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Wedding Invitation of the Week

Wedding planning studio Viva La Diva teamed up with invitation designer Alisa Bobzien to create these stunning coral and gold foil wedding invitations for a glam wedding in Michigan.

Save the dates, gold foil invitations, rsvp card, a map of the Detroit/Bloomfield area for guests (many came in from New York), napkins, menus, itinerary signs, and the list it goes on. No pre-designed templates here, folks – every font, color and decorative element was custom to them and their event. Pattern was a big part of the overall design – we even had her take the pattern of the plate we were using and incorporate that into the envelope liner.


Coral and Gold are so on trend for Summer 2014 weddings. The invitation suite was printed on double-thick luxe cotton savoy paper with gold foil stamping, and included printed envelope liners featuring a custom pattern that coordinated with the gold motif border of the dinnerware. This is no pre-packaged, bargain bin invitation!

I love all of the personal touches that were included in this like the honeycomb pattern (because the groom is a beekeeper!) And the bride and groom included their favourite spots around the city in their custom illustrated map because most of their guests were from out of town. Such a great way to show some personality!

How to Address Wedding Invitations

calig envelopeThere is so much etiquette that goes into addressing your wedding envelopes. Did you know that formal invitations typically have two envelopes! Don’t worry, I’ll explain why. When addressing your invitation envelopes use a steady hand and your best pens, or hire a professional calligrapher. I learned an awesome trick the other day – Print the names of your guests onto the envelopes in a light ink and go over them with your pen. Professional quality everytime!

The Outer Envelope
The outer envelope is what the post office sees so this is where you write the recipients’ full names, official titles, first names, and the rest.

  • Titles such as Doctor, Reverend, Captain, etc. are not abbreviated unless lack of space necessitates it
  • Mister and Misses should be abbreviated (Mr. and Mrs.)
  • Do not use initials or nicknames, use full names
  • If an unmarried couple is living in the same house their names should be on separate lines, woman are always listed first
  • When using an inner envelope, do not add ‘and family’ as children’s names are listed on the inner envelope
  • Junior and senior can be spelled out (junior or senior – not capitalized) or abbreviated (Jr. or Sr. – capitalized) use whichever style you prefer
  • When addressing the outer envelope write out Street, Avenue, or Boulevard
  • Completely spell out the province name
  • North and South is written in full if it proceeds the street name (123 North Main Street) a comma is added after the street name and an abbreviation is used if it comes after the address (123 Elm Street, N.W.)

The Inner Envelope
This is the pretty envelope! They are addressed informally and include the names of all invitees at the address including children. Leave this envelope unsealed and once your invitation is inserted, place it inside the outer envelope.

  • Exclude the first names of the recipients
  • Write the first names of children to be invited below in order of age, oldest first
  • Children over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation
  • Omit children’s names if they are not on the guest list
  • If an invitation to a single guest extends to an unknown guest, address the inner envelope with your friend’s name followed by ‘and guest’

Envelope Addressing Tips & Tricks

  • Organize the master guest list on an excel worksheet and only work from 1 copy
  • If response cards are used, lightly mark the back of each card with an identifying number in case guests neglect to write in their names when RSVPing.
  • Before sealing the outer envelope, double- and triple-check that the names on the inner and outer envelopes match up.
  • Double check the names on your guest list before the envelopes are addressed, to be sure they are spelled correctly.
  • Invitations are always addressed to both members of a married couple.
  • An invitation to an unmarried couple residing at the same address should be addressed with both names on a single line.
  • No abbreviations or initials are used when addressing formal invitations.
  • If children are invited but are not receiving a separate invitation, their names may be written on a line below their parents’ names on the inner envelope. If no inner envelope is used, children’s names are written on the outer envelope below the names of their parents.

Wedding Invitation of the Week

il_570xN.474007766_h2gwI love this super sweet, and unique wedding invitation. The designers at ElloThere took inspiration from a vinyl record to create the invitation card and sleeve. They wanted the invitation to represent their clients love for music and all things vintage. The invite is printed as a paper record that guests would pull out of this little sleeve, just like a record!

The yellow, black, and white colour combination is so fresh and perfect for a summer wedding. The modern serif type paired with a flowing script bring just the right amount of modern flair.

DIY the envelope sleeves by finding a cute patterned paper, then cut out the hole, fold in half, glue three edges, and you are ready to mail! Use the pattern as an envelope liner and on the reverse side of your reply card so your invitation suite looks professionally finished.


Wedding Invitation of the Week

Is it Friday already? This week just flew by for me because next week I am on VACATION! We are flying to sunny LA for a week of relaxation Disneyland! I am so excited to take some time off but I will miss my kitties and my work. This week has been all about wrapping up some projects, getting invitations out the door, and prepping my schedule for when I get back. There won’t be a Wedding Invitation of the Week next Friday as I will be on a plane.


My invitation of the week was created by designer Frances Close for a cabin wedding in Michigan. The theme is Woodland to showcase the environment in which the wedding will take place – the woods! The invitations pick up on the natural surroundings by incorporating wilderness elements.

Rose and Mike wanted to get married at a family cabin in the Manistee National Forest in Michigan. The vintage feel to the images was intentional, as they were meant to look like something you might find in an old nature book or field guide. Along with the super cute illustrations on the invitations and the image of a forest in the background of the map, the envelopes are also lined  with a vintage butterfly pattern.

Woodland-Wedding-Invitations-Frances-Close3I love the illustrations, they are so unique and not typical of a wedding invitation. The colouring really sets them apart from the text. I find that with invitations, we try to be so on point with colour and everything ends of looking really matchy matchy, or you only use 2 colours in the design. I really like it when clients are open to being a little bit different.

The typography is really unique as well. They went with a slab serif for their names which balances the illustrations nicely. I like that the names are not a solid colour, they have some light and dark spots.

Can we talk about the colour for a second. These are not typical colours for a wedding invitation, let alone a woodland themed wedding. But I love that this couple were’t afraid to take some risks because it looks stunning!

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