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?


Mrs. Archer

Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
Kicking the Habit
The Suite Life
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  1. barrettes Bee
    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 9:54 am

    So gorgeous, Archer!

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    Mrs. 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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