Wedding Invites.

Wedding invites rank at the top of my "Favorite Things to Design" list. I was thrilled when Laura, my future sister-in-law, and my brother asked me to design theirs. Laura's favorite color is purple and her wedding colors are navy, deep plum and a lighter blue. When we first discussed the design, she knew she wanted a folio inner envelope and she wanted a tree stamped on it. So, our first obstacle was finding a pretty tree stamp. After a little looking, we came across tree stamp in the Thoughts and Prayers set by Stampin' Up. Laura thought it was perfect!
We bought the set, stamped and embossed it on the front of 330 purple folio envelopes. I designed/drew the rest of the announcement pages to coordinate with the stamp. Laura's design requests made for a very elegant invitation.

The most time consuming part of the process came when the designing and printing was all done. I addressed my brother's portion of the invitations. It's been a while since I've done that! I'd forgotten how much work hand-addressing invitations is. (I love it though!) I used the last of the ink in my favorite pen. (THE BEST pen in the world. I used to be a Pilot P-700 lover, but my loyalties have changed. I'm now obsessed with this Japanese(?) Envelope Address Writing pen, also by Pilot. My mom said she would buy me some replacements in payment for addressing the invitations. Ha! That's a pretty good family discount!)
I sent the last of them out yesterday. You can get married now, Adam and Laura!

23 comments

  1. You are a SUPER nice sister/SIL. Those invitations look AMAZING!

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  2. Wow, those are beautiful. They turned out great!! I LOVE your handwriting too. It's AMAZING. I've been meaning to ask you too...you need the new SU catalog, right? There are so many new cute things!!!

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  3. I ADORE your handwriting!! Have you ever thought of making it into a font? :D

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  4. absolutely gorgeous, as usual, Hannah.

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  5. @Alice: Someone actually did make it into a font, but because my handwriting is so non-uniform, it only loosely resembles my writing. But, you can download it from here:
    http://tinyurl.com/2f68akd

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  6. @Jill: I was actually given one by another demo, but you know my loyalties lie with you: The woman who introduced me to SU! I'll be ordering some when the next sale comes around. Be ready!

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  7. It is spectacular.... Lovely.... They can surely get married because they have already created history through these invites.... Awesome & Commendable!!!! Kudos Deary!!!! :)

    Ash....
    (http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  8. What a joy to create such beautiful invitations. I hadn't thought of this SU set to use as wedding invitations, but it is perfect!

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  9. The picture really doesn't do justice to the folio. Not that I don't love the inserts, but the folio is my favorite part. The clear embossing gives a really cool effect on the dark purple paper.

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  10. Very pretty design and handwriting as well. I love it.

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  11. That's super sweet, and the invites are beautiful. Hand-addressing is a lot of work, I remember that... and then there's all the thank you cards later, too!

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  12. Reading your post has reminded me again how much I love these! They are gorgeous and I've gotten so many compliments. Thanks so much Hannah!

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  13. What are your favorite programs to design with?

    What printer do you use to order your products from once you have them designed? For example, did you buy and cut all of the purple folio envelopes?

    Simply beautiful!

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  14. @Tara: I design almost everything in Adobe Illustrator.

    I have a couple favorite local printers that I use.

    The folios were premade. You can buy them from Kinkos or a few online retailers.

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  15. Beautiful invites & your handwriting is lovely!

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  16. Wow those turned out amazing!! And your Handwriting!!! I LOVE IT!! I agree with the ladies about I think you should make it into a font! I would so buy it!

    :)Rachel

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  17. Love, love, love the invites.

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  18. your handwriting is GORGEOUS!

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  19. That is really beautiful! (and hey! I didn't know you are LDS!)
    oxoxo
    Denalee

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  20. awesome, hannah!!
    your family is lucky to have you!
    And I can't wait to try out that pen!! I'm always looking for new favorites! (just don't tell Aaron!)
    :)

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  21. Beautiful invitations and great calligraphy too!

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