Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wedding: Invitations & Save the Dates

Photo by Erik Clausen
I thought I'd start our wedding story with what most of our friends and family had as their first glimpse of our wedding.

Photo by Erik Clausen
You may remember my various posts  on different 'save the dates' and then finally inspiration struck (or the self-imposed timeline ran out). What better way to introduce the wedding than with D.'s iconic choice of the top hat. We designed these on photoshop and had them printed at Vistaprint - cheap and easy.

Photo by Erik Clausen
The invitations were a much more involved process after being so smitten by other 'booklet' invites we'd spotted on blogs here and there. We knew a simple bi or tri-fold layout wasn't going to cut it.

Photo by Erik Clausen

Invitation Pg. 1 Detail

The black and white artwork was sourced from istockphoto and the fabulously free clip art directory hosted by the University of South Florida - Clipart ETC  don't even get me started on the anatomical drawings.

Invitation Pg. 2-3 Spread

D. built our map centerfold using a 1950's map of Denver with a few tweaks (including airbrushing out Stapleton). The fonts throughout were sourced from inspirational time suck dafont.com.

Invitation pg. 4-5 Spread

Invitation pg. 7 Detail

Invitation Pg. 8 Detail

Our black linen cover stock and velvet textured pages all came from The Paper Mill Store. Having the cover stock pre-scored saved us loads of time and ensured that the spines were nice and straight. The scalloped labels used on the covers and our black and white striped envelope liners came from Envelopper Inc.

RSVP Card 5   RSVP Card 4

Our RSVP cards mimicked library cards printed on card stock and tucked into actual library card pockets  purchased from, where else, The Library Store.

After dozens of mock-ups, thousands of nudges and hours of kerning on photoshop - I handed our files and paper over to the understanding people at Metro Press, a print shop a few blocks from my office. They were the first wedding invitations anyone had brought in, which might have scared a few people. Luckily, picking Metro Press was a good call - small and family run, they devoted a lot of time to making sure that everything was just right and printed out plenty of proofs for me. 

The final printed pages were stitched into each cover - by hand (by me!) with black and white licorice twine from Divine Twine. Then stuck into kraft paper envelopes from Paper Presentation (who also supplied the RSVP card envelopes) which were lined in the aforementioned black and white liners from Envelopper Inc.

Outer Envelope 1

I'll also let you in on a little secret - if it wasn't already obvious. That's not my handwriting, but a great choice of font, printed and traced painstakingly.

Our return address stamp and the library date stamp were both purchased on Rubber Stamp Champ, where I'm getting ready to order a new version for "The Watsons."

P.S. Thanks to blogger friend Julie for noticing the new layout around here. If you can't tell, I'm looking for graphic design activities.


  1. Um, you make this sound like it was a breeze. I can only talk to the addressing of the envelopes, but when you told me that little trick, I thought I was made in the shade. ALL READERS: "TRACING PAINSTAKINGLY" IS HARD!!! We gave up. But you're an inspiration and this was the most amazing invitation I ever hope to receive.

  2. What font is that on the envelopes? It's gorgeous.

  3. Hi Rachel - the font is Richard Murray - Thanks!!

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