{Invitation Inspiration} Aqua Blue + Slate Gray Banded Wedding Invites

Aqua blue and slate gray wedding invitation with custom liner


Turquoise blue and dark gray wedding invitation with crystals

Aqua blue and slate gray banded wedding invitation with crystals

I’ve been getting into gray lately.  It pairs so well with just about all other colors, and is a softer touch than black.  This invitation is part of  a sample set I created for a recent client, with some color changes.

While the aqua blue, slate gray, and pearlized ivory color scheme is unique and beautiful enough, this invitation also has bunches of other features I want to discuss.  The first would be the band on the back to hold enclosures in place.  Banded invitations are a great alternative to pocket invitations for brides who want a flat invitation (versus folding), but still want a way of keeping their enclosures neatly organized.  They’re also a more economic alternative to pocket invitations for brides who choose to spend less.

Next, I’ve had lots of clients ask for custom envelope liners, lately.  I love them!  I think they add so much to the overall invitation, and give extra strength and weight to single mailing envelopes.  Additionally, some of my clients have been doing really unique things with their custom liners.  One client emphasized her wedding date on her save-the-date liner.  Another client used it as “the perfect spot” for her wedding website address.  We used repeating lines of the couples’ names on another liner.  And other clients have just used the liner to echo or enhance the graphics or color of the invitation itself.  The best part: envelope liners are a fairly inexpensive option that adds a lot of oomph to your wedding invitation!

Crystals have been another repeated trend for my clients this year.  So on this sample, I used 6 Swarovski crystals to embellish the printed design.  Crystals are another fairly inexpensive option for wedding invitations.  They come in such a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes that they can be incorporated into just about any style of invitation.

So now back to the possibilities with gray…  Consider the same invitation with the same design as in the photos above using lilac purple as the accent instead of aqua blue.  Now envision a light rose pink instead of aqua blue.  Pumpkin orange with gray would make a really beautiful fall wedding invitation, don’t you think?  Add black in place of the aqua and this invitation becomes so sophisticated, it hurts.  Using red and gray printed on pearlized white instead of pearlized champagne would make a gorgeous, snowy, winter invitation.  And using lime green with this shade of gray on bright matte white paper would be fresh and clean; a totally different feel altogether.

Yes, I’ve decided I really like gray!

Invitation: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio, LLC

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{Real Event} Blue and Yellow Polka-Dotted Fundraising Dinner Invitations

Blue_Yellow_Gray_Invitation

Navy blue and banana yellow invitation with gray ribbon

Whew, it’s been quite a month!  Things are starting to fall into a more manageable pace again.  I’ve been dying to update this blog, so I’m going to start with one of my more recent projects – fundraising dinner invitations for the Gaining Life Initiative Foundation (GLI).

GLI is focused on increasing knowledge and supporting research of brain tumors, specifically glioblastoma multiforme.  In collaboration with the University of Alabama Birmingham, they’re hoping to find a cure for this aggressive brain tumor.

I was so excited when GLI contacted me about working with them on this project.  Their needs for their Dining Out for a Cure fundraising event were fun invitations in a dark blue and bright yellow color scheme that incorporated a gray Brain Cancer ribbon.  You might remember Rita and Franck’s wedding invitation?  And you might also remember the yellow and gray polka-dot inspiration post?  Well, combine those two and add a hand-sewn gray ribbon and what do you have?  The perfect invitation for GLI’s Dining Out for a Cure event!  Take look at their website and tell me if I’m wrong.

We created a layered invitation using textured sapphire blue cardstock, bright banana yellow cardstock, and bright white.  We then added a few lines of yellow polka-dots at the bottom, the GLI logo, and a hand-sewn light gray ribbon.  We added an rsvp card that allowed guests to send a check if they weren’t able to attend the event.  The goal was to create an invitation that left donors counting the days until the event, and to create excitement about and interest in the research GLI is conducting.

Thanks GLI for letting me be a part of your fundraising event!

If you’re interested in supporting this important cause, you can make contributions on their website here.

Fundraising Invitation: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

{Invitation Inspiration} Soft Aqua Blue Driftwood Wedding

Soft Bue Driftwood Wedding Invitation
Aqua blue wedding program and favor tag
Blue and Brown Driftwood Wedding Invitation
Boxed wedding invitation with shell and wood beads

Soft sand, warm light, the gentle sounds of waves lapping the shore and gulls in the distance…  Just those thoughts alone cause me to close my eyes, sigh deeply, and relax a bit.

I’ve been wanting to do something with a more natural theme, lately.  A number of recent clients have used trees on their invitations, so I guess that’s why I’ve been leaning towards nature.  Plus, the weather is getting nicer and I’ve been spending more time outdoors!  (Not that the weather isn’t pretty good year-round here in Florida!)  Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at the Canaveral National Seashore – my favorite beach that I happily live very near.  So I created the invitation above with a beach wedding in mind.

This boxed invitation is 5.5” x 8.5” with multiple layers of pearlized soft sky blue papers, light flecked oatmeal paper, and soft creamy white paper.  I hand-sewed aqua shell and hand-carved wood beads onto the invitation, and added a sprinkle of Swarovski crystals.  It arrives in a kraft brown box filled with natural wood excelsior (curled wood shavings), and the enclosures are contained in a band affixed to the lid of the box.  A bright aqua blue satin ribbon holds the box closed during mailing, and a custom label tops it all off.  Perfect for a fabulous beach wedding, wouldn’t you say?

Also shown is a flat bonded ceremony program and a round favor tag tied to a corked glass bottle, both designed to coordinate with the invitation.

Invitation: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio, LLC

Real Wedding: Katie & Chad’s Blueberry Wedding

Before their engagement, Katie and Chad took their first trip to Maine together.  There, they fell in love with many things: a long bicycle trip around a lake, the beautiful landscape, and most importantly, the blueberries.  They ate blueberry pancakes at breakfast each morning and shared blueberry ice cream in the afternoons.  They even sent blueberry preserves home to friends and family.

A few months later, Chad popped the question during a quiet evening at home.  Remembering the fun and adventure they had on their trip to Maine, they wanted to incorporate some part of it into their wedding.  Knowing that they wanted an outdoor wedding, something simple and elegant with a country flair, at a venue with beautiful architecture, they felt that blueberries fit the bill.

Katie and Chad had an August wedding at the Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond, Virginia.  They chose this venue because it had the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor space, and the architecture of the mansion was the perfect backdrop for their plans.  As a bonus, since the mansion is a bed and breakfast, friends and family were able to stay there and enjoy an entire weekend of celebration.

Included in Katie’s favorite wedding decor were all simple but elegant items: hanging baskets, simply cut hydrangeas easily arranged in antique milk bottles (collected over many months by the couple themselves!), a sign made by the groom using a piece of driftwood, the handmade custom paper accessories that adorned the outdoor ceremony and tented reception, and her specially-baked blueberry-streusel muffin wedding favors.

When Katie and Chad brought their inspiration of using blueberries throughout their custom wedding invitation and paper goods to Dogwood Blossom Stationery, I was excited to get started.  They choose a pearl-like opal blue paper for the invitation, paired with white cardstock and white grosgrain ribbon.  To make things easy on guests, they asked for a custom map to the weekend venue driving from each direction.  In order to accommodate the map, we created a square, folding wedding invitation that opened on the right to reveal the invitation itself and then flipped up to reveal the map and directions.  In the end, three different blueberry motifs were designed to adorn the various handmade paper pieces: wedding invitation, response enclosure, seating cards, and table numbers.

Katie & Chad's Blueberry Wedding

Blueberry Wedding Invitation

The Historic Mankin Mansion

Blueberry motif table number, hydrangeas, milk bottle

Blueberry Wedding Kiss

Blueberry Wedding Seating Cards

Venue:  The Historic Mankin Mansion, Richmond, VA

Photographer:  Andy Pigsley Photography
(All photos except the invitation)

Invitations, Table Numbers, and Seating Cards:  Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

So this is my very first post on my brand-new blog!  How’d I do?  Please leave your comments below and share this with your friends.  And visit again soon to see other real weddings, invitation inspiration, custom invitation ideas, and color palettes!