Beautiful invitation set today, from Chocolate Paper Boutique! It’s a beautiful day where I am in California, and these seaside-inspired invitation suite is making me want to go to the beach! Take it away, Mary:

Hello!  My name is Mary and I am the sole designer and creator of invitations at Chocolate Paper Boutique.  I have a passion for all things paper and all things chocolate, hence the name “Chocolate Paper.”  No, my designs aren’t made of chocolate (I’ve found it makes a mess of the printer), but I do like to use only the most fantastic paper I can find. Enter:  the “cocktail beach chic” invitation.

Rachel came to me from St. Louis for her destination wedding with the idea to have a “cocktail beach chic” style (her exact description, which immediately had me enthused). And of course she needed a spectacular invitation to introduce her guests to the idea.  She wanted starfish, coral, brown and a touch of blue, all mixed together to create an elegantly modern design conveying the point that this was a classy beach wedding.

At the request of the bride, we went with a square shape.  From there, I created an illustration of a classic starfish as the feature design element.  The invitation and all the enclosures were printed on an exquisite champagne cardstock, with a subtle shimmer reflecting the sandy beaches of the venue.  To make the text of the invite really pop and add a bit of texture to the inside, I included a brown linen matte in between the invite card and the coral interior of the folder.

For the pièce de résistance, I found this absolutely marvelous basketweave fiber paper, which we used for the outside of the folder.  The wonderful texture of the woven folder, combined with the majestic starfish and the double-layered ribbon with the touch of blue had me swooning!  Add a starfish patterned envelope liner and coordinating thank you card and I could almost smell the crisp ocean air and hear the sounds of the waves dancing across the shore.

By far, one of my favorite designs I’ve had the pleasure of creating.  Although if you ask my husband, all the invitations I’ve worked on are “my favorite.”  What can I say?  I love what I do!

Thank you Mary! See more on Chocolate Paper Boutique’s WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight over to her website.


Apparently I had a huge case of date-dyslexia and decided that July 31st was a Saturday instead of a Sunday for the meetup! No meetup that involves wine should ever occur the day before the work week. ;) The date has now been changed to Friday, July 29th, still at Radius in San Francisco.

RSVP via Eventbright or Facebook — I’ll definitely be buying at least one round of drinks for everyone + appetizers, so come out and hang out with some other awesome invitation folk!

Akimbo has been a huge supporter of WeddingInviteLove and this blog, so it seems only natural to choose them as our featured vendor this week as thanks! Not only did Australian-based Akimbo donate goods for our vendor giveaway, but has also been featured in a few invitation posts here on the blog (her Regency line and her beautiful literary invitations). Thanks Alicia for all the support, and for the beautiful new homepage.

Check out Akimbo’s WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight over to the Akimbo website!

Phew, busy week! This is the last weekend I have with my significant other before he runs back to Canada for a bit so I plan on relaxing. What are your plans for the weekend?

Notable Links:

New WeddingInviteLove vendors:

screenshot of weddingplannerlove

WeddingInviteLove, our curated directory of wedding invitation designers, has been growing smoothly, and since it’s been so successful, it’s time to launch in another vertical!

Announcing, a better list of the top wedding planners and coordinators. If you’re interested in the launch, or would like to join when it does, sign up today! Wedding planners, we know you know other awesome wedding planners in the industry — tell others about the launch! We’ll give you six months of a free pro account to the top six sharing accounts.

WeddingPlannerLove is definitely inspired from WeddingInviteLove, but there will be some big changes to make it perfect for wedding planners.

Join the invite list for WeddingPlannerLove today!

Ribbons — one of the most popular ways to gussy up an invitation! Used properly, a ribbon can take your invitations from normal to wow — sometimes, the small touches really make it amazing! Check out these beautiful examples of wedding invitations with ribbons:

Marigold Press


B Studio Wedding Invitations


The Invitation Lounge


Pantry Press Inc.


Chic Ink


I Heart Invites


Chocolate Paper Boutique


LilyPad Weddings


Syd Design


YellowBrick Graphics

Woohoo, this has been a long time in the making. Now on WeddingInviteLove, you can favorite all your favorite designers, and it’ll create a list for you to share with your friends and family!

In the search results, you can click the star to add to favorites (like above), or favorite on the profiles (like below).

Then you can go to the “Favorites” link at the top of the page and see your new favorites page!

Then you can use the link at the bottom of the page to share with others, no signing in required. :)

Enjoy! Let me know of any other must-have features for WeddingInviteLove in the comments. :)

Happy Tuesday! Alicia from Akimbo is here to talk about her Regency invitation line, inspired by one of the cards donated in our July WeddingInviteLove paper goods giveaway. Gorgeous illustrations and typography here — enjoy!

I’m delighted to share with you how one of my latest invitation lines came to be.

Akimbo Regency cards

Late last year I launched the Regency collection, the first items being some fun greeting cards that combined old-fashioned Victorian engraved illustrations and text with modern sayings and colour combinations.

Regency engagement invitation

The cheeky ‘It’s about time’ engagement card worked so well it was begging to be made into an engagement party invitation.

Regency bicycle invitation suite

From there I decided to create a full wedding stationery line.

Regency RSVP 2

One of my favourite ways to personalise invitations is to make the RSVPs a bit more interactive, like this fill-in-the-blank story.

Regency save the date

I prefer save the dates that don’t totally give away the design of the invitation, so this one is purely typographic.

Regency thank you note

There’s only so many times you can show a bicycle in your wedding stationery without the theme being complete overkill, so the reception details are in the same style but with varying illustrations.

Regency menu

Regency seating chart

Regency escort cards

As well as the penny farthing design, I also have two other styles and plan to add more to suit every wedding theme.

Regency daffodil invitation

Regency shell wedding invitation

Thanks for having me tell you all a little bit about Akimbo’s Regency collection.

Thank you Alicia! Find out more about Akimbo on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight over to the Akimbo website.

Another giveaway from the wonderful vendors on WeddingInviteLove! I’ve been collecting these beautiful paper goods like mad, and while I kind of wish I could keep them all (packing them up after the photoshoot was particularly bittersweet), I’d rather give them to a good home!

Quick details:

  • Donations from 14 different vendors.
  • 42 different items, ranging from cards, wall magnets, and calendars.
  • Worth over $135!
  • Simply follow @weddinglovely and tweet the contestlike 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 Sunday (July 24th).
  • I will be choosing one winner to win it all, randomly chosen.

How to enter:

Get up to five entries to the contest to win!

  • Follow @weddinglovely and 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 (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:

The White Aisle (profile)

Set of 13 beautiful letterpress fill-in invitations with envelopes donated by The White Aisle. Perfect for any small event, such as a dinner party, anniversary bash, or birthday!

baci designer stationery + events (profile)

Set of six interesting and simple cards, one for every occasion, by baci designer stationery + events. The craft paper feels great, and comes in a beautiful bowed box (as seen above).

Invitations by Ajalon (profile)

Four letterpress cards (top right in blue), four letterpress blank notecards (bottom left in pink) and four sweet mini notecards (bottom right), donated by Invitations by Ajalon.

Akimbo (profile)

Four adorable cards and two postcards, also donated by Alicia of Akimbo. But wait, there’s more…

Set of 5 gorgeous plush letterpress cards. Thank you so much, Alicia!

Flywheel Press

I have extra cards left over from our National Stationery Show giveaway, and I’m including three beautiful letterpress recipe cards, donated by Flywheel Press. (They’re my favorite because they have polka dots — so adorable!)

That’s all folks! Best of luck to everyone that enters. :)