- 5 years ago
Hey bees! I’m so excited to finally share our invitations! I love reading posts showing the invitations assembly and have gotten so much inspiration, I figured it was time to pay it back!
In high school I thought about going into the graphic design field, and even though I went a different way I’m still fascinated by all things paper goods. I really wanted to get letterpressed/gold foil/themography/laser cut/the works invitations, but it would have cost so much money and Fiance and I decided that money was better spent on other things. Instead, I decided to dust off the old Illustrator/Photoshop skills and custom design all the elements of the invitations, and after months of blood, sweat, and tears (and papercuts, so many papercuts) I am so proud of the result. We sent them out a little before Christmas and have been so surprised and happy at how many guests have complimented us on them! So without further ado, here they are!
All the pieces laid out before we started assembly. There’s ~125 of each item… isn’t it interesting how the heights are so different? Looking at just one you don’t notice the difference in thickness but stack enough pieces of paper and it makes a difference! The pieces were ordered from a bunch of different places, so I’ll include where we got each.
Most important element – the actual invitation! The wedding is loosely literary themed, and that’s our “logo” on the back. The corners were all hand cut! (I’ll post in-progress pictures if I can find them) You can’t see from the picture but these are 24pt (not super thick but thicker than cardstock) with a green stripe on the edges, and the paper has a velvety “soft touch” finish to it that’s just amazing. I will admit I have rubbed an invitation on my face a few times. These were ordered from GotPrint.com.
RSVP cards! We did online RSVPs but also included an option for people to mail their responses. So far we’ve gotten replies from about 50% of guests, I’ll make another post about our online RSVP success rate after the deadline passes. We’ve actually had a handful of guests reply online but also send the postcard too because in this day and age everyone gets so excited about snail mail! Please note the UV gloss on the front of the card, hopefully you can tell from the picture – the card has a matte finish and then “Reply” is written in glossy coating, so you can only see it when you’re holding it against the light. These cards are from OvernightPrints.com. (Also please note the pen has our hashtag/slogan on it – favors from my bridal shower that my amazing sister and Future Sister-In-Law got!) Important tip! Get a blacklight pen and number all your RSVP cards so that if someone forgets to write their name you’ll still be able to figure out who sent it! You obviously can’t see it here but we wrote the numbers right underneath our address. Blacklight pen bought on Amazon (we got a 6-pack and now write notes to each other and leave them all over the house!)
Website tags! (Can you tell we’re really pushing the website?) And purple baker’s twine (my dad’s favorite part!) to tie all the pieces together. The website tags are just business cards that we hole punched and cut the corners off. Major props to Fiance for tying the bows on all 124 invitations! Website cards are from OvernightPrints, and the twine was from Amazon.
All the pieces stacked and tied together!
The envelopes! We did three different designs based on whether the guest(s) were single, couple with different last names, or couples with same last name/families. (Jenna Marbles fans, yes we are inviting Julien and Jenna! Doubt they’ll come but perhaps we’ll get a signature out of it!) Bought from CardsandPockets.com (hands down best customer service of any vendor we’ve worked with). These were printed on our own printer (some printers have a flap you can open in the back, that was a big help since it prevented the envelopes from having to bend to roll through the printer – be sure to check if yours has one!) Important tip – be sure to order extras! And then a few more on top of that! We have 124 households invited so I ordered 145 to be safe, and with the printer ruining a few I ended up with EXACTLY enough, but sadly no leftover for us as a keepsake. Will have to order one or two more just so we can have one.
I also want to note that I am OBSESSED with the vintage rose forever stamps. They’re printed with almost waxy ink, so they’ve got a texture to them. I love running my fingers over them (through all this I’ve learned I’m a very tactile person). Also how cute are the extra ounce penguins?!
All of the envelopes ready to go to the post office! Please marvel at the perfect fit in this box!
And finally a picture of everything all together! I forgot to get an individual picture of the envelope liners, stickers, and return address stamp. You can see them in the top left corner of this picture. The envelope liners were just printed on our printer on regular printer paper (you can fit two A7-sized ones on one sheet of legal paper!) The return address stamp is from VistaPrint and the stickers are oval Avery labels (bought on Amazon). I highly recommend using some kind of sticker to close your envelopes, keeps you from having to lick the gross glue on the envelopes!
That’s all folks! It probably took a good 10+ hours total to prepare and assemble everything, but we worked on things in the evenings for an hour or two at a time so the work was spread out and didn’t feel overwhelming. If you’re making/assembling your invitations make sure you order everything with plenty of time to assemble. Fiance and I loved working on these together, it was relaxing and a nice bonding experience.
If you have any questions regarding designing/making your own invitations, please ask away! I tried to be as thorough as possible but I’d be happy to offer any help