Monday, January 12, 2009

How I Tied the Knot: Our Invitations

Previously in these posts, I shared a little bit about our invitations. Now, it's time to let you all in the details behind our invitation suite and the lessons that I learned along the way as they were crafted. And, of course, some pretty pictures to display along the way!

After scouring blogs and websites for invitation inspiration, I kept feeling that I was coming up empty-handed. After dozens of invitation drafts, I still didn't have an invitation that was juuuust right. However, once Erin from lucky designs sent over our monogram , I finally had a vision for our invitations {and the rest of our wedding, for that matter}.

Our invitations were wrapped in 1.5 inch raspberry {wine} satin ribbon affixed with our monogram square.
The ribbon slid off easily, revealing our lovely invitation:


The invitation itself was affixed to a plum pocket, which held our four insert cards.

Our four insert cards included an RSVP card, a Reception card, an Accommodations card and a card stating directions to venues on one side and a map of the city on the other.
Our invitations could not have turned out as beautiful without the help of April from April Foster Events. She took our rough drafts and worked with our vision and inspiration and {after a couple of tweaks} produced our lovely invitations. I hope that you all love them as much as we {and our guests} did. If you decided to save any of the above pictures for your personal use, or publish them on your blog, please remember to credit tying the knot and April Foster Events.

Lessons Learned #20: I bought the ribbon at save-on-crafts. 50 yards of 1.5 inch thick ribbon was only $6.99+ shipping. Go here to see their selection of ribbon to see if your colors are available!

Lessons Learned #21: April from April Foster Events is a registered vendor of various paper companies. I was able to purchase the plum pockets thru her for an incredibly affordable price. The pockets are one-sided so I was able to affix the invitation to the flat side of the pocket {with double sided tape} and store our insert cards in the pocket.

Lessons Learned #22: About a foot of ribbon was needed to make the ribbon band that fit around our {5x7} invitation/pocket. I overlapped the ribbon slightly and used double sided tape to adhere the ribbon to itself. Then I attached our monogram 2x2 inch square to the ribbon with double sided tape where the ribbon overlapped, in order to hide the overlap. I then slid on the ribbon over the pocket/invitation so that the monogram square was over the center of the invitation.
Lessons Learned #23: The map was created by taking a screen shot of the map of Indianapolis from mapquest.com. Then, using powerpoint we opened up the map screen shot and traced the map using the powerpoint drawing tools. The mapquest map was then deleted, leaving only our tracings. We used text boxes to add in the text and Chris {somehow} created little interstate signs. I found tutorials on weddingbee extremely helpful. You can find them here and here and here.
Lessons Learned #24: I could not have successfully designed our invitations without the help of April from April Foster Events. I literally would have torn my hair out. April was a dream to work with and I would recommend her to anyone. You can reach her at hello@aprilfosterevents.com and if you choose to work with her, please let her know that I recommended her!

11 comments:

Adrienne said...

I just started drafting mine over the weekend! I spent hours {seriously} designing how I would like them to look, and they actually look quite a bit like yours, minus the map - that is an awesome map and I may just try that! I just hope they turn out this well after they are printed!

A said...

Your invitations are SO beautiful! Seeing yours makes me wish I had tried (key word - tried) to make my own! I was just overwhelmed by all the separate pieces involved and ended up purchasing mine instead. But I will definitely use your Weddingbee references for the maps I want to make for our out-of-town bags!

Once A Bride said...

You did such a great job--I love the idea of having the invite on one side and the inserts attached to the other.

LadyMay507 said...

Your invitations are exactly what I had in mind for mine! Well the pocketfold idea. A friend of mine was pretty similar except they had it rectangular and a bit oversized. I loved how simple it was. I will have to bug bluskydesigns in a few months! Thanks!

Candice said...

Thanks girl, this post couldn't have come at a better time....

erica said...

ditto on previous posts - i am just at the point of having to decide about our invitation suite and your thoughts are really helpful! like all your wedding details, i absolutely love the results! thanks!

April said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and link love!!! It was a joy working with you.
April

Courtney said...

I got married on September 27th last year too! - Oh, and your invitations were so beautiful! =)

Lucky Designs said...

I love how your monogram has looked throughout all your pictures. What a beautiful day!

FitGirl said...

I LOVE every aspect of your wedding. Sooo many cute ideas. My colors are similar to yours (my bridesmaids dress is a rasberryish color). But, I really love the chic simplicity of your invitations! I just told my mom that I want a single page with a ribbon down the center! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Zane Wooder said...

I've never seen wedding invitations so beautiful before. Good job.

zane