My Wedding! Post #1: The Invitations

I LOVE weddings. I have a huge stack of wedding magazines that I am making a point of slowly getting rid of… passing them on to the next engaged friend. I subscribe to tons of other wedding photographer’s blogs, and other adorable wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, With This Ring, Grey Likes Weddings, and a gazillion more. Seriously, brides, if you need some good blogs to read— I will hook a sista up! Oh… and while you are over on Grey Likes Weddings— you must watch this video! I teared up! Man, I love love.

So, while I admire all of the brides out there that created blogs for their planning process… documenting every choice, every step… I didn’t do that. And don’t get me wrong– I would have loved to do that. But, I’m not sure WHEN I would have done that. I felt like a crazy person for most of the planning process! Our engagement was only 4.5 months, which probably added to the stress a bit. BUT, I did have the amazing Lauren Chitwood and team doing much of the design and execution of my big day. So, I was probably only stressed because I LOVE weddings so much, wanted mine to be perfect (it was), and wanted to hand make a ton of cute little DIY projects for the big day.

So now that we’ve been married for 50 whole days (I just checked over at The Knot) and life is beginning to settle down a bit, I thought I could post some of the things that I would have loved to post along the way.

First up: my invitations!

So, I love all things paper. My mom got me hooked on scrapbooking in high school, and my affinity for beautiful paper began. Therefore, I really wanted to have a hand in the invitation design. I had my heart set on letterpress, but knew how expensive it was rumored to be. And then I found Mercurio Brothers. They claim to be the cheapest price you can find on the internet for letterpress, and I believe it! Although there are many beautiful ready-made invitation suites available online for purchase, I also wasn’t sure I wanted something that was colorful. I wanted my invitations to feel classy, look beautiful, and seem classic. So, I decided to go with a beautiful script letterpressed and adorning a thick white paper. I found the perfect font for purchase online called Nelly Script Flourish which is actually a hand-drawn calligraphy font. Therefore… my invitations look like hand-written calligraphy… but I didn’t have to pay a calligrapher!

I sent my invitation and reply card designs off to Mercurio Brothers and were so excited when they came back a) earlier than expected, and b) with an extra 50 of everything that I didn’t have to pay for! I then took my trusty Epson R1800 printer (that thing did SO much work for this wedding!) and printed return envelopes with my name and address, and then set about addressing each envelope. I think somebody somewhere said that it is proper etiquette to hand address your invitations– but I didn’t want to! I love the look of the font… and thought since it looked handwritten, I could get away with it 🙂

Although I was happy with my classic, simple invitations, I began to think that I wanted to incorporate a little color somewhere into the invitation… so, envelope liners! My oh-so-kind sister/maid of honor and I went to the store searching for some kind of paper to line the envelopes. And then I thought of it! Wrapping paper! I found a light blue roll with a beautiful damask print. Not only would that be cheaper, but the paper is so lightweight, it really didn’t add to the weight of the invite, and I was able to get away with only one stamp per invite. (Yessss! I mean really…who wants to spend their money on postage, anyway?) We made a template and set about cutting out a million and a half envelope liners. More girls came over another night and helped me glue all the liners in, assemble the invites, add the stamps and lick the envelopes. (I would like to report that I licked every single one of those bad boys. And I was fine. I didn’t get paper cuts on my tongue or gross glue breath… thankyouverymuch Shannon and Lee <ahem>).

I was very thrilled with the way they came out. They felt weighty and nice… and they were classy and classic. And it was so much fun to receive all the reply cards! Although…looking at these photos and remembering the crazy amount of time that went into the whole process makes me feel a little sick… and like I’m glad its over 🙂

So– here are some photos of the mess that was my coffee table!

More posts to come of wedding craftiness… engagement photos… wedding photos… maybe even some childhood pics 😉

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2 comments

Jen Hi! I came across your site and absolutely love your invitations! I am actually using the same font (Nelly Script Flourish) for the tags on my Out of Town boxes for guests for the wedding. I was able to make one tag with the Nelly Script and now just need the word “Welcome” in the font and I cant seem to find it anywhere without purchasing the whole font package for 39. Do you happen to still have the font on your computer and would be willing to send me a screen shot of the word Welcome so that I could use it for our tags? I know this must seem like a crazy request but I thought I would give it a try! Thanks!

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