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Wedding invitation goodness

Hooray for finally having a Saturday afternoon with enough time to post pictures and write a bit about our wedding invitations. Before my life was overtaken by all things matrimonial, it was all about running. After our wedding, it's been taken up with fun domestic tasks like rearranging the contents of our kitchen cabinets to make room for our matching, non-chipped dishes and going through years of accumulated hand-me-down housewares to drop off at Goodwill. I'm glad to be returning to normalcy (whatever that is).

Our invitations were a labor of love. Obviously, I had to design them myself, however painful that process might prove to be. I wanted to do something different, something handmade, letterpressed, personal, and classic. Something that I wouldn't look back on and cringe at later in life for having fallen victim to some cutesy wedding trend. (I won't name any of the ones that annoy me, but there are plenty—a slight downside of reading wedding blogs). 

I decided that I wanted Scott and I to write each other letters and have that be the main idea behind our invitations, since we hadn't dated for that long and not all of our guests knew about how we met. Somehow, I convinced Scott that pouring his heart out on paper, and publicly, was something he could do. He endured ridicule from his male friends and tears from our mothers and many compliments all around from everyone else.


I knew that I wanted to incorporate blind letterpress into our invitations, and I think it turned out really well. I was a little worried that some of the detail might get lost, but I think that if the illustrations had been inked, it would have been a bit overwhelming. I actually squealed when I picked these up from the post office.


I also wanted to make a protective cover for the booklet, which is the gray outer layer. A sane person would have probably looked at Papersource for these pre-made envelopes. I am not sane. I made them all by hand—trimming, folding, and gluing in the pocket to hold the booklet. Like I said, labor of love.


Initially, I was going to stamp the "J+S" monogram on the outside of the gray cover in silver, but the hues were too similar, so the stamp wasn't visible enough. Aside from that, it looked too plain. So I moved on to plan b, which was to take leftover gray paper scraps and roll black acrylic paint on them with a brayer to create a darker texture on which to stamp. A quick trip to the craft store for yellow scrapbooking paper to back the belly band was the finishing touch. Well, I guess gluing it all together was the finishing touch. Along with printing, cutting, and double-stick-taping in all of the envelope liners. 


These invitations were one of the few splurges we had in our wedding budget. We definitely spent a chunk of change on them (because they were letterpressed) but it was well worth it. The whole time I was putting them together, I kept thinking of how astronomical the price would have been if I wasn't a designer with the crafty cheapo gene! Thank goodness I will never have to worry about that.