Yesterday, I shared the story about how I got our letterpressed invitations made:
After my hard (and expensive) lesson of having to get our invitations re-done after my typo, I pulled myself together and set out to design the rest of the suite. I don’t know if the male half of our recipients cared or noticed, but I wanted to package the whole suite of materials really prettily. It’s part of the whole experience! I love getting beautifully designed cards in the mail! I appreciate all those little details!
I ordered small inner 4 bar envelopes from Papers and More in cherry red to hold a bunch of smaller cards with all sorts of information that the guests needed. I gocco’d the envelope with our logo in white ink:
I love this shot that our photographer Jules Bianchi took with our rings and the envelope:
Inside the small envelope held up to four small 3.5×5″cards: a map to the venue, rsvp information, rehearsal dinner invitation if applicable and an invitation to a pool party at my parent’s house (since we had so many out of town guests fly in, we wanted to have ANOTHER party- California style! We hosted a pool party with a catered Mexican food dinner the Friday before our wedding for everyone). I designed these small cards in Illustrator and had them printed out at Overnightprints.com. Using Overnightprints was awesome because I was able to have them printed as postcards in full color and full bleed on both sides, all for pretty cheaply. They usually have online deals and I can get 100 double-sided postcards for $15. I printed two each on a 5×7″ postcards and then just cut them in half at kinkos to make them 3.5×7″. One of the best tips I got was to get bulk paper cut at kinkos. They will cut a whole stack for $4 a cut! It looks way more professional and saves time than cutting each one individually with a paper cutter! I wanted the small cards to be really colorful and fun:
Then I had to figure out a way to package everything together. I got vellum paper from Papers and More and had them cut it to size. Papers and More will custom cut the paper for you for $5 a cut. I love the look of bakers twine and got a whole roll of red/white twine online from here for $9 and barely made a dent in it (see picture below)! It cost more to ship it than for the twine itself! They come in all sorts of fun colors!
Then I tied everything off with the baker’s twine and topped it off with a wax seal:
For the outer envelopes, we got cherry red A7 envelopes from Papers And More. A note about the envelopes: I searched so many websites and ordered tons of samples from all over the web. Papers And More had the cheapest ones that were still good quality. They also shipped very quickly and had matching cardstock paper in the same colors. I embossed the back of the envelope flaps with our initials using a custom embosser I ordered from Papersource:
The embosser was a bit of splurge, but I justified the purchase by using it on a bunch of other paper products that I will show later in the series. We still use it all the time after the wedding!
This is the finished invitation suite with our wedding programs:
(photo by Jules Bianchi)
I will write about the wedding programs in a later post!