On January 13th, 2011, I launched WeddingInviteLove, and just six months later, WeddingInviteLove lists over 200 wedding invitation vendors, gone through several redesigns with the additions of many new features, launched a blog and Facebook page, and I honestly couldn’t be happier — this is the best job ever! WeddingInviteLove is all about supporting local and boutique designers and vendors, helping smaller invitation vendors reach more customers and giving couples more choices in their wedding invitation search.

In honor of WeddingInviteLove’s success, I’m giving away a huge grab-bag of paper goods, graciously donated by wonderful vendors listed on WeddingInviteLove!

Quick details:

  • Donations from 14 different vendors.
  • 66 different items, ranging from cards, wall magnets, and calendars.
  • Worth over $250!
  • Simply tweet the contest, like our Facebook page, or write a blog post about us (leave the address in the comments) to enter… or do them all for 5 entries!

Contest details:

  • Contest is open internationally.
  • Contest ends 9pm PST, this Friday (June 10th).
  • I will be choosing one winner to win it all, randomly chosen.
  • Winner will have three days to contact me back, otherwise I’ll be moving to the 2nd pick, then the 3rd, etc.
  • There are two more unannounced items in the giveaway — check back on Wednesday to find out what they are! Combined, the secret extra items are worth over $50! EDIT: Extra items announced!

How to enter:

Get up to five entries to the contest to win! Contest has ended! We’ll announce the winner on Monday — thanks all for entering!

  • Tweet the contest (gives you one entry)
  • Like our Facebook Page (gives you one entry, if you already like us, then you’re entered!)
  • Blog about the contest and mention which item you’re most excited about (gives you three entries — if you do so, make sure to comment on this post with a link to your post!)

Specific details about the items in the giveaway:

Print Workshop, by Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop:

Yellow Owl workshop isn’t listed on WeddingInviteLove (yet!) but I attended her workshop in New York City and got a signed book from her to giveaway! Find out how you can create your own stamps, print your stationery, create your own wall art, and more. Buy on Amazon here (affiliate link, if you don’t mind!)

Girl Metro, Inc. (profile)

Beautiful letterpress blank card as well as a really cute “matchbook” notepad, donated by Richelle of Girl Metro, Inc.!

greet (profile)

Three awesome blank greeting cards (including envelopes, not shown here) were donated by the awesome Ali of greet.

Cartoules Press (profile)

Two very lovely letterpress holiday cards, donated by Julie of Cartoule’s Press. The pictures don’t do the cards justice — they’re so luxurious.

littleladycompany (profile)

Six beautiful polka-dot cards donated by Vanessa of littleladycompany. Buy the cards directly here!

Chauhie (profile)

Two gorgeous letterpress cards, one birthday and the other holiday, donated by Monika of Chauhie. Another awesome letterpress item with beautiful texture.

Ephemera (profile)

Two lovely “I like you” letterpress cards, donated by Tara of Ephemera. The layout of both are identical, but with different colors!

Marit Hanson Weddings (profile)

Two stacks of thank you cards (10 total) and two desk calendars — one for you, and one for a friend, donated by Marit of Marit Hanson Weddings!

Six Modern Paper Goods (profile)

A fantastically awesome (and tongue-in-cheek) birthday card donated by Danielle of Six Modern Paper Goods.

Save the Date Originals (profile)

8×10 fridge magnet calendar, donated by Angela of Save the Date Originals! I love the quote featured here, as well as the ingenuity of putting a calendar on a wall magnet.

Something Green Weddings (profile)

10 beautiful and simple thank you cards donated by Corinne of Something Green Weddings. Do you see the hidden heart?

Invited Ink (profile)

12 beautiful letterpress cards and 6 letterpress thank you cards, donated by Sally Ann of Invited Ink! I love the color contrast of the envelopes for the cards.

That’s it… until the announcement of the surprise extra items on Wednesday! What do you think they are?

Thank you everyone, for supporting WeddingInviteLove. Best of luck to all the entries!

Ruby & Willow isn’t just one of my favorite designers on WeddingInviteLove, check out the pinned items on WIL. According to Pinterest, they’re the most pinned invitation suite on the site, and with good reason! Ruby & Willow’s designs are harmonious and beautiful, and I’m glad they’re a part of WeddingInviteLove. Congrats to them for being our featured vendor for the week — check out their profile on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website to see more.

Okay, I lied last week — the giveaway is this NEXT Monday. Waited a week due to the holiday weekend, a few events happening, and waiting for the last few donated items to arrive!

Preview:

  • 12 WeddingInviteLove vendors donated.
  • 63 individual items.
  • Items range from thank you cards, letterpress cards, calendars, and more!
  • Value: $200!

Monday’s post will have pictures of all the items and explanation of how you can enter to win it all!

Notable Links:

Newest WeddingInviteLove Vendors:

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Picture taken by the awesome Andrey on our trip to my cabin last weekend!)

WeddingInviteLove-listed vendor, Southern Fete Creative, just launched their new wedding collection and are doing a huge giveaway to celebrate!

They’re giving away:

  • 100 INVITATIONS AND RSVPs to one lucky bride AND
  • 100 STATIONERY CARDS to one vendor/SF friend/etc. (custom thank you cards from the collection of their choosing).

Some of my favorite invitations from their collections:

Buffy, from the Twiggy Collection:

Marian, from the Twiggy Collection:

Sadie, from the Typecast Collection:

Find out how to enter by heading here!

(All images from Southern Fete Creative)

Did any other girls grow up despising pink (I was a bit of a tomboy), and now love it as an adult? I now own a plethora of pink things (ahem, look at WeddingInviteLove.com for an example of my obsession), and I really adore invitations that feature pink as the main color — so sweet and lovely.


à deux: bespoke bridal paper

 


Cartoules Press

 


ChicLeVogue Luxury Couture Invitations

 


Design des Troy

 


Lasso’d Moon

 


Merrymint Designs

 


Natoof Design

 


The Letter Office

 


Vanilla Inspirations

 


The White Aisle

 

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 [email protected]!

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