The invitation meetup last night was small, intimate, and a lot of fun (even with Radius being booked on a special event, but luckily there was another awesome wine bar across the street!) Thanks to Karly, Melissa, and Jessica for hanging out with me!

Next week I will be in Portland to speak at DjangoCon, and I’d love to meet up with invitation + stationery + design enthusiasts over wine and appetizers on Wednesday evening (September 7th) at Kir. First bottle of wine and appetizers are on me!

RSVP on Facebook (or respond in the comments if you don’t have FB!)

Merrymint Designs makes such beautiful invitations, and today we have more pictures and the story of their Manhattan invitations! I personally love the long invitation and the typefaces. Take it away, Cheryl & Sherie:

Manhattan is one of our newest designs and already a favorite of ours! It is inspired by the classy sophistication of the big city (hence the name) and we were going for a very formal, black tie affair type of look.

We printed the set on our new and quite lovely textured Felt stock because of it’s rich look and feel and slightly off-white tone.

We decided to make the typography the focal point to keep the set clean and elegant!

Thank you Cheryl & Sherie! For more about Merrymint and their beautiful designs, check them out on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their Etsy store.

Thanks to the amazing Michele from Meant To Be Calligraphy, WeddingLovely.com (and the blog, check out above!) now has a new, gorgeous, amazing logo! The logo is hand-lettered using a modified version of Michele’s “Edwards” lettering style (and you have no idea how hard it was to choose a style out of all the amazing calligraphy styles that she does).

I’ve had my heart set on a calligraphed logo for a long time and I am so pleased at how this one turned out. Hit up Meant To Be Calligraphy if you ever want a calligraphed logo — Michele was great to work with!

This week’s featured invitation vendor is Parrott Design Studio — whose profile has one of the prettiest designs I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous swash typefaces, delicate calligraphy, sans-serif contrasting typeface, and beautiful illustration — what’s not to love?

Congrats to Parrott Design Studio! Check out their profile on WeddingInviteLove or head straight to their website.

Been a crazy busy week this week, full of tons of exciting news… but stay tuned, because next Monday we have yet another announcement!

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

Photo credit: audreyjm529

Today’s post is by the fabulously wonderful Sarah from Hip Ink, one of my first WeddingInviteLove friends to meet in person. She runs The Invitation Blog, a hilarious and informative blog about invitations, etiquette, and advice, and I’m so happy she donated a post to us today!

Have you ever had that feeling? You know the one. The one you get after looking at page after page (after page…) of wedding invitation albums, every invite looking more and more alike; each nondescript floral, pearlized dove and stuffy old typeface making you feel like you’ll never find an invitation that “fits”.

Listen to that feeling — it’s wise. That feeling is telling you that those plain-jane, boring, traditional wedding invitations just aren’t your bag, baby. You want something fresh, unique, beautiful and…well…you. And *you* ain’t gonna find it in that invitation album my friends.

Where you *will* find it is on WeddingInviteLove, where you can choose from literally hundreds of custom invitation designers who are ready and willing to take your inspirations, ideas and personalities and make them shine on paper. We’re all about the details — just like you!

I’m guessing when you dreamt of your big day, you probably didn’t dream of having an event just like everyone else’s right? Ever shown up at a party in the same outfit as someone else? Ouch. You want your wedding day to be unique, to reflect you as a couple, to be once in a lifetime, just for you. So why invite your family and friends to share that with you by sending them an invite you picked up in bulk at Wedding-Save-O-Rama?

Why else should you consider a custom invitation designer?

The Event

Have an out-of-the-ordinary event? A destination wedding, a wedding weekend, a full-on three-day blow-out? Different cultures, different languages, different ceremonies and customs? An amazing theme? A spectacular location? All great reasons to hire someone who can create an invitation that will communicate everything you need to your guests, and do it with impeccable style.

The Low-Down

Officially lost when it comes to etiquette? Mailing times? Who to send what, where and when, how and why? Confusing I know – but relax, and take a deep breath, because you have an expert on the job. A custom invitation designer is a fantastic resource and can help take the stress out of the process for you with all the timely tips and advice you need.

The Relationship

You can bet that the level of attention and service you’ll get from a custom designer is something that those big invitation companies could never even dream of offering. We’re here to get to know you, to care about what matters to you, to give you an experience that helps to relieve your stress, instead of adding to it. Think [Insert Name of Giant Invitation Retailer] can do that? Didn’t think so.

The Details

You care about the details — even the ones you probably shouldn’t care so much about. It’s a one-time thing, and you want it to be perfect. So do we. You want to create an invitation inspired by your grandmother’s family crest — we’re there. You need to match the exact colour of those beautiful orchids in your bouquet — we can do it. You want to re-imagine your matching tattoos as a monogram — we’ve got this. And we’re passionate about making it right.

So yes, hiring a designer is the perfect way to avoid “that feeling” and to ensure that your invitation is the perfect reflection of the reason you crazy kids are doing this thing anyway — your totally one-of-a-kind love.

Thank you Sarah! Check out Hip Ink on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to the Hip Ink’s website to order a custom invitation directly from Sarah!

Photo credit: Faye & Co. on WeddingInviteLove.

The last few days I’ve been inspired and made a few radical and exciting changes to WeddingInviteLove:

  • Portfolio images are now first in profiles, since the design work of the vendors on WeddingInviteLove should be number one! I’m really excited about how this looks — a screenshot of the switched placement of the description and image can be seen above.
  • The profile’s sidebar is a’changin’ — as seen above, links are now located on right right, but most importantly, vendors can now add their real address and their phone number. Upgraded accounts also don’t have to choose between one extra URL on their profile, and instead can add both a “blog” and “online store” link.
  • WeddingInviteLove is now using Typekit. Skolar Web is now used heavily around the site, and it is a seriously gorgeous font. Props to Typekit for making the system so easy to use.
  • New icons everywhere! Seriously cuter. Check them out.

I think those are the major changes of note — I still am adding a few new awesome additions to the profile pages, looking forward to announcing them too!

Today’s featured invitation is by { little toad }, inspired by the Pixar movie “Up” (one of my favorites!) Such darling illustrations and a beautiful finished invitation set — I love that these are so silly yet loving, a really wonderful departure from the typical classic wedding invitation. Michelle, take it away:

Well first off I love all things Disney & all things Pixar but when I saw the movie “UP” I felt a whole different level of respect for these animated films. In the first 15 minutes it managed to beautifully illustrate the full depth of a marriage, needless to say I was balling my eyes out (to the dismay of my boyfriend & my fellow movie goers.) Fast forward a year later and I came upon two engagement shoots inspired by “UP” and I was blown away by the artistry, the creativity & interpretation of the film. I also loved that so many other couples were so moved by the film that it has become a very popular wedding theme. This along with my love for the movie inspired me to create these invitations and Save the Dates.

In creating these my biggest challenge was making sure people would recognize parts of the movie in my illustrations but also making sure to make them my own interpretation & in my own artistic style. I always start with a pencil and my sketch book. This is where I can experiment, screw up (yes it happens) and really work out how they are going to look.Once I have chosen & refined my sketches I scan them in and use Adobe Illustrator to create the final digital artwork. Another challenge is mixing your illustration with all the necessary text that has to be included and leaving enough room for the couple ordering them to feel they can include as much information as they need to without losing any of the design. The couple was modeled after me and my boyfriend but with all my designs they can easily be personalized to look like & match the couple’s individual wedding. Right now I’m in the process of creating “UP” themed thank you cards, table numbers and anniversary cards.

I always love invitations that tell a story and the more you look at them the more you discover in the illustrations. So look closely and you will see the following little “UP” touches:

  • The groom has a grape soda badge.
  • Balloons are present in the Save the Dates & on the RSVP.
  • There are handprints on the mailbox for the RSVP.
  • The groom has a bowtie.
  • The color purple is used throughout (even in the envelopes) to represent grape soda.
  • In the background you can see “My Adventure Book” which was a huge part of the movie but also makes great guest books & couples photo albums.
  • The detail on her dress and on the envelope make a heart pattern.
  • The colors used in the type represents not only the different color of the balloons but also the different flavors of soda pop.

I LOVED how these turned out as much as I LOVED making them. I hope they will be a great addition to a couple’s special day and will mark their lifetime of adventures ahead of them.

Thank you Michelle! For more about { little toad }, check out their profile on WeddingInviteLove, their Etsy store, or their Facebook page for more!