Book Invite Reveal: Part II

After teasing you with the outside of our invites, it’s time to share the meat. Since we are obnoxious and decided to make a book, we had a lot of pages to work with. Like I mentioned earlier, we viewed the invite as our last chance to sway those guest who hadn’t decided if they could make the trip or not. We provided all the details right in the invite (what etiquette?). Sure, we could have used the ever popular wedding website, but we decided not to have one for a couple of reasons:

1. We wanted our guests to have all the wedding info right away. I imagine guests who decline don’t take the time to look at websites to see what they may be missing. We wanted to dangle the awesomeness right in their faces. It worked! I’ll give you the final numbers later, but we seem to keep hearing about more relatives who changed their mind and decided to come.

2. Mr. S and I slowly worked on the invite design over a period of many months. There were many adjustments and edits. I knew if we added a website, it would be one more thing for us him to obsess over.

I should mention our inspiration for the inside was based on this beautiful book invite. We love the idea of simple modern images juxtaposed against dramatic botanical plants and elegant scripts. We chose to use the font Mishka for a large portion of the inside. We had fun playing around with all the different glyph options. (Check out Mrs. Penguin’s post for more details on glyphs)

Unfortunately, I had to shrink my pictures down because I wanted to show how both pages look together (basically how it would look if you received it in the mail).

The lovely front cover:

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We wanted the invites to be classy, yet have TONS of personality. We decided to keep most of the writing and images black, and made the botanical plants coral so they would pop. This helped the pages feel cohesive.

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You’re Invited

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[last names removed for privacy]

RSVP

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Ceremony

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Reception

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Travel

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Accommodations

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Tampa

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Brunch

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Other Activities

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Favorite People in the World

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Alright, now it is time for some close-ups.

RSVP page:

If you look closely on this page, you may be able to see I used two photo corners to hold the RSVP postcard in place. On the back of the postcard, guests could leave us a message or draw a picture. (So far, these have been hilarious!) There was a thank you message hidden behind the postcard.

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After lots of hand stamping,

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…designing, erasing, re-designing…and crumpling (so it feels like a real treasure map)…

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the guests first saw this:

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And then pulled out this:

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Partially functional and partially just pretty :) I just love all the little details. Mr. S is pretty amazing.

plane

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Did anyone notice the HP glasses? (Yes, we are inviting our guests who come in town early to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the beach!)

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And of course, some love from the couple.

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Obviously we jammed packed this book full of information. This was an extreme move, but so far our guests have loved it! Like all invitations, I’m sure most of the books will eventually end up in the garbage can, but I can assure you our copy will be around for a very long time!

Has anyone else gone to extreme DIY to rev up your guests?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Squirrel

Location:
Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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  1. Member
    jen51287 1140 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:26 am

    WOW. These are just AMAZING. No other words.

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 6:30 am

    Amazing! They are beautiful!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 am

    I have to say, after seeing the front of it, last post – the inside is totally NOT what I expected, at all!

    Love the illustrations. Beautiful!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 am

    Best. invitations. EVER!

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    Red Poppy 22 posts, Newbee @ 7:01 am

    Wow, your invitations are truly amazing and unique~ I love them! The illustrations, the pull-out pieces, the details… Great job!

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    Meredith, Guest @ 7:03 am

    holy. shitballz… these. are. amazing! i don’t think you’ll have to worry about people throwing them away ;-)

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    x0jlynn03 2165 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:09 am

    That is the best invitation I have ever seen.. If I received that in the mail I would of been blow away!

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    RheannaRaye 363 posts, Helper bee @ 7:13 am

    Swoon!!!
    These are AMAZING!!!!
    My fi and I are having a book theme. I wish that I had the energy/creativity/budget/imagination to put together something like this. I am sooo wedding-jealous right now ;)

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    merrysextower 13 posts, Newbee @ 7:14 am

    WOW! Those. are. a. mazing!

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:18 am

    I found my invite crush! Seriously, I wish I had as much ambition and creativity as this. What an amazing job.

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    elibas 244 posts, Helper bee @ 7:24 am

    Amazing, best invites ever!!!

  12. Member
    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:25 am

    Wow, you put so much effort in to this! Amazing.

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    creativescientist 33 posts, Newbee @ 7:30 am

    These are absolutely amazing. How could any guest turn down such a great invite! Super jealous of your creativity!

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    Lindsay, Guest @ 7:37 am

    This is AMAZING. Yall are so talented. PS I’m a Tampa/St. Pete bride too! Getting married 4/6 at St. Paul’s (in St. Pete) and the St. Pete Yacht Club!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:42 am

    These are incredible!! I must say if I got an invite as beautiful as this, there would be no doubt in my mind that I would be attending the wedding! Great job you two!

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    mrscvsomeday 162 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:50 am

    So cool!!! I’d totally be saving this if I were a guest! Great work!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:56 am

    These are even more incredible on the inside, I can see why some would change their minds after receiving this! Also, it’s so cool you are going the WWHP with your guests, best pre-wedding activity ever!

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    MissSpark 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:09 am

    You’re a genius. If I got that invitation, there would be no way I could respond with regrets. Wowzers.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:22 am

    Love love love what you did on the inside, especially the treasure map. So incredibly creative!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:21 am

    WOW! These might be the most incredible invitations I have ever seen.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 am

    These are incredible! I thought the outside was cool, but I think the inside steals the show :)

    Now I want to throw another party so I can invite people with crazy awesome wood books…

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 9:51 am

    Omgosh… amazing! I want one! I want to come! Seriously… it inspires me to fly to Tampa!

    It’s so cute your FI’s name is Miles. I’ve only really heard of old men and babies named that. Love it.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:38 am

    These are out of this freaking world, Miss Squirrel. Seriously.

    I’m super jealous. I spent so much time and effort on our invitations, fully knowing that they’d be thrown away by most recipients. There is NO.WAY. these are getting tossed – and they absolutely shouldn’t. I would keep them forever. So amazing, seriously.

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    Mocha_Latte 255 posts, Helper bee @ 10:41 am

    THIS
    IS
    AMAZING !!!

    OMG MIND BLOWN !!

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    amftodd121314 11 posts, Newbee @ 10:47 am

    OMGosh that’s super cute!!!! Awesome idea

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    chipmunklove 435 posts, Helper bee @ 11:12 am

    Those.Are.AMAZING! I looked up your inspiration, and while I have to say those are beautiful too, I think yours even blew your inspiration out of the water! If I received an invite book like that I promise I would definitely not throw it away. Absolutely incredible!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:19 am

    You are killing me, these are just too cute for words. No wonder why you had so many people changing their minds, I’d no doubt attend that wedding.

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:22 am

    They are just so gorgeous! I love them! I love all the graphics on the left hand side, and I love all the little details. Great job, Squirrels!

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    Meranda, Guest @ 11:39 am

    I really want to do a book invitation to match our theme. But with 100+ invites going out, I can’t even begin to stomach the postage. :( How much did these cost to mail with the wood and all those pages?!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 12:21 pm

    Thanks everyone!!! I am so excited to finally share these bad boys!!!

    @Meranda:Check out my previous post, I did a cost breakdown. Bottom line: super cheap to make if you have access to free printing, and about $3 to ship.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:04 pm

    OMG, these are so incredible!!! You guys did an amazing job. So creative and great execution!! What is the script font you used? I love it!

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    nates0301 140 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:09 pm

    Omg you’re invites are absolutely unique and beautiful congratulations to you and your fiancé everything looks wonderful :-)

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 1:17 pm

    @Lindsay: WooT Tampa Bay! I hope your planning is going well :)
    @Mrs. Pony:I honestly think the WWHP is what is getting half the guests to fly down here….haha

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 1:19 pm

    @Miss Lemur: Do it!!! (Or just tuck it away for future reference)
    @StephK527: Aww thanks! I sure hope our guests feel the same way!
    @bluebelle23: I seriously LOVE his name!

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:04 pm

    GORGEOUS !!

    So creative & unique… you guys did an Amazing Job (props to the wood-working team… for the time it took to plan, organize and execute all this… lol, including the sanding exercise)

    I guess I will be following along your Blog Posts / Recaps more closely now (see those Invites really do work… drawing people in)

    Mr TTR and I are travel nuts… and we LOVE Tampa.

    So a lot of things you featured are things we enjoy when we are in town too… like the Embassy Suites Hotel (well located downtown, near the Bay / Port etc, beautiful hotel, amazing views, AND on the Trolley Line to YBor City !!)

    Loved how you got to incorpate in the Water Taxi feature for your Reception … and Tampa’s incredible waterfront.

    Looking forward to more postings…

    PS… Curious to know how your Brunch at the Embassy Suites turned out… because I know it can be a very busy spot. Did you guys have your own room booked up on the Mez, and did they set up stations there, or were your Guests just part of the regular crowd ?

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    faitherfordandtom 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:31 pm

    These are so beautiful! I might want to branch off your idea for a part of our announcements! So cool!

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    skellener 14 posts, Newbee @ 11:17 pm

    They are beautiful!

  38. Member
    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 7:05 am

    Those look absolutely amazing! I love everything about them. You guys are so creative!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:54 am

    Holy. Shih-Tzu.

    I cannot believe how much time, patience, and ingenuity these must have taken. Seriously, take a bow, because these invites are AMAZING. You win at weddings. And at life.

    I would love to have received one of these! And been a little intimidated because if this is a sign of things to come, your wedding is going to be one epic event.

  40. Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:12 pm

    IMHO, these are some of the COOLEST wedding invitations I have ever seen! You have such lucky wedding guests to get one of these babies in the mail!

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    bridalbridle 6 posts, Newbee @ 3:37 am

    These are sooooo incredible – I’m getting major invite envy right now! I would totally travel to Tampa after getting one of those (I’m in the UK)

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    Bmanna, Guest @ 11:03 am

    WOAHH. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Just wanna say how I loved the little things you did with the invite. The photo corners and little message behind the rsvp page are such a great idea. Also, the harry potter glasses were a great touch as well! It is those little touches that really make it even more amazing!

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    besawke 46 posts, Newbee @ 2:41 pm

    WOW! These are so impressive! Great work!! :)

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    jennifermm 627 posts, Busy bee @ 2:51 pm

    Yes yes yesssss. I have been eagerly anticipating the inside since your last post. I am completely obsessed and smitten with these. Aaaaaaaaaaamazing.

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    4evaurs 71 posts, Worker bee @ 12:03 am

    Very gorgeous n creative

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    Therese, Guest @ 6:22 pm

    LOVE the inside just as much as the outside!!!!
    I WANT ONE!!!!
    So creative!

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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 6:41 am

    AMAZING!!!!! So impressed with all the work. As a guest I wouldn’t think twice about coming to your wedding!

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    xskittles 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:49 pm

    oh my gosh, these are beautiful!!

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