Have you ever seen a bilingual invitation? I hadn’t (until now), and Julie from Cartoules Press did a great job handling two different languages, two different character sets, and twice as much information that is normally needed for a wedding invitation! The result is really beautiful:

Bilingual invitations are always my favorite jobs, mostly because it’s one of the reasons I started Cartoules. When my husband and I were to be married in Greece, we needed bilingual invitations in Greek and English, but I couldn’t find a printer or designer who matched our style. I decided to take some classes, and worked with my instructor to print our own invitations – and the rest is history. I was so in love with the letterpress process, and the tactile and old-world nature of the stationery that I started Cartoules with the intention of helping other brides who had the same needs as we did when planning our destination wedding.

Since then I’ve done a number of Greek/English bilingual wedding invitations (by the way, I’m totally open to doing other languages too and welcome the challenge), but Despina and Gioti’s are one of my favs. Despina wanted to incorporate a map into the invitation somehow. Even though this was not a destination wedding for her, it was for the groom and most of his family. She wanted to illustrate that even though they were half a world apart, they would come together after so many years to become one. We took this idea a step further by incorporating the red and blue, a postal stamp with their wedding date and location, and I had a lot of fun styling the suite with vintage stamps, envelopes and a Polaroid camera. Despina and Giotis loved how they turned out, and nothing pleases me more than a happy couple.

Thanks Julie! Go see more of Julie’s work on WeddingInviteLove, or go straight to the Cartoules Press website.

I’ve made hints about an upcoming giveaway to start today, but due to some donations taking awhile as well as the holiday weekend (that I completely forgot about until now), it’s been booted to next week. The great news is, this gives me more time to prepare and make it as awesome as possible!

Current value of the giveaway: Over $150. Wow.

In other news, the WeddingType email newsletter just launched! The newsletter is a weekly email digest of blog happenings (design roundups, interviews with studios, invitation tips and tricks) as well as invitation news, interesting links, and other wedding-related topics (no spam, guaranteed!). Sign up if you’re interested!

(Crappy photo of the stack of giveaway goods brought to you by my iPhone 3G!)

 

(Above — the new homepage of WeddingInviteLove.com!)

Phew, this was an exhausting week. Still recovering from NSS! But there are some really great things coming up in honor of reaching 200+ vendors on WeddingInviteLove — you better check back on Monday because there will be a giveaway (worth over $100!) of awesome paper goods! ;)

Notable Links:

New WeddingInviteLove Vendors:

Thanks all, have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Today’s post is a guest post by Danielle at Six Modern Paper Goods with a topic near and dear to my heart — how to pick the right paper when printing your own invitations!

Printable wedding invitations have become a great option for couples that are looking to keep a trim wedding budget. Companies like A Printable Press, e.m. papers, and my own company, Six Modern Paper Goods offer boatloads of fun and modern stationery options that you would never see in a standard invitation binder. Now its easy for any couple to select and customize a design that suits their personalities and their event. Depending on how much work you want to take on, you can print them at home, at an online printshop like VistaPrint, or in a local print shop. Print-your-own invites can be especially economical for large invite lists, since you generally pay once for the design and then you can print as many pieces as you like.

If you are going the DIY invitation route, it probably means you are on a budget of some sort, but putting a little extra investment into paper can make a big difference. If you don’t work with paper often, it can be difficult to decide on the best stock for your chosen invitation design. This is a guide to selecting the best paper for your printable project!

A few general guidelines:

  • Use at least 80lb stock. 110lb is better. Once you get over 160lb, you may have trouble feeding it through your printer. You can see a chart comparing different paper weights here.
  • Keep in mind that if you have too many pages of thick stock, you may end up paying more for postage. You can get the cards weighed at the post office.
  • Be aware of your whiteness level — do you want it to be warm and ecru-ey, or crisp and cool?
  • Make sure you can get envelopes in the size and colour you like before you print.

A Paper Comparison:
The following is an unscientific comparison of several papers that I use in my shop. Prices below don’t include shipping or taxes, which if like me, you are in Canada and are ordering from the US, can be a big factor.

COTTON PAPER
(In Photo – 110lb. Crane Lettra in Fluorescent White)

This 100% cotton stock has a lovely heft and feel in the hands. It is durable and takes ink well. Most bank notes (aka dolla billz) are actually made out of 100% cotton paper, so as you can see it adds a certain touch! Crane Lettra is designed for letterpress, but if your printer can accommodate it’s thickness it takes inkjet ink well. This paper will make any invitation design look great, but large coloured areas may not print evenly.

Price per sheet

  • Around 60 cents

Disadvantages

  • Questionable environmental record on cotton.
  • Absorbent surface can suck up more printer ink.
  • Doesn’t accept laser printing well.
  • May have difficulty printing large flat areas of colour.

Advantages

  • Feels lovely in the hands.
  • Strong and durable.
  • Tree free!.

KRAFT CARDSTOCK
(In Photo – .022″ thick Kraft Chipboard from CutCardStock.com)

With a warm neutral colour and enough texture to keep it visually interesting, this Kraft stock is a great choice for a natural or rustic wedding.

Price per sheet

  • Around 15 cents.

Disadvantages

  • This particular stock is very thick and may not feed through all printers, but more average stock weights (110lb) are also available.
  • Darker paper colour requires darker inks for proper contrast, restricts design choices.

Advantages

  • Up to 100% recycled!
  • Great texture and presence.

PLAIN CARDSTOCK
(In Photo – 110 lb. Cover Stock from Staples)

This smooth white paper is an inexpensive and practical choice. It takes large areas of colour well, and is neutral enough to go with any invitation design.

Price per sheet

  • Around 6 cents.

Disadvantages

  • Pure white paper has no recycled content.

Advantages

  • A lower cost alternative.
  • Versatile smooth surface.
  • Economical use of ink.

So there is no short answer — the best paper for you will depend on your project. If you are going to have large areas of colour, you’ll want a smoother paper like the standard cover stock. If you want to make the invitations feel a little more special, perhaps splurge on cotton stock, and be sure to choose a design with less ink coverage. A coloured or kraft paper can make a big impression, but you have to be sure to co-ordinate your design with the paper colour, and be sure to test it out on your printer first!

If you have more questions about choosing paper, or printing your own wedding invitations, feel free to shoot me a note at danielle@sixmodern.ca!

Thank you Danielle! Go check out Six Modern Paper Good’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or go directly to their website.

Yay, green! It’s cloudy out, which I love, because it makes all the colors stand out, especially the trees, grass, and other plants. It’s a wonderful cool springtime day. I chose these invitations because they match my “green” and spring mood right now — enjoy!


The Aerialist Press

 


Creative Outlook Designs

 


e.m. papers

 


Girl Metro, Inc.

 


Hello Tenfold

 


JWD Paperie

 


Lisa Samartino Atelier

 


Marit Hanson Weddings

 


Merrymint Designs

 

That’s all for today, have a great Wednesday everyone!

Really adorable invitation here today by Something Green Weddings. It’s so great to see cards that break out of the flower+swooshy-font invitation mold. Should remind all of us that weddings should be fun affairs and we shouldn’t take them too seriously!

I first started Something Green after making invitations for a few friends’ weddings. Their designs were more traditional, and I initially started making traditional designs when we first opened. However I wanted to try something new and unique.

I’m constantly doodling and always trying to make cutesy things so I decided to try a different style of wedding invitations. For some reason I have a habit of adding faces to drawings of food and inanimate objects. Because of this, I created the PB&J card design.  Two cute little toasts with peanut butter & jam spread on them, who spread the love by inviting people to their wedding.

It’s a cute twist on a classic pairing, because nothing goes better together than good ol’ peanut butter & jelly.

We have since come out with some more uniquely designed invitations and plan on adding more to the catalogue in the future. These post-card style cards are available as Invitations, RSVPs, Save the dates, and thank you cards.

Thank you for sharing that with us, Corinne! Go check out Something Green Weddings’ profile on WeddingInviteLove, or head directly to their website.

 

I was idly browsing WeddingInviteLove and The White Aisle caught my attention with their classic invitation designs combined with beautiful typography and illustration. So I’ve chosen them to be the featured WeddingInviteLove vendor for the 4th week of May — congrats to them!

Biggest, most important news first — WeddingInviteLove has hit 200 201 vendors! The site launched mid January and I can’t be prouder of how far it’s come in such short time (especially since I’m the only one working on it!). Go check out Nicole Francesca, the 200th vendor (pictured above). :)

Multiple wrap-ups for the week!

National Stationery Show recap:

Notable links:

New WeddingInviteLove vendors:

I’m off to my cabin in the mountains for some good non-computer time. See you all on Monday!

Red is my favorite color — it has such lovely meanings such as love, passion, heat, and others. Which means it’s perfect for a wedding, bringing warmth and love to your invitations! Here’s my roundup of invitation designs featuring red:


Bella Figura

 


Bloom Art & Design

 


Borisforconi.net

 


Emma Smith Event Stationery

 


Faye & Co.

 

 


Girl Metro, Inc.

 


Lisa Samartino Atelier

 


Merrymint Designs

 


Swiss Cottage Designs

 


Thomas-Printers Invitations