Category Archives: Printed Goods

You’re seated at Table 71.

I finished the table cards (see example above.) The file is set up in my computer and just waiting to be printed up on some card stock paper. I kept the same typeface as the invitations we sent out in order to maintain some consistency.

There are twelve different numbers, each with a significant meaning to a turning point in our relationship. (I know, yawn.) So I also threw in some random ones to lighten it up a bit (e.g how many cupcake shops we went to on our cupcake crawl; how may weeks it took to make the wedding dress, etc.)

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s reaction; especially the ones seated at table 222.

5 Steps to Making a Wedding Invite

Making a wedding invite is a lot simpler than one may think. All you need to do, once you have your design, is listed below in five simple steps:

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Step 1: Get paper. (Obvy)

Make sure it’s a heavy weight, if that’s what you’re looking for. Check to see if it’ll go through your printer. Most paper places will sell you one sheet if you need to test it out before committing to a large pack of 25 sheets or more. (I got mine at a store in NYC called Paper Presentation.)

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Step 2: Choose envelopes.

It might be nice to break away from the white envelope so that it doesn’t get lost in a pile of regular mail. That said, the size alone can sometimes do this and you may not need a color. You can get fancy with things like envelope-liners. I’m more of a window-shopper with those types of things but they do look super fun.

Step 3: Print and cut out your cards.

If you have a home printer that you never use, you may want to give it a quick workout by printing those invites. Make sure to check the ink and have extra in case it runs out. Sometimes printers do weird things so it makes sense to have a little more paper than what you need, just in case.

Step 4: Stuff those envelopes.

You may want to enlist others to help. I asked Gavin to help while he watched the soccer game. It’s kind of a mindless activity so it can be fitted in with something else if you need to multi-task. Not the case with calligraphy. (see Step 5)

Step 5: Address those suckers.

You can do it with calligraphy, regular handwriting or – for smart people – printed labels that you can stick right onto the envelope. I chose the most difficult route with this one because I thought it would look nice and I wanted that added personal touch. (Thank you Mom and Dad for sending my to Catholic school where I learned things I never thought I’d need to know, such as Latin and calligraphy.) Make sure to take frequent breaks, even if you’re just sticking on the labels. Trust me.

Designing Invitations at 30,000 ft.

Up until now, I hadn’t really had the opportunity to give the invitations the love and attention they really deserve. This week, when I was flying back from a client meeting in Atlanta (en route to Aunt Mary’s funeral), I had the one element I was missing before: time.

I went through all of the fonts on my computer and picked out my favorites. Then I got to work with the layout and hierarchy.

I’m really happy with these. Gavin likes them, too.

I got the paper for the invitations on Saturday and then went to the Paper Presentation to pick up some envelopes.

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