Save The Date: Letterpress & Vellum

Idea & Inspiration:

GZ deserve only the best so the pressure was on when they put their trust in me to make their Save The Dates.  The two are having a rustic, waterfront wedding in Maine (dreamy!) and after browsing through a few of my previous projects, they opted for letterpress with a vellum insert to unclutter our little 3.5″x5″ Save The Dates.


I always start with a clean design slate with every couple but I do ask that they provide inspiration projects and after a few Q&A’s and prototypes, we get to the finished design.  Typical things I ask to help get the design juices flowing:

  1. Composition of package: Number of sheets?
  2. Size/Shape: 3.5×5? 5×7? square?
  3. Wedding Color / Theme


GZ wanted something:

  • Small
  • Would not require anything more than standard postage
  • Matches their wedding colors
  • Not girly colored (one of her wedding colors is dusty rose)
  • Incorporating and image of something Maine is commonly known for
  • Subtly implying a nearshore destination wedding.

Here it is!


Wedding Invitation: Letterpress Coasters


It’s been 3 months and a day since my cousin, her husband and their parents hosted a beautiful late summer wedding.  Invitations were put in the mail 7 months ago.  And, it’s been an entire year since we decided to keep with their Save the Date Letterpress Coasters and designed letterpress coaster wedding invitations incorporating the U.S. Navy, their wedding colors, and a nod to the wedding venue  – a bird sanctuary.

All this time has passed but it still warms my heart to have had the opportunity to contribute to their wedding planning journey.  I freakin’ love these two people.


Signage: Chalkboard Wedding Signs


Signs signs signs.  We needed signs for my cousin’s wedding.


Chalkboard signs are all the rage and were fitting for her rustic wedding.


I’m better at digital work than I am free handing so these instructions by Indie Craft Parade helped me join in on the chalkboard fun without going back to art school to learn a thing or three thousand about typography and drawing.


Here’s a peek at her wedding and the signs in action.

Photo Credit: Lauren Fair Photography

Bridal Shower Invitation: Tea Party Part 1 – Plan


Unlike the invitations I made for previous events, the information that belonged on the invitation had to be gathered because my aunt took the lead on planning my cousin’s bridal shower with input from the mother of the groom and the Maid of Honor.

With so many people involved in various parts, I had to create a schedule with milestones and the responsible party to ensure a successful completion of the invitations.

I started with the following list:

Activity Due Date Assigned To
Provide Name & Contact information for person responsible for RSVPs 12 weeks before event Lead Planner
Provide Date & Time of Event 12 weeks before event Lead Planner
Provide RSVP Date 12 weeks before event Lead Planner
Provide Location & Address of Event 12 weeks before event Lead Planner
Provide Registry Information 12 weeks before event Lead Planner / Bride to be
Provide Attire Requirements 12 weeks before event Lead Planner
Identify Invitation Approvers 10 weeks before event Lead Planner
Finish Design First Draft 10 weeks before event Designer
Review and Comment 10 weeks before event Approvers
Provide Estimate Quantity of Invitations 10 weeks before event Lead Planner
Finish Final Design 10 weeks before event Designer
Purchase Paper and Envelopes 10 weeks before event Designer
Print Return Address 8 weeks before event Designer
Print Invitations 8 weeks before event Designer
Provide Final Mailing List 8 weeks before event Lead Planner
Print Recipient Name and Address 7 weeks before event Designer
Stuff Envelopes 6 weeks before event Designer
Mail Invitations 6 weeks before event Designer

The list then fed into my calendar to help me keep track of my overlapping commitment to three different events.

Here’s a peek at my calendar.

Bridal Shower Invitation: Tea Party


My cousin doesn’t ask for much but when she does it is usually a brilliant idea that would only be our pleasure to help bring to fruition. She asked for a tea party bridal shower.  I’m not quite sure why but I proposed a secondary theme of vintage french linens to match.  So, off we go to design the invitations!


Oh So Beautiful Paper curates gorgeous paper goods. Our version of a Tea Party Bridal Shower Invitation was inspired by two of their features. Joy’s Tea Bag Bridal Shower Invitations is featured on many paper good blogs and it’s obvious why. Our design is largely inspired by her creation for her cousin’s bridal shower with a slight french linen twist inspired by a Lucky Luxe wedding invitation.  Stay tuned for the next steps.