[Real Wedding] A Colorful Great Gatsby Inspired Event

MichelleKevinSuiteCongrats to Michelle & Kevin, married on September 19, 2015 at The Generals Daughter in Sonoma, California. I can’t get over how gorgeous all the colors came together in these amazing photos by Rebecca Gosselin Photography.

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When I met with Michelle, I was so excited to utilize her fun color palette when designing her custom invitations into a unique, art deco styled suite. I also created a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed monogram to use throughout their stationery (see matchbook & cuff links too!). Everything really came together beautifully by combining the stunning bouquets [by Fantasy Flowers] with the wedding day coordination [A Savvy Event]. I had to find time to showcase just a few of my favorite photos for your planning inspiration! 😉

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[Wedding Invitation] Mailing Tips

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Once production & assembly is completed on my wedding invitation orders, I like to remind my clients to add postage to their RSVP postcards /or response envelopes … but more importantly, to bring in a completed invitation suite to the post office to be weighed before buying all postage! Below are even more essential envelope & mailing tips:

  • Double Wedding Envelopes are Traditional. Pockets are Modern. Using double envelope sets is a wedding tradition that dates back hundreds of years. While they are still very commonly used, they tend to be reserved for invitations that are more traditional in style. However, a pocket folder IS the inner envelope.
  • Use Invitation Tissue. When all folded up, the panel with the pocket falls on top of the invitation card panel. During mailing the v-shaped pocket will rub against the printing causing smudges. You can prevent this by the addition of invitation tissue. Just place a single piece between the two panels to help prevent smudging. [5.5″ square tissue / A7 tissue packs / 5×7 or 6×6.]
  • Stamps & Postage: Make sure you bring a completed invitation to the post office and weigh it to calculate exactly how much postage you will need. (note: square envelopes will cost extra). See what stamps they have available and if none are to your liking you can have custom stamps made up online to match your theme.
  • Hand canceling: You can bring all your invitations to the post office and request that they be hand-canceled*. Machines print bar codes on the envelopes, but hand-canceling — just marking each stamp — keeps invitations neat and prevents damage that machines can cause (they will still go through sorting machines, but will skip the first one).  For even more info on hand canceled envelopes, check out the post via the knot, also see “4 secrets the post office won’t tell you” by Love Inc Magazine, and lastly, Read Before You mail!
    *call ahead to ensure that your post office location offers this service or if you can use their stamp to mark the stamps yourself.
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image via Charleston Crafted

[Real Weddings] City themed Wedding on Treasure Island, San Francisco

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Congrats to Eilleen & Ron, married on September 20, 2014 at Casa de la Vista on Treasure Island [with the lovely San francisco skyline as their backdrop].

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I personalized my invitation suite to showcase the city skyline with bay bridge [as seen from their venue] along with their color theme which was champagne, fuchsia and accents of antique gold. When it was time to create the reception stationery, we easily picked up the design and metallic papers to match.   View More: http://umeusstudios.pass.us/eilleene-ron

I love all the wedding details they added to bring together their city / island theme… especially the wedding cake which incorporates both [orchids + skyscrapers].

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>> see more inspirational photography by U Me Us Studios

 

[real wedding] Lauren & Jace Paris Inspired Invitations

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Congrats to Lauren & Jace, married July 6, 2012 in Los Angeles at Hotel Casa Del Mar!

It seems like yesterday when we started the custom design process on their wedding invitation suite. We first created a ‘Paris skyline’ illustration [where he proposed!] on their personalized monogram & all-in-one guest/return address label wraps. Combined with stylish typography and swirl graphics we incorporated a color palette with hues of blush & taupe [enclosure cards printed on a pale pink/coral metallic paper]. I just love how the whole wedding day follows this romantic color theme so perfectly!

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> check out the full post for more wedding planning inspiration via Style Unveiled
/ photography: Next Exit Photography  /  wedding coordinator:  Sassy Girl Weddings and Events /

[press] a film inspired wedding

If you’re familiar with Etsy, then you may have already gotten inspiration from the many treasury lists created [an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery.]  The items found in this very cool, camera-themed treasury [below] are so unique that it blows my mind how creative people are…

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…and yes, I’m super thrilled that my vintage cinema wedding invitation ticket was included too!
I designed this custom invite [with tear-off rsvp postcard] for trisha & tony a few years ago. Now looking back, I love how creative my brides have gotten by personalizing all the details to match their wedding theme!

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> see below for just a few examples on how each invite was customized; paper colors, movie headline, label shapes, even a music note!

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> please check out my etsy listing for lots more info!!

[custom design] papel picado letterpress wedding invitation suite

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I finally received a sample of dave & emily’s letterpress wedding invitation package that I custom designed for them! I cannot believe how amazing the papel picado design looks printed [these photos don’t even do it justice!] 😉 I’m so glad they found me & requested my graphic design assistance, since they already had a letterpress printer lined up [at Full Circle Press].

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Papel Picado Suite

If you’re able to print yourself or at your local printer but need a personalized wedding invitation, rsvp & reception details/map enclosure card , etc… then check out my etsy listing for more info!

>> an additional design fee may apply depending on complexity of a requested custom graphic design or monogram [see my monogram listing for more info]

>> plus, a custom wedding map for your invitation package is a separate fee since it’s a longer design process [see my wedding map listing for more info]

[save the date] wedding film trailer


How great is this video save the date… created by the bride herself!

Luckily they found my vintage cinema wedding invitation tickets [via etsy], which we personalized just for them to complement their film theme.

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papers shown: metallic beige & coral

[DIY print & assemble] wedding invitations

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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**

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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 
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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}

[wedding labels] all-in-one guest & return address labels

If you’re debating between traditional calligraphy or modern labels for your invitations, below are a few sample photos showing how I can design & print your custom guest/return label wraps to match your invite design and fit your envelopes.

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monogram tag & guest address label

The guest address is printed on one side of the label while your return address is printed on the other side, so it can wrap to the back of your envelope.

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*please check out my etsy listing for more info!

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