27 March 2012

wedding details reveal: invitations

27 March 2012
it has been quite some time since the last "wedding details reveal," so i thought i'd share a few details about our wedding invitations! the design and print shop we were hoping to use for our wedding invitations completely dropped the ball (as in, never delivered a proof and stopped responding to e-mails!), so we scrambled to get invitations designed, ordered, and printed in time.



enter paper source. i've always loved the store and frequently buy things i don't need the cutest stationary and office supplies, so i decided to give them a shot. i worked with sharon and nicole at the southport location in chicago and they were AMAZING! i gave them my tight budget and even tighter time frame and they helped me design and order the most beautiful invitations!

the invitations are on textured cream cardstock with charcoal grey and "peach" font. i put "peach" in quotations because they custom-made this ink color for us by taking their papaya color down to 50%. amazing, right??

the envelopes are gravel with a pearlescent lining that has the best name ever: stardream opal. if i was a crazy celeb, i would totally name my first child that. 

i had a bit of a twinge of regret putting our wedding website on the invitation (in lieu of an information card with addresses and directions), but honestly, this is all our budget allowed and hey, i'm a modern bride, am i not?

although i'd love to hire a calligrapher, we will be printing the addresses on vellum labels at home. to add something special to an otherwise plain envelope, i ordered custom stamps from zazzle. i got the idea from alex's gorgeous save the dates and downloaded the custom monogram image from wedding chicks. the postage is pricier, but i just love the personal touch it adds!

so, what do you think??




20 comments:

Julie and Lauren said...

They're beautiful!!!! I love them. But the story of the first company not responding is a nightmare-- good recovery!!! XO

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

gorgeous! i love the custom stamps too! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Susan said...

That's gorgeous! Paper Source is amazing!

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

They are absolutely beautiful! So glad my save the date served as some inspiration. Aren't the custom stamps adorable? And such a personal touch. So sorry to hear that your original plan fell through, but wow these are well worth the struggle!

Lily said...

they are lovely -- congratulations!!

Oh - Fancy That.

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Loving the color and calligraphy! Such a sweet invite. I am loving it!

Shari said...

Beautiful! :)

Julia - the Urban Slant said...

Those are stunning! So so gorgeous. And I'm loving the calligraphy.

Taylor said...

ashley!!! these are STUNNING! I of course could not be more obsessed with your customized monogrammed stamp - exactly what I want to do someday!!! your invite + response card are so beautiful. maybe a happy accident that the first people were so awful and dropped the ball?!?
xo
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Alexa said...

Oooh LOVE. So annoying about that first company though. Sounds (and looks) like it all worked out! xoxo

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

They are gorgeous Ashley! I love the color scheme and beautiful font! so many wonderful teasers can't wait for it to all come together!

Johanna said...

I love the stamps - perfect touch! Wish I woulda thought of that!

Sharon in Chicago said...

Ashley -- Nicole & I are so glad you choose Paper Source on Southport as your back-up plan and that we were able to give you first choice results! We're loving the "peach" too!

The Now said...

I absolutely LOVE them!!!!!!! I love the slanted text on the invitation. Those stamps are super cute!!! xox Elizabeth

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Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Ashley, they're absolutely, unquestionably perfect! And it only makes me fall harder for those kids at Papersource!

Jennifer said...

Aw those are beautiful!

xo Jennifer

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TheWhitList said...

So pretty! I'm amazed you did them so fast! I feel like mine are taking forever - it's harder to design them then you think it will be! Great job!

Mimi said...

awww, beautiful! it is perfect! :)

<3, Mimi
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diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

you did SUCH a good job on the invites, ash! they are completely beautiful!

Cara said...

GORGEOUS!

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