Invitations: The Variety Show

As I mentioned before, I had trouble deciding how to package our invitations.  You’ll see in this post that each suite had a different belly band, and I used a variety of envelope colors. Ridiculous?  Um yeah.  But our invites looked so pretty bundled in silver and white; and so cheerful and spring-y in yellow and pink.  It was like wrapping presents (I love wrapping presents!), and I had fun making each set a little different.

Now onto the eye-candy!

The hard part of the process was choosing the envelopes for each type of bellyband—I still wanted them to match!

No wait, the hardest part was choosing the recipient for each design.  I mulled over what to send my parents and friends for an embarrassingly long time.  Fun, loop-y bows went to households with girly girls, for example.

Clean, sleek-looking sets mostly went to male relatives and friends.

I loved all the shimmering elements in the set above: silver vellum (who knew there was such a thing?), my favorite feather-y paper, twinkly ribbon, and a silver envelope!

I had most of the materials I needed from previous projects (namely Save the Dates), but I had to purchase extra ribbon and Zots specifically for this project.  Here’s a quick rundown of the materials I used along with brief reviews:

I would totally recommend the each-one-is-a-unique-snowflake route for other indecisive brides!  It totally satisfied my cravings for sophisticated invites and fresh, spring-y invites.  I also loved not sticking with a formula—I was totally winging it the whole time.  Having a system for assembling them one particular way may have sped things up, but not by much.  I was in a time-crunch already, so I was wrapping them up and sliding them into envelopes as fast as possible!

Did you choose to have any variety in your wedding paperie?

March 16, 2010. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

Invitations: The Big Reveal!

Our invitations make me smile for three main reasons:

  1. They have bunnies on them.
  2. They are pink and white, my two favorite colors!
  3. Other people made them.  And they made them awesome!

I did not have to lift a finger to work on these until I received them in the mail—designed, printed, and cut to perfection.  Here’s what arrived at my doorstep!  The main invitation, all dotted and swirled:

I asked for a variety of thick and thin swirls but never would’ve imagined them looking (and feeling!) this amazing.

Above photos by The Aerialist Press

The map and reception card—combined, because I was totally baffled by the idea of a separate reception card.  I loved the pin dot border and small circles of information in the bottom left and top right corners.  The letterpress made the circles look like puffy little pillows!

The RSVP card, which was meant to be a postcard.  Adam thought they would be more secure in their own envelopes, so I upgraded our stamps and bought some bite-sized envelopes for the little cuties:

Here is one cheerful combination.  Please pardon the lack of tables in our home!

And a version with a silver envelope:

And that’s it!  I love every bit of ’em and can’t take any credit for ’em.  Alexandra from The Aerialist Press was extremely professional, sweet, and timely; and I am continually amazed at Julie’s artistic talent.  I told her she should open an Etsy shop—if you’re with me, leave a comment below!  I’ll pass along any comments to her. 🙂

Were you happy with how your invitations turned out?

March 12, 2010. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

Invitations: The Beginning

Hello, all!  Sorry for being ridiculously MIA lately.  After our spontaneous move and all of the resulting craziness, Adam’s work treated us to a much-needed vacation!  We spent a week under the sun in Costa Rica and just flew in last night.  When we walked into our condo, we suddenly remembered all that we had left behind.  Namely, this:

The week before we left was extremely stressful and sprinkled with a few all-nighters.  Our goal was to finish our invitations before we flew off, and it seemed like the closer we got to the finish line, the more obstacles appeared.  To be honest, we really had the easy part—my cousin Julie designed every piece, Aerialist Press printed them, and our families finalized the guest list.  So what kept us up till the wee hours every night?

Rounding the corners, cutting the bellybands, and tying the ribbons…for starters.  Here are a few pieces laid out to let the craft glue dry.  You’ll see that every bellyband is slightly different.  I would’ve liked them to be uniform, but I’m so indecisive that I tried out something new for each one…until I had done 200 different bands.

You’d probably rather see the front.  Here’s my favorite paper of the ones we used for the bellybands.  It’s called Obonai White Feather and was just transparent enough to see some color through it.

We bought the envelopes separately, so there was plenty of stamp-affixing, labeling, and sealing; not to mention handwriting.  Oh, the handwriting!  We were out of time for a calligrapher and couldn’t find the cord to our printer.  I wrote each address and return address on the outer envelopes.  They looked more personal than professional, which I had no choice but to love. 🙂  Instead of showing you a blurred image of someone’s address, I’ll show you how nice the cake stamps looked with our shimmery envelopes!

For the RSVP envelopes, I asked my cousin if she could design an address label.  It was so last minute,  but she whipped up six (SIX!) options for us!  Talk about an over-achiever. 😉  I chose my favorite, printed them on a printer that shall not be identified, and oh-s0-carefully slapped them on our little envelopes.  Here they are pre-postage.  I love the pink dots in the border!

And just when we were at the height of the cutting-scribbling-stuffing frenzy, another task got piled on our plate.  We needed to create cards for the Skup Svatova, the pre-wedding party hosted by Adam’s family.  This part was such a process.

The night before our flight, we worked on our invites for 12 hours straight.  We sealed the last envelope just as Adam’s alarm went off, letting us know it was time to book it to the airport!  We left a box of finished invites with our awesome doormen and felt the stress lift away as we flew off to our tropical vacation.

I’ll show you some delicious letterpressed details next, along with our entire suite!

What was the invitation-making process like for you?  Did you DIY from beginning to end (How do you people do that?!  I am amazed!), or just at the end like me?

March 11, 2010. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

Sneak Peek

A sneaky peek at our invitations!  It’s just a little one.  Don’t get too excited!

Mmmmm, swirls and dots and stuff…

As you can see, our entire invitation suite will be pink.  I love it, and it’s cost-effective to have only one color, since we opted for letterpress (squeeeee!).  However, our other colors are grievously absent.  I posted this inspiration board before, but just as a reminder, our complete palette includes bright yellow, pink, and orange:


Spring-y, cheerful, and fun!  I’d like to showcase all three colors in our invitations to give guests a better sneak peek of what’s to come.  I’ve thought of a few ways to add sunny spots of yellow and orange:

  1. Yellow or orange envelopes
  2. White envelopes with bright paper liners
  3. Ribbon tied around invitation suite
  4. Paper belly band
  5. Fabric  pocket for invitation suite

I’m losing steam with all the invitation decision-making.  I hope you can help me out!  I’m going for maximum impact on minimal moneyz.  Which option should I use to brighten up our invitations?

January 21, 2010. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

Invitation Indications

My fantastically talented cousin, Julie, is designing all of my stationery, and she recently sent me some invitation designs.  I was floored.  They’re gorgeous, and I cannot wait to show you what I chose…but you’ll have to wait until after I send them out!  I know, how cruel.  In the meantime, I’ll give you some clues, so you have a notion of what they’ll be like.

She combined many of my stationery-related delights, including bold color:

A graceful border:

A printed medley of thick and thin lines:

Itty bitty dots:

And a little bunny surprise (LOL—not the kind you’d find in the snow):

 Now mash all that together, and you’ll have our invitations!  🙂 

How far along are you in the invitation process?  Are you including any little details that make you swoon?

January 13, 2010. Bunnies, Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

A Map of Our World

Our invitations are currently in the works!  I’ve been talking with a graphic designer to come up with something formal, bright, personal, and cute!  I love cute. 🙂  And even though I have no idea what it will look like, I already know that my favorite part is going to be the map!

Mr. Parfait and I grew up (and currently live) in the town where we’re having our ceremony.   Our houses are about 30 seconds away from each other, and our reception venue is just down the street!  All of this close proximity means that we can feature our favorite places on the map, including:

  • Our current homes
  • The place we met: Our high school!
  • The hill where we have all our picnic-and-frisbee afternoons
  • The fountain where he proposed to me
  • Our favorite restaurant
  • Our favorite ice cream shop
  • Oh, and our church and reception venue…can’t forget those!

While looking for map-inspiration, I came across Aerialist Press.  I fell in love with the maps in their gallery!  Here is a sampling of what they create:

map aerialistSource

map aerialist2Source

map aerialist3Source

These three maps have completely different styles, but I adore all of them!  The first is formal; the second is playful; and the third is very straightforward.  I think my older relatives would appreciate the third one the most, but my younger ones would get a kick out of the second one.


Isn’t this so creative?  I had to include this map, because our first date was at The Cheesecake Factory, too. 🙂 

 Which map is your favorite?  And what other places would you include on your wedding map?

October 27, 2009. Letterpress, Stationery, Vendors. 1 comment.

Love Pink Day

I’m a pretty frequent shopper at VS Pink.  I wouldn’t wear anything emblazoned with a giant logo (or any logo for that matter), but they win big points with me for being:

  1. Comfortable.  My softest, cuddliest sweatpants (that word sounds so outdated, but I’m not sure what else to call them) are from Pink!
  2. Cute.  I have black. straight-leg corduroys from them, and they have the tiniest pink patch near the belt loop.  It’s a patch of their dog logo, which happens to look like a silhouette of my puppy!  It’s the little things. 🙂
  3. Casual.  I don’t expect fancy stuff from them.  I want clothes I can wear while lounging around the house or pool, and I think Pink totally mastered that genre of clothing.

Perhaps the above reasons explain why I was so drawn to the theme of this bridal shower:

It's all so well-done!

Such attention to detail. Who could ask for more?

My dream stationery?  Check.  Lovin’ the playful use of letterpress!
One of my fav flowers?  Check.  The peonies are in full bloom.  Gorgeous~~~
My choice in polish?  Check.  Gotta have Essie!
My favorite food of all time?  Check.  Hello, big, juicy strawberries 😉
The best color ever?  Check!  Hot pink, soft pink, they covered the whole spectrum.

I love the idea of bridal showers, bridesmaids luncheons, all-ladies’ tea, and other girlie celebrations.  The giggling, the sugary desserts, the sweet moments shared…I’m all about it!  Any holidays or special events coming up?  I’m inspired to plan a pretty, pink party!

June 5, 2009. Decor, Favors, Flowers, Foodies, Letterpress, Stationery, Sweets. Leave a comment.

A Pretty Paperie Day

As much as I want our invitations to match our playful, cheery theme, I also want them to have a certain elegance.

I love beautiful cards.  For example:

Gorgeous letterpress

Gorgeous letterpress. I especially love the bottom right one.

As a little girl, I collected stationery like it was my job.  I used them up by writing to my friends and cousins, but always saved at least one sheet and envelope of each kind to keep in my collection.  Nowadays, I love perusing the pretty paper goods at Papyrus and Crane & Co.  I sigh over delicate embellishments, luxuriously thick cotton paper, and the soft grooves of letterpress.

If we were having a winter wedding (or a New Years Eve wedding, like I keep suggesting!), we could have invitations like these:


I'd love to receive (or send!) these in the mail.

A close-up

A close-up. It looks hand-carved!

I fell in love with the above invitations at Elum Designs and Bella Figura.  Beauties like these are what drive me to search Craiglist and Google for letterpresses for my own home.  I’d while away my summer vacations, creating new designs and printing endless amounts of beautiful paper goods…….ahh, wouldn’t it be lovely?

May 5, 2009. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.

A Playful Paperie Day

Adam and I are aiming for a playful, cheery, and bright wedding.  I did some research on stationery along these lines and found some ultra-cute examples!

Love the fun colors and illustrations!

Love the fun colors and illustrations!

Such cute ice cream!

Cute ice cream!

I found these on Wedding Chicks and Subtle Glances, respectively.  I love the clean white paper and the pop of colors.  Letterpress stationery usually seems so serious to me, but these are fresh, fabulous, and fun!  I’d love something like this for our wedding invites.  Anyone nearby have a letterpress and a generous heart? : )

May 4, 2009. Letterpress, Stationery. Leave a comment.