Our oldest son, Dustin, is getting married in September. As the Mother-of-the-Groom, I don't have as big a role in the planning as the Mother-of-the-Bride does, but I did offer to help in any way I can. So when they asked me to make their invitations, I was like "Oh yeah!"
It took some time for Becca to decide on a color scheme for their wedding. After scouring wedding websites and magazines, she fell in love with the colors in this photo:
I took the photo and dropped it into the Adobe Kuler app on my iPhone and it spit out this color palette for me. Pretty cool isn't it? Although I didn't need any of the cmyk percentages to create the invite, I'm glad to know I have this palette saved in case I need it for anything else wedding related.
Dustin and Becca are a very laid back couple (Thank God! No Bridezilla to deal with!). When I asked them what style of wedding invitation they wanted, they were insistent that it shouldn't be formal. They wanted something unique. For several years now I've admired the "chalkboard style" design. Pinterest, Minted and other online design resources have tons of inspiration when it comes to this type of design. I sent them some links to look at to see if we were on the same page. We were and this is what I came up with:
The enclosure and envelopes are from The Paper Source. The invites were created in Illustrator and Photoshop. I printed everything at home on my Epson R2000 printer using double-sided matte photo paper from Staples. The pink cardstock is by Bazzill and the green grosgrain ribbon is from Michael's.
While I was able to assemble some parts of the invitation, I couldn't do it all. After I attached the main part of the invite to the flap of the enclosure and slipped the "Guest Information" card in the pocket, I boxed everything up and sent it to the happy couple. They needed to address and stamp the return envelope and then assemble and slip the band on around the enclosure.
Becca is awesome. She knew I would be documenting this whole process and she made sure she took photos for me on her end:
And how cute are those stamps they ordered from Zazzle?
She even took a pick of Dustin practicing his handwritting (although I don't think she allowed him to address the evnvelopes!):
It's a little blurry, but she did take a pic of the invites as they dropped them into the mailbox!
They did good! RSVPs are starting to roll in and Becca said everyone is raving about the invites! One happy mama!