Tuesday, April 13, 2010

our wedding invites


so i have begun creating our own invitations for the party that we'll have once we get back from our honeymoon/eloping trip. so far i have traced and cut out 75 envelopes from old grocery bags and 25 envelope liners...only 25 or so more to go! and yes, my hands hurt but i guess that the old adage is true in this case when it comes to saving money: no pain, no gain! i just thank god we both have graphic design experience, good taste, and an epson home printer, haha.


we never really had a color theme so we just built a palette around the stamps we liked most. i never had any little girl dreams of what my wedding would be like but for some reason i do remember thinking, "i really hope the stamp design is not dumb the year i get married." well, we totally lucked out with the king and queen of hearts design! thank you postal system for working in my favor for once!


we are going to use the bluebird colored paper for the invites and then just some normal white computer paper we already have to print hotel, map, and registry info. i know, i know it's supposedly not polite to put registry info in wedding invites anymore but personally i think that's just silly (this is me spitting me tongue out at you lords of wedding etiquette!) and besides, this is more like a shower than an actual wedding anyway. plus we are going to have people rsvp via email so no wasted paper and stamps for that, making them even more budget and eco friendly!

finally, we'll use the candy-cane striped yarn (i could not find baker's twine!) to tie together all the different elements and seal the envelopes shut with the bright orange wax since homemade envelopes don't have their own stickum of course. well that and i love sealing wax, how can you not? i'm still on the lookout for the stamp itself though, just not thoroughly in love with what we've found so far.


if you have an extra second, you should totally check out these invite designs which you could really use for so many different things. if i had money, i certainly would :)

printed handkerchiefs via 100 layer cake and lucky luxe

embroidered wedding invites via readymade and rifle paper co.

11 comments:

DK said...

Oooh those are awesome! I love how you're making the envelopes too.

geschichtenvonkat said...

thanks, we are trying so hard to keep some style on a non-existant budget so it means a lot to hear that :)

Bethany Dirksen said...

I love that color combination: blue, brown, white, orange. Super lively, but not annoyingly colorful.

Angela said...

OH!! Those are going to be beautiful! I love orange and blue together! Really really nice!

Dylan said...

SO cute! Your taste and mad skills are taking you way beyond what most people manage with wads of cash. Its going to be fabulous!

Kimanh xo said...

AWEOMSE! I make as much as I could when I got married.. it will all look great!

maureencracknell said...

I made our wedding invitation, too. Around 200, A little more than 8 years ago, and I still remember how awful of an idea it was about 20 in. : ) They look great so far -- it will totally be worth it! Family and friends still remember mine, which makes it all worth the pain!

Jen said...

How pretty! They're really smart looking little envelopes, I can't wait to see them finished!We made all of our invitations too, there's something about it that just feels so good :)

geschichtenvonkat said...

thank you for all your encouragement and kind words...i feel like i have my own little cheering section here and i love it :)

Autumn Rain Creations said...

Well, I think it's creative and awesome!

Best wishes to you,
April

Kirby said...

these are great! I'm thinking i'll make my own invites/envelopes for the wedding. invite some friends over and get to work!