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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic. Roommate was out of town and Mark came back from Chicago on Friday night and we did brunch on Saturday, hiked on Sunday and had impromptu dinner at a restaurant he’s been wanting to try on Sunday night, which brings me to 7 new restaurants — 3 short of my 10 new restaurant goal for my Summer Bucket List.
I’m joining my friend Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday link party today because I have some very MARVELOUS wedding invites to share with you. I teased you last Thursday, and I sent these invites to the printer today.
This invite was fun to design. The bride is my college boyfriend’s little sister and I know her taste pretty well. I had an idea of what her invite should look like before she contacted me — something with very simple typography, black and white or sepia, and the final product printed on a very natural stock.
Turns out that she had a similar vision and is doing a paper bag theme at her wedding (sounds weird, but I promise it will be cute — she is adorable). She sent me some examples of invites she liked, but they were too similar to my friend Steph‘s wedding invites, so I gave her my original vision plus a scientific tree illustration I picked up from the Dover library. I love how the steps in the tree illustration lead the reader to the invite text.
Here’s what the final invite looks like. I changed the names and dates on this to protect the identities of the people getting married, in case they didn’t want people to know what their invite looks like. And no, I’ve not been watching way too much 90210.
And here’s a sneak peek of how it should look on the paper we’re printing them on. I love using fun paper. In case you’re a paper geek like me, I’m printing these on Neenah Environment Desert Storm.
I love how this design turned out and I can’t wait to get my samples. Moreso, I can’t wait to see her reaction when she gets these in the mail in a couple of weeks.
I’m thinking about rolling out a similar invite on my wedding invite etsy shop, but with different illustrations, layout of type, colors and format. The bride and I had talked about making this a folding-self-mailer, meaning that it would fold down to envelope size and mail without an envelope. Ultimately it was more expensive so we went the traditional envelope/invite route.
How are you making your Monday marvelous? And what did/would your wedding invitations look like (I know a designer …)?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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