Modern Industrial Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Okay. Now I’ve officially seen it all. These modern industrial rehearsal dinner invitations from Melissa at Atheneum Creative were created by screen printing the design on individual pieces of thin sheet metal! So cool!

Modern Industrial Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MelissaWe were asked to create a rehearsal dinner invitation that reflected the very modern and industrial feel of the event. The groom’s family is in the box making business, so we knew right away that we had to work with a design that would not only be mailed in a box, but also allow the box to be part of the overall design – making sure that the box itself was more than just a vessel to mail the invitation.

Modern Industrial Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We know we wanted to incorporate metal into the overall design as that would speak right to the look and feel of the day. We cut large sheet metal down to size and rounded the corners to create the invitation cards. We tried a couple different printing methods, but in the end screen printing worked the best for both design and budget. The rehearsal dinner venue itself is not industrial, so to balance the very modern look of the metal and the vintage feel of the venue we added some vintage design elements (like the dividers) to break up the text.

Modern Industrial Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Since we wanted the box to be a part of the keepsake, we sourced gray boxes that would be strong enough not to get crushed and screen printed “Before They Say I Do” on the cover in gold — which set the tone for the invitation itself. The invitations were filled with shredded gray paper to keep with the industrial look.

Modern Industrial Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Vivid Watercolor 21st Birthday Party Invitations

These bright and colorful watercolor invitations from Ashley Bush Lettering and Design are so fun for a 21st birthday party! And those envelopes? OMG. Ashley used masking fluid and a bright swash of paint to create the most amazing resist technique in the address. Love love love!

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From AshleyThis collection was for a 21st birthday celebration! The concept was bright watercolor fun with a big emphasis on the envelopes! I started with the invitation design: I hand painted the multi-colored splash and finalized the design in Photoshop. I also created some custom brush-lettering for the front and back of her invitations.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We carried the colorful painted look right onto the envelopes, but instead of making every envelope the same color scheme I decided to mix and match, utilizing all of the fun colors from the invitation!

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Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The black envelopes gave just the right pop for the bright colors. Using a small, fine-tip brush I lettered the names on the envelopes in masking fluid, brushed the paint on, and finished the address with a white Gelly Roll pen! You can see a video of this process here and if you want to try lettering with masking fluid you can follow my step-by-step tutorial.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ashley!

Photo Credits: Ashley Bush Lettering and Design

Paper Party 2015 Invitations!

I’m honored to host a big party for the stationery industry during the National Stationery Show each May – and this year’s party took place on Tuesday night! I’m excited to share the party photos with you all next week, but in the meantime I thought I’d start with my favorite part of the entire party: the invitations! I was lucky to work with an amazingly talented team, including Moglea, Bella Figura, and Meant to Be Calligraphy – this year’s design features some amazing hand painted details paired with beautiful matte gold foil!

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I’ve wanted to work with Meg from Moglea for years – and this was the perfect excuse! I love Meg’s painterly aesthetic and really wanted the invitation design to set the tone for the rest of the party decor. Meg hand painted the invitation background, which was digitally printed by Bella Figura on their new smooth cotton paper and paired with matte gold foil on the front of the invitation. I love the subtle shine of the matte foil against the dark navy and pale pink!

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The amazingly talented Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in her Edwards style. We picked gold ink to complement the matte gold foil on the invitations and paired the gold calligraphy with new black and white floral postage stamps. Meg hand painted the STUNNING envelope liner design, which was also digitally printed by Bella Figura.

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For a final detail, I borrowed a DIY trick from Meg and dip dyed each individual envelope in red Kool Aid! The dip dye resulted in such a subtle shade of pink – barely visible in the photos – but it really added a special touch to the envelopes and I love the way it looks with Michele’s calligraphy.

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I really couldn’t be more thrilled with how the invitations turned out – I hope you love them as much as I do!

Design: Moglea

Printing: Bella Figura

Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lauren’s 2nd Annual Derby Day Party Invitations

You might remember these super fun Kentucky Derby Day party invitations from Lauren Chism last year – I loved the preppy navy and green color palette and stripes! Well, Lauren and her husband decided to make their Derby Day party an annual tradition, and I’m thrilled to share this year’s invitations today!

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From Lauren: When it was time to design invitations for our annual Derby Day party, I felt the pressure to design another fun invitation (self-imposed of course). I loved how last year’s invitations turned out, so I wanted these to be equally as special, without overlapping in style since we were inviting a lot of the same people. I kept the color scheme the same-ish with cobalt blue and kelly green, but that’s where the similarities ended.

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I wanted to wow guests right out of the mailbox, so I planned the envelopes as much as the invitations. I used white digital ink for the addresses, which just popped on the kraft paper and each envelope had a mix of vintage postage that I curated from various Etsy shops. From the horses to the roses, I don’t think I could have found more perfect postage for a derby party.

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Wait, it gets better on the inside… the invitations were square gate fold format, but I had the back facing up, so that when guests open the envelope, the first thing they see is “2nd Annual Derby Day.” When they flip it over, the cards were sealed with a little bow-tie sticker. The green stickers popped on the background of patterns, inspired by jockey silks.

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On the inside, I utilized the unique format to layout the party details. From the mint juleps and southern snacks to requesting guest wear ‘derby attire’, I made sure I all the information was there but love how the layout was simple and fresh. We had fun with the puns too: calling our house ‘Chism Downs’ and asking guests to RSVP with yay or ‘neigh’. Now, we just need to make sure our party is as much fun as the invitations!

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Thanks Lauren!

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Modern Black and White Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

I’m loving these chic monochromatic wedding rehearsal dinner invitations from Becca of Suite Paperie ! The invitation combines modern typography – digitally printed in white ink on black paper! – with a vintage-inspired envelope liner. So fun!

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From BeccaDigitally printed in white ink on black card stock and paired with a crisp white envelope with a deco black on black liner, this rehearsal dinner invitation screams modern, bold and fun.

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Thanks Becca!

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Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson