09 Jun Invitations, Invitations, Invitations!
The process of creating your wedding paperie can be extremely overwhelming. Between the save the dates, party invitations, formal invitation, rsvp’s, enclosures, stationary, and more, it seems inevitable that you’re going to make a mistake (costly or design-wise, neither good). I was extremely lucky to have a future-sister-in-law with killer design skills who offered to put together our wedding suite for us. Matt’s sister (Meredith) spent hours and hours going back and forth with me via email, brainstorming on our ideas, and then presented the toned-down idea boards and then the mock invitations on these nifty presentation boards.
We really wanted the formal invitation and save the date to go together, so once we had the overall concept down, we perfected the Save the Date. Meredith also designed our duogram (a monogram with the married couples first initials only) and monogram. In proper fashion, duograms are used before the wedding and monograms after, since the last name shouldn’t be given to the bride until she is officially married.
We sampled all sorts of papers, fonts, inks, and print styles, and finally ended up with a combination of taupe letterpress and gold foil printing, blush pink and white Designers Fine Press paper, blind embossing of our duogram on the back of the invitation, and gold calligraphy. We also had a stamp made out of Claire’s (the calligrapher) handwriting for the return address. They turned out beautiful – thank you thank you thank you Meredith!
^^ Claire Ferguson, our sweet friend and awesome calligrapher. She was able to match the font we wanted on the front of the save the date envelopes, and had beautiful calligraphy on our invitations. ^^ Father of the Bride received his Save the Date – that’s the “it’s really happening” moment!
^^ Meredith holding her son, Logan, with me, at one of our invitation meetings. You can see everything she prepared all over the table : color charts, presentations, paper samples galore. ^^ The invitations were ordered from Paper Place in the Central Market Shopping Center. Meredith communicated with them on sending over our custom design files and ensuring they were correct, and the awesome staff at Paper Place double checked each file and ensured the actual materials would print the way we wanted. Then, the invitation stuffing party began!
^^ Meredith and I with the finished product! As you can see, we opted to skip an inner envelope (our favorite envelope company didn’t make them in the larger size envelopes) and did a band of stardream coral paper with the names there.
^^ We paired the invitation stuffing party with a blind wine tasting, to pick the wines for the wedding : lots of fun! (Funny fact : we ended up picking none of these wines, but instead chose six of the awesome options that Cile brought to the bachelorette party where we relived the tasting! She is the sommelier of the group and it was too sad to leave her out of it!). This was a girls only event, but my dad helped stuff and drink beer, and Matt joined at the end to help us judge the wine. It was so awesome being surrounded by so much love and I appreciate all the helping hands SO much!
^^ We started getting RSVPs back! I highly recommended setting up a place to keep all your cards, and keeping your tracking system organized. My mom and I giggled at the difference between her RSVP tracking for her wedding (left) with my new computerized spreadsheet system. Never throw away your RSVP lists! These are a treasure to go back and see. ^^ The parents of the bride are invited!
Save the Date and Invitation Designer : Meredith Callaway
Calligrapher : Claire Ferguson
Printer : Paper Place // Designer’s Fine Press
Stationary : Inviting Affairs