Our Wedding Invitations

My opinion on budgeting for weddings has always been don’t try to be something you’re (it’s) not. If I had $2k to spend on my wedding I would throw a kick-ass bbq (white jeans and all). Angela and I are paying for our wedding (initially begrudgingly but with a little scrimping we can afford to and we take pride in that). We are keeping it within our budget and without pretense. Stationery has NEVER been a passion of mine (blasphemous I know!) so I wanted something affordable (read: cheap) that was still reflective of us and our wedding.

I found Cheerup Cherup on Etsy.com and am so pleased with the outcome of our invites and other paper goods. Alaina was so patient with me (trust me…), she made great suggestions, and she was quick to respond when we had a minor mail emergency. Here is a quick look at some of the items from our invite suite which included the wedding invitation, the printed outer envelope, the RSVP card, a “love is” card (where we ask people to share their thoughts on love and return it with the response card) and the printed response envelope. We also had Alaina do a welcome reception invitation, thank you cards and some items for the reception. We spent VERY little money on ALL these items… I mean significantly less than $500 total! She is rad and affordable. Seriously. Super rad.

We added vintage grosgrain ribbon from Tinsel Trading Company ($5/spool) on the invites and calligraphy from NJW Calligraphy (also Etsy, also super cheap at the time (prices went up)) in a complimentary gray on the outer envelopes. I love the look of a combination of vintage stamps on wedding invitations but I have no patience and was not about to source stamps and do the math. Instead, we went for the standard king & queen of love stamps but instead used two queens of love (um, we are lesbians) on each invite and then used the kings for the thank yous and rsvp envelopes. I hope to post the whole paper goods shebang in the future – stay tuned.
Photographs by Hart + Sol Photography.
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  1. redglitterandglue
    Posted Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Love it and the vendor suggestions! If I hearted this blog anymore than I already do – you'd have to marry ME. Keep that in mind if you need a backup plan.



  2. A Bicycle Built For Two
    Posted Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Ang, you've been warned, haha! So glad you are enjoying it Em!

  3. Wegan
    Posted Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I've just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it! My girlfriend and I cannot wait to marry one day <3

    Please check out our blog, about our long distance relationship from Hawaii to UK http://www.whatwegandidnext.blogspot.com


  4. BirdRoughsIt
    Posted Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! Can't wait to see more of your personal touches.

    (on a side-safety note, I highly recommend blurring out your full names/address)

  5. A Bicycle Built For Two
    Posted Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Megan and BirdRoughsIt – and wise suggestion. I removed two pictures that were asking for trouble. Please, if anyone wants to take advantage of our private information, just email me and I will have you over for a glass of wine. My home was once burlgarized with the front door unlocked. Instead they broke a window. I was so pissed – they could have just opened the door and saved me the expense and hassle of repairing the window.

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