It all started at a book launch party

by singlemomseeking on July 7, 2010

If you’ve ever gone to a wedding before, then surely you know what a traditional wedding invitation sounds like:

Mr. and Mrs. Tomas Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Langston
invite you to share in the joy
of the marriage uniting their
children
Eva Marie Smith
and
Patrick Everett Langston
on Saturday, the twelfth of April…

Um, so, that writing style is not really us. Although, as soon as that came out of my mouth, I DO see why folks would go for the traditional text. After all, it has already been written and is really to go. You don’t really have to think about what you might say differently. But as you know by now, I think. A lot. Too much sometimes.

So, that’s why our wedding invitations will begin with: “It all started at a book launch party… come and see the exciting conclusion!” (Did I mention that we can be super-cheesy, too?)

The Lucky Guy has a professional calligrapher in the family, and I’m so grateful for that. But here’s what I really need some help with: our invitation design.

My mind tends to think in words and phrases. But images? Not so much. I’ve leaned on all of you — my readers — for years now. And that hasn’t changed. So, that’s why… I’d love to hear your design ideas for the wedding invitation! Thank you!!

I’m so thrilled that CardStore.com is hosting this contest. They print on high-quality matte recycled cardstock and ship within two business days. So far, I’ve ordered both photo cards and thank you cards from them.

I’ll pick one winner via Random.org, who will win a $50 gift certificate from CardsStore.com!

Don’t you love the colors in this wedding invite?

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And the painting on this Paper Loop card makes me turn my head (although I’m going veil-less!):

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So, to enter for the Grand Prize… You need to leave a comment on this blog post (Your comment must include a design idea!)

Also, I’m giving away a Special Bonus Prize: If you Tweet out this contest out — you’ll be entered to win a BONUS from Cardstyle.com!

Here’s the Twitter link to include: http://bit.ly/ciKuOO

Also, please include @singlemomseekin and @cardstyle in your Tweet!

So, bring ‘em those ideas… You all are so creative!

Deadline: Midnight (OST) • July 9, 2010

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T July 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

I love both of those!! You know me though, I love colorful!
.-= T´s last blog ..Squished- Zapped- Prodded -amp Reviewed or maybe thats the same thing =-.

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Honey July 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

I realize now that our invitations will not be very traditional because Jake doesn’t speak to his parents and my dad said that he didn’t want to travel to AZ (he’s in FL and won’t fly anywhere) so we may not have either of our parents there.
.-= Honey´s last blog ..How Far Do We Go To Change Our Partners =-.

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Ewokmama July 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

On our first date, David and I walked to a park and sat on a park bench talking and being romantic. Our wedding invitation has a park bench on it. Do you have some symbol like that you can incorporate?

I think you could do something like that with the book theme. Your invitation could be a (mini) hand-bound book (well, a couple of layers of paper folded over and bound with ribbon), for instance. Or it could be formatted like a book. Here are a couple of Etsy things I found that I think would fit:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/41748474/ecclectic-love-invitation-only
http://www.etsy.com/listing/42837150/two-people-are-in-love
http://www.etsy.com/listing/50370875/notebook-wedding-invitation
http://www.etsy.com/listing/38607524/paper-candy-pocketfold-suite
http://www.etsy.com/listing/46969483/bound-hearts-invitation-suite-digital
.-= Ewokmama´s last blog ..Jack is back and toys- toys- toys =-.

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singlemomseeking July 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

@Ewokmama: Your generous links astound me. Thank you, thank you!

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Jane Wonder July 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Since you think in words and you’re talking about a book launch party, what about using words as your centerpiece instead of images? There are some modern styles that focus more on typeface and font sizes making the wording the star. Anyway, that’s my idea. Just holler if you would like some pictures and I’ll scout them out for you.
.-= Jane Wonder´s last blog ..Once Upon a Saturday =-.

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Jane Wonder July 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Sorry for the double post. Was thinking sort of like this, only with more color: http://mypaperinthepark.com/Images/Wedding/WeddingPageSample14.jpg
.-= Jane Wonder´s last blog ..Once Upon a Saturday =-.

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singlemomseeking July 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Sweet @Jane Wonder! So, what is YOUR wedding invitation gonna look like? Congrats!

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QTMama July 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

Hmm … you know, in my head I sort of saw it as this …

A back shot of you, LG and Little M – maybe on a beach, or a serene setting yet all of you holding hands. Perhaps M in the middle, and the words you choose for the invitation lightly printed over them.

After all, it’s kind of like she’s getting married too. ;)
.-= QTMama´s last blog ..My Face Still Hurts =-.

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singlemomseeking July 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

Yep @QTMama, little M did make the Save the Date card… in a big way!

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Naked Girl in a Dress July 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Could your daughter draw something that could somehow be incorporated into the design?
.-= Naked Girl in a Dress´s last blog ..Competitiveness breeds Stupidity =-.

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singlemomseeking July 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Yep, my daughter drew the Save the Date cards… so that’s a good idea @Naked Girl in a Dress!

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Gregpeckfan July 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

Mark and I letterpressed our own invites. We bought a vintage block with two birds on it, and it took us a couple two-hours sessions. We paid for the studio time, and worked with a Master Printer Lynda Sherman at Bremelo Press here in Seattle. Some printers will print FOR you, but Lynda wants to share the love and we fell hard in love with letterpress. It was an amazing feeling to place those invites in the mail knowing we made them ourselves, with our new family.

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Gregpeckfan July 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

We also wrote our own ceremony AND vows (and surprised each other in the very moment of the vows… that was amazing!!) and we included the kids, write me offline if you care a fig about any of this and I can share. I’m excited for you!

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Beth July 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I’m a big fan of taking a complex image, like a photograph, and tracing it–kind of like taking something digital back to analog, which could be an allusion to the simplicity and beautiful focus of your wedding: love. In terms of your text, perhaps handwriting it out would connect well to the very personal feeling of the invitation. And well, I am pretty biased towards letterpress. I love color and texture.

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angi July 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

We’re just getting started planning our wedding but I can already tell it will be unique. We’re just not the normal couple. We’re trying to find ways to incorporate our families vintage wedding photos for decor. We have been looking at ways to add that to our invitations. Either through photos or their old invitations. Our theme is truly based on tradition and history. I wish I had better ideas….but I’m still working through them on my own.

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Angi July 7, 2010 at 7:33 am

Ok, I’m a little pathetic and a lot cheesy….so as I was laying in bed last night I thought of this…
What if it looked like the pages of an open book…and then you could use some sort of Fairy Tale font for the beginning part “It all started at a book launch.” Like it was your own story. Way cheesy, but maybe.

I’ll keep thinking.

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singlemomseeking July 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

@Angi: I love cheesy! And that’s a beautiful idea, with the book opening… Wow. Thanks!

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James July 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

The design with the dress on the Paper Loop card is fantastic.
.-= James´s last blog ..Candace Mike Engagement Session =-.

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