[wedding invitations] a custom bilingual invite for the holidays

Uyen at Sassy Girl Weddings contacted me to design her clients invitation suite; which was an exciting project since I needed to find a way to combine two languages, a greenery watercolor graphic, along with their holiday wedding theme! The most cost effective [and eco-friendly] option was to print a language on each side of a single-layer card. The couple could then flip the card face-up within the envelope, depending on who was receiving the invite.

I found a few green foliage graphics for the couple to choose from, I then added the red berries for a classic holiday element. They decided to incorporate a belly-band embellishment [wrapped around the invite card] to slide the enclosure cards in.  For the band design, I laid out their names & date in white on a red berry ink. Finally, we went with a wild berry envelope to match.

Wedding Invitation GreeneryI can’t wait to customize this design style in the future for a non-holiday celebration, simply by changing the band & envelope color and probably removing the berries… or we can keep them for fun. 😉


[custom wedding invitations] new designs v2

julie { single-layer tall card with 2-layer handmade paper belly band }

I’m excited to showcase a new group of personalized invitation designs created this summer … {many thanks to all my creative clients & their exclusive vision}  part 1 here

starlynn { 3-layer invite w/pocket on the back }
jolee { single-layer duplex invite (charcoal/natural white linen) w/ metallic grey envelopes }
naomi { 2-layer SF skyline invite, tear-off RSVP / map enclosure }
tara { rose illustration invite printed front/back, includes tear-off RSVP postcard }
jane { pocket folder invite w/monogram tag; custom graphic provided }

+ a quinceañera invitation redesigned from my tear-off rsvp/map cards !

Quinceanera { front/back printed invite with tear-off rsvp postcard }

> each new invitation suite is usually redesigned based from an invite on my site, {as noted in some photo captions} then personalized to each clients unique wedding/event colors or theme

[DIY print & assemble] wedding invitations

wedding DIY invitations
wedding DIY invitations
kristina: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; envelopments pocket folder}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Directions & RSVP postcard

Lately I’ve been designing more custom invitations for DIY clients, who want me to provide either the hi-res PDFs (ready to print themselves) or the printed enclosure cards only (cut & ready to assemble). I absolutely love when I receive the completed wedding invitation suite from each diy client, so I can actually see the final result! 😉 “thanks!”

**photos of each creative invitations are shown below, along with a note on which DIY option each client chose & any paper details**

wedding invitations custom digital PDF
debra: {digital DIY PDFs; printed at a local printer & online @ vistaprint.com}
> custom designed single-flat card plus map & RSVP enclosures
Freida DIY assembly wedding invitation
freida: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; cards & pockets pocket folder & graphic mat layer}
4 cards> custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
jaclyn DIY invitation design
jaclyn: {DIY printed cards ready to assemble; paper & more pocket folder
plus cards & pockets graphic mat layer}
4 cards > custom designed invite plus MAP, Details & RSVP postcard
> all-in-one guest/return address label wraps 
kimberly DIY wedding invitation
kimberly: {digital DIY PDFs; cards & pockets folder + printing}
> custom designed monogram including cover design, bilingual invite booklet
(back adhered to folder); plus Map & RSVP enclosures

If you would like to print &/or assemble your own Wedding Invitations / Reception Stationery but need help with the graphic design & layout, I can assist you!  Check out my etsy listings [below] for more info on which option is best for you depending on what you’re envisioning!

> DIY Printable PDFs Custom Design for Wedding Invitations or Reception Stationery 

> DIY Printable PDF Custom Design for Reception Stationery {listing for only 1 design}

[custom wedding invitations] vertical folded card + ribbon sash

Everyone is loving the look of opening an invitation like a present, revealing a pocket full of goodness. However, if you plan on adding your website to the main invitation & don’t really need an additional enclosure card (wedding details/map/reception info) but only the RSVP card, you don’t necessarily need a pocket. Your guest will be sending back the RSVP leaving the pocket empty & lonely, & leaving you wondering why that extra money was spent?

So, when Christine wanted to design her invites based on Myisha’s design (shown below) we came up with a fantastic solution: a 3-layered vertical folded card with ribbon sash & name tag on the front, but the invite panel is moved to the bottom where the pocket was, and the RSVP slides under the ribbon at top! I do believe we solved this one with flying colors, don’t you think?! 😉 I love it!

Myisha's Wedding Invitation Suite {handmade paper discontinued ;{


*below are two more client creations showing how they personalized Myisha’s design by changing the handmade paper, fonts, ink & metallic paper colors. I’m even working on a new design based on this but flipping the layout to open horizontally! fun!

[custom wedding invitation] tea-length metallic golds

Congrats to Anh & Todd, married July 17, 2011.
I’m finally showcasing their 2-layer tall/tea-length wedding invitation suite!

I first designed their intertwined palm tree logo…  I then laid out the typography using zapfino & copperplate fonts. I love that they chose the natural white linen shimmer paper to layer with the gold card stock {click on the photo to see the texture}! Their personalized wedding map & RSVP postcard enclosures were tucked behind the invite.  *NOTE* the pocket on the back isn’t closed on one side since the size of these enclosure cards wouldn’t allow for a fully closed pocket. instead you can place them loosely behind the invite or tie with your choice of ribbon, twine or elastic thread.

*check out more images from their gorgeous sunny day by adrienne gunde photography

[custom wedding invitation] vintage cinema ticket

I recently designed tony & trisha’s vintage cinema wedding invitations, which also included their guest/return address label wraps to match. {printed on metallic silver cardstock with metallic black envelopes & belly band w/blush pink vintage labels}.

vintage cinema wedding invitations

vintage cinema wedding invite

Their enclosure card is tucked behind the ticket invite, held together by a belly band that slides off. {this additional card is perforated so the RSVP postcard tears-off leaving the guest with the map & wedding details card…I also love that they requested to include the fun entrée illustrations}!

wedding RSVP tear-off posctard

> more info at my etsy shop!


[custom wedding invitation] pocket on the back

Yay for summer time… which also means papercake is in constant production on custom wedding invitations + reception stationery for the big day!  there are a lot of new & fun designs that I want to showcase so my posts will be short & sweet…email or comment if any questions or to start your own custom invitation suite 😉

green & pink floral invitations

* jean & erik’s Vertical 5×7, 3-layer custom illustrated flower invite with handmade paper & pocket on back, plus personalized map & all-in-one guest/return address label wraps

wedding invite pocket on back

wedding invitation pocket on the back with envelope liner

* kerry & bryan’s Horizontal 5×7, 2-layer mountain & valley illustrated invite with outer envelope liner & pocket on the back, which includes their customized map + rehearsal dinner card (that she decided to include within her invite instead of sending a separate invite later on).

custom wedding map

[custom wedding invitation] modern clouds yellow & peacock blue

It’s very exciting when I receive a “new invite project” email from my sassy, southern california wedding coordinator, uyen {sassy girl weddings & events}…  and anita & eric were our next victims!  they wanted something very unique, colorful & graphic to define their rooftop, art museum wedding celebration.

yellow & peacock blue invitations

To help start the design process, they provided art inspiration (ie: woodblock clouds & rooftop silhouette) along with their favorite invite design, plus color & font choices. My design was a success, so we went with paper-source sunshine yellow and printed the peacock blue digitally on cream felt cardstock. *I love that they wanted a fun RSVP postcard & map too… completing the package perfectly!

wedding map & rsvp postcard

I can’t wait to see the actual rooftop wedding photos 😉

[real wedding] kathleen + raian

tracy kumono photography

Congrats to Kat + Raian, married December 18th, 2010.
& thanks to uyen @ sassy girl weddings for asking me to design their wedding stationery!

square pocket wedding Invitation

The full invitation suite was truly unique & colorful, incorporating navy, eggplant & fuchsia. first the save the date cards {I posted these a while ago here}. for the invites we wrapped lace, which kat picked out herself, vertically around the cover of the pocket folder. we also added embellishments like the square name tag to the front cover, and a ghosted swirl graphic on all insert cards.  paper: metallic stardream quartz + iris blue

wedding enclosure cards

*check out my favorite wedding day photos below, shot by tracy kumono photography

wedding day photos by tracy kumono

wedding day photos by tracy kumono

*reception stationery: I picked up the design from the invitations for the escort & table tents, we even added the fuchsia lace to the table cards {another reason why it’s always good to purchase more yards than you need  😉  I love how all these small details bring together the colors beautifully; linens, flowers, paper & candy bar too!

wedding day flowers

wedding cake & candy bar

wedding day photo booth

*see more photos from their big day at tracy’s blog.