- Mrs. Crab Cake
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
I know I’m famous for giving y’all half the details, and I’m going to do it again.
The invitations went in the mail yesterday, so I’ll show you the packaging, and we’ll talk about the actual invitations when they’ve reached the majority of our guests.
I obsessed over these for months. I’m immensely proud of them. I’m a nurse, remember? I have no graphic design experience at all. And I only had to ask for help once.
And I am head over heels in love with our invitations.
We went with a standard #10 envelope, in Stardream Onyx. Metallic paper was an early obsession and I couldn’t resist it. I think it added a lot of dimension to the suite. Texture and dimension were so important to me. I knew once I’d picked black envelopes, I would have to do something different with the addresses, because I obviously couldn’t write on a black envelope. Plus, I also fell in love with Martha’s wrap around labels early on. I asked the hive for some help designing them a few months back, and decided to go with one font for ease.
I designed the labels in paint.net and then ran into trouble. I couldn’t figure out how to get our addresses into the file, so I turned to our resident design pro, Mrs. Cookie, for help. She took my design and put them in a Word document, which I then copy-and-pasted our addresses into. We talked about mail merge, but Mrs. Cookie decided it wouldn’t work, and I didn’t know how to do it, anyway. They were printed on Classic Linen in Baronial Ivory, text weight (24#).
We used a Xyron machine to make the labels sticky. I have to say that it was one of the best purchases I made. Getting the sticky backing on the labels was super easy, even if we did have to sacrifice a few labels to the craft gods. I will definitely be using my Xyron again. The label looks terribly crooked in that picture, and some of them were. I got to a point where I really didn’t care.
We live together. We don’t care what people think. But I wanted to stylize our names, so this is as close to a monogram as we got. I like it, though. It’ll show up in a couple of other places, too.
When it came to postage, we were lucky and it came in right at 59 cents. However, I can’t stand the current wedding stamps. So, I went on USPS.com and looked at what else was available. I quickly fell for Frank and Bette.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Since they were 42 cent stamps, and we had to make up the difference, we overpaid just a little bit and flung a couple of clocks on there. Mr. CC did the stamping, and I think he did a lovely job. Hopefully, the post office won’t mind that the big stamp is first and the little ones are last.
I think by now most of our guests have received the invitations (I’m not sure why I’m worried about it, because none of our guests read the blog anyway).
Can I just say one more time how much I love these invitations?
Let’s start with the inner envelope, which was kind of an afterthought.
I decided after our invitations were completely designed and everything was purchased that I really wanted inner envelopes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an inner envelope that would fit in our tea-length invitations.
So, I improvised. I had already purchased text weight paper for the labels, so I printed our guests’ names on one side of the text weight paper, and simply folded it around our invitations.
To hold the “envelopes” closed, I bought a 1″ circle punch and some fantastic paper (which we’ll use later). I really like the texture of the flocked paper. And the graphic little squares really worked for me too! I attached the circles to the envelopes with Zots (also know as the best invention ever).
I know they are a little unconventional, but they worked for me.
We secured our booklet style invites with three 1/8″ black eyelets. It was a huge undertaking. However, I am so glad we did. I really love the way it looks. There’s our compass and our poem again.
The next page is the actual invitation. I love our wording. It was very important to me to include all of our family, not just our parents. There are a lot of parents anyway, so this was easier.
The information page, complete with reception info, website address, and travel and lodging information.
Okay, the RSVP was seriously twice as much work as anything else. It was so hard to get the two sides to line up perfectly. They are perforated (even though you can’t see it in these pictures). Our RSVP date is three weeks before the wedding, but whatever. It’s also the day after the hotels need to be booked. We asked the guests to let us know what hotel they are staying in so we could provide some OOT bags.
There’s our little monogram again. I liked being able to tuck whatever it was I needed underneath our initials.
I have to say that this is my very, very favorite part of our entire suite. This is a map from 1882. It’s not just any map; it’s a map of our town. And that’s where we got to know each other. We had our first date there, our first kiss there, and our chapel is there.
See? Here’s a better picture.
That image is taken from the original file. I had to change the colors in the file for printing (because I’m cheap and I didn’t want to pay for color printing).
I love that map so much. I have a feeling it will end up in several places in the wedding, and even in places after the wedding.
So, those are our invitations!
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