As I get geared up to embark on the journey that is thank-you notes, I realized I never shared these photos I took of our wedding invitations. It may seem a little belated to share them with you one month post-wedding, but I loved how everything came out SO much I couldn’t not include them in my “Wedding Sweets” series here on the blog. I think wedding invitations are so important – they set the tone for the wedding to all of your guests and I truly believe a great invitation can make such a big difference in the guest experience! I spent lots and lots of time obsessing over every detail with these, and spent even more time handwriting the names of all of my guests. It was a labor of love, and I hope that everyone loved them as much as I did!!
I had a very specific vision of what I wanted the invitations to look like but after scouring Etsy forever and ever, I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. So I turned to my friend from undergrad and amazing designer Catherine Ray. She totally got my vision and exceeded my expectations with her hand-painted flowers and calligraphy. I mounted her design on a black pocketfold card and tucked the RSVP card and Accommodations/Weekend Events card in the little pocket. My colors were corals and yellows with black and white – kind of girly but hardened by the stark B&W contrast (the adorable envelope liners are from Paper Presentation). I carried over the flowers and typography into many other elements of the wedding, and I really loved how everything ended up matching and sort of branding our wedding. To make the envelopes super-duper special, I decided to do all of the names by hand. The addresses I printed on labels, but I added the black “calligraphy” myself. I put calligraphy in quotations there, because I wasn’t actually using a calligraphy pen – I faked it! I learned how to do this from Jones Design Company and decided to do my own little tutorial for you here too. And yes, this did take me about a million hours and I definitely sacrificed a few weekend nights out to finish them all, but I was just so obsessed with how they looked! So here’s my little tutorial for you today:
1. Write out the names in script with a fine tip pen. I used the font Carolyna Pro Black for inspiration. To see the different styles of letters for free, just use the Sample Text feature.
2. With a thin Sharpie marker, go back over the downstrokes of each letter. So if your pen moved in the downward direction on the page, this is the stroke you bold. This little touch is what really makes the script look special and almost like real calligraphy!
3. Finish all of the letters and sit back and enjoy your beautiful work. Oh, and don’t forget to repeat the process 100 more times for all of your other guests!
Even though some people probably just threw out the envelopes after opening the invitation, this is definitely where I poured the most of my personal effort for the invitations overall. I just really wanted my guests to see the envelope in their mailboxes and immediately get even more excited for our big day. I hoped the invitations exuded elegance, whimsy, a bit of
my our personal style, and I wanted all of that to be apparent before even opening the envelope. With the perfectly colored envelopes (from Paper Presentation in Ginger), fun wrap-around address labels (from Paper Presentation in Solar White), a collection of different vintagey stamps from USPS, and my own creative and crafty efforts, I think I definitely achieved my goal! I love now having the skill to do this faux calligraphy, and I ended up using it on all sorts of signs and paper goods throughout the wedding. If you want to add a special touch to your stationary, I highly suggest giving this little trick a try! And because I just got to see my wedding photos for the first time this week, here is a sneak peek of a few photos, and a link to our wedding featured on our photographer’s blog!!
Wedding photos courtesy of Julie Morawski