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!

Chauhie has some of the most gorgeous letterpress printing and design I’ve ever seen, and Monika at Chauhie has been generous enough to donate to one of our WeddingInviteLove giveaways. I’m grateful for the support as well as awed and inspired by Chauhie’s work, so Chauhie is our featured vendor this week — congratulations to them!

Check out Chauhie’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight over to their Etsy shop for more beautiful design.

Big announcement — the WeddingType brand is renaming to WeddingLovely! will now lead to all vendor directories that we launch, and this blog is now There has been a lot of confusion over branding when everything was under WeddingType, especially since is still prepping for launch. But now we’re under a much better name, and we have a lot of tricks up our sleeve over the next few weeks to celebrate!

Please change all links you have to the blog to, and our Twitter account is also changing from @weddingtype to @weddinglovely (all existing followers have been transferred, no worries about refollowing).

Along with the name change, the blog is also going through a major redesign — pardon our dust, and let us know if you see anything wrong!

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Remember when blog posts here used to happen around 7am PST? Perhaps next week will be better! (I blame the poison oak, which is still plaguing me.)

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

This is a feature I’ve wanted for a long time but only was able to build it now on WeddingInviteLove! Now any upgraded account with multiple portfolio images uploaded will have a slideshow feature on their search results (so customers can browse all these images immediately!) Check it out on the San Francisco wedding invitation search page.

Now I can check this feature off my list of to-dos for WeddingInviteLove! Are there any other improvements you’d like me to make?

Today we have a roundup of what most people think of when they think “wedding invitations”! The traditional, classic, and beautiful invitation, with beautiful swash fonts combined with serif fonts. Enjoy these pieces of beautiful eye-candy:

Lisa Samartino Atelier

120 Water Street

Shelly’s Touch

Deborah Nadel Design


Marit Hanson Weddings

Caroline Creates

Blush Printables


The White Aisle


Wedding invitation template designer e.m. papers is running a great giveaway this month! From the announcement:

Prize: An e.m.papers Wedding Invitation template of your choice and matching Save the Date (even if you don’t see the Save the Date listed yet, I will whip one up for you.) with up to two color changes.

What you need to do: Head to e.m. paper’s blog post, and leave a comment with the following info: Why you would consider printing your own wedding invitations?

Contest Winner: Will be announced on the e.m. paper’s blog on August 31st, 2011.

Head to the blog post to enter, and good luck!

Photo credit: From the e.m. paper’s post.


When I was growing up, I completely rebelled against pink, and now that I’m comfortably in “adult” territory, I now adore pink! These invitations are so perfect for this obsession, especially the beautiful pink calligraphy on the black envelopes, and the perfect contrasting washi tape on the invitations. Thank you to Teresa from b.t.elements for sending these to me! More about the invitation in her own words:

Tine actually is a designer at b.t.elements so we really wanted to give a her something special for her shower. It’s a parisian inspired theme. Everything is black and shades of pink.

It’s a pretty common color combo but we really wanted to play up the boldness of the black doing a really striking pattern like the striped liners.

This photo was in Brides Magazine several years back. They featured our pedestal favor boxes (the pink boxes with black and white polka dot ribbon). Even after all these years the concept and colors are still fresh and stunning.

So I really took this idea and formed Tine’s invites around it.

I’ve also been practicing my calligraphy. So I mixed light pink ink for the black envelopes. The contrast makes the writing really stand out.

Thank you Teresa! For more about b.t.elements and to see more of their beautiful design, check out b.t.elements on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website.

Photos provided by b.t.elements.