nor did I rush to the craft shop to buy one piece of card because I had forgotten to make a card for my mum’s great-aunt I had last seen in 1993.

The Card Gallery - Baptism Invites

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– I was sent Wriggly’s baptism invitations for the purpose of this review. No payment was received for this post. All opinions and photographs are my own, unless stated.

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152 Comments

  1. Katie Hodges
    25/05/2015 / 9:53 pm

    Last card I received was a Mothers Day card 🙂

  2. Nicola Lynch
    25/05/2015 / 10:01 pm

    I received an home made get well card from my 2 year old nephew. It was so cute!

  3. catriona nation
    25/05/2015 / 11:32 pm

    The last card i got was a mothers day card

  4. Laura Vitty
    25/05/2015 / 11:50 pm

    Some thank you cards from my students on Friday before they left for study leave and their GCSEs or A-levels… tears were shed!

    • 26/05/2015 / 12:27 am

      Same for me! My 6th formers’ cards were so nice! What do you teach?

      • Laura Vitty
        26/05/2015 / 12:29 am

        Biology, what about you? After having Ofsted last week, I’m very glad it’s half term!

        • 26/05/2015 / 12:48 am

          I bet you are! How did it go? I teach French but I resigned this week after 12 years at my school (I wrote a post about it last week – I’m sure you’ll relate to some of it).

          • Laura Vitty
            26/05/2015 / 9:43 am

            It went well! It was my first time through it and it really wasn’t as bad as everyone made out it would be. I will definitely check it out, I didn’t even know you were a teacher as I tend to visit for recipes 🙂

  5. Somerset Wedding Gal
    27/05/2015 / 10:56 am

    When I was younger my mum would just buy our invitations in bulk from cheap shops, it was pretty easy! But then again I can totally see the appeal of creating something more special!

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