January 28, 2013

our DIY save the dates and formal invitations.

To kick off our wedding coverage, let me share our DIY postcard save the dates:
At the heart of our wedding inspiration was the classic Greetings from California postcard. I was immediately drawn to the muted vintage shades — specifically to the mix of navy and sunset hues. It seemed only fitting, then, to have the postcard be our guests' first impression of the event. To save a bit of money, Radley and I decided to make our own (simple, straightforward) save the dates.
After ordering the postcards from Found Image Press, we created a cropped version of our engagement photo and printed out several sheets of wallet-size copies. For the text, we wanted an old school typewriter look, so we ordered a custom save-the-date stamp from Antiquaria. Once we'd gathered all our supplies, we opened a bottle of wine, turned on Midnight In Paris and stamped/taped our way to the finish line. The end result was clean and simple — exactly what we'd hoped for!
For our formal invitations, we turned to Posh Paperie — a vendor I'd bookmarked long before our engagement because I genuinely loved their work. I could go on and on about them, but let me just say that Elizabeth and Karrie are the ultimate dream team, and they managed to make all my visions a reality. Our suite included the mounted navy invitation, a lined envelope, a simple reply card, and an illustrated map of the area with directions on the back. They let us include illustrated landmarks that were important to us as a couple, and I absolutely loved that little bit of personalization.
As I share more of our wedding throughout the week, you'll see all the other beautiful pieces designed by Posh Paperie, including some creative signs and elegant programs. Truth is, the paper goods were one of my favorite parts to work on — and for the record, there really was "lots of" dancing :)

Up next tomorrow: A peek into the (nervous/excited) hours before our ceremony!

9 comments:

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

Love your invites, and love that you're doing belated wedding recaps! I got married in October and wasn't really able to face the intensity of it all to blog about it at the time... Maybe I still will :)

Oh, My Darling said... [Reply to comment]

I'm such a sucker for wedding stationery. Love the vintage-y save the dates!

Kate Harvey said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! We did DIY save-the-dates and wedding invitations too. And my husband and I took our honeymoon in Napa! Beautiful!!!!

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with love said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful!!!!! I like the postcard!!! Gosh, i wish i can do all this for my wedding :) :)....

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Anna Do it! And share the link :)

Whitney said... [Reply to comment]

love these! i am so happy you are sharing all of this, girl!

Francesca Forzoni said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I love this - I've just started designing Bespoke Wedding Stationery and this is such an inspiration - beautiful xx

Angela said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! Love the save the dates and personal touches on the invites. :)

Mariz Denver said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely gorgeous! you do some AMAZING work. Thanks for sharing with us.

Mariz
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