The Guinea Pig Invitations Do a Photo Shoot

I have a confession. I’ve had our invitations since October, and I haven’t shown them to you! And considering I love them SO much, it was a hard secret to keep. But I wanted them to be a surprise when everyone got them in the mail!

I could do an entire post filled with the hundreds of invitation suites we considered (read: disagreed on – let’s just say, Mr. Guinea Pig and I have completely different design aesthetics!)… but I will spare you all that and jump straight to the beautiful invitations we chose and both love!

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(the Dogwood suite by Paisley Tree Press)

After browsing through said hundreds and hundreds of invitations, I had come to the conclusion that we had to have letterpress. Never mind the fact that we probably couldn’t afford it, and most people wouldn’t notice – I had fallen in love. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a design that not only did I like, but Mr. Guinea Pig liked too, AND it was affordable! Jodi, the owner/letterpresser of Paisley Tree Press worked with me so we could get a 20% discount. Done!

And thus, the Guinea Pigs got their dream invites. Two-color, letterpressed on super thick (and I mean thick!) paper – check it out in the lining photo below. Yum. Plus, Jodi was absolutely amazing to work with, and I highly recommend her – she happily suffered through my 50 emails requesting details, samples, customizations, proofs with different fonts, proofs with the design moved a fraction of a millimeter, everything!

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(Our invitation & the RSVP card – you can sort of see the indentation from the letterpressing! Sigh….)

We wanted to keep our invitation suite as simple as possible, without too many “frou frou add-ons” (said Mr. Guinea Pig), so we stuck to just the invite, an RSVP card, and one other piece of cardstock that had a map on one side and our website for travel/hotel information on the other side.

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(The whole set, laid out. You can see (around the blurred out parts) the fauxligraphy I did for the envelopes!)

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(The total package :) )

Now you can fully understand why I loved the envelope liners so much – check out how well they complement the invitation suite!

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(The metallic flowers and our invite flowers! Here’s where you can see how thick the paper is – that’s just one invite!)

Mailing these was a bit of a challenge – the first post office told me they would be the regular $0.61 stamp. The second post office told me $1.39/envelope because they were too rigid and would have to be considered a package (what?!). Finally I went to the main post office in Baltimore and spoke with a senior postal worker who told me that in order to hand sort, I would just need to add $0.20 per envelope: the extra postage (in addition to the $0.61) is required for “rigid items” – otherwise they would go through the machine rollers, which probably would have bent/cracked/mangled the super thick paper.

In the end, the option that looked best aesthetically without paying a ridiculous amount of postage over what was required (he tried to convince me to use two 61 cent wedding cake stamps per invite!), were two 44 cent stamps — the Love stamps! I think they look great and are perfect together for a wedding invitation. And, despite the fact that I had to order the stamps online and wait 5 days for them because apparently no one in Baltimore stocks Love stamps, in the end everything turned out all right. I also discovered that when one post office tells you they can’t do something (ahem, like hand canceling), or that they will charge you $2.00 per envelope, just keep going to another one until you find someone who will let you do it yourself!

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(Invitations: stuffed, addressed, stamped, and ready to be hand canceled/mailed!)

I mailed these on a Wednesday, and people who lived in and around Baltimore got them in the mail on Thursday. We got our first RSVP card back on Friday—talk about a quick turnaround! So far, my favorite RSVP has to be this one from my good friends in Baltimore. Of course it’s my married friend who completely understands not only to make the RSVP something fun to get back, but she got it back to us in record time!

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(can you tell they’re excited to come?!)

What’s your favorite part about your invitations? Did you have any trouble deciding on a design with your fiance/e? Do you secretly hope someone frames your invitations too? ;)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Guinea Pig

Location:
Baltimore, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:23 pm

    wow, they are gorgeous! beautiful beautiful!

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    msmonicka 3620 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:27 pm

    Omg!!! These are so cute!!! I love the colors.

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 4:33 pm

    Cute! Viva letterpress!

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    LaurenEB 144 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:36 pm

    They’re beautiful! I love the colors!

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    wabride 8 posts, Newbee @ 4:37 pm

    SO beautiful!! Can you share your method for your fauxligraphy? LOVE it all!! The liners are gorgeous too!!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:40 pm

    Those are some THICK invitations and letter press – *swoon*. Yay for fun RSVPs!

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    MollyE 89 posts, Worker bee @ 4:43 pm

    Truly Beautiful!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 4:47 pm

    These are so beautiful! Love ‘em!!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:51 pm

    Gorgeous!!! :)

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 4:52 pm

    Oh, it’s a lovely suite! :] Very nice! And I’ve been a lot better with RSVPs after um…. waiting for people to RSVP to our wedding. HAHA :-P

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    bluestuff 254 posts, Helper bee @ 5:16 pm

    Gorgeous! I would have loved to get letterpress invitations if we could afford it :) Love how the colors look, and that paper and texture are just calling to be touched…..even through the computer screen! *wipes fingerprints off the monitor*

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    alohababy28 468 posts, Helper bee @ 5:21 pm

    I had almost the same exact postage issue! First UPS told me 61 cents, then the post office told me 81, but no reason why. She suggested two 44 cent stamps, but they were out of every stamp I wanted. Post office #2 first told me 61 cents (yay), but then after feeling up my envelope for a minute said 81 (reason – the weight was 61 cents, but the thickness added 20 cents- UGH). So I ended up with two “Celebrate” stamps each. I liked them better than the king & queen of hearts b/c they didn’t look happy enough LOL! Love the invites! Best wishes!

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    alohababy28 468 posts, Helper bee @ 5:23 pm

    P.S. we worked SO long on our invitations (15 days) that I am devastated at the thought that they are going to be thrown away. I hope everyone frames them! I am sure as heck framing ours! We alternated w/ 4 different patterned papers, so maybe I’ll frame all four!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:32 pm

    These are SO wonderful! I wouldn’t have been able to keep the secret!

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    Shyla, Guest @ 5:37 pm

    These are GORGEOUS!!! I adore every single little detail and the amount of effort you put in to these, wonderful.

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    MOHmama 404 posts, Helper bee @ 5:42 pm

    Love them!

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    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 pm

    Your invites are so cute and cheery! I love them!

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    naangel55 2804 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:07 pm

    Your invitations are gorgeous! The color really pops of the paper!!

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    OurFutureIsBright 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:11 pm

    those are beautiful! i really love letterpress

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    ribbons 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:18 pm

    So pretty!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:25 pm

    I love them! They’re beautiful!

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    Kate, Guest @ 7:34 pm

    Swoon! Those are so beautiful – excellent choice! And you can always frame one post wedding – so then it becomes a little piece of art, and even more *cost-effective.* :-)
    Love it!

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    Rhubarb Pie 43 posts, Newbee @ 8:41 pm

    I love these. A lot. The colors are beautiful. They are simple but still elegant. I have invitation envy…

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:47 pm

    Purty! :)

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    Erin, Guest @ 11:08 pm

    Such a lovely invitation!

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    KendraBakes 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:59 pm

    They’re beautiful. And you weren’t lying about them being thick!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:43 am

    Wow. Just wow. These are frickin’ gorgeous!!!!

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    bruintx 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:36 am

    Beu-ti-ful!! Last wedding I was invited to had debossed invitations and I’m really liking that over embossing right now!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:48 pm

    These turned out so pretty!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 10:54 am

    so pretty!!! i love that last pic!! awwwwwwwwwwwww!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 11:42 am

    Soo cute! I love the RSVP from your friend!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:16 am

    Just one word: love.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:18 am

    wow! glad you got what you wished for! i think it’s frustrating that the postal service is so inconsistent, eurgh!

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    binza14 341 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 pm

    Aww.. I love your map!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:51 am

    Um are we the same person??? I had the SAME problem the past 2 weeks with my postage! I’ll be writing about it soon…but yeah, the USPS is trying to rip you the heck off in my opinion. That, and they are lazy and don’t want to hand stamp an envelope…seriously….

    Can you tell I’m bitter?

    And…YOUR INVITES ARE SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:21 pm

    Ohhh, pretty!!!! Love them!

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    bbbride2010 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:23 pm

    Do you know what font was used for “Kindly reply…”

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:59 pm

    @bbbride2010: The font is called Feel script – it’s the same font that was used for our names on the main invitation.

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