We Tied 150 Knots

Weddingbee bloggers always refer to their invitations as a “labor of love” which is bridal code for “these mofos took a lot of effing work and I’m so glad to be rid of them.” I vowed not to call mine a labor of love because I was going to go simple—there would be one piece for the invitation, one for the response card, and a return envelope. I wouldn’t freak out about stamps, there would be no belly bands, and there would certainly be no pocket-folds. But then, I saw this:

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Image via TwoYellowShoes on Etsy

And I fell in love with stacked invitations. I don’t think a stack would look very cool with only two pieces, so I decided to add a Reception card and an Information card. We would also be needing a belly band now. I really liked the heart belly bands Mrs. Cannon used:

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Image via Mrs. Cannon on Weddingbee

And then I saw this (the moral of this story is STAY OFF PINTEREST):

tie-kno Image via Bridal Musings / Design by Christina Moralego

So I decided to forgo my plans of having quick and simple invitations and just go all out. I still wouldn’t call it a labor of love. Maybe a labor of hate? Here’s the sneak peek I showed you before:

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Personal pic

I had my friend and bridesmaid Barbara design everything for me, and she did a fabulous job! She also designed our save the dates for free. One thing I know about design from watching Project Runway is that a good designer needs to take the client’s wishes into consideration while still maintaining aesthetic integrity. In other words, I knew what I wanted in an invitation suite, but I know nothing about graphic design, and Barbara  did such a great job bringing my vision to life while still making it look professional. She designed four pieces for us and made multiple edits (we’re talking a month-long email thread here), all without ever complaining. I wish she was a real vendor so I could recommend her here, but you should visit her blog anyway because she’s a really good artist.

Without further ado, I present to you my labor of hate:

Here’s what they saw in the mailbox:

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When they removed the bellyband and unstacked the stack, they received the whole suite:

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I made the envelope liners and belly bands from wrapping paper with help from my mom and FMIL. I designed the map in Powerpoint using Mrs. Ballet Flat’s tutorial, and Barbara designed the Reception, RSVP, Information, and Invitation cards. Here they are close up:

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And now, for the pièce de résistance, the main invitation:

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The dirty deets:

  • The swirly font is called Memoriam Pro, the sans serif font is Winterthur, and the date is written in Pistilli Roman.
  • The address font is called Witched.
  • We got the gate fold cards from Cards and Pockets.
  • We got the yellow outer envelopes, white response envelopes, and yellow mounting paper from Envelopes.com.
  • We had everything printed from Catprint, which is awesome because they allow custom sizes!
  • The polka dot wrapping paper is from Target.

All in all, we spent approximately a million dollars and an infinite amount of time on these. I suppose they could be called a labor of love because they certainly were laborious, and I do love how they turned out.’

Were your invitations a labor of love, or a labor of hate?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Unicycle

Location:
Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    FutureMrsSpencer 526 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 am

    I love, love these invitations. They are gorgeous!

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    likelimeade 753 posts, Busy bee @ 5:57 am

    Those are freaking adorable! The only labor involved in my wedding invites was obsessively proofreading them on the Vistaprint website. We just bought main invites and envelopes (RSVPs and everything else is online), and thank god for that because grad school = very little time to worry about lovely things like belly bands!

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    nyscpa2be 1606 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 am

    I love them! Those knots are such a great idea!

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    girlygirl885 307 posts, Helper bee @ 6:10 am

    Love them! Your hard work definitely paid off!!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:15 am

    They are so beautiful! You really did go all out!

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    elysion 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:18 am

    Amazing! Love the knot with heart holes!! Great job!

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    SnowflakeDS 334 posts, Helper bee @ 6:26 am

    Cute and matches your color theme so well!

    Mine are definitely a labor of love and OCD (ask my FI). ;)

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    jpalm13 2903 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:26 am

    Saved!! Love it!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:02 am

    Super-duper cute invites, very Kate Spade-esque!

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    luckyduckinlove 220 posts, Helper bee @ 7:23 am

    Love your invites, the polka dot wrapping paper was an awesome idea and the tying the knot with the ribbon was SUPER amazing!!!!

    My invites were a labor of love – emphasis on the labor…. I designed, stacked, stuffed, stamped (wax seals) and addressed all the envelopes myself (with a little assistance from the Moms!) I was so appreciative of Cards & pockets for printing (and cutting out) all the cards so that it saved a few steps and the materials were beautiful and the staff super helpful!

    It’s worth it when I see (one weddingbee) and hear from friends and family the wonderful comments about how they look. I would totally do it again! (But maybe for someone else who was paying me in food and alcohol for the effort :-P)

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:28 am

    These are so cute! But even more than that, they feel very you!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:34 am

    I love the knot! That’s amazing!

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    coyote 1683 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:22 am

    I freaking love your invites!! I have seen the knot used on save the dates, but never actual invitations. I love it!!

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    gonnabeMrsHH 466 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 am

    I love everything about your invites: the colors, the knot and thx for posting the fonts u used :)

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:05 am

    Frikkin adorable!! Well worth your labor of hate ;)

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:48 am

    These are amaaaazing. I’m super impressed at how you got so many aspects included without making it overwhelming.. I especially love the polka dot ombre and the knot! I’ve never seen either before and I’m officially obsessed!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:54 am

    OMG. Wow. Def worth the hate!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:43 am

    These look amazing, I love the polka dots! Definitely worth all the work!

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    LG, Guest @ 11:31 am

    These are beautifull. Thank you so much for sharing your vendor and font information.

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:34 am

    I LOVE them! They are so flippin’ awesome!

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    Mick Jagger, Guest @ 3:15 pm

    These are tighter than a roadster bank.

    THESE ARE MONEY!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:23 pm

    Awesome all around!

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    The Honeymooners Travel.com » Two Wheels Become One: What the Cops Told my Dad, Guest @ 1:44 am

    [...] too—helped with all the decorations here, including the flowers that we’re all wearing, the invitations you received in the mail, so I think they deserve a good round of applause for all the hard work [...]

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    The Honeymooners Travel.com » My Weddingbee Bibliography, Guest @ 4:26 am

    [...] Catprint: where I printed our invitations [...]

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