8.26.2010

The Write Start

I still don't have a band or a photographer picked out for my March 2011 wedding (insert mini panic attack here) but I have moved my attention to the invitations.  I'm pretty sure I will end up making them myself, aka getting a few things printed and assembling all the pieces and adding pretty details.

I figured I would focus my attention on the outside of the envelope to start. The calligraphy, typeface, fonts...whatever you want to call it. 

I'm using these beautiful examples as my inspiration.  To say I'm obsessed with this calligraphy is an understatement. 



The vintage stamp idea is so cute! Love the way that looks



Love the last one, I'm thinking either an orange or blue envelope with white writing.

Also, what do all of you think about the double envelope thing?  Is that still the 'proper' thing to do, or is that outdated?

OK, off to go teach myself how to write like this tell my Mom she needs to start practicing (or any other family member reading this who wants to lend a hand. get it, lend a hand. Yea, I made a dumb joke)



So many things to think about JUST for the invitations.  My wedding to-do list seems to be getting longer and longer....and longer.



(all invite inspiration photos are from Etsy- from top to bottom here are the sellers: DesignsByRobynLove, cscratchcalligraphy, perchpapiers, Primele, and InvitationsbyDena)

32 comments:

Design Esquire said...

Love the inspiration pictures!

Let me know if you want the name of my photographer. She's priced pretty reasonable and she did a fantastic job.

In the Tweeds said...

I LOVE calligraphied envelopes! We did them for our wedding by Laura Hooper and they turned out beautifully! We definitely saved money by nixing the inner envelope, so etiquette or not, it's a budget saver. :) We had the backs of the envelopes printed with the return address and saved money there too. We also had her do a "logo" of our names, which we scanned and used on our programs and thank you notes. I'm taking a calligraphy class this fall - want me to lend my hand? :)

Project Shannon said...

The whole double envelope thing was really started as a way to keep the invitation looking nice and formal, as it got processed through the mail. I am sure you could skip it!

I used this woman for my calligraphy: http://www.heartstringsdesigns.com/ Her prices were DIRT cheap compared to anything in Boston! They turned out stunning!

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

WOO I love all the inspiration, good luck:)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

They will look beautiful! I love the vintage stamps.

Kiki Nakita said...

I love the zip code in the last one, would look nice in a peachy or yellow color with a gold pen!

If you don't have the second envelope you may not get as many RSVPs.

pve design said...

I have a friend who is a wonderful photographer - and if I lived nearby, I would be happy to help address envelopes. I love the double envelope. Maybe you could use both colors. Navy on the outside and Orange on the inside.
pve

LindsB said...

Patricia, I love that idea! Getting both colors in there would be great!

Dovecote Decor said...

I have a great idea for you! Viive told me that you can design your own U.S. Postage Stamps! She sent some as an engagement present to her friends with their initials of them. They were beautiful!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

I love the last envelope! What a beautiful style. We ended up printing addresses on our invitations but we used a font that was very much like calligraphy. It looked great and it was a good way to save a little money on the wedding.

I think you can do whatever you want when it comes to one or two envelopes! We used a very thick long card for our invitation so we only used one envelope.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I love Patricia's idea! wow, you will write them yourself!? Im sure they will turn out amazing!!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Oooo I really love the last one, especially the zip code. I made our wedding invites and RSVP postcards on Photoshop. It was fun to make it "our" instead of having generic invites. Here's a pic (scroll to the bottom):

http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/03/pre-post-wedding-blues.html

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

All beautiful, but I like the last one too. Something so fresh about it.

Such an exciting time!!!

xo,
cristin

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wow, I love the second one, it is gorgeous. They all are, the script looks "fancy" while being fresh.

Janell

North of 25A said...

I would love to take a calligraphy class sometime, but the last one is beautiful and actually looks manageable with some pracetice. Don't let that "to do" list overwhelm you ;)
Try to enjoy it all.
Best,
Colleen

Gretchen said...

I really like the last one, it is updated calligraphy. Just found your blog, brings me back to when I planned my wedding. I designed my own invites before there was all of these great paper products (I MADE my own envelopements!) love pve's advice on the envelope colors. --Gretchen O.

Emily said...

Love these! I found a photographer who's trying to get into calligraphy and she's doing mine for a super price. Let me know if you want her name! Love these, and I know you're invites are going to be awesome!

Emily said...

Love these! I found a photographer who's trying to get into calligraphy and she's doing mine for a super price. Let me know if you want her name! Love these, and I know you're invites are going to be awesome!

Ashley said...

I'm also getting married next year (May) and have really loved seeing the use of old stamps. I've started buying up dozens of floral stamps from Ebay (very cheap...check it out) for our formal invitations. It will really add a one-of-a-kind look. Good luck with your planning!

Ari- Audrey Onassis said...

I am a firm believer in the double envelope (if one can be a firm believer in something that trivial...) You don't want your perfect invitations janked up by the postal service!

Also, I love the calligraphy in the second photo.

Michelle said...

How fun! I can't wait to see what you end up with. I was the same about my wedding invites, super excited.

keely @ luxe + lillies said...

so pretty! I love this idea, they are all adorable! good luck! theres a girl here in Minneapolis who owns an etsy shop that does stuff like this... her shop is called lettergirl- its super cute stuff!

hana said...

look at my friend's posts about wedding invites & caligraphy. i immediately thought of you... http://caitlindentino.com/category/paper-goods/invitations/

good luck, can't wait to see all of your plans! xo

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Double envelope is the way to go if you're having a formal wedding. Plus, then there's more room for calligraphy!

Staci Edwards Design said...

Super cute! I love the writing on the last envelope! I can't wait to see how yours turn out!

AB HOME Interiors said...

I wish I had beautiful handwriting like that. Such beautiful stationary.
xo
amanda

paula said...

such gorgeous inspiration.

The Zhush said...

Have never seen the white ink writing before...you MUST do this one! The last one is amazing! Planning a wedding is so fun...just remember to breathe! :)

l.alden said...

I just finished hand addressing all my invitations last week. Double envelopes, return addresses, etc. I did chocolate brown envelopes with white text - a mixture of Crystal Kluge's Nelly Script and Helvetica. It was a TON of work, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. One of the joys of being a designer, I guess. :)

carlee said...

Of course I LOVE all of the inspiration! I'm here for a helping hand!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

I love #1 and #3..gorgeous! good luck!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

I love #1 and #3..gorgeous! good luck!