The Archer Invitations: Revealed (Finally!)

I hinted pretty heavily about our invitations this summer, but somehow life got in the way, and I never got around to sharing them with the hive! Sorry, y’all… Better late than never, I guess?

I was and am obsessed with our invitations, despite the immense amout of work they were. Our paperie vendors (Audrey, our graphic designer, Bridget, our letterpress contact, Angi, our calligrapher, and Robert, our printer) were so fabulous to work with and produced such quality work.

We did have one more small hitch, with the embossing of our return address. We’re not sure if it was the metallic embossing powder, the silky texture of Lettra stock, or the detail in the stamp, but it was clumpy and blurry, so we scratched the embossing, and just stamped our return address in dove grey ink.

Other than that, everything else turned out just as I imagined!

The lacy inner envelope, organza ribbon and petite bow (made using this tutorial), and gorgeous Papersource lining paper just made me so pleased…I loved how they brought in our wedding colors of yellow and grey.

 Not gonna lie, the letterpress in the extra-thick stock was swoonworthy, and worth every dollar. I wish my silly point-and-shoot camera did a better job of capturing it.

 Bundled up in the doily envelope were the invitation, an information card with hotel and website information, and our response postcards.

These postcards were one of my favorite parts. I was obsessed with the idea of leaving blank space for our guests to fill as they wished, so Audrey turned my ugly sketch into this prettiness.

The divider on the back of the postcard is a teeny tiny quote from legendary author Ann Rice, written days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged our city. It reads, “In New Orleans, the living was good there. The clock ticked more slowly; people laughed more easily; people kissed; people loved; there was joy.” We felt it perfectly summed up our love for NOLA and our reasoning for getting married there. Our friends and family, for the most part, embraced their artistic freedom, and filled in the blank enthusiastically. We received lots of notes filled with love, congratulations and joy, which made us even more excited for the big day!

There was some pretty impressive artwork…

more than a little bit of sound advice from our married friends…

and we couldn’t help but have a few giggles at our adorable flowergirls and their creativity (and spelling!)

We really loved our invites and got great feedback on them from our guests, so I think the splurges (letterpress, fancy lining, and calligraphy) were totally worth it. Though I know they’ll all end up in the recycling bin at some point, I loved the way they set the tone for our upcoming wedding day.

Are you splurging or saving on your wedding paper goods? What was your favorite part of your wedding stationery? What on earth did you do with the leftover extras post-wedding?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Archer

Location:
Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:08 am

    Love the invites. Also totally love the doily inner envelopes. It screams southern (just like you!!)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:32 am

    These invites are seriously AMAZING!!!!!

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    Snapper 143 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:57 am

    Beautiful invites indeed!

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 7:00 am

    These are awesome!! Your guests are creative!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:36 am

    These are gorgeous, I love the use of the NOLA quote on the reply card!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:22 am

    oh my goodness, those reply cards are amazing! Definitely bookmarking this. :)

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    Red Poppy 20 posts, Newbee @ 8:29 am

    Your invitation suite is so pretty! I love the lace inner envelopes, and the quote you included.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:37 am

    Archer, they’re delightful, the doily looks gourgeous and I love the font.

    If your guests do that with your reply cards I can only imagine how your guestbook looks like, amazing,

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    bridesmomma 440 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 am

    You did a great job!!!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:33 am

    beautiful suite! Love the quote.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am

    Your invitations are beautiful!!!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:28 am

    The lacy inner envelopes are SO pretty! Love the artwork on your response cards – how fun!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:01 pm

    I have been battling between choosing RSVP postcards or the ‘traditional’ RSVPs and I think you may have helped make my decision! A few random questions:
    1. Did you put a stamp on your RSVP’s?
    2. Did you use an envelope for the RSVP postcards?
    3. What size envelope did you use to fit everything?

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:21 pm

    Sooooooo pretty! That letterpress is TO DIE FOR. Seriously, the entire suite is just perfection.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:19 pm

    These are GORGEOUS, Archer! I love the letterpress, the calligraphy, the colors…everything!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:53 pm

    Love everything about your suite!! Great work!

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    TheFutureMrsNguyen 446 posts, Helper bee @ 3:59 pm

    So So SO lovely! I am obsessed with your reply cards!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous design!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:53 pm

    Awww, the guest responses are precious! LOOOOVE your lace inner envelope. Oddly enough, we saved instead of splurged on invitations. You’d think that as a type-a gal with a graphic design degree that I would have gone all fancy, but I used my knowledge to cut costs and DIY.

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    ss, Guest @ 7:14 pm

    good

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 9:54 am

    So gorgeous, Archer!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:01 pm

    ooh I love all of the notes that your guests have left and the invitations are stunning. I have to ask where you found the doilies. I can’t seem to find those anywhere.

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 11:44 pm

    thanks all, for your kind words!
    @StephK527: i did stamp the postcard, 32 cents, but did not use envelopes. only one or two got a little banged up in the mail from getting rained on. Doing the inner envelope, regular A7 envelopes were too snug, so we used 7+.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:57 am

    @Mrs. Archer: Thank you so much! :) This has been super helpful, I really appreciate it.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:31 am

    These are amazing! I love the creativeness of your guests

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    BBareng, Guest @ 7:13 am

    Your invites are beautiful! Where did you get your doilies from and what size are they?

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