A Candied Invitation: Part II

So here it is – the big invitation reveal! In case you missed it, I have already talked a bit about these invitations: how infatuated with the calligraphy I am, how much in love with the invitations I am, how amazing the vendors I worked with are. I could go on and on and on about my obsession with our invitations, but I think it probably would just be better if I shut my trap and showed you the gorgeousness.


I probably don’t need to tell you how excited I was to rip open these packages. Like a 4 year old on Christmas!


For our reception insert, I decided to make (well, have Kristin make) a little coaster. I thought this would make the suite a bit less formal and more fun. Um, and an indication that there would, indeed, be drinks. Mmm, drinks.


A close-up on the beautiful letterpressing of the coasters. Isn’t it lovely? Kristin did an amazing job. I loved the deep, earthy green she used on “Dancing;” how perfectly it matched our envelopes, and how nicely it complemented the warm gray of the main text.



Pretty letterpressing! It seriously pained me to blur things out; the invitations were just too beautiful.


Our silhouettes! Yay.


Possibly my favorite part of the invitation suite: the animal icons for the meal choices!!


Another fave: I asked Kristin to put little heart icons, rather than check boxes, for the guests to indicate whether or not they would be attending.


After reading lots of fun and witty response options on the Weddingbee boards, I knew I wanted something similar. Mr. CA didn’t really like any of the options I came up with, so he did some thinking on his own. I LOVE what he came up with! As I have mentioned, Mr. CA is fairly stylish, so we thought it would be fun to do a play on that. While the three responses may not be grammatically correct, we loved how they read. I’m not entirely sure some of the guests ‘got’ it, but ah well. I thought it was clever.


One of our guests actually added a fourth ‘response’ that they subsequently checked: “Insert other witty response here.” He got major bonus points.


Kristin also letterpressed the RSVP envelopes (and the backs of our regular invitation envelopes) with our return address, in the same gray ink. I forced her to use the filled-in heart icon rather than an ampersand, and I LOVE how it turned out.


More invitations. Seriously, you guys – I took at least 100 pictures of these things.


Love. Stacks and stacks!



And, ta-da! The assembled product! I kept it super simple:

1) Tuck the guests’ RSVP card into the stamped RSVP envelope.

2) Stack that on top of an invitation

3) Top everything off with a reception coaster

4) Wrap twice with pretty twine

5) Add a Moo card

6) Stuff into a double-stamped envelope

7) Rinse and repeat!


Easy peasy! But seriously, it took me forever. Like, 4 nights, and I stayed up to 2AM the last night because I’d be damned if I was spending another night working on them. I’m anal and had to get everything lined up juuuuuuuust right, the Moo card positioned juuuuuuuuust right. Oh well. They turned out purty, I think.


We used traditional “Nuptial Mass” and “Sacrament of Marriage” wording, to indicate that we would be doing a full Catholic mass with the wedding ceremony.


Another shot. Because I’m in love.


This was a shot from 2AM when the lighting was all funky. I took a million pictures because I was delirious in my happiness that everything was done.



Okay, and another shot of Michele‘s beautiful work.


Our full suite!!


Another close-up of the silhouettes. Because they rock.


Beautiful, thick coasters.



Everything ready to go.

We received so much positive feedback: excited texts, emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages. I know they may not be the most involved invitations, and I didn’t DIM (Do It Myself), but dang was I proud of those things. They turned out even better and more beautiful than I had imagined.

People loved how much of our personalities went into them; I stopped counting the number of times people said ‘your invitations were amazing, and SO you and Mr. CA!’ I loved it, and I loved each piece of the invitation set. So much happiness.

Were you as relieved as I was when your invitations went out? Were you as excited as I was for people to receive them? Pleased with how much of yourself you put into the invites? Did you use any fun wording on the RSVP card, or the invite itself?


Mrs. Candy Apple

Princeton Junction, NJ/ Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
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  1. Member
    PitBulLover 8411 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 2:43 pm

    Wow, these are some of the most beautiful invitations I’ve seen! Love the coasters and the mini cards with your pics on them too!

  2. Member
    RoRoRo 91 posts, Worker bee @ 2:44 pm

    Freakin.in.love. seriously!!

  3. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:47 pm

    *jaw dropping*
    oh my gorgeousness, CA.
    the end. 😉

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 2:51 pm

    Gorgeous invitations, Candy Apple! I LOVE the coaster idea, how cool!

  5. ladyfingers Member
    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:53 pm

    Lord, I love these.

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    soyjoy222 3817 posts, Honey bee @ 2:53 pm

    Those are the most beautiful invites I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing and for the Moo Card idea!

  7. cannon Member
    cannon 513 posts, Busy bee @ 2:56 pm

    Super cute CA!

  8. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:57 pm

    So freakin adorable!

  9. highwire Member
    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:58 pm

    Bahaha I love the response choices!

  10. Member
    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 3:04 pm

    So very pretty! I’d be stoked as a guest if I received such gorgeous invites.

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    twinravenspress 26 posts, Newbee @ 3:07 pm

    Awww… It was so great to work with you Miss CA! I’m so glad you loved how everything turned out! Great post and I love your photos of everything all put together! Awesomeness! Thanks again! : )

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    CurlyRN 355 posts, Helper bee @ 3:08 pm

    Those are super purty!! I love the coasters….

  13. Member
    Zinzerena 4207 posts, Honey bee @ 3:08 pm

    LOVE the coaster!!!! (I’m actually starting to collect coasters, lol)
    These turned out gorgeous!!!!

  14. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:28 pm

    The letterpressing is to die for. You did such an amazing job designing these. I’m sure your guests are fawning over them! Your RSVP responses are too cute!

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    Suzie, Guest @ 3:31 pm

    Wow, those look amazing!! I love the RSVPs! I love Twin Raven Press! If you don’t mind, what is the ballpark range of their invitation prices? (I’m just starting and have no idea how much letterpressing is.)

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    lisamarieloves 19 posts, Newbee @ 3:33 pm

    I love the letteringpressing and the calligraphy! These invitations are just so darn cute and classic.

  17. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous, I love your response card options!

  18. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, the letterpress is so dreamy! I just want to rub my face on them … (I swear that’s a good thing!) :)

  19. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:42 pm

    One word: stunning. They are perfection in a little envelope…now I remember why I love letterpress and white lettering, it’s just beautiful!

  20. brooch Member
    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:56 pm

    So so stunning! LOVE!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 4:14 pm

    Right up there with Mrs. Cupcake’s invites. Gorgeousness personified!

  22. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:30 pm

    Miss High Wire: :) me too

    twinravenspress: Yay, thanks Kristin! So great working with you. Can you tell I was happy with the end result?? 😉

    Hey, Suzie, you can email Kristin at twinravenspress@gmail.com for her current rates! Her letterpressing is super reasonable. Or, PM me if you would like.

    Mrs. Hyena I should have rubbed my face on them; they were soft!

  23. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:30 pm

    Awww, thank you bRooklynRocks!

  24. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:48 pm

    I’m obsessed. They are totally amazing! Love love love everything about your invite sweet!!!

  25. Member
    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:57 pm

    Sooooo beautiful. If we could afford it, I would love something like y’all’s suite.

  26. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:58 pm

    Letterpressed coasters?? GAH, Candy Apple, I’m soooo jealous! They are stunning! I love the silhouettes and all the pictograms! So classic and simple and cute! Love!! I love the whole suite!

    And yes, I was so super excited for people to see them too. It makes me sooo happy when they say how much they reflect us and when they rsvp. Loves it!!

  27. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:31 pm

    Very elegant! Love them.

  28. petitfour Member
    petitfour 695 posts, Busy bee @ 5:43 pm

    I seriously love EVERYTHING about these.

  29. hippo Member
    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:09 pm

    Lovely!!! I love the coaster… although I think I would be so sad if anyone actually used it as a coaster…. it’s too pretty!

  30. turtle Member
    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    I absolutely love these. (And obviously, I love Twin Ravens Press too! :) ) Every aspect of the invitation suite seems like a perfect fit for your wedding style!

  31. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:52 pm

    Luh-OVELY!! Delicious, delicious letterpress :)

  32. Member
    JuneBride2012 536 posts, Busy bee @ 9:32 pm

    Those are gorgeous!

  33. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:20 pm

    Those invites are beautiful!!!

  34. Member
    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 pm

    They’re beautiful! I love the heart instead of the ampersand and the hearts instead of the check boxes… I love that they reflect your personalities – I want people to say that about us!

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    Ree723 1941 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:10 am

    Most. Beautiful. Invitations. EVER. Seriously, I am so in love with them – you did an amazing job designing those and I absolutely LOVE the response cards! I don’t know which I loved more – the animals indicating meal preference or the RSVP tick boxes (hearts)! Amazing job. Seriously. :-)

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    TamJam 211 posts, Helper bee @ 2:01 am

    Oh wow! These are awesome and I already contacted your calligrapher!!

  37. teaspoon Member
    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 3:10 am

    Response choices are too funny, makes me wish we had done something funny!

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    Ms. Wolf 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:46 am

    These turned out so beautiful!!

  39. Member
    MrsPrince 95 posts, Worker bee @ 5:24 am

    They’re gorgeous!

  40. kettle Member
    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 10:44 pm

    I can only hope our invitations will be as US as yours were YOU. They’re beautiful and who cares that you didn’t DIY? Certainly not me because I intend to out-source all other invitations after doing our STDs myself.

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 10:58 pm

    Great invitations!

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    MissKabers 537 posts, Busy bee @ 12:42 pm

    how have i not noticed before – we have the same wedding colors!! gray, purple and green – LOVE IT! and can’t wait to see more! your invites are B-E-A- utiful!

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    Miss 1Cent 168 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:37 pm

    Beautiful. I am debating swinging for letterpress. I figure this is the only time I will have a need for such a nice invite. Can’t wait till this part is over though.

  44. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    Good God, Miss CA… these are stunning!!!! I’m in love!

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