Posts tagged invitations

Must be in the water…

It would seem that people are definitely feeling like the recession is on its way out, because at this time last year, business was, well, slow. Fast forward to this year, and things are going crazy! Yay for weddings, bridal showers, new babies, and social events! Keep ’em coming!

I was working on updating my portfolio this past weekend. My printed portfolio, that is – my online portfolio is sadly lacking. That’s the hard part of freelancing; you should be spending your time on maintaining your own stuff, but then you get busy enough that self-promotion gets put on the back burner. Before the summer is up, I really want to redesign (which has a ton of broken links, and needs a whole lotta help) and redesign this blog as well.

Anyway, I think sometimes I like to post my to-do’s here so that way maybe I actually will get motivated to do it?

Can’t believe that these letterpress lovelies have been sitting in my book now for nearly three years. It feels like Keri and I were just working on them last year!

These were samples of a double-sided invitation that I had proposed to one of my brides. We ended up going in another direction, but I fell in love with the concept, and I love how they look in various colors.
IMG_5677 Would somebody PLEASE get married and use curry as “their” color? I absolutely adore this color, and the matching curry envelopes are to die for. TO DIE FOR.

Of course, they’re gorgeous in pool, too.

Another proposed concept. I love the pattern of the plus symbol. The color combinations here could be endlessly delightful. And just imagine the other goodies you could do with that plus symbol. Die-cut plus symbol favor tags? Yes, please! Or large-scale, on programs? Fun.

I’m working with another bride right now who has the coolest location. More on that later when I reveal the final version, but this was one option. I really like the idea of mixing and matching patterns within a color scheme.

What are some of your favorite trends in paper right now? Any color combinations in particular that you’re head-over-heels with?


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“I want a pink candy party”

When Madeline Grace’s mom Rachelle contacted me about doing birthday party invitations, she said that Madeline specifically wanted to have a pink candy party. We used pictures from the Birthday Girl blog as inspiration, such as this one:

Rachelle also wanted to keep it really young and pretty – nothing too grownup. Madeline, after all, only three. 🙂

So for the invitations, we did a double-sided print. The design was based on classic candy wrappers and turned out really … well, sweet. We also did a blossom-colored envelope to match the pink stripes and polka dots.


Then, to add to the fun, we did labels for the drinks – pink lemonade, strawberry milk, chocolate milk, and regular milk, as well as tags for the favor bags that say “Pure Sweetness.” Rachelle is also doing a candy bar of just pink candy, so we made labels for all of her different jars. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

And while I didn’t photograph it, we also made individual nametags for each party-goer that are going on the milk jugs that Rachelle has (recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles!). All in all, too cute and I cannot WAIT to see her pictures from the party!

Thank you, Rachelle, for letting me be a part of Madeline’s big day! You are a sweet friend!

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Elegance in Navy Paper

Caught this one over at dress, design & decor … a beautiful navy invitation. I even like the folds, which is unusual for me as I prefer a flat myself. Lovely typography with the slightest touch of whimsy, yet still traditional.

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Big Reveal: Kerri’s Invitations

Kerri's Invitations
I talked a little bit about Kerri’s invitations here. She’s an interior design student, and her fiance is a photographer. It’s always fun to work with fellow creatives, and I knew they were going to want something a little out-of-the-box.  They were so fun to work with, and I hope that their wedding is everything they dreamed of and more!

Kerri's Invitations



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You guys. You are awesome. I keep getting all kinds of emails from you, asking about various invitations, especially for high school reunion invitations. Please keep your requests coming – I’m always happy to fire off an estimate. And if you are on a strict budget, please don’t hesitate to let me know that. The beauty of working with a designer is the ability to problem-solve. Sometimes I can definitely help a client cut some corners. So. If I can help you with your vision in some way drop me a line and let’s chitchat.

Envelopes ready

I’ll be dropping off a finished project later in the week, and I’m excited for the bride to see it. And that’s maybe the best part of my job — seeing a happy client.

Stack o' Envelopes

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Busy Busy

I get a lot of questions from brides-to-be on how my process for custom wedding invitations works, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about it here.  One of my favorite paper projects to work on is custom wedding invitations for the detail-oriented bride. Custom paper goods aren’t necessarily for everybody. It’s definitely a niche. Every bride has her own priorities when it comes to the various elements of her wedding. Some girls are focused on their reception and their cake, and thus, spend the majority of their money there. For others, it’s a fabulous gown (that was me) or maybe a jaw-dropping venue. And there are plenty of brides that are happy to pick out their invitation from a binder and call it a day.

But that wasn’t me. For me, an invitation sets the tone of any event. It’s like a tiny sneak peek into an experience that you are invited to attend. For me, my wedding invitations were about expressing who Simon and I are and to give people an insight to the event that we were planning. I fell in love with invitations from design studios like Hello Lucky and Peculiar Pair Press. Simon kept pressing me to design the invitations for us. Didn’t he realize, I thought to myself, that designing for yourself is always ten times harder than designing for any client?

But in the end, I’m so glad that I took that challenge. I was madly in love with our invitations, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. And that’s exactly the same experience that I want my brides to have: falling madly in love with their invitations because they’re just that detail-oriented. Most of my brides are the types that are interested in that kind of detail. They want gorgeous imagery, pretty colors and unusual fonts. Not just your run-of-the-mill, plain white, out-of-a-book kind of invitations. It’s something that the recipient will find great pleasure in opening and reading.

When I work with a bride, we have an initial meeting (sometimes with the mother-of-the-bride or groom-to-be in attendance) where I encourage the bride to bring me absolutely everything about her wedding. I want to know what her vision is for her big day. Magazine clippings, photos of the cake, fabric swatches – I’ve even had somebody bring a bridesmaid’s dress. Nothing is too crazy, trust me. It’s even helpful to see examples of stuff that the bride hates. Anything that can give me insight into the type of style that the bride prefers is awesome.

Afterwards, I go home and get designing. I (almost) always provide three samples then to the bride to choose from, based on our previous discussion. Usually one of these samples will be similar to what the bride is looking for. We’ll then fine-tune the design of the invitations and other collateral materials, such as RSVPs, envelopes, direction cards, save-the-dates, etc. From there, it’s approval of the final proof and then off to the printers we go. I’ve printed anything from letterpress, to thermography (a type of printing that gives the look of engraving without the high cost), as well as a simple digital flat print.

Check out these three above. They’re all in a similar color scheme, with similar elements. The bride and groom were not interested in anything that suggested traditional. No flourishy fonts or images. The bride is an interior design student and the groom is a photographer. They like bold patterns, and contemporary typefaces. In the end, we went in a different direction than some of these samples shown above, but I won’t reveal those just yet. 🙂  They’ll be printed by the beginning of next month, so I’ll be sure and post them here.

I often get asked a lot about ceremony programs. In my experience, the programs are always a last-minute project, and are typically on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to the budget. By the time the details of the ceremony have been hammered out, it’s usually within two weeks of the wedding date, and so it’s a project on a short budget and a short time frame. I’m always more than happy to work within a budget and try to bring as much spice and creativity to a project as possible.

Well, so there you have it. A petit primer on the ins-and-outs of wedding invitations. If you are interested in invitations, whether it be of the social or wedding variety, drop me an email here and let’s discuss what it is you’re looking for.

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I wish these were mine

I am so in love with these custom invitations from Orange Beautiful. Designed for her sister’s wedding and inspired by the locale (the fab Jonathan Adler-designed Palm Springs getaway), they just ooze style. I wish I’d done them! Well done, OB!

Oh, le sigh. That marbled paper! The pale pink! The reverse type!

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