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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  1. Guest
    Mick Jagger, Guest @ 3:15 pm

    These are tighter than a roadster bank.

    THESE ARE MONEY!

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:23 pm

    Awesome all around!

  3. Guest
    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 [...]

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

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

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