While I was home in Sacramento, I got our wedding invitations in the mail. It was a big relief to be able to check that off my list. These invites were multiple steps and turned out much different than I would have thought I would go with. Click the images to see the photos a bit clearer.
The invitation itself is a 5x7 flat card. It has two sides and is actually two separate cards glued back to back. The striped side was made in PSE and then printed with a glossy sheen by vistaprint.com. The text side was printed on my home computer (I have an HP PhotoSmart 2575) on cream Arturo paper. The Arturo paper was about 8x6.5 inches and I trimmed it after printing which is how I got the image so close to the border of the card. I adhered the cards back to back with a memory tape runner and rounded the corners with a Fiskars squeeze punch.
The RSVP card was printed two per sheet on a 5x7 gray card. I cut them in half using a paper cutter. I printed these at home as well and while the orange ink on gray cardstock could have looked better, they turned out fine.
The RSVPs will be mailed back in 4bar electric orange envelopes from Paper Presentation. I added an Avery label to the envelopes so I didn’t have to print on them or write out the return address. My theory on labels is – if you are going to use them, make them part of the design. Clear labels are my paper pet peeve because it looks like you are trying to hid the fact that you used a label. Step up and admit it, just make them look fun. I added our little flower motif to the edge and folded them over the side so they were a bit more interesting.
I added one small card which had our website information. I did not include a reception/details/accommodations card so it’s important that guests remember to look at the website. These cards were made by cutting our save the date cardstock in half. Simple and inexpensive.
The mailing envelopes were gray and lined with the same Snow & Graham paper as the save the dates. I stuck gray labels (from Paper Source but discontinued) on the front and addressed in orange pen. The king & queen postage stamps worked perfectly again.
Overall, it was a lot of steps for pretty simple invitations. They are unique to us and fit with the feel of our wedding. I’m so glad they are already in the homes of our guests. I'm even more excited that we are already getting RSVPs back in the mail.
PS : you can see our matching save the dates here.