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Wedding Week: The Invitations

April 3, 2012
by thenestinggame

The perk of being engaged to an Art Director is that he can design all our wonderful invitations! The downside of being engaged to an Art Director is that he actually has opinions about what they should look like. Luckily, we were on the same page and Taylor did an amazing job designing an entire suite of wedding paper paraphernalia.

First up, our save the dates.

We decided to incorporate our silhouette heads in a lot of our wedding stuff. We thought the Save the Date was a chance to have a little fun and show a bit of our personalities. Plus, this would drop the hint that this was going to be a fun event!

We played off the fact that neither of us go by our first names, and added to that all the other things we have in common. (And 2 things we don’t.) We used kraft paper envelopes which opened on the end and I bought an embosser for all our current and future return address needs.

We printed these on our home printer after LOTS of trial and error. Then the printer killed itself to avoid having to churn out any more wedding stuff on card stock. And we outsourced the rest of the printing from there.

For the wedding invitation, we incorporated the color scheme of blue and and coral with a gingham print on the backside, but kept the wording traditional.

I just realized that the inner envelope is not pictured! Oh well, just imagine a coral envelope inside the kraft paper envelope, containing all the other pieces. I lined the coral envelope with a section of this map of Paris. It’s where we got engaged and the colors of the map worked perfectly. The bundle was tied with thin leather string because our venue used to be a shoelace factory. Tucked on top was a spring of fresh rosemary, since our venue is also surrounded by rosemary bushes.  We hope it smelled good when our guests opened it!

Instead of tissue paper, we lined the invitation with a piece of seersucker fabric. The return address card is the coral one with our heads, and in addition to the standard yes/no RSVP stuff, we took requests for the DJ. It was so fun to see all the songs that came rolling back in! On the blue card, Taylor designed a map and directions to the venue. The outer envelope is also made out of kraft paper, like the save the date, and we over-printed it with faint stripes echoing the pattern of the seersucker and the same scroll design as on the invitation for the address section. The dotted lines trailed up to the butterfly stamp, making it look like the pattern in which the butterfly flew.

Whew. Sorry for the dissertation there! Up next, the Rehearsal Dinner invitations.

Taylor took some fun icons and worked them into the shape of a heart. Our rehearsal dinner was on April Fool’s Day, so the wording gives a nod to that. Luckily, no one played any jokes on us! I’m pretty sure that everyone got the memo that practical jokes on a bride-to-be were ill-advised…

You may notice that the email address to reply was “” This was–hands DOWN–the best wedding advice I received. Before I started planning, I created that address and used it for all vendors, contacts, ANYTHING related to the wedding. Everything wedding-related went straight to that address and never got lost in the shuffle of my regular e-mail. And then on April 3rd, I never had to look at it again.

Finally, the programs. We kept them simple and ivory on the front. And on the inside, Taylor brought back the faint blue stripe for the background. On the back, a little message from us and a blurb about the history of our venue.

I was so happy with how everything turned out! I know these pieces aren’t traditional, but they felt very much like us.

Coming up tomorrow: part 1 of the DIY Details! And in case you missed yesterday, we went over the wedding attire.

See what our amazing friends gave us as a gift to remind us of our invitations

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2012 9:09 am

    Absolutely phenomenal job! Those are all simply amazing. You should hire yourselves out!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 3, 2012 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Vicki!

  2. April 3, 2012 10:10 am

    LOVE your save the date!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 3, 2012 4:33 pm

      Yay! Thanks, Jae!

  3. Sara permalink
    April 3, 2012 7:40 pm

    Your wedding is beautiful and I love, love, love the attention to detail. I had a question about the wrapping paper from Paper Source. Is one roll just the map? Or does the map repeat many times? They have a lot of neat selections that would really come in handy for a map/ travel photo gallery wall I am working on.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 4, 2012 10:27 am

      The Paris map is one sheet of paper. We scanned it in and printed out multiple copies for our purposes. They do have rolls of some of their gift wrap, just not sure which ones. Hope that helps!

  4. April 4, 2012 1:14 pm

    I love every single detail. You did an amazing amazing job.

  5. Amanda K permalink
    December 17, 2013 3:12 pm

    Where did you order your address embosser? I love the rectangle design!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 21, 2014 10:40 am

      I ordered it custom from Wilshire Graphic Press, but the design was my husband’s doing. Thanks!

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