Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Invitations - A Sneak Peek

My invitations have caused me a lot of stress. I have had so much inspiration from wedding blogs and of course the bloggers here on the "Bee". But sometimes inspiration can be overwhelming. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have my invitations letterpressed. I just thought that this was something that I couldn't pass up. I also knew that I wanted to have a "woodgrain" feel and had hoped to achieve this look with letterpressing. I seriously have been thinking about this since day 1 of my engagement!


(here is a sneak peak at our outside "packaging")

A few weeks ago I was introduced to the GORGEOUS paper made by Gmund, and low and behold they made a woodgrain paper. I ordered some samples back in April and when the arrived I was floored. They were perfect.

***budget tip: Gmund will allow you to order 10 sample sheets for FREE and no shipping (they come all the way from Germany!) (

My design came together a few months ago. I knew I wanted to include the birds and tree and wanted them to be simple. I tapped into the amazing resource of Mrs. Cupcake to help line things up correctly and create a formal document. (she is a life saver!)

So the real stress was the actual printing. Did I spend the money to have the invites letterpressed or should I give it a shot with my own printer and this gorgeous Gmund paper? Well on Saturday I decided I could sacrifice a sheet of the paper to do a test. And things turned out....SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED.

Here is the rsvp card. I love the woodgrain. I love that it almost makes the invitations look letterpressed.

Here is a sneak at the actual invitation. Again I think the woodgrain looks so rich!.

I have so much more to share but I have only made ONE OF THESE! I have so much work to do but I promise to share all of the details including costs. I estimate that by doing it myself I am saving at least $500 and it seems so worth it!

Did you feel so relieved when your invitation design came together?


  1. WOW!! beautiful! Perfect! I am stressing about this baby shower invitation, I can't imagine how I will be when I have to design my wedding invite. I'm sure your relief feels so good.

  2. Very cool! How many do you have to print? And I have to ask... Apple Cider? I did all my own caligraphy. It showed, but it saved me a boatload!

  3. Hi Carolyn,
    I'm interested to do my wedding invitations with this paper too! Can I ask what home printer did you use to print? Is your paper 300gsm too?