Your wedding day story told in in a sweet, folksy way. I adore these wedding invitations by Rifle Paper Co. I recently sent these to my wedding invitation designer / bridesmaid of Alana Bailey Brand because they reminded me of her beautiful, color saturated poster work. I am still trying to decide how formal I want our wedding invitations to be. When I see these, I think maybe more playful. The feeling I get when I see these are that the couple is grounded to each other and the earth. I like this feeling.
How will you be sending your invitations out?
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is wrapping up gifts. Each year it is a different theme: homemade ornaments dangling from kitschy yarn, natural pressed flowers with hemp string, hand stamped butcher paper, velum paper to catch a glimpse of what is underneath.
So why not incorporate this fun practice into the wedding invites? Why not enclose them in a box so people can unwrap them like a present? I’ve seen some fancy ones on posh invite sites. But, for me, this will have to be translated to a budget, d.i.y. project.
In my initial search to find wedding invitation boxes, I ran into this post on Weddingbee (you have to check out how sumptuous hers came out). It gives you an idea about what to expect–and practical advice as a do-it-yourselfer. Similarly this post has some really great tips for the newbie from a wedding invitation professional’s point of view.
Today I went looking for boxes at Paper Trade on Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They had paper jewelry boxes (what they recommend for the budget conscious bride) but not in the right size (mostly for earrings).
One thing I am still deciding: I am not quite sure if I will use the wedding invitation box in place of the “outer envelope” with the invitation inside in an envelope — the box acting like a mailer — or if I will use the box as the envelope with just the invitation inside. I will most likely be using the A7 invitation so I will use the size of the “inner envelope” for this as the minimum needed. This means the box must be larger than 5 1/4 by 7 1/4.
Most box web sites have great colors but not the best range of sizes. I am hoping to find a peach, salmon, rose, marigold, or blush box. If I can’t find one of these colors in the right size then I will most likely get some great decorative paper from Kate’s Paperie and use spray adhesive on a common white box to add color.
Look for post “Part II” in the coming weeks to see how this project progresses!
My wedding save the dates do not contain any of these words: “save the date,” “mark your calendar,” “join us,” “hold the day” not even “wedding” or “celebration.” As my glorious designer/printer/bridesmaid, Alana Bailey of Alana Bailey Brand, noted, “I’m so glad you’re not the type of bride that has to write ‘Save the Date’.”
But should I have been?
The only text on the card is the date of our wedding, the name of the island we are getting married on, and the url of our wedding website. But will people get it???
Initially I had no hesitation. We are distributing the cards to less than a hundred people, mostly very close friends and family. “Of course they will get it!” They will see our names, which is also are website url, and go to the site for more information. It is there that they will find loads and loads of “save the dates,” “please join us for our wedding,” etc.
Now that the save the dates are in the mail, I am beginning to wonder if people will go to the site (especially if the individuals are older and less computer compulsive). So we will see. It will be an experiment to see if there is confusion, hesitation, bewilderment. So far we’ve had one response to the save the date, “the website is HOT!” And I have noticed it has been accessed 5 times since yesterday. All good signs!!