On Saturday I attended a wedding in upstate NY – now you may be thinking “Wait, thats still summer” and yes technically it is, but when you’re in upstate NY it’s a little cooler and the colors of fall are beginning to show. The Bride and Groom chose gorgeous invitations, which tied in with the chocolate bridesmaid dresses, colorful flowers and traditional woods and neutrals found at the church and country club. All the invitation items came in a convenient brown folder, which the main invitation was glued to on the right and had a pocket on the left for the reception card, response card, and list of weekend events.
The couple also tied their theme into a beautiful and delicious cake. The cake sat on a cake stand printed with the same paper you see on their invitations. Read more about this wedding here.
My friend Crystal had a very formal and traditional wedding in Washinton, DC this summer. She and her husband were wed in a traditional Catholic Church and then we proceeded to an elegant reception at the historical Willard Hotel downtown. Below you can see her formal invitation, which was letterpressed in black on off white heavy card stock. The invitation set the tone for the ceremony and reception. Guests weren’t quite in black tie, but it was certainly formal – just what the couple wanted.
Other examples of gorgeous paper are their programs, menus and favor tags.
My friends Mark and Mandy chose the Philadelphia skyline as their inspiration for their wedding stationery. The skyline was featured on their save the dates, invites, menus, programs, place cards, goody bags, and I suspect I will be receiving a skyline thank you note shortly. Their wedding color palette was navy, white and silver. It looked great on paper and in person. Navy bridesmaid dresses and silver and white details throughout the ceremony and reception site carried the theme through. They were married on the roof of a downtown Philadelphia hotel with guess what? A partial view of the skyline! Here is a pic of some of their perfect paper:
Welcome to a fun new feature – Perfect Paper, which will showcase invitations, programs, menus and the like, which I make, receive or find online that are AMAZING. First up are Shortcake’s invites, which are an original design by her aunt Lisa B. Shortcake loves Hydrangeas and they were used in the invites, bouquets, tables and the entire color palette of the wedding.
Ahh, yet another trip to Target for invites. I just can’t get enough! The price is right and the selection is lovely. This time I decided to pick up these pink cardstock sheets. Each one was blank, aside from the word “PARTY!” in a gold foil on the side. The accompanying envelopes even had gold foil lining, LOVE. I decided to try using my computer this time. My handwriting is ok, but it does take longer and certainly more care to hand write invites which I learned here and here.
So using Word and a laser printer, I created the invites for another friend’s Showerette to take place in June. What’s a showerette you say? I have to give credit for this term to my partner in crime (and planning), Bdette. Because this Bride’s guests are all over the U.S. she had 2 family showers in PA and OR, and we are responsible for the friends’ shower in DC. Our college friends are also spread out, so it didn’t make sense to have a Shower one week and then a Bachelorette weeks later. We decided to combine things, and Bdette started calling it a Showerette. Isn’t she clever? I certainly think so. So we’re having a Linen and Lace theme and guests can give traditional shower gifts (linen) or sexy lingerie gifts (lace).
If you would like to make invites this way, make sure you set your printer to Cardstock and Manual Feed. Be careful as you feed each sheet into the Printer, if you push it crooked, it prints crooked (like duh). It’s also good to buy a few extra invites, I bought 30 and produced 26 acceptable invites.
I will update after the party with some pics. We have all kinds of fun decorations planned. I promise to get carried away with this theme, lol.
In a few weeks I’ll be hosting Shortcake’s Bachelorette Party. I have several things to work on for this party including a homemade veil and sash, so stay tuned. Again I picked up invites at Target, for about $1 each. These are made by Papyrus. They are pink and green, as you can see and even have glitter on them. I love glitter!!! This one I kept for myself because I made a little mistake with the address, whoops! But all the others were perfect.
Today I threw a surprise shower for my best friend, Shortcake. I’d been dying to post about this but the party was a surprise, so I had to wait.
I picked up these lovely invites at Target for about $1 each. The picture isn’t as sharp as I’d like but each invite is blue with a wedding dress on it. Each one had a satin bow or piece of lace on it as well. So pretty!! I wrote in all the information for the party by hand, but I’m sure I could have ran them through a printer as well. I couldn’t resist picking up the matching thank you notes for the Bride. I included them as part of her gift and labeled them with the guests’ addresses in advance. The Bride loves to cook, so I sent blank recipe cards to each guest and asked them to bring them to the shower, filled in with their favorite recipe.
The party was a total success!