Wedding InvitationsPosted: June 3, 2014
This past weekend James and I finally finished and mailed out our wedding invitations. Over the past several months we have been working on designing and creating the invitation packages. Designing your own invitations is the only way to ensure stylistic consistency with the rest of the wedding, as well as being entirely unique. Plus, designing and creating them ourselves was a lot more fun than just picking out a cookie cutter design. As with our Save the Dates, I admit that it was stressful and laborious along the way, but as with all things that we value, well worth it.
Aside from the invitation piece itself, we also had to design every element other than the envelopes (though we did spend quite some time at Paper Source picking out the right color and size). Using a wide variety of source material from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we designed the invitations, RSVP cards, map, hotel/registry information card (on the back of the map), and two stamps: one with our return address used on the envelopes, and one with a monogram stamp with our initials to go on the back flap of the envelopes. After completing the designs, we had the paper pieces printed and cut at a local print shop using ivory card stock.
We had our stamp designs created into rubber stamps, and used them to hand emboss each envelope. We used our return address on the RSVP envelopes first, and embossed using gold ink with clear powder.
After stamping down with ink and applying embossing powder, we used an embossing tool to heat up the stamp design in large batches of envelopes. Here you can see the monogram stamps on the back of the envelopes, which are the same monogram initials on the invitations.
In this photograph you can see how the stamp changes as the powder heats up and melts to create a textured print on the surface.
After all of the embossing was done, we lined the envelopes. We had a blush damask pattern printed on ivory colored liner paper, and used a glue stick to press them firmly in.
We then printed all of our guests’ names and addresses onto oval stickers, before embossing a gold dotted line around the rim. These were carefully stuck to the center of each envelope.
The final step to our DIY wedding invitations was assembling all of the pieces inside of the envelopes. Each one included a map/registry card, a blush colored RSVP envelope with RSVP card, and of course the invitation itself.
We spent a lot of time designing all of the elements, researching Victorian and Baroque printed material to fuel our inspiration. We wanted to have a product that was intricate and elegant, with the use of delicate colors and scrollwork, but was also completely different and unique from any wedding invitation that we had ever come across. We are thrilled with the results, and are so glad to have this big step complete in our wedding planning.