Friday, April 29, 2011

THIS is the Royal Invitation?????

I loved every minute of the Royal Wedding today. I didn't mind at all that I was going to have to function on 4 hours sleep because, well, getting into that stuff is fun! I don't watch the news on TV so I was not inundated with details of the event for the past several months. I could enjoy everything as it occurred, and not be consumed with which dress Kate was going to wear and who designed it etc.

Of course, now that I'm officially in love with the Royal Wedding, I had to check out the invitation.

And I was terribly disappointed. Really. Really. {no words}. I thought for sure this was a joke or another red herring and that the REAL invitation was not to be revealed for privacy purposes. IS IT?? About the only thing I like is the hand written part for the guest...a lovely personal touch. Uninspired text (italic times???? Could you have shaved a little off the tree budget to hire a calligrapher?) And a picture stuck in the corner? And some weird step-down text on the left corner, but centered text on the right corner? I heard that Kate did her own make-up (which I thought looked lovely) and I'm seriously wondering if she just decided that her Word program would be fine too. Maybe she printed them on her desktop printer she used at University. I don't know. It's all so underwhelming. I guess the crest is kind of cool but it'stoo close to the top's like a creepy guy at the bar standing too close to you. Awkward.

I can't even talk about it any more. (I just noticed that the worry crease between my eyes is deeply furrowed and my eyes are literally squinting from the atrocity). I'm going to have to redesign it for them, even though they will never see it. I'll share when it's ready. Until then, shield your eyes and look away.


  1. what? this cannot be the real one. So bad!

  2. This isn't the invite - kinda. Their picture is not on the invite. Here is a good video to watch on it.

  3. Its very uninspired but luckily the picture wasn't actually on it. Some pretty typography would have gone a long way for this one...

  4. I can't view the link listed above, but I will be slightly relieved to know that their picture wasn't on it. I mean, Save the Date, okay...not the invitation. Thanks for the link!!

  5. It's still letterpress so I'm still jealous. But that picture shown on the corner is NOT on the real invite!!! Very tacky and not Royalty.

    These invites are from the Queen so I'm guessing they needed to have more in common with State event invitations than a wedding invite as we commoners would know it.

    It's a shame - because the invitations normally should share something about you both as a couple and what to expect at the event. I hope their wedding party wasn't as bland!

  6. Margot, I love that you don't watch the news on TV (I stopped during presidential election in 2004 & have never been happier) and I love that you, like me ignored the whole thing until day of and jump in and loved it. And best of all I love that you could've done the royal couple so much better than this. I'm sure there is some centuries old royal contract out on printed materials for the royal family. Maybe their still having Gutenberg do it. Definitely not up with the times.

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