Minted often reaches out to talented influencers and judges to help them decide what stationery to put up for sale next, and this time, it’s the hive’s turn! That’s right, YOU get to select your favorite wedding invitation from the 20 designs in this blog post—and the most popular one will become a featured design on Minted!
This is the first time ever that Minted has tasked a community with the special judge’s prize, rather than an individual. Talk about the power of the ‘Bee!
Weddingbee loves Minted because of their support of indie designers. Everything available at Minted is designed by an independent designer, and a portion of every sale goes directly to the designer. And this just in: Minted now offers free recipient addressing on save the dates and wedding invitations to help save you time!
OK, enough talk. Here are the designs you’ll be voting for! Check them out, then take the poll at the bottom of this post. We can’t wait to see what you pick, hive!
#1: Slated Forever by Geekink Design
#2: Big Deal by 2birdstone
#3: Chic Gala by Kimberly FitzSimons
#4: Festive Folk Florals by Carly Reed
#5: Field Notes by Jennifer Wick
#6: Flower Me Happy by The Lovely Letters
#7: Gem by Sarah Hicks Malone
#8: Inline Chic by Hooray Creative
#9: Love Stamp by Spotted Whale Design
#10: Otomi by Paper Monkey Press
#11: Paint Swatch by Jill Means
#12: Sweet Succulents by Cheer Up Press
#13: Read Between the Lines by Lauren Chism
#14: Under the Night Sky by Oscar & Emma
#15: Pensacola by Giselle Zimmerman
#16: Painted Sea by Laura Condouris
#17: Three Words by Dea & Bean
#18: Retro Barn by Oodles of Color
#19: Patisserie by Kelly Nasuta
#20: The New Mister and Missus by Frooted Design
To make sure your vote counts, get it in by 11:59 PST on Monday, December 9th!
Share the love for your favorite design and why you picked it in the comments. Thank you to all the design challenge participants for sharing your amazing creative talent with us, and we can’t wait to see which design will be available for sale at Minted soon!
We’re getting some pretty exciting mail these days—including (and especially!) RSVPs! Which means that I can FINALLY show you the Orchard wedding invitations!
I don’t know if it’s because I like to write or work with words, but when I am either choosing a font or selecting a card, it takes me FOR…EV…ER. So long that the girls at Hallmark know me by name and also tell me what’s new to their store inventory because they know I have the majority of their cards memorized. So it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that it took me quite a while to choose our wedding stationery.
I was thrilled when I found the design for our save the dates, and I wanted something that complemented them but added a little fun and color as well. I spent countless hours poring over the usual sites (Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, VistaPrint, etc.) and founds tons of pretty invites but nothing that was a home run. (Speaking of home runs, has anyone checked out the Pittsburgh Pirates lately?!) I was sure I wanted something floral with a rustic edge.
I found many invitations that were beautiful but they just didn’t feel quite “us.” I’m sure I seemed like a crazy person at the time, but I had a bad case of the Goldilocks syndrome (I needed something “just right”). I even tried crafting my own, but I didn’t love the look and they lacked color to make them pop. I won’t show you because…well…they were pretty awful.
As much as the aesthetics of our invitations were important to us, the words were—of course—the most important part. I mentioned that I tried to stick to the more formal wording, more or less, to convey the right tone, but we had to take a few liberties as far as format went. I think it’s a pretty common push-and-shove in modern weddings: how traditional do we want to be without being mired down in the things that no longer work.
Because I think the balance we found works particularly well, I thought I’d share it for those who might be looking for ideas.
The first panel, AKA the main invitation, reads:
request the pleasure of your company
at their wedding
the nth of November
two thousand and thirteen
The responses are starting to roll in, so let’s take a peek at what our guests saw when they opened up their envelopes.
At the last moment I opted to do envelope liners, even though they would only just barely show. I was pleasantly surprised that the chocolate brown envelopes were peel & seal (had a strip of adhesive as opposed to the usual dry-gum seal), so I used that strip to adhere the liners and added another strip of double-sided tape to close the envelopes. The patterned paper for the liner is the same that I used on the mini-books, and I have one more project that will use it as well.
Will our guests notice that the paper is the same between the various elements? Probably not. But I like that it adds a certain cohesion to the bits and pieces when all taken in together.
I already showed you my envelopes, so now it is time for the good stuff—the invitation itself.
The main invitation is adhered to a gold pocket, and when you flip it over you see:
Sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them when wedding planning. I thought if I started tasks early I would be ahead of the game, but when it came to my invitations for the American wedding I got thrown for a loop. Fortunately, everything worked out in the end, and I am able to share my invitations for the American wedding.
I started looking at invitations early in our engagement and found the perfect suite on Etsy.
Image via Etsy shop My Dear Paperie
I immediately fell in love with these invitations. They were modern & fresh, and reminded me of the gazebo where Mr. G proposed.
Our invitations were dropped in the mail two weeks ago and the RSVPs have been trickling in, so it is finally time for the big reveal! This post will focus on the outside and the envelope liners, and next up will be the good stuff on the inside.
As I mentioned in my invitation teaser, I decided to teach myself calligraphy using this book and these pens. This ended up becoming more of a commitment than I thought it would be, but I think I am happy with my decision. Guests opened their mailboxes and were greeted with my hard work:
In order ensure my lines were straight I drew thick, dark lines on an index card and put it in the envelope as I was writing each address. I was going to use our address stamp for the return address but that didn’t feel cohesive, so I decided to hand-write our return address, too.
When we sent out our invitations back in May we requested that guests RSVP via postcard and that the most creative postcard would win a prize.
Naturally, we’ve had some “normal” postcards that you can buy at any local shop, but I would say that 70% of our guests got their creative juices out.
We already knew who was coming and who wasn’t, due to the tight-knit family and friend situation that we’ve got going on, so the RSVPs were less informative and more fun. In fact, we haven’t received an RSVP that we didn’t know the “yes we’re coming/sorry we aren’t coming” answer to.
But what’s the point in having all these wonderful things in our possession if we can’t show them off!! We’re displaying them in a scrapbook. The one that was actually going to be our guestbook originally. Now I’ve used the Project Life page protectors and other plastic wallets that I’ve sourced to display our RSVPs for all to see.
So I guess I’d better share some of my favourites with the hive!
This was one of the first ones we received from a friend of mine. She’d done a pretty “Just Kidding!” on the back of it and it really made me giggle.
If, of course, you live near one of our invited guests, that is.
After spending the entirety of the recent three-day weekend completing the design, printing, and assembling thereof, the Road Trip invites have flown the coop (if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor). While we want to give them a few days to get to their destinations, can we talk envelopes for a moment, and the addressing of said bits?
Even though it complicated matters a smidgen, I went with chocolate brown envelopes from Envelopes.com for our invitations. Even though they’re the usual #10 envelope size (which fits just right with the style of invitation I designed), the color definitely sets them apart from bills and junk mail that might also be in the box that day. With such a dark envelope that leaves only two options for addressing: labels or opaque ink (white or metallic). For some reason I didn’t even consider labels an option, really, so went on the hunt for just the right opaque ink.
I got my first calligraphy set for my 11th birthday and have been practicing different styles, off and on, over the last 26 years, but I really didn’t feel like fiddling with my dip pens for this. Instead, I started with a couple of paint pens: one with a chisel tip that just disappeared on the paper and one that showed up great that would have worked well for the front but would have been a bit big for the return address flap. So the hunt continued.
Sometimes it just helps to see the options side-by-side.
The day I have been waiting for is finally here—we mailed our invitations this morning!
I never thought I would say our invitations were a labor of love, but somehow they turned out to be. I decided to add way too many steps and it has taken me more weeks (months?) than I can believe to complete everything. The best part is I didn’t even design or print them myself! There were just so many steps I added, all of which I will review with you in the very near future.
Once the main invitations were done, I moved on to designing our RSVP cards. Mr. G was against having any sort of RSVP card since the bulk of our guests are our coworkers whom we see every day and could verbally tell us if they were able to go. (This is common practice in Japan.) Our other guests were friends who lived overseas in the States, Australia, and the UK and would either have to pay their own postage on the RSVP card or RSVP digitally. In the end I decided to skip the RSVP card and have our guests RSVP online at our website. I was a bit sad that our invitations would not be as formal, but it was the easier and more efficient option for us. I included an RSVP/website card in our invitation suite that informed our guests that they could RSVP on our website or speak to us directly.
Our RSVP/ website card. It basically says that you can get wedding information and RSVP at our website.
We have a few non-computer-savvy older guests, and I made about 10 simple RSVP cards especially for them.
The last card I designed was our after-party info card with a map of the location in relation to our reception venue and the time.
Let me just start by saying I love a good New England accent. Like a really good, Mark Wahlberg/Ben Affleck New England accent. Not a God-awful Julianne-Moore-in-30-Rock accent.
This freakin’ kills me:
Since I was a Communications/Journalism major in college, I’ve managed to regionally alienate my dialect, but catch me talking to my sister, or get me really mad and/or drunk and I sweah ta God, it just comes outta me, and theah’s no stoppin’ it.
Seriously, tangent over.
Guess what I got in the mail today?!
The invites for the Japanese wedding are finally complete! As Mr. G and I were stuffing the envelopes, I went through a cycle of thinking “These are adorable! I wish I could see the look on everyone’s faces when they open them up.” to “What was I thinking? These are awful. People are going to remember our invitations for being ugly.” to “These are adorable!” again. I’ve finally decided that I definitely like them and I’m hoping our guest will as well.
As I mentioned in a previous post, DIYing your invites in Japan is unheard of, as most brides get their invites from their venue. When Mr. G and I toured wedding venues we got a look at their invites and none of them were very “us.” Japanese invites are either very formal or very feminine with very little variation in between.
Our guests are starting to get their invites, so it is time for me to show you all what we did. I am afraid to call it a DIY; rather, it is a crafty assembly of various parts. So when we left off, we had a digital copy of our overall invitation suite. Once we approved the design, we used Cards & Pockets for our printing needs along with our envelopes. They were awesome to work with and came in at a fairly affordable price. I didn’t go through an extensive search for vendors. Let me be honest with you, I farmed this responsibility of finding a vendor out to a bridesmaid! She did a great job.
If you are wondering how we went from this digital view…
…to these amazing ASSEMBLED invites…
Hive, I apologize. I promised myself when I got my acceptance letter from Mrs. Mouse that I would not just drop off the face of Weddingbee earth and stop posting (drove me crazy as a reader!), but all of a sudden I did just that…oops! To be honest, I’ve been so ridiculously busy between getting a new job, studying for the licensing exam that goes with the new job, schoolwork, the finishing touches on the wedding, and going back to New England for a couple of weeks to visit my family. I can’t believe a whole two weeks has gone by since I last posted. Time flies when you’re having fun! Rather than waste an entire post on my absence I’m just going to get right into the fun details I’ve been so anxious to tell you all about!
Remember my love/hate relationship with DIY invites? Well, I’ve finally received all of the RSVPs I’m going to receive and hunted down kindly inquired about those that haven’t been sent in, so it’s time for the big reveal! (Side note: If an invite can go to Denmark—the country—and RSVP returned, there’s no reason for someone in the same country to NOT get their RSVP in. #frustrated)
Initially Cruise and I started playing around with different designs thinking that we would go get them printed at an Office Depot of sorts. I went down to the store with my flash drive, and they said that I could get it done for approximately $1.30/page. We had a total of 50 invites going out, so we figured for under $200 we would have everything printed…not too bad, I didn’t think. Although, they didn’t quite have the paper I was looking for. No probs.
Our next stop was Paper-Source. Oh. Em. Gee. It’s like a mecca for all things paper. Not only will you find books and books of paper ideas (invites, programs, place cards, etc.), but you’ll also find every color paper you could imagine, in more cuts than you could dream of. Half-moon invites? No problemo. Square? Sure! I literally spent 45 minutes working out different options. Finally, I decided on a square folding invitation to sort of mock an inner envelope. The color? Charcoal gray with a pearlescent ecru overlay.
Then I realized they only had 15 left. Bummer. Cruise, at this point, was ready. to. go (Note to self: Don’t bring Cruise and Little Cruise on these sort of shopping trips!), and he also wanted to send invitations out that week. We really were getting down to the wire at that point. My next choice was a standard shape (rectangle, if you will) invitation—nix the inner envelope. I figured 1) it’s extra costs for paper and for additional printing and 2) the invitation will weigh more when it comes to postage. The other thing I nixed was envelope liner. I love a good envelope liner, don’t get me wrong.