Amanda & Brian came to me from Meagan at Mitten Weddings & Events looking for a minimal, clean wedding invitation with casual, marker-type writing, a clean layout, and simple greenery as an accent. Keeping to a specific budget without sacrificing style or class, I immediately thought of my Booklet-Style layout invitation, which enables you to have a full centerfold layout to accommodate hotel details, reception info, and even a custom map. I kept all the backgrounds white, and pared down the RSVP Suite to an easy postcard. Their wedding, ceremony and reception, was being held at Weller’s Weddings in Saline, Michigan, so I drew a custom map to show the area. As the big day got closer I also provided a full size 20x30” Seating Chart, and Reception Signage, everything coordinating with the invitation design.
Oh, so many things! This wedding suite is full to the brim of details I love. The bride, Olivia, found Cordial Punch Press on Instagram, but funny enough she lives only about 90 minutes away in an adorable town called Frankenmuth (if you're a Michigander, you know!) and we quickly discovered so many things in common, and our personalities just clicked. She described her wedding as whimsical, fun, ("Can the RSVP be sassy?" YES.), informal, and can there please be a full map of downtown Frankenmuth? (again, YES.) Their reception was planned for the Farmer's Market, and she also had a special request to hide Mickey ears somewhere in the invitation (can you find them all??) We started with three initial drafts, and slowly morphed into the final booklet you see here. The map of Frankenmuth is my favorite, and boy was that a labor of love. All of the couple's little details and favorite downtown spots are a great way to connect with guests and give them a peek into the love story. Olivia and Evan opted for wood-grain RSVP envelopes and mailing envelopes (amazing!) and as always their return address was pre-printed as well as the RSVP mailing address.
After the invites went out, we also planned on the Day-Of essentials like Ceremony Program Fans, Table Numbers, a Poster Seating Chart, and Welcome Kits featuring the coolest things ever - canvas tote bags custom-printed with the wedding map AND personalized with names! I almost ordered one for myself! The Welcome Kit also included Water Bottle Labels, hilarious Door Hangers, and a Welcome Note. The same colors, fonts, graphics (that adorable cloche!) and vibe from the invitation suite were carried throughout. All of these little touches and attention to detail are what make a wedding truly stand-out. It's my absolute favorite when couples put their personalities into their wedding. Make it yours! As both a designer AND a wedding guest, I can't emphasize enough how awesome it is to see a completely personalized wedding.
To see the gorgeous professional photographs from Olivia & Evan's amazing day, visit Jennifer Pierce Photography HERE. There's Mickey ears, glittery Rose Gold wedding sneakers, and so much more. Jennifer's beautiful photos are also featured on their custom Thank You Cards.
Olivia also has an awesome blog called Adventures in a Midwest-Michigan Marriage, and she did the sweetest write-up about working with Cordial Punch Press. (And yes, she did order Christmas cards and they ARE amazing!) Check her out HERE.
Another variation of the Booklet Wedding Invitation, this time for an outdoor wedding on a lake in Petoskey, Michigan. Petoskey is a well-know summer vacation spot for Michiganders, so this was a destination wedding as well for the majority of guests. Courtney and Jared's wedding colors were all variations of purple, pink, and burgundy, which work so well together especially with the brown Kraft envelopes. Since we needed to convey A LOT of information, I thought the best format would be the Booklet, so we could avoid a million insert cards. The inside had plenty of room for a Custom Map of Downtown Petoskey, showing guests where to eat, sleep, grab breakfast or a cup of coffee. I included a timeline of the day, and on the back some more information about the town and resources to find out more. The RSVP has a special trick with a space to number them on the back; each number corresponds to a guest so if they forget to fill out the RSVP, the bride knows who it belongs to! There is also a matching Rehearsal Insert, included for those guests in the bridal party or family members.
I also designed Day-Of items such as the Ceremony Programs, Signature Drink Menu, Ceremony Signage, and a completely hand-drawn Seating Chart.
Megan and Dave chose a Booklet Style wedding invitation, a chic way to deliver much needed ceremony and reception details without the bulk of insert cards. Their event took place in late September (a beautiful time of year here in Michigan) at The Pine Knob Carriage House, a quiet, historical venue surrounded by trees. I've know Megan for years and sunflowers have always been her thing, so we both knew they needed to be incorporated somehow without giving off a farm/country vibe. I came up with just a sunflower outline with a hand-drawn feel, that could be a simple overlay in various colors or opacity. They chose a clean serif font combined with a casual script; we wanted to convey a formal event, but not a stuffy one. (Megan and Dave are too much fun for that.) I fashioned a faux button-tie closure out of Kraft grocery paper, eyelets and a bronze nail-head, complete with brown sugar baker's twine. All of the event details are printed inside the booklet, and a custom map (hours of love right there) showed guests where to go, and a few suggestions for ways to kill a little time before the reception. A testament to the couple's humor lies within the RSVP Card, a great way to make a guest laugh. We brought the whole thing home with a Kraft RSVP envelope, and a coordinating liner for the crisp white mailing envelope.
We did a simple 5x7" flat ceremony program (even with a full Catholic ceremony!) with all the same elements. For the reception, the couple opted for a large printed seating chart in lieu of escort cards. Once printed, I mounted it to a canvas wrapped in Kraft paper. Table numbers were short and round, and I provided small matching tags for their delightful wedding favor, a scented fall candle.