Alisa + Matt’s Rustic DIY Wedding Invitations

Today’s invitations come to us from Alisa, a product/packaging designer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Alisa and her fiancé Matt were recently married in a beautiful ceremony and reception inspired by their gorgeous natural surroundings, beautiful venue, and some of their own unique personality quirks.  As a designer, Alisa wanted to make sure that these elements were reflected in their wedding invitation design.  Alisa was kind enough to send over a whole bunch of photos – from the inspiration to the wedding itself – to show how she incorporated these influences into the invitations.

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From Alisa: For the stationery, the challenge was to translate our character onto paper.  We have never been the ones to follow a formula for anything, so planning with a unique approach was a given, that and pretty much having a teeny-weeny budget.  Three major factors went into designing the invitations; using a sustainable local printer – we worked with Nomadic Press - our connection to nature, and expression of our quirky spirit.

First up, the inspiration behind the invitation design:

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It was essential for us that we have an invitation which turned into a frame-worthy piece of art, not just a throw away. Keeping this in mind, the three panel tear away design worked as an invitation, with an RSVP tear away card, and a cover wrapped with twine, which is the stand alone piece.

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We crafted a mad lib RSVP card, with the intention to give the guest a chance to reflect their personality in return. A wedding event is not only about the couple, but as I recently learned first hand, it is also about the people who attend, family and friends (and dogs in this case).

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Alisa and Matt also carried their nature-inspired themes through from the invitations to other elements in the wedding:

We took on the task of designing our ensembles, my dress, his suit & vest combo, working in the kitchen with an independent baker, doing tons of details for the event itself: place cards, chuppah, guest book, décor & signage.

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I love the way Alisa and Matt’s invitations convey the sheer joy of getting married – from the yellow and brown color palette to the illustrated and quirky details, the whole invitation suite just makes me so happy.  You can see more photos from Alisa and Matt’s wedding right here.  Thanks so much to Alisa for sending over her invitations and photos from her wedding!

{image credits: invitation photos by Alisa, wedding photos by Evan Urbe at Lumen Photography}

Red, White + Letterpress All Over

I've found myself drawn to single-color designs lately — there's just something about the simplicity of the design and the vibrancy of that single color that makes the printed result just jump right off the page (or screen).  So these red and white letterpress pieces from Boxcar Press, printed for photographer Corinna Raznikov, are just right up my alley:

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I also love the blind stamp details, featuring calligraphy by The Blooming Quill:

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Such amazing detail!  I love the crispness of the design and red + white palette — and I think I've discovered that I have a bit of a soft spot for anything involving a letterpress bolt shape.  Read more about this project over on the Boxcar Press blog.

{image credits: Boxcar Press}

New Giveaway! Avie Designs 2010 Calendar

We're definitely getting into calendar season now, and in the spirit of calendar season I'm thrilled to offer this new calendar giveaway from Avie Designs!

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Avie Designs is offering one of their 2010 calendars to three lucky readers!  You can check out more stationery from Avie Designs here and here, but in the meantime here's a sneak peek into a couple of the months in the calendar:

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Just leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday to enter!  Please make sure you leave a valid e-mail address in the comment form (not the body of the comment).  I'll select three winners at random and contact you on Friday!

Thanks so much to Avie Designs for this giveaway!

{image credits: Avie Designs}

Blind Impression Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Michael from Czar Press sent over this wedding invitation that he recently printed, and they are so gorgeous they really need their own post.  Just look at the beautiful letterpress details!

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Michael printed the invitations, designed by Splendid Press, in a champagne ink with many of the details printed in a blind (no ink) impression:

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The invitation suite included the main invitation, an rsvp card, and an invitation to the rehearsal dinner:

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The invitation elements were enclosed in the envelope underneath a letterpress belly band with many of the same detail elements as the invitation suite.  The outer envelopes were also letterpress printed with details from the invitation suite:

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So beautiful — and of course I'm completely in love with all the amazing blind press details.  Thanks so much to Michael for sharing these invitations!

{image credits: Czar Press}

Sponsor Introduction – Czar Press

My newest sponsor is Czar Press — a full service print studio that offers both letterpress and flat printing for designers across the country.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michael, the talented printer behind Czar Press, at this year's NSS and his printing work is truly beautiful.  Here are a few examples from the Czar Press letterpress portfolio:

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If you're looking for a printer for your design projects or wedding invitations, head on over to the Czar Press website for more portfolio examples or to inquire about rate information.  You can also check out the Czar Press blog right here!

{image credits: Czar Press}