Now that the wedding invitations have all been mailed, and we’ve got confirmation of receipt on both coasts, I feel I can now share the wedding invitations without spoilers to our guests.
In August 2010 I started researching custom made wedding invitations. I spent about a month scouring the interwebs. Back then I was obsessively searching Flickr for wedding inspiration and favoriting everything under the sun (that was before I knew about Pinterest). Well, one day I saw this picture, bookmarked it, and became completely obsessed with the airmail theme.
That led me to an all out search for custom airmail theme wedding invitations. One day I found these and liked them but thought they were too formal. Finally, somehow, miraculously, I found this blog entry on Kathleen’s website, And Kathleen, and fell in love. The design was lovely and, with some tweaks, would be perfect for us.
I emailed Kathleen, squeeing my brains out over her designs. She responded right away saying she’d be away for a month but would happily work on our design upon her return. Yay! A month flew by for us and we picked up where we left off with Kathleen in November 2010.
We decided a few things right away: we wanted an airmail theme but Kathleen was free to use her amazing expertise to come up with the exact design, we wanted the invitations to be letterpressed, and we wanted just the invitations (no envelopes, RSVP cards, or any inserts – we had our own ideas in the works for that). Kathleen amazingly turned our design around in a month. We loved what she came up with that, and with only a few minor edits, they went to the presses!
Kathleen has been working freelance for just under a year now. The lady has major talent. She captured exactly what we were looking for and made our letterpress daydreams a reality. I highly, highly recommend her!
One last thing before the pictures! Kathleen blogged about the process of making our invitations, the medium of letterpressing, and the machinery. Definitely check it out. It was so special for us to be able to see our project from start to finish. What a treat!
OK, the invitations!
After the designing, pressing, and shipping, our invitations arrived in December 2010:
Kathleen suggested that brown kraft paper envelopes might match nicely with our invites and we’d already had that in mind because it ties in with some other top secret elements of the wedding. So we ordered them on the cheap and they worked perfectly.
On to the RSVP cards!
During our cross country road trip in June 2010 John and I collected 10 or so postcards at every major stop to use as RSVP cards. We didn’t even know at that time we’d end up with an airmail themed invitation, we just knew we wanted a cool and unique RSVP card. It’s just pure awesomeness we ended up with a travel themed wedding invitation, and it just makes sense for us. Our thought was that it would be so cool when the postcards came back to us, it would remind us of our incredible trip.
So we took our 13 varieties of postcards and turned them into RSVP cards. We thought about each guest and their interests, and assigned a card based on that. Here they all are:
The wording on the back:
A sample of the complete invitation:
Throughout December 2010 & January 2011 John and I worked tirelessly on stamping and labeling…
And on March 31, 2011 they all went in the mail!
During the last 4 months the whole thing seemed to drag and drag but now that they’re all stamped, sent, and RSVP cards are already starting to come back in, it seems like it flew by. Wedding planning is funny like that: it’s painfully slow and fast at the same time.