Personalize your wedding through the invite

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Although it may not be in the same category as the groom proposing and the bride saying “yes,” one of the more important decisions engaged couples face is choosing wedding invitations.

From color, style, font, and card stock, the selection can be intimidating and overwhelming. For many couples, their memorable and personal day should be reflected in the formal announcement they send out.

Candice Dora, owner of aDORAble Designs by Candice, has been designing wedding invites and accessories for six years and notes, “the invites set the tone for your wedding. You are giving them a preview of your day.”

aDORAble Designs by Candice is a home-based company out of Park Forest, and provides couples with custom-made invitations.

“Every wedding is unique to the bride and groom,” Dora said “You’re dealing with different personalities, backgrounds, people and age groups. I pull out who they are and reflect the personality of the client.”

The process

Dora meets with a bride and groom in person at her studio, showing samples to get a feel for the couple’s theme or preference.

After she has an idea of taste and style, Dora sits down to create a proof and sends it off to the couple for approval. While she has had clients with very specific requests, she said the majority trusts her creativity. “Those invites are some of the best designs because you’re letting me be creative enough to know your personality,” Dora said, adding that her invitations have had overwhelming positive responses.

“When you trust me, I’m the type of person who won’t give you something I wouldn’t want for myself,” she said.

Once printed, Dora begins the task of assembling each invite. This can take up to four hours, as she offers clients embellishments like jewels, broaches and ribbons. Dora handles the majority of projects herself, but she has interns that help assemble if she has several close deadlines.

Invites for all budgets

aDORAble Designs offers a single flat card or single mount invitation option, priced between, $3 to $5 an invite. “My prices work for every budget,” Dora said. “I’ve researched the market and am very comparable and fair.”

A double or triple mount invitation uses different layers of high quality paper stock – including metallic and glitter. Dora also creates layered pocket invites for those wanting a creative invitation that opens up.

New for this wedding season, aDORAble Designs now offers a stationary line of silk folio invitations, called Lu Luxury. According to Dora, the invites look like a hardcover book with a fancy broach on the outside. The invites are mailed in a box, instead of an envelope, to keep the broach from being damaged. “I like them; they’re gorgeous,” Dora said. “It’s a new trend for those who want a high-end invitation.” For brides with a larger budget, the price starts at $17 per invite.

“Your guests know this is going to be a lavish wedding. It gives them an idea of how to dress and what to expect,” Dora said.

Other styles currently trending include a passport theme for destination weddings, and chalkboard-style invites. Dora also has seen an increase in photos being placed on wedding invitations.

aDORAble Designs by Candice also offers save the dates, wedding programs, menu cards, wedding signage, ceremony fans, and thank-you cards. Dora can also special print on labels and water bottles to incorporate the wedding theme and colors. “The colors, bling or shininess goes through the event as a way to brand the wedding,” Dora said.

More information about aDORAble Designs by Candice at, Adorable by Candice on Facebook, and Adorabledesign on Twitter and Instagram.