Chad and I were on vacation in New Orleans when he proposed to me exactly a year ago today!!!!….funny thing is I totally knew it was going to happen.
We happened on a stationery store on Magazine Street where I found these incredibly cute [and helpful] binders from Russel and Hazel and bought them for my wedding planning even before he popped the question! The large one I bought for all my images, the small one I bought for notes at meetings, and the tote I bought just because. I’ve always HATED those “cookie cutter” wedding planners they have in stores…too girly and frilly…so I just made my own. If you happen to get one of the wedding planners with a 3-ring binder as a gift, definitely use some of those sheets to help get you started in a new fabulous binder, then fill the rest with sheet protectors for your images.
[images from Russel and Hazel]
Diane from Circa1979 sent me some invites she designed for her own wedding…I love the separate RSVP cards! And hey, if anyone out there has got some cool, modern invites you’ve designed and want to show off, send them over!
I’m a graphic designer by day and a bride-to-be at night and took my invitations into my own hands. I bought my card stock and envelopes from Paper Source (my favorite paper store!), and lined my envelopes with Gypsy paper by Pasticcio Prints from Paper Mojo. I fed the card stock through my inkjet printer and created this set for our “big day!” I hand-illustrated both maps, scanned them into Photoshop and then edited them to fit the paper we were using. It was so satisfying and worth the extra work!
[images from Diane] [good luck with the wedding diane!!!]
Juliet, a BB reader from London, sent me images of her invitation suite that she designed for her wedding…..I absolutely went mad over it! Here she is in her own words….thanks for sharing Juliet!
i designed a faux heraldic shield based on crows (which my fiance and i love and who seemed to haunt our early courtship) our initials (which when we marry will become the same) and a crossed feather motif (i’ve got a tattoo of a feather on my foot) and went with a sort of victoriana inspired theme for the stationery.
we write a music blog together so it seemed appropriate to make up a cd sleeve type envelope to hold all the bits. incidentally a french friend of mine said he found ‘repondre s’il vous plait’ a little too abrupt and suggested the more gentile ‘merci de repondre’ for the rsvp card. in order to get all the information on directions to the church, wedding list etc into the invitiation package we decided to make a fold out (which folds down to the same size as the invitation and rsvp card) which looked like victorian bill poster or page from a gentlemen’s quarterly.
we’d wanted the letterpress type feel to things but time constraints (we got engaged in mid july and are getting married mid november!) budgetary issues and a real lack of letterpresses in the uk meant our final design was all laserprinted onto standard sized paper i’d chosen in an art supply store and we spent a weekend with scalpels, double sided tape and cutting boards trimming, folding and assembling hundreds of bits of cardboard into our invitations, mind you, all in all it’s only cost us £100 ($200) for 125 invitations! (though there’s many a busy evening spent slaving over a hot keyboard & mouse which isn’t accounted for in there!)
[images from Juliet]
The newest issue of InStyle Weddings is definitely one to get….I absolutely fell in love with the immensely creative Paper Portfolio…essentially they gave 5 stationers free reign to design their dream suite of invitations, programs, etc. Here are some of my favorites….I even highlighted my SUPER favorite parts!
[images from InStyle Weddings Fall 2007]
You would think finding modern looking guestbooks would be easy….but its NOT. Luckily I found Kolo albums….we’ll probably end up using one in chartreuse [but they have great colors that would go with any theme...I especially like the orange!] They also have great boxes in case you want to nix the whole book idea all together…..
[images from Kolo]