Shana + Edward’s Hardcover Book Wedding Invitations

These invitations are from a bride who is after my own paper-loving heart.  When it came to her wedding invitations, Shana decided to take the concept of a book style wedding invitation to a whole new level.  Shana crafted each one of the 160 hardcover invitation books by hand – the assembly effort alone leaves me a little breathless.  I’ll leave it to the lady behind the invitations to tell you all about it!


From Shana:  Each invitation consists of a hardbound book, with a white book cloth exterior, magenta flocked interior and milkweed speckled cover stock.  Each of the 160 books was completely made by hand, including the design, printing, and binding. My husband and I trimmed all of the papers and book boards and adhered them with PVA glue.




After we finished making the shells (an effort that took around 4.5 months), we adhered the interior pages.  The RSVP page had a fuchsia envelope, custom card with a thought bubble for writing the bride and groom a note, and a handcrafted label.  It was enclosed with 4 black photo corners.


When removed from the book, there was a surprise message to be found on the page.  For directions, I adhered a black half moon enclosure with a folded parchment map inside.  A simple “Pull Me” instructed guests to pull out the paper to see the hand illustrated map.  The imagery inside the book was inspired by old Victorian botanic encyclopedias.




As the wedding was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I wanted the design to reflect the illustrations.  The final page has a silhouette of me, my fiancé Edward, and our dog Chum Chum.  The books were tied with a black silk ribbon and of course handmade stickers of an old Dahlia that was designed to match the books colors: black, fuchsia and the cream of the paper.


The book was placed in a cream box with fuchsia tissue paper, then wrapped in brown paper and another custom label.  Even the stamp was custom made – a photo of us at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in front of the Cherry Blossom Trees in full bloom, holding a sign that said “Look Inside.”


Other pieces included flower pot favors that also acted as seating cards, table number cards (all having different antique flower illustrations), a hand painted ketubah, hand-trimmed and designed circular menus, and ceremony – each program had a different cover and in the inside there was a small pink envelope that enclosed an “H” monogrammed tissue for “happy tears.”  My mother decorated all of the yarmulkes by hand.


I’m so impressed Shana!  Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful invitations with us!

{image credits: shana hale}

Meredith + Michael’s Modern Green and White Wedding Invitations

It’s always a good day when an invitation from the ever-fabulous Ellie of Mint and Hello Tenfold shows up in my inbox, but these invitations in particular really make me smile!  Ellie created these clean and modern invitations for a wedding in Miami, combining stripes and floral details with a color palette inspired by the bride’s flower selections.


From Ellie:  Meredith and Michael are getting married this Spring in Miami, and wanted an “organic-chic” look to their paper goods — fresh, relaxed, timeless, and fun.  The hotel where they are getting married has bold black and white striped cabanas along the pool, and Meredith plans to use lots of green orchids and mini calla lilies.  We screen printed their invitations on ivory paper and added a blue rsvp envelope and envelope liner to tie in the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and add an extra “pop.”  Rehearsal dinner invitations were printed at the same time and inserted into the family and close friends’ invitations.






Proving that stripes and flowers can totally go together = awesome work Ellie!

{image credits: ellie snow | hello tenfold}

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Kristen + Ryan’s Red and Black New Year’s Eve Wedding Invitations

When I think of New Year’s Eve wedding invitations, I usually think of metallics and sparkles, but Colleen from Cleanwash Letterpress has me fully convinced that red and black can also work for a New Year’s wedding!  Colleen created these lovely letterpress invitations for a bride that wanted a feminine design in a red and black color palette for her New Year’s Eve wedding.  I love the floral illustration that Colleen created to frame the invitation and enclosures.

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So pretty!  Thanks Colleen!

{image credits: cleanwash letterpress}

Laura Macchia Wedding Invitations

I’ve featured Laura’s fill-in party invitations before, and she just let me know that she’s launched a new collection of wedding invitations!  The designs all feature her hand drawn patterns and floral illustrations.  She’s shared a few of the invitations below, but you can find the full collection in her etsy shop!




Thanks Laura!

{image credits: laura macchia}

Valerie + Tyler’s Modern Black and White Wedding Invitations

Valerie from Southern Fete Creative got married this past September, and her wedding invitations are just as beautiful as I expected!  Valerie chose a simple and modern black and white color palette for her wedding invitations, but spiced things up with light blue envelopes, fun font selections, and envelope liners made from book pages!


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From Valerie: As a stationery designer, I use a lot of bold colors.  I really surprised myself when I chose a fairly simple black and white palette.  I started the process a bit backwards when I decided I wanted to include book page envelope liners.  My sister and I and a few friends, created the custom liners.  THEN I started thinking on the invitation design. The inspiration for our wedding was a Barq’s Rootbeer can of all things.  I loved the banner and fun fonts.  For the crest, it worked out well that my last name started with M and his with a W – we created a fun design with that!


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Valerie continued the black and white design through to the day-of wedding stationery, with coordinating thank you cards, ceremony programs, marriage certificate, and place cards.

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So gorgeous!  Thank you so much Valerie!

{image credits: Mark Eric and Jason Cohen Photography}

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