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Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Wedding Invitation, Program, and Menu




Yesterday Jon and I celebrated our wedding anniversary! Thanks to Coach and "Mrs. Coach" Shaver (as Lillie calls her) we got to go out for a nice relaxing date. Even six years after getting married I still LOVE anything wedding related. I love wedding magazines, wedding photos, wedding blogs and loading up my wedding board on Pinterest. I made many of the decorative items for our wedding (with lots of help from my mom and sisters!) and thought today would be a fun time to show you a few of those things in honor of our annivesary.

I designed all of the printed material for our wedding and my mom and sisters helped me put everything together. It was a true labor of love as many of the items took quite some time to construct but looking back it makes each detail so special. I have several of my favorite items in a shadow box so I took those out yesterday to photograph.

Here is our invitation. It was made from cardstock and overlaid with lace and a little trim then wrapped with a satin bow. I attached the lace using a glue stick but a spray adhesive would probably work well too.

 Here is the simple RSVP card:

 And the reception insert:

The invitation was designed as a tri-fold card so you lifted the top to show this poem by Robert Sexton :

And then that opened to show the actual invitation:

Here is a menu:

 I think my favorite piece was the program which was around ten pages long and included favorite verses, quotes as well as all of the details of the wedding ceremony and wedding party.

A few of the pages:



I wanted the invitation and program to coordinate but not match.

In each invitation was this card with all sorts of details for the guests. I wanted it to look a little more elegant than just being on a piece of paper but didn't want anything too fancy either so I went with just a basic ivory cardstock folded into a card. For the front of it I drew a picture of the church we were married in. Somehow I only had one extra and it has safely resided in my shadow box for the past six years. Well, I set it out to take a photo and in the two seconds it took to pick up my camera off the sofa Lola successfully colored all over it! Lovely! =)

Inside it contained lists of hotels, places to eat, sites to see, maps and directions. The map in the middle below is not upside down I just drew the town hall where our reception was held in the direction it would be from the road but I know that looks a little confusing. And then the back just has a simple drawing of our reception site to give a coordinating look to the front.

 Here they all are together in a shadow box along with pieces of my gown of a bridesmaid dress.
  
We made quite a few other things like seating charts, name tags, dessert labels, etc. but I don't have any of those to photograph. Here is a photo of Jon and I. It's the only one I have on this computer right now. Maybe someday I'll get around to putting a few more on here.

I also wanted to let you all know our  Drummer Boy Pillow Covers in Cranberry are in stock now! We used a deeper red this year which I like much better.

Have a beautiful Monday!

46 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! I'm actually getting married this fall and we used the Emily Bronte quote on our invitation! Congratulations on your anniversary, and may you have many more!

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  2. Happy Anniversary Jennifer! I love the beautiful display you put together in the shadow box!

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  3. such pretty invitations! happy anniversary! congrats on 6 years!

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  4. So beautiful and classic! I was married on Sept 9/2006 =) I designed and made all the invitations etc myself also. Sometimes I wish I could do it all over again now (with the same man, of course hehe) with blogs and pinterest....think of all the inspiration out there!! PS Dear Lillie should get into the wedding business and sell wedding decor/invites etc.

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  5. Happy Anniversary! You were a stunning bride. I can only imagine how you took Jon's breath away and I am bettin' you still do. Your invitation and programs are exquisite. I love all your attention to detail.
    The drummer boy in cranberry is fantastic! Can't wait to see all your new holiday ideas!
    Happy Monday :)

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  6. Your invitations are beautiful. Having done a few wedding invitations, I can truly appreciate the work involved. Happy Anniversary.

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  7. Happy Anniversary, The wedding invitation is beautiful. Is that lace wrapped around the other side as well? How did you keep the edges of the lace from becoming frayed? The reason I ask is I love wedding items as well and have 3 daughters who are becoming young adults now and I am excited one day they will be getting married. I keep ideas of ways to decorate for receptions and weddings so I can present these ideas to them one day. I never saw a wedding invitation decorated so beautifully and uniquely.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Yes, the lace is wrapped around the back too. It was a stiff lace and the glue kept it from fraying. I am sure you will have so much fun getting to plan three weddings!

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  8. Happy Anniiversay to both of you guys and thank you for sharing. Your wedding was as elegant and beautiful as all that you do.

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  9. Very beautiful, Jennifer! Working on wedding plans for my three children was a job, so I know your family loved every minute! Lovely way to display the various pieces of your wedding. Best wishes for many more anniversaraies to come!

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  10. Oh my! So classy and romantic! I only wish I would have seen this before I planned my wedding!

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  11. beautiful and such a great idea to put them all together in a shadow box.

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  12. These are so beautiful! Happy Anniversary to both of you. My husband's name is Robert Sexton like the one who wrote that.

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  13. Happy Anniversary, friend! You are one year ahead of us!
    I should have known that you pulled the wedding off with your usual style and panache. :-)

    XO,
    Anne

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  14. WOW!!!! how beautiful!!!Thanks for sharing you beautiful photo's. Happy Anniversary!!

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  15. So pretty...but everything you do is pretty! I love the box!

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  16. You did an amazing job! I especially love the programs! What a beautiful wedding that would have been! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

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  17. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and your husband..
    Your invitations were so beautiful..
    I really like the box you have it all displayed in..
    Have a great week..

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  18. Happy Anniversary Jenni...may God bless your home and give you everlasting love for each other....xo
    ps
    you looked so gorgeous..:)

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  19. Happy Anniversary...your invitation is beautiful...such a gorgeous display of wonderful memories....and what a great keepsake to hand down to your children...

    I just received my pillow cover today....it is gorgeous....Thank you!

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  20. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweet husband. My husband and I just celebrated our 23rd!

    Hands down your invitations, menu and program are stunning. Simple, but elegant. Such attention to detail.

    Love your wedding pic. Beautiful bride and handsome groom.

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  21. Happy Anniversary! Our anniversary is next week :)

    Gorgeous wedding stationary - I love it all. Timeless & elegant. Beautiful!

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  22. Happy Anniversary! And your wedding invitations and programs were lovely!

    Kat

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  23. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby Jennifer! You were a stunning bride and what a beautiful couple you are. Your shadow box is a lovely idea and special keepsake. Everything you made was beautiful. Elegant, classy and charming. You could be a wedding planner along with your many, many other fabulous talents.

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    1. I was looking for the same ideas as you mentioned over here. Really it look so pretty and so beautiful that elaborate my wedding ideas.



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  24. Very interesting post! Congratulations and happy anniversary. I really appreciate your wedding invitation, it has a perfect design. Thanks for the sharing love your ideas.




    Boracay Wedding

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  25. Nice blog!! its really very interesting. Fabulous wedding invitation cards and menu organizing. i love this wedding cards really so beautiful and pretty look.golden my favorite color.

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  26. I am also Jennifer Kathryn! I've never met anyone else with that same spelling before. I'm the third Kathryn in my family. I've always loved the way it was spelled.

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  27. How very pretty and I love the shadow box at the end! You have inspired me to do something like this to place in my bedroom. I have a jewelry box that hangs on the wall and have never place many pics in the front of it. I am going to do this with some of our wedding pics and invites. (Mine aren't 3d) Just beautiful! Your home is such an inspiration to me! Love your ideas and creativity! Happy Anniversarry, as well! God bless! Ana

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  28. Those are absolutely completely gorgeous, and classy, and everything perfect! WOW! Not THAT is what i would want my invitations to look like. And i love that you drew the little church and reception buildings on the front and the back. Sooo simple and charming...

    Cindy

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  29. Jenni, I can't believe it's been six years!! I remember how excited Lauren was about your wedding--and she looked so grown-up in her dress. :) You were a beautiful bride, and now you're a beautiful wife and mom. Happy anniversary!

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  30. Gorgeous!! Oh my!! You really do things with such style~put Lola on the naughty chair for her infraction!

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  31. LOVE the invites, they are gorgeous!!

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  32. Lovely invitation. all they are looking the most prettiest one. Happy anniversary! If this is for me then I'm on the way...lol.

    Wedding stage Designer

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  33. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! I absolutely love your wedding invitations! My daughter is getting married in June of 2013 and we were working on invitation ideas this past weekend. What size is your invitation? You mentioned it was a tri-fold? When looking at your posted pictures, I'm confused on how it was a tri-fold. Can you give me more guidance on how to make these? I would really appreciate it! Thanks so much and Happy Anniversary!! ~Deb
    d_heemstra@yahoo.com

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    1. I just used two pieces of regular cardstock to make a them. I cut them to the height I wanted (I think they were about 6 inches or so tall) and then folded them in half. I laid one card over the other kind of backwards (hard to explain but easy to do) and glued them together so that the card would have two flaps that opened. On the outside I just used a glue stick and glued on the lace and then used that same glue stick to glue some trim over the spot where the lace and cardstock met. Then I used an ivory piece of cardstock cut into rectangles to glue into the back of the inside for the invitation and for the second flap that had the poem on it. (I printed those first on just a regular printer with the text and then cut them out and glued them on). Once it was complete I tied a satin ribbon around the whole thing and that was it.

      I hope you have a lovely week and congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding!

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  34. Thank you very much about sharing this post with us

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  35. Really you have great ideas and great blog

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  36. I love your pretty tastes and your blog

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  37. Wow! Six of years of marriage is somewhat an accomplishment. And your wedding invitation is adorable too, simple yet elegant.

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  38. Lovely inspirational photos, as they say a picture says a thousand words....

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  39. Nice, thanks for sharing your ideas on wedding invites.

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  40. Hello! Love, love, love your wedding invites and programs. Particularly on the program what did you use and how did you assemble the bow and brown paper on the left side?

    Please email me back if you can at amybourcier@att.net
    Thank you!

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  41. Hello there! My daughter and I absolutely love your programs that you made...can you give us specifics on how you created them....I didn't see the instructions above! Again, they are beautiful!!!

    Thank you!

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