Love, Sweat, and Tears: Wedding Invites Part I

The tears being tears of joy that we actually finished these babies!  We’ve received a few emails from friends & family asking us how we created our wedding invites, so we decided to do a little (and by little, I mean long) post on it.  Read on below:

Wes & I knew as soon as we bought our letterpress that, despite having no previous experience working one, we wanted to design & print our own wedding invitations.  I started by sketching up some ideas, (loosely based on our Save-the-Date card) eventually breaking up the info into 6 pieces: invite, reception card, map, rehearsal dinner, return address and envelope liner/band wrap.

We then brought the drawings into Illustrator to clean up (so the letterpress plates we were ordering could print clearly) and decided on our fonts.  Since each color needs its own plate, we ended up with roughly 10 plates of various sizes.   We then went and selected our paper, deciding on a fairly soft, off-white letterpress-friendly paper that wasn’t too pricey.


Later in the week our plates came in and we finally able to start printing!  Unfortunately what started off as something we thought we could finish up over the weekend, ended up turning into an almost 2 week project.  We started with the main card first, printing about 80 in a light blue-green color.

While those dried, we moved onto the next card, later returning to ink the text in a different color.  We kept this routine up (despite it literally being over 100° in our studio) for the rest of the week.

main invite & reception card

color change & check

map, rehearsal, and return address

Read Part II HERE


  1. Comment by 13
    August 23, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    Really awesome (and informative).

  2. Comment by Dana
    October 26, 2010 @ 2:05 am


  3. Comment by Sheelz
    April 8, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    This is sooo cool! Congratulations by the way. =)

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