Invites + Programs: The Paper of a Wedding
It's a well-known fact that I'm a servant to details, and every aspect of our wedding day was arranged accordingly. So when it came to the very first detail guests would see - the invitation - I didn't want to disappoint! I first looked through a pretty decent selection of pre-made invites, but they all felt rather bleh and, let's face it, pre-made. But I also didn't have the funds to drop on the fancy custom invites featured on all my favorite blogs and websites.
Luckily, my artistic friends came to the rescue and swooped in to custom-create my wedding stationery. I knew I wanted my invites to be botanical, elegant and refreshingly informal, just like our brunch wedding. I sent several pictures of floral inspiration to my friend Jill and she painted a custom watercolor border that I used as a backdrop for the invitations. I spent hours in Photoshop arranging and rearranging and making the best of the hand-lettered names my friend Grace created for us. I included small RSVP cards I easily made through Vistaprint. We used Kraft paper envelopes (inexpensive and pretty!) and I hosted a big girls night where Grace and my other friends all came over and helped address the invites for all our friends.
The next piece of wedding stationery I set off to design were the programs. I'd stumbled across an image on Instagram of invites accented by black and white striped ribbon. Because my dress was black and white, I knew I had to incorporate that detail, but other than that, I was at a loss!
Enter Mr. Boddington's Studio. When I first saw pictures of Mr. Boddington's custom silhouettes, I sent in photographs of me and Tim and requested a silhouette of our own, with our wedding date on the bottom. Once I received the silhouette in the mail, I scanned it into my computer and designed the programs with our portrait on the front. My friend Rebecca designed a laurel leaf crown to frame us and the rest is history! (And hours and hours of pressing, hole punching, and ribbon tying later)