From ceremony to reception, most brides and grooms want every detail of their weddings to be perfect. They want a ceremony that will bring their guests to tears and a reception that will be unforgettable. … read more
And can I just say, it took a bit of an adventure to get them there. Remember in part one where I was going with Vistaprint to do the inserts? That didn’t happen.
You see, Vistaprint ONLY has horizontal layouts available for their flat notecards. And no matter how huge/high-res my files were, they kept uploading slightly blurry. So I scrapped that idea and went with a really highly regarded local print shop instead.
And you know what? It was half the price and done quickly, and it was SO nice to work with an actual person, face to face.
So while the inserts were being printed, I went on another quest: belly bands or the equivalents to go around our pocketfolds. Mr. W and I both loved the look of laser-cut bands, but the price point was a bit ridiculous, so we tossed around a few other options—ribbons, lace, and even fancy paper—before settling on our final pick.
Our initial favorite—sorry bout that blurry photo.
All right, I am going to jump right in. Pocketfolds MIGHT be the most ambitious of craft projects, just short of a DIY wedding dress (shudder). As others who have gone before me have sagely expressed…it’s not a true craft project if feelings of frustration, annoyance, and true rage do not follow closely behind! I am in the midst of creating our invitations, and the DIY pocketfold invitations are the current craft-in-progress.
In designing Lauren Amelie, Mr. Dragon and I selected a Midnight Blue cover-stock pocketfold, also known as Stardream Lapis Lazuli. Stardream is not the most budget-friendly of paper choices, but other metallic papers were not the right blue we wanted. (We are going with a navy or darker blue in our color palette.) First, I started out by trolling the internet for pre-made pocketfold options. I found pocketfolds that offered a color similar to Lapis Luzuli, but there was always a problem: sometimes construction, sometimes the vendor did not offer coordinating envelopes, always too expensive. The cheapest pocketfolds I found, in the numbers I needed, totaled out to over $180 (metallic pocketfolds run roughly double the cost of matte)—ALWAYS. After getting a price quote from Anchor Paper (Mrs. Ballet Flat is also a fan!) of $50…my path was clear. I was going to make…my own…DIY pocketfold invitations. Oh, the horror!
After resigning myself to my fate, I got started. … read more
Ombré color schemes are quickly gaining popularity. Whether you want to dress your bridesmaids in shades of purple or add some pop to your cake with layers that vary from sky blue to navy, an ombré scheme allows you explore a full palette of colors and shades. But you don’t have to wait until your ceremony to infuse your wedding with a serious dose of color. Instead, start with the invitations. … read more
Now that we’ve gottenmarried, danced, and toasted, I wanted to take a pause in the recaps to show the little details from our big day. We had many book themed wedding details, as well as some loose travel themed wedding details.
I posted ad nauseum about our paper products, I know, but I am proud of them.
I have read that tradition and etiquette dictate that out-of-town guests, as well as the wedding party, are to be included in the rehearsal dinner. But what happens when half (or more) of your guests are traveling to the wedding? I’ve seen this handled three ways: 1. you throw a more casual dinner and truly include everyone, 2. you host a smaller dinner and then open it up to the whole guest list afterward for cocktails, or 3. you throw all that to the wind and do whatever suits the situation best. Personally, I wasn’t comfortable with option 3, and option 1 was cost prohibitive…so we decided to throw a small dinner with a casual cocktail party to follow!
After we rehearse on Friday, our families, our priest, and our friends who are participating in the wedding ceremony will attend our rehearsal dinner. Considering that we are going Full Traditional for our wedding cuisine, we wanted to do something different and a little more “us” for the rehearsal dinner.
We decided to hold it at a fun and trendy Indian bistro just down the road from our church.* Tandoor Char House is run by two young brothers and has amazing food & a great ambiance, and is always packed. We’re placing an order beforehand and will dine family style…keep the chicken tikka masala coming, bro.
Previously, on Sixpence’s Invitation Extravaganza…
We had received our invitation suite and were very pleased with the quality. We also had the main envelopes and the response envelopes pre-printed with addresses, which was totally worth the effort of entering them all into my Minted account. My handwriting is crap.
And a cute little “Deliver to” embellishment to boot.
Now, for some good old fashioned DIY! I had seen handmade envelope liners around the ol’ web and thought they were something I could tackle…and I especially liked Mrs. Treasure’s Chicago cityscape idea.
I don’t know why I’ve been putting off blogging about our invitations…I think I just needed some space after such a massive project. I did a fair amount of DIY on them and really loved how they turned out, and for that I owe a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Treasure and Mrs. Squid. It will become all too clear later that I plagiarized the crap out of their ideas.
But before all that, we began with a design from Minted. We looked at many, many designs and kept coming back to this one. We wanted something classic and relatively traditional, but I also liked that the borders and text arrangement kept it from feeling stale.
For the sake of actually seeing the design not redacted to pieces: stock image via Minted
It took me a while to let go of the etiquette tradition that says you should spell out all dates and numbers, but this particular design’s symmetry really depends on that. It was also fun figuring out how to list my parents as hosts without giving the impression that they were still married…even though they still share the same surname. We ended up going with “Mr. Adam Sixpence and Ms. Eve Sixpence.” Oh, modern families!
We chose to add a quote on the back, which is part of the Old Testament passage that will be read at our wedding:
Such a lovely sentiment | Image via…well, my “Orders” page at Minted
We actually did make a fair amount of design edits on the reception info cards, and they came out like this:
Song requests = highly recommended just-for-fun section of your website. So funny. | Image via Minted
And staying true to my own slightly bizarre sense of humor, I insisted on a slightly nontraditional wording of the RSVPs:
I also preferred “kindly” over “please.” Because I’m a cowboy. | Image via Minted
OK! So our stationery was designed, purchased, and ordered. Envelopes, assembly, and a good-riddance-send-off coming your way soon in Sixpence Invitations: Part Deux!
Did you order from an online retailer or go another route? Tell me about it! I love this stuff.
That was the FIRST question my mom asked when I mentioned sending “save the dates.” But with a holiday weekend wedding and a 75% out-of-town guest list, you can bet we were sending them—and early! We actually designed our save the dates and sent them out in August, just to be well ahead of the holiday season (and to check one thing off my list).
So after I explained them to my mother, we went ahead and got to work designing save the dates. I figured we’d go with flat, two sided cards in plain envelopes. And while I LOVE fancy stationery, we went basic with linen textured cards from Vistaprint. Add in one of their magical coupons and we spent about 15 bucks on 100 cards. We’ll splurge on wedding invites a little (maybe), but I didn’t want to break the bank on save the dates.
But what about the design? Well…it all started as a joke. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make my ridiculous save the date a reality. So I brought it to Mr. Wishbone via a Skype in the middle of the day.
I’ll admit—there was a moment when I considered sending a digital (read: free) save the date. Of course, this was before I started viewing our budget as a winky-eye suggestion rather than a hard and fast limit (much to Benjamin’s chagrin).
Joking aside, Ben was actually the one who thought we should go with traditional paper for the STDs (LOL), as those would be our guests’ first encounter with our wedding. So I set out to find an option that was both beautiful and still reasonably priced.
Enter the Minted postcard! Benjamin and I cruised through the literally billions of postcard options on their website. This was fun but also difficult—since these go out so much earlier than everything else, we had to kind of guess at the style of paper we would be using throughout the rest of the wedding. We did know we wanted something classy and somewhat traditional, and we both really liked the postcard format.
This is what we came up with (credit largely due to Ben):