Now that they have safely landed in our guests’ mailboxes, I am happy to share with you (drum-roll please)…
I never did a post about my Save the Dates, but they incorporated similar elements. Maybe after the wedding I’ll do a recap post and include those, because honestly, they were really cute
On our wedding day, I’ll be wearing a beautiful cameo necklace, also worn in the weddings of five other women (of three generations!) from my mom’s side of the family. Wearing that necklace was one of the first (and easiest) wedding decisions I made! I love all things cameo, so I came up with the concept of turning our silhouette images into cameo-type necklaces, and have carried these images through our various print pieces.
How did I do this? It’s your lucky day because I’m about to tell you! I’ve received so many nice compliments and “oh my gosh I can tell that’s really YOU GUYS!” comments from our guests. Honestly though, it was really easy. I forced Casey into some mug-shot-type photography in the kitchen, and after a few unsuccessful attempts to snap his profile, he obliged.
I put my ratty hair into a ponytail, even though that’s not how I typically wear it because otherwise I thought I would look bald. I opened the images in Adobe Photoshop Elements, did some cropping and resizing, removed the backgrounds, and filled us in with black. Voila!
A bit more cropping, and the addition of a nice flourish and our initials, and I had created a fun, personalized silhouette image for our wedding materials!
For the invitations, I decided to take the silhouettes one step further and turn them into actual “necklaces.” I got this great vision in my head that was nearly impossible to bring to life. Many thanks to Lindsey for talking me down from the ledge several times, and to my mom for countless trips to craft stores for more glue and ribbon.
I ordered gate-fold invitations and Stardream Metallic paper (in pretty shimmery Rose Quartz) from Cut Card Stock
, and I ordered all my envelopes from Envelopper, Inc.
I would highly recommend either of these companies – both were budget-friendly, extremely easy to work with, and very speedy on delivery. To save money, I ordered 12×12 sheets of paper, and hand-cut each sheet into the sizes I had planned out for various print pieces. I printed our silhouette cameos onto the Stardream Metallic paper, and then hand-cut all 200 circles. Hence, the insanity.
I punched holes in each one, and ran a ribbon through to the back, securing each with a foamy tab, and giving the silhouettes a lifted effect. Lindsey patiently attached buttons (ordered off Ebay) with gluey dots, and once the bows were tied, it all came together! We were SO excited when we made the first sample and finally saw it come to life. I present to you…the outside!
The pink is much prettier and shimmery than my camera can capture. Below is a shot of the outside envelope, which I stamped with our custom address stamp (ordered off Etsy
For the inside, I printed directly onto the side panels. These contained info on wedding events and logistics, as well as the address to our wedding website. One of my goals was to have an all-inclusive invitation – all the info together in one piece, rather than five different cards to misplace and confuse our guests. The middle panel was a Stardream Metallic card, glued onto the gatefold, and was the official “announcement” of our wedding.
We wanted to forgo the traditional “the honor of your presence is requested…” type of invitation, since we aren’t traditional, formal people, and we aren’t having a traditional, formal wedding. Instead we wrote something that we felt really captured who we are, and what we’re doing -”We have been many things together: running and cooking partners, doggie parents and best friends. Join us for our next adventure – husband and wife.”
So there you have it! Our wedding invitations in a (long) nutshell. They almost broke me a few times, but in the end I’m glad I stuck to it and didn’t give up on my original vision. Even though my hand hurt from cutting circles, my eyes were blurring from hand-cutting every piece of paper, and I was sad when I found out that many of the silhouette’s ink got rubbed and scratched in the envelopes – I really, truly love these.
Perfect or not, I put blood, sweat, some tears, and a helluvalotta love into them, just as I plan to do for the marriage they are announcing.