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Some pics of the process – invites and RSVPs:





Here are my custom stamps from Zazzle. (FYI – they are selling like hotcakes!)









I did all my own calligraphy.  The invites were printed on glossy photo paper from home on our HP.  Of course, the envelopes and paper are from Papersource.com except for the gold belly band, which is from JoAnn’s.  All DIY, baby.  I’ve rec’d so many compliments.  I love how they all came together.


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Express Yourself

MyExpression.com is a great site for cute invitations and thank you cards.  I came across it today and am so impressed with the selection and prices.  Here are some of my favorite thank-yous:

vintage thankyou

Cross thankyou

Stripe Thankyou

I may actually forgo printing my own thank yous (my design) ThankYou

or, maybe I will just buy my shower thank yous from MyExpression.com.  Another decision to make…

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I decided to do without a guest book and opt for something a bit different. I’ve seen a lot of people do wish bowls and wish trees and really liked that idea. My destination wedding spin on that is to have a guest box in the form of a suitcase. It goes with the destination theme and will be easy to pack. Today, I perused the net for some interesting boxes. My first love was this little number from weddingthings.com:

Suitcase box

However, they do not have brown or white in stock and they other colors will not work. So after much searching and browsing, I found this delightful chipboard suitcase:


The store is California Paper Goods and they have a lot of stuff on their site. I think this suitcase will work great because we will be able to see the colorful paper notes peeking through the window. I may paint it but I actually like the natural look of it. Now I need to pick what color paper to use for the notes, find cute little pens or markers and decide how to set it all up. I have time for that but it does feel good to check more items of my list of To-Dos.

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I just ordered yummy paper from Paper Source for my invitations-

Invitation backing in Chocolate:

and my envelopes / rsvp cardstock in Cement.

We decided not to use inner envelopes because it is the year 2007 and I don’t really understand the need to waste that extra paper. People are just going to throw it away and not recycle. I am using a gold belly band to keep the invitation suite all nicely bundled together. It is a gorgeous light gold vellum I purchased at JoAnn’s and it looks great with my invitations. Here is a digital mock-up of the final invitation design:


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For the past three weeks I have been obsessed with designing Invitations. I had to start from scratch with all of my paperie for the weeding (see Designer Extraordinaire) now that we are getting married in Vegas in February. I don’t want the typical winter theme but I don’t want my choice of colors (gold, cream brown with touches of yellow and green) to feel too fall like either. So, I’ve been a bit stressed and asking myself – “what is the theme or motif that will tie all the decor and stationary together?” FH hasn’t been much help b/c he thinks motifs are gay, lol! So it’s up to me to get it together and see if he likes it. He will probably get vetoed if he disapproves of a design I really like but I’ll still give him a chance at some input. I wanted something with an Asian feel but also French – somehow modern but I also like the idea of damask somehow. I played around with some designs but just couldn’t get excited. Here are some invites I designed before I decided on my theme/motif (I’ll tell you later in this post):


I love this one but the colors are too fall like…


I really like the idea of using the chandelier but this only looked good in black and FH said it looked like a old phone book ad? Whatev!

Gold WallpaperInvite

FH really like this one but the colors were a bit off and it was a bit too vintagey for me. Words I never thought I would say.

After much thought, I decided I would use a rose or roses as our theme/motif. I did not want anything too Anna Griffin but I did want a sort of vintage feel too it. I perused one of my favorite clip art sites, Clipart ETC, and found all kinds of pretty roses:



I decided I liked this one:

Rose motif
It’s very geometric so it will do. It’s not terribly feminine and fancy. I changed the color to a light gold and whipped up an invite in Photoshop.


I’m pretty sold on this. With an ivory linen paper and a brown mat, it would look great with an ivory pocket folder. I would add some light gold touches, like a matching ribbon. I’m giving myself until the end of the week to make a decision and then, let the printing and prepping begin.

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I completed and sent off my Bridesmaids’ newsletters today. Thank goodness. I love the idea but it was a fair amount of work. I hope my Bridesmaids appreciate the information in that format. Two out of four of them live away – one in Austin and the other in Phoenix – so email is my preferred method of communication.

Mister, don’t look – even though I’m only showing thumbnails, there is a pic of my dress!








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I used the Vintage Template in Publisher and just changed the colors to suit my scheme. I really like how they turned out and I will keep a copy for myself for the wedding planning scrapbook I plan on making.  If you want to see the full size files, email me @ ccfrench78 at msn dot com.

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Today I am getting started on my welcome bags for our guests. My first component is the crossword puzzle which I think will be a fun touch. I used EclipseCrossword Software. It’s really intuitive and easy. I also used Dictionary.com’s Crossword solver to help out with clues to the words I want to use. It was a very helpful resource. Here’s a small jpeg of the actual Word Document.


I’m so happy with how it turned out. I’ll probably add the obligatory water bottle to the bags as well as some tourist information about Vegas. I’m still planning that out but at least I have one small project done. Yay!

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