We just finalized our invitation decisions, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at what we picked! We are planning to work with Starshaped Press. They are relatively affordable as far as letterpress goes, and I love the results of their old fashioned press. Here’s the design we picked:
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The Save the Dates are ready! We had our local stationer turn the street car artwork into a magnet for us. After ruling out a flower motif or a picture of us, we had trouble finding a unique magnet design. We chose the streetcar as a nod to both Baltimore’s history and our hometown of New Orleans. Now that we are booking a hotel that used to be an old railroad station, these save the dates seem even more appropriate. I decided to use maps of Baltimore to line the envelopes. This weekend, Ginger and I are going to start the Save the Date production line to stuff, stamp, and send ‘em.
Since last August, we have been planning on using Golden Rectangle Press for our invitations. This is an amazing company based out of Brooklyn that specializes in letterpress invitations. I adore them. I adore all letterpress invitations. For me, letterpress invitations ooze old fashioned charm. It makes sense then that the design we chose was titled Vintage Postcard.
They are classy and I like to think of myself as a classy gal and part of a classy couple. Plus, Golden Rectangle Press even has a same-sex wedding invite on their etsy shop homepage, which I think is huge. A lot of people are LGBT friendly but aren’t that keen to advertise the fact.
Are they expensive? Well, yes. Letterpress is hella expensive, but this company was more reasonably priced than the giant wedding invitation websites. The invitations with RSVP cards and envelopes (with letterpress return addresses) were under $10.00 per invite, which I couldn’t find anywhere else online. And they were so gosh darn pretty. Excessive? Probably. We rationalized that since we were about $500 under our dress budget we could re-allocate the money to the inivtation section of our budget. You have to understand that my love of letterpress undermined any rational thinking about just re-allocating the extra money into our savings account.
And then life went ahead and smacked us on the head and deemed it appropriate that all that money go elsewhere. Apparently, Deborah’s youthful years as a gymnast have caused some early on-set arthritis in her lower back– but that’s another story. The point is that a major casualty of the medical bill onslaught is the money we set aside for invitations.
Image by Cornish Wedding Photography
When it came to our table decorations for the UK wedding, the format was pretty simple: recycled bottle for a vase with one purple tulip, a stack of green napkins from IKEA, 20 or so wooden scrabble tiles, and two postcards from us. Another one of our last minute DIY projects, I thought I’d share how we put them together as we thought they turned out pretty neat.
The first postcard was the table name–a California city–on the front, and the answers to five questions–Favorite Spot, Best ___ in Town (often Food), Song to Drive By, Lasting Moments, Why We Remember It–on the back. The head table was ‘Santa Cruz’ and the answers were:
Favourite Spot: The Redwoods (Kresge College)
Best Food in Town: Saturn Café, Walnut St. Café, Zachary’s, Kelly’s Bakery, Pink Godzilla & Asian Rose
Song to Drive By: ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ Journey
Lasting Moments: Slowing dancing in the kitchen to Nina Simone & reading Cecile together on the couch
Why we remember it: We fell in love in Santa Cruz…
It was a lot of fun, just a week or so before the wedding, to remember all the places we’d been together, memories we loved–especially being so far away from the place where so much of that happened. Filling in the answers for ten tables took a few hours and drafts, and I’m actually grateful for that creative time with Alex just before the wedding.