22 April 2011

Wedding Invitation Sneak Peek

Hi friends, how's your long weekend going? I'm loving it. I'm painting away at some commissions and laying around with the Gus man.

So wedding invitations...I can't like - I've found this to be the most challenging part of the wedding process. I took on the task of doing them myself A - to save money and B - to incorporate my own design aesthetic. I wanted them to match the whole wedding vibe - simple, rustic, pretty and vintage. But between learning Photoshop, buying a printer for this purpose and having a million lovely blogs to look at and be inspired by - it's all very overwhelming. I still haven't finalized my design, but I am starting to make some headway on some of the elements, so here's a little looksie.

I've chosen simple kraft paper brown envelopes (with a coupon from Michael's), cream card stock for the invites and turquoise paper for the maps (both from Staples). We're still going with our favourite Travelling Typewriter font and I've been playing around with design and invite wording, as you can see below.

The map is almost ready to go, I made it in Photoshop and printed it on the turquoise paper.

The return address labels are done, they're simple rectangular stickers with our info printed in the rustic Travelling Typewriter font.

I also ordered individual typewriter letter stamps on Ebay so I could put the letters together for a 'J heart L' stamp for the back of the envelopes and potentially for our thank you cards. I simply put the letters together and tied a rubber band around them to make my own custom stamp.

How did you deal with the invite dilemma - were  you smart enough to hire someone to do it? Or did you take it on yourself like a crazy person (ie: me!)? Any words of wisdom would be helpful to get me through the home stretch!!

Have a lovely weekend friends...


  1. ah, love the simplicity of the typewriter font! can't wait to see the finished product :)

  2. beautiful work, Lenore!

  3. can't wait to see them!
    and ack - i should have told you that i have those stamps! :) ah well, i'm sure you'll find a million other uses for them afterwards.

  4. I ordered mine from a store in NYC. Don't obsess about these. Sad to say, most people don't notice the details. I think picking the font is one of the biggest parts, and you've done that. Ann

  5. I love what you have so far! I did mine myself but we only had about 40 guests so it wasn't too overwhelming. And I printed them at work (shhhhh, don't tell!)

  6. you are such an inspiration! they look great :)

    i tried to make my save the dates, had a minor freakout, and just got them done for me (found an outstanding girl on etsy and it's been smooth sailing ever since :)

    good luck with the rest of the planning!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I love reading all your comments! If you have a specific question, please email me at lhume1@mts.net. XO Lenore