For the Save The Dates we set up our camera on a tripod and took several shots in different areas. We new which direction we were going right away: wine themed. We choose the picture we liked best and went with Vistaprint online to make them for us. My husband overlaid all of the text we wanted on the Save The Date picture and once we had a final proof we uploaded it to Vistaprint's site and let them do the rest. They were large postcard size and included our wedding website where people could find all of the information they needed about the upcoming wedding.
Next came the invitations. We decided to make our own after we were unable to find anything we truly liked, for the right price. We went to Paper Source and asked A LOT of questions. We purchased all of the supplies we needed once we somewhat settled on the design we were looking for. Then the fun part began! We spent HOURS cutting, gluing, assembling and embellishing our invitations. **This is the only downside with DIY, it is very time consuming sometimes!
We cut handmade paper into strips and unattached it on the underside of the front flap (where the actual invite would sit over the attachment seam). We had a stamp of our logo made online, stamped a 2x2 square which we cut out with scrapbook scissors, sprinkled clear embossing powder over the still wet brown embossing ink and then heated each one. We did the same process with the gold vines, which my husband hand drew on every invitation, except we used an embossing pen followed by gold embossing ink.
Besides the invitation, there were three cards inside. A reception card, a response card and a 'related' card which gave additional info needed.
On the back of each invitation, I wrote "Handmade with Love" with a gold pen.
Here I am actually cutting out the 'Thank You' stickers that we put on the favor bags. (Future post)
We lined each envelope (using a envelope lining stencil) with a gold leaf pattern paper, which we also used in the frames we used for finding your table number and signing our wedding guest quilt (to be posted in a future post).
Next came the programs. We printed them vertically on ivory stock card using the same style we used in the invitations. Inside, we listed the ceremony details and wedding party information.
Finally came the Thank You cards. We kept them pretty basic, printing them two to one piece of ivory card stock and then cutting them out. They had our logo and "thank you".
We loved that everything was personal and carried the same theme. It was a ton of work though, so I'm not sure I would recommend this to just anyone!
All paper products and materials for embossing were purchased at PaperSource.