So, most of you who follow this blog know that I got married last month, YYAAAAAAAAYYYYYY! (Yes, I am still in that ultra-annoying, everything smells like flowers, my husband looks like Thor, is that the halleluiah chorus singing, phase.) You will also know that here at Ladybird Ln my sister and I love to do chic projects that look like they cost a fortune, but hey, five bucks later we’re in business, projects. Welcome to my wedding. I have luxury taste, and a poor man’s budget; so I challenged myself to make a beautiful, vintage garden party wedding, on a budget of $5,000 dollars. Ladies and Gentlemen, with a little bit of elbow grease, a heck of a lot creativity, and wonderful support, it can be done! Last week you saw my fantastic crystal cake stands, this week you will see my vintage air-mail inspired DIY wedding invitations.
As a graphic designer, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was design Michael Berry and I a logo. I loved the symbolism of skeleton keys, and definitely had to incorporate them!
The entire theme of the wedding was super vintage, overly romantic everything. I knew my invitations were my first chance to give my guests a taste of what was to come with my wedding, and I was couldn't wait to get started! There is nothing more romantic than hand-calligraphy fonts (believe me, I am a font fiend) and when paired with the old time typewriter font, the final product turned out beautiful. I created a bleed so the words literally flowed right off the page. Hopefully just like they would when writing a love letter back in Jane Austen’s day. I also incorporated phrases like “half-past six in the evening” and "to celebrate their love and lives together" to keep with the vintage theme. I wanted the ceremony invites and RSVP cards simple and beautiful; I loved the eroded symbols on the bottom of each. We printed the invitations and our pictures on linen paper so it gave them an old world texture and hint of color.
Keeping with the airmail theme we wrapped the entire invitation in string and put a tag on it to seal the deal. We even kept our envelopes vintage by using linen envelopes and a personalized rubber stamp with our return address and “kindly deliver to:” text.
All in all, I am extremely happy with how they turned out. Not only did we have custom, one of a kind design. All of our guests received what looked like a love letter sent from a world (and century) away. Final cost (including stamp & envelope): $.84 each. Don't you worry, more wedding extravaganza to come.
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