31.8.12

Our Wedding | Invitations

"open in the name of the king!
an urgent message from his imperial majesty"
cinderella receives an invitation to the ball
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Call me "Georje Bahnks, Georja BAHNKS," because I feel like I'm walking through my allegorical wedding "mess."  Cue the fizzing champagne bubbles.  "I used to think a wedding was a simple affair."    As thrilled as I am to be living as a wife and as happy as I am about the great adventure of life before us, I can't help but play through our last few days of engagement and our wedding day.  We had a truly wonderful time planning our wedding.  The hardest week, was also the fastest week, and was also the last week ;)  I love being a wife more than being a fiance' or bride, but I loved both of those roles.  In every way.  
So now?  As I wait to see my own wedding pictures from Shannon, I'm going to unveil little bits of our day.  Today is our invitations!  I talked about our wedding inspiration in the spring and I'm thrilled with how our ideas turned into real products we could touch and keep.  Here's a little refresher on the feel we were hoping for (that whole playful-yet-royal, childlike-yet-elegant vibe? Remember?):
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We made our invitations ourselves, and I knew exactly what I wanted them to look like (well, almost exactly.) I designed the invitation-wording in photoshop.  I can't tell you how many slim sans-serif fonts I looked through!  And as much as I would have loved to have hand-calligraphed invitations, I found a very budget-friendly solution!  Calligraphy by Hilary hand wrote our names and then sent me the jpeg file over e-mail.  I loved having custom handwriting (instead of a script font) - it felt very Cinderella to my heart ;)  Two colored card stock squares and thread finished off these babies!
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She also hand wrote and then made a stamp with our return address.  This was also so nice because we didn't have to worry about printing on the letterpress envelopes and something feels satisfying and old-fashioned about stamping from ink pad to paper!
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The inner envelope was a spanking gold vellum with confetti-glitter band.  Double sided tape for the win. (Special thanks to my new mother-in-law for hand punching all the confetti for me!)
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The final product!
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We ended up using five or six different colors of card stock.  I couldn't make up my mind and just pick two! Haha!
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A close-up of the stamp.  When it went well... it went really well.  When it was messy, it was REALLY messy.  I don't even want to know how many envelopes we had to toss ;)
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A few thoughts (tips? lessons?) if you make your own wedding invitations:

1 // Have my friends.   
Starting with Caleb, then to my mother, then to my Aunt Pam and Becca, Janet, Lydia, Katie... they helped, worked, tied, cut, counted and breathed these into existence.   It got a little frustrating at times (printer formatting, blade-breaking, wrong measurements, etc), but the crew didn't give on me!
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2 // The details are worth it.
Once we started the project we weren't sure if we had to have the bow.  Or if we had to include the gold glitter.  But I'm so glad we pressed on and did those extra steps... even at 11:30 pm in a Florida hotel room the night before my entire family moved back to Maryland.  I wish I had planned better?  But I don't wish we had skipped the "little things."  I love how they added to - possibly even made! - the whole look.
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3 // Buy your own paper, but let someone else print and cut it.
Unless you have a commercial printer, heavy duty paper cutter and warm comfort food on hand, I do not suggest doing this part yourself.  After a few days of printing/cutting, uh...haha, fun?, I finally took the invitation file and white card stock over to FedEx office.  An hour and $12 later everything was perfectly cut and crisply printed.  I should have done that from the start.  The paper there is a little pricey, however.  So go do your good amazon.com or coupon/sale/deal hunting and bring your paper to them.  So worth it.
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4 // Have fun with the wording.
I loved writing out the invitation and choosing the words very carefully.   Joyfully.  Celebration.  Respondez S'il Vous Plait.  I say: say what you want to say, not what "the websites" tell you to say.  Does that make sense?  Use words you love and make it your own.  I say.  You say.  We all say for ice-cray!
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5 // Invite me to your wedding.
I just love weddings - more than ever.  So I want to come.
;)

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I was so pleased with how these turned out.  Especially because I think they complimented the other paper goods (the bridesmaids books, the programs, the table cards) but they also gave such a perfect introduction to our wedding.  And after all his grumpy, doting dad-ness, George was right: getting married is a NOT the same as "having a wedding."  And we girls do love our weddings... and the perfect "welcome" to the wedding really matters sometimes.

15 comments:

  1. You're invited to my wedding. Whenever it is. OF course. Unless you're shooting it, and then you're double invited. Does that even work? It's like a double like on Facebook.

    I love this post though! Your invites are just beautiful. The calligraphy is stunning, the design is gorgeous, and they are whimsical, fun, and just lovely. :)

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  2. Incredibly fun and beautiful!! Perfect mix of the themes you were going for. Way to go :)

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  3. i still have mine :) gold envelope and all

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  4. I think counting was my personal ministry. So happy with how they turned out. They were lovely and oh so you.

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  5. these are adorable, very fun and playful :)

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  6. Awww!! So beautifully precious!! Just like your inspiration. :) Aaaaaand, I've always said I wanted all my online photog friends to be at my wedding so. yeah. You're like totally invited to my wedding. {like Hannah said} Whenever it is. ;)

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  7. I still have mine as well, it was the best day getting it my favorite part was opening it and seeing "Miss Williams" written on it and then being in awe of the fact that you hand made these! they are amazing

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  8. These are just beautiful, Kristen! I love that you designed them yourself; I've been watching wedding shows recently, and the amount that brides are willing to spend to have a designer do their invites is staggering. Seriously.

    Can't wait to see more details from your big day!

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  9. Kristen,

    These are lovely! I have enjoyed seeing your wedding pictures on Cindy's blog too and will eagerly check back for formal pictures on here! Our daughter got married the Saturday before you in Gettysburg, and I'll be doing a series on her wedding on my blog soon if you'd like to check it out. Congratulations again! May God bless your new family! :-)

    Jen
    peaceinthepandemonium.blogspot.com

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  10. P.S We have a friend's daughter getting married at Shade Tree and Evergreen in October. I can't wait to see it in person! :-) It looks gorgeous!

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  11. Gosh, their stunning Kristen! (Or should I say, Mrs Morris!) You did a beautiful job on them. I would invite you to my wedding ;-D , but that is a few years away, (like, I'm only 14!) and I love in Australia. So that does put a dampener on things! :-D

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  12. Anonymous5.9.12

    I'm getting married November 17th, and I would LOVE for you to be there. We are handmaking our invitations, too, so it is definitely time consuming but so worth it. I love how yours turned out!
    I live in Georgia, but you're still more than welcome to come. I am your not so secret biggest fan, so that would make my day all the greater! How creepy on a scale of 1-10 would it be if you got an invitation in the mail in a few weeks? ...Anyway, I just love following your story so much. You are inspiring, and your love for Christ is a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us!
    -Maegan

    davidmaegan.ourwedding.com

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  13. I love how it all came together! Beautiful. :)

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  14. You did a beautiful job! The wedding invitations are gorgeous!

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  15. I love the invitation and Wedding Invitation Wording, you did good. Thanks for sharing your post!

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