Come for the Love Invitations

If there was another love in my life that I would marry, it would be paper. It sounds ridicu­lous I know, but paper really makes me weak in the knees. My first love was Reeves BFK with it’s sub­tle tex­ture and deck­led edges. Beau­ti­fully pat­terned Mul­berry rice paper soon made the list. Where am I going with all of this? The wed­ding invi­ta­tions I designed for our wed­ding last Octo­ber. It was a paper project I could not wait to tackle! The first order of busi­ness was to ask my girls if they would stand by me and be my brides­maids. A phone call would not do and a card was too plain jane. Receiv­ing and unwrap­ping a pretty pack­age is tops on my list and so I set out to cre­ate that expe­ri­ence for my maids. Each of my girls received a small and pre­cious accor­dion book tied up with gold and bronze rib­bon. The book unfolded to reveal the ques­tion and a lit­tle reas­sur­ance that I would not make them wear an ugly dress!

Long before I had a clear vision for our wed­ding day paper, I knew I wanted to incor­po­rate vin­tage postage. Just days after our engage­ment I began pur­chas­ing stamps on ebay. My fiancé could not wrap his head around what I was doing. “You’re buy­ing old stamps – now? Aren’t there other things you should be con­sid­er­ing?” But that was just it, there was TOO much to con­sider! Where? When? I didn’t know these things! But stamps, I was all over it. Within min­utes I was bid­ding on half a dozen dif­fer­ent auc­tions. I also knew that if this wasn’t a project I took on straight­away it could eas­ily become derailed with other projects tak­ing on greater impor­tance and. I needed time to col­lect all the stamps we were going to need. I sep­a­rated every stamp by color and then care­fully arranged each com­po­si­tion, mak­ing sure every arrange­ment was per­fectly bal­anced and not a cent over the $1.22 needed to mail each one. OCD? Hells yeah, ’cause that’s how I roll when it comes to design­ing! And let me tell you, hav­ing that vin­tage postage on our envelopes was killer!  Each enve­lope had a unique col­lage — a lit­tle work of art in and of itself. With­out fur­ther ado, I present to you our stamps:

The invi­ta­tion design was the next ele­ment of our wed­ding day paper that needed to be con­sid­ered. This was a project I had been look­ing for­ward to for a long time. Right at the onset I knew the invi­ta­tions would be let­ter­pressed and only the thick­est, most but­tery paper would do. I wanted these invi­ta­tions to pack a punch and for them to be a visual and tex­tural treat for our guests. The wed­ding we were in the midst of design­ing was cen­tered around great food, a relaxed, weath­ered, retro-vintage vibe and a dash of duck­pin bowl­ing. Yup, that’s right, we bowled at the recep­tion! For our invi­ta­tions, I wrote cheeky quips in a large play­ful script font across the top of each card and bal­anced that out with loads of white space and a mod­ern san serif for the infor­ma­tion areas. When let­ter­pressed, I asked that each card receive a heavy impres­sion with a lighter ink den­sity on the grey ink so the print­ing could have a more tex­tural and salty appear­ance on the cot­ton paper.

The var­i­ous cards in the invi­ta­tion suite were stacked accord­ing to size and wrapped with a frayed gauze-like rib­bon (a bit of rus­tic tex­ture) and metal­lic gold thread (a smidge of sparkle). The RSVP envelopes fea­tured over­sized stamps of famous paint­ings by acclaimed Abstract Expres­sion­ist artists. I cre­ated a fine, rec­tan­gu­lar frame and placed the stamp in the cen­ter, mak­ing it look like a minia­ture paint­ing on the enve­lope. These invi­ta­tions were a tac­tile and visual treat! I sub­tly incor­po­rated the notion of bowl­ing by design­ing a unique liner with repeat­ing bowl­ing pins. Enve­lope lin­ers are a great place to add an unex­pected ele­ment to your invitations!

The design of the invi­ta­tion was woven through the var­i­ous day-of-wedding paper ele­ments. I’m a firm believer in brand­ing being con­sis­tent and your wed­ding brand is no excep­tion! A cus­tom die cut heart served as our wed­ding pro­gram, with the large play­ful script run­ning diag­o­nally across the cor­ner. We served sig­na­ture cock­tails (I’m a gin girl while the hubs is a bour­bon boy) and cre­ated fun names for them. Striped vin­tage straws, home­made cup­cakes and fleece blan­kets all got some love with cus­tom flags and tags.

I also designed a “crash our party invi­ta­tion” that was hand deliv­ered to neigh­bor­hood friends the week before the wed­ding. They were invited to crash our party and join us for a drink later in the evening. The design of invi­ta­tion was in keep­ing with the design of the other pieces in the suite.

See­ing these invi­ta­tions come to fruition was incred­i­bly excit­ing and really set the stage for our retro-vintage wed­ding celebration!