March 16, 2011

Wedding Invitations

Have I mentioned in this space that I'm engaged to My Biggest Fan, Jason? Wedding day is less than two months away. Yet another reason I've been quiet on the blog.

As a creative person, I have set out to tackle a boatload of Do It Yourself Projects to give my wedding that "personal charm," and a perk is that we save a lot of money!

One of my main projects was the invitation. In the wedding blog world, there are scores of elaborate, beautiful invitation suites with wonderful calligraphy, screen-printing, special sourced papers, and of course intricately designed type treatments. However, our wedding is a 50-person daytime garden wedding, so none of that felt right to us. Our ceremony and reception will be personal, simple and sweet, so that's what our invitations needed to convey.

Some details on the creation:

Our "logo" is a little sketch I did of the two of us kissing in a canoe (we got engaged in a canoe in Asheville, NC). The flowers were hand drawn in illustrator and filled with an abstract pink & purple watercolor I painted. The white parts of the invitation and RSVP were printed on my inkjet and trimmed by hand with an x-acto knife (not so bad when you only have 40 invitations). Katy and I then spray-mounted them onto trimmed pieces of a beautiful navy Classic Columns paper. Finishing touch is a pretty pink ribbon. Envelopes are standard cheapo envelopes from Staples with "calligraphy" done by me with a pretty pink/purple marker pen and a standard blue rollerball pen.

Below are some photos of the invitations. The really nice looking ones of the RSVP card and the envelopes are by my uber-talented bridesmaid Katy A who helped me assemble invites while she was in Louisville. The others are by me with my crappy point-and-shoot.

wedding invitation calligraphy
wedding invitation envelopes

Must stop blogging and start DIYing! Thanks for reading.


Cat Scott
Louisville Graphic Designer and Illustrator


black bear cabin said...

those are lovely, and so personable! i would love to see the "canoe logo" up looks really cute! Thanks for sharing and congrats to you both~

Cat Scott Larimore said...

Thanks! I'll post the canoe "logo" in another post, maybe when I write about the website I created for the wedding.

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Drew Watts said...

You did a great job in making these amazing invitation cards and I hope that your wedding was also a lovely event. It's nice that you chose to work on DIY decorations for the wedding. I am also tying the knot next month and the wedding will be at one of the beautiful venues in NYC.

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