S+B’s Wedding, part 1
Words can not even begin to describe what the things you are about to see in this post mean to me. Words can also not describe what the people involved with them mean to me.
About a year ago, when my dear friend Stephanie told me she was engaged, I knew that her wedding would be the DIY production of the century. I was so honored to be asked to do the paper products, and then some, for her wedding… and then even more honored when she asked me to be her Maid of Honor! Months of planning, laughing, creating, crying, throwing things, elation, frustration and FUN all comes to a head this Sunday and we couldn’t be more excited! We also couldn’t be more excited for it to all be over….
In this post I will go through the Save the Dates, Invitations, and Bridal Shower invitations. Following the wedding, there will be a post ((or two… or three)) of all the other things we created for this wedding, including the banners, bunting, centerpieces, mason jar wraps, table covers, wall hangings, paper butterflies…. whew. I’m exhausted just typing that…
When we started planning the save the date, we already had a theme for the wedding and a photo to use. Steph had her sister, Breeann, draw their wedding date in the Alice in Wonderland font on an old vintage window, and then photograph her and Brandon sitting behind it! The finished product was just so quintessentially S and B. S being adorable… and B being a goofball!
To eliminate the need for an envelope, we chose to use a postcard design and attach the photo to the card with washi tape. Luckily, I was able to find the Alice in Wonderland font and use it for the names on the postcard side of the Save the Date. I created a circle emblem with their name and wedding date in it, and voila! ALthough they seem so simple, figuring out all of the formatting was a definite challenge. I really enjoyed the learning curve, and am so pleased with how they turned out!!
Once the Save the Dates were in the mail, we got right to work on the invitation. After about a trillion sketches and print tests, the final product has turned out to be, in my opinion, the most beautiful thing I have ever created ((other than my sweet Annabelle!)) I am so so so excited to share all of these with you!
Here is the finished invite, the way it looks when it comes out of the envelope! We shipped the envelopes all the way to California and back to have Steph’s grandma, Pat, hand address them for us!
When you remove the twine and monogrammed, woodgrain embellishment, the pocket-fold opens up into a tri-fold. The left side of the trifold is partially printed, and partially hand stamped and embossed. Steph and I both love the idea of every single piece being hand cut and hand stamped. The fact that all 85 of these are one-of-a-kind creations just sets our hearts on fire! Afterall, handmade and one-of-a-kind is what we do!
On the right side of the tri-fold, you will find a hand cut, hand stamped and hand embossed woodgrain pocket containing 4 enclosures with the details of the reception and location. The inserts all layer together to create a cascade of handmade goodness! A combination of printing, embossing, decorative cutting and washi tape makes these enclosures truly unique!
The enclosures include a map to the venue ((which I made myself)), details for how to RSVP online, an invitation to the Pig Roast reception after the ceremony, and some information about Bloomington, IN- the wedding destination. Each one of these enclosures is special for it’s own reasons, and I couldn’t be prouder of them!
Putting these babies in the mail was a mix of excitement and sadness. It was like sending 85 little children off to college!
The final piece of the invitation puzzle was S’s bridal shower invitations! These were so fun for me because they were a complete surprise to S! She didn’t know a thing about them until she saw a final product! It was so fun to be able to surprise her with these!
For these, I chose a bi-fold card with handmade bunting, washi tape borders and pearl accents. Simple and elegant was the goal here, and I think they turned out great!
Overall, I think the paper products for Stephanie turned out to be a huge success. There really is nothing better than handmade, custom creations! If you love the idea of handmade invitations, but don’t want to go through all the trouble, contact us about a custom order! Weddings, birthday, retirements, graduations… you name it! We do them all!
So happy you stopped by!