Finally. Our wedding invitations are out of my hands! I dropped them in the mail last week and immediately felt relieved. Nailing down these custom designs was one of the most stressful parts of this planning thing, but it’s over now and I can sleep again.
Let’s start from the beginning. I wanted to mirror the same design elements found on our Save the Dates: vintage blush and sage green, simple lines with a taste of the 1920’s. Letterpress was an absolute must and I decided to go with In to Ink after doing a little research. They made the whole printing process such a breeze – I’d work with them again in a heartbeat!
On top of great service, they gave me a tour of their shop and showed me this awesome technique called “dusting”, where they lightly brush a metallic powder over freshly pressed ink by hand. It looks similar to foil stamping, but much softer, just adding that subtle shimmer my design called for.
Since this order happened to be so small, In to Ink was kind enough to throw in a couple extra prints. Sooo, I went ahead and made each invitation double thick by spray-mounting two together. The results were totally worth the extra work!
Everything was going great until I ran into trouble finding envelopes with European flaps to match the invitations (printed on white Savoy cotton). I searched the town and scoured the web, but didn’t find the perfect solution until I was back in Boston for my bridal shower. Paper Source had apparently moved in since my last visit! I had never actually been to one of their brick and mortar shops before, and let me tell you, it was like heaven. I spent a ridiculous amount of time in there and made the decision to abandon the whole idea of matchy matchy white envelopes and ended up going with color – the deliberate offset saved me from a lot of OCD-related worries. I walked out with gorgeous blush pink A7s and A2s, among many other magical treasures.
When the time came to address these beauties, I was lucky enough to know Maggie Lea Waller of Type & Title. She is a local designer who’s work I had fallen in love with months before I even knew she lived in San Diego. We met for coffee and I felt like we had known each other forever. A few weeks after chatting, Maggie whipped up this lovely handwritten look for my outer envelopes and honestly, I don’t think they could have been any prettier! Seriously so impressed with that girl’s talent.
The RSVPs, again, were inspired by the art deco-ish pattern on our Save the Dates. Pretty straightforward, I guess. And as much as I would have loved to go down the letterpress route with these guys, I opted for the more affordable digital alternative. Hey, you gotta cut corners somewhere – especially if the guests are going to just send them right back to you anyway!
For the out-of-towners, I designed a quick list of go-to’s they may find helpful during their stay in San Diego. This vellum sheet included hotels, beaches and parks, as well as our favorite restaurants – all of which were so difficult to narrow down! All other info is listed on the cute website Ryan put together for us at ninetwenty14.com.
Each invitation package was bundled with rose gold sequined ribbon. It may seem like a bit much, but I promise, everything will come together at the wedding ;) I used a hot glue gun to fasten the ends together and luckily, this part was almost fool-proof.
Lastly, I stamped each package with a wax seal, designed by yours truly. Back to Zero is a super cute Etsy shop that will create a custom seal with your design. They were beyond helpful and easy to work with, definitely worth checking them out when you have a minute.
Since this was my first time experimenting with wax seals, I was nervous about potentially ruining the precious pieces Maggie and I had worked so hard on, but I’m proud to say they came out pretty cute!
But even after mastering the wax details, my job was not yet done. I still had to figure out the postage situation. After talking to several different post offices, of course I heard several different stories. Some said 70 cent stamps would suffice, others claimed 90 cents or even $1.19 per envelope. At that point I didn’t care how much shipping would cost, I was just terrified of them being sent back to me with some ugly yellow “returned to sender” sticker. I went with the 70 cent stamps on all and have heard that most of my close friends have at least received their invites (thank god!). Let’s hope I only see RSVPs in my mailbox over the next couple of weeks!!
Oh and one more thing: the multiple post offices I visited had a very limited stamp selection in general, never mind wedding stamps. If I were to do it all over again, I’d definitely order something cute online, WAY in advance, (rather than getting stuck with cheesy white roses and wedding cakes)… Just something to keep in mind for the brides-to-be.