What is it about weddings that we find so enchanting? Maybe it’s the way the groom looks when his face lights up as his bride first appears at the end of the aisle on dad’s arm, or the way the bride’s incandescent, glowing smile and glistening eyes trigger little joyful droplets on everyone’s face. There are so many moments in a wedding that make it truly magical. Sending the save the date or invitation to your guests is the very start of it all – it’s where all the enchantment begins. Emily’s Enchantments is a Rhode Island Wedding Invitations company that enchants brides and their wedding guests across the globe. If you’re going to make the first impression to your guests with the invitation, and the last impression with the thank you notes, and everything in between – why not choose a stationer whose paper products evoke enchantment? After all, this is your wedding day – the most magical day of your life.
Take a peek at some new favorites – pink, orange, coral, and lace!
There’s something special about lace that just makes us smile. Maybe it’s the textured, elegant fluidity or its graceful sweetness. Maybe it’s the swirls of joyous patterns that bring us to a state of enchantment when we see lace. Or maybe it’s the timeless sophistication that evokes unmatched exuberance.
Whatever the reason – we all tend to gravitate toward lace and ribbons. What better way to send an invitation to your closest family and friends for the most magical day of your life than with one wrapped in lace?
I’m LOVING this new bride who asked me to design a boxed wedding invitation for her Napa Valley Destination wedding! Her request was for something elegant, unique, and ties in her Napa Valley theme. This invitation suite incorporates original wine corks that she and her husband-to-be have collected together and feature the vineyard where her reception will take place. Taking into consideration her request for some ivory lace, crystals, blush shimmery pink, black glossy boxes and a mix of golden/browns…here is what I have put together so far as a design for her! Take a peek! 🙂
The mothers are hosting a bridal shower for me this weekend and inviting a bunch of ladies over for a Marie Antoinette/French style luncheon. Since I am the designated card-maker for the family, I stepped up to make the invitations for my own shower – unconventional, yes, but practical. I cringed at the thought of either my mother or my FMIL purchasing expensive invitations from a paper craft boutique (one of my competitors!). So even though brides ordinarily do not have any involvement in their own shower, crafty brides sometimes get involved for the sake of saving costs (and in this case, card-making pride). 😉
Since the mothers have chosen a French style for the shower with lots of blush pinks, off-whites, and pale blues, I decided to make a lacey, sultry looking invitation with feminine “ooh la la” touches. Using some chipboard, shimmery blush pink card stock, ribbon, and about 12″ of flat black lace I assembled these little cuties for the bridal shower invitations. Hope you like them!
The invitations have officially been sent! We are now in that sit-and-wait phase as we see little waves of RSVP envelopes come through the mail. It has been a fun part of the wedding process so far.
So, as you know, I’ve disappeared for the past couple months. That is because I’ve been busy creating my own boxed wedding invitations similar to the ones I made for Kiyana Greenwood for her August wedding. I wanted to share with you a cute idea I discovered when trying to brainstorm how I wanted the outside of the box to look. At first I was thinking of a wax seal with our initial on it “G”…but after a few trial runs, I tossed out that option quickly.
Wax stamp seals look beautiful, but they are better for envelope paper than on a fabric ribbon buckle. Plus, they are a big pain in the derriere to finagle. You have to hold the wax stick just right and at a certain angle without burning your fingers from the flame and they never seem to come out just right. I was too cheap to invest in a serious wax seal kit so just had the traditional, cheap wax sticks that you melt over a lighter. I could have practiced the skill until I reach perfection but I lost my patience after the 7th failed attempt and it was a waste of a whole wax stick.
The solution: make my own paper monogram tag.
How to do it:
- Go on Microsoft Word and create a text box with the default black border around it.
- Use the Edwardian Script font and make the initial(s) that you want for the monogram
- Use clip art or google a “vine” or “vine art” to get the little design that I have at the top and bottom of the tag
- Then copy the text box multiple times so that you have as many squares as possible on one page, all lined up to maximize your use of paper
- Cut them out
- Add some rhinestones
- Adhere the tag to a black ribbon you glue together to hide the ribbon overlap/seam
I shipped these pretty silver boxes in plain brown mailer boxes to keep them looking nice. I wrapped them in some black tissue paper to fill up the mailer boxes and used a satin ribbon to secure the mailing label on the outside. The USPS allows you to use your own box and your own mailing label like the one shown, just as long as it is fully secure. I used Scotch permanent glue to glue it down (in the photo, the mailing label is not fully glued down). Each box cost around $2.29 to ship…it’s a little steep, but if you made these boxes yourself the total cost including shipping is less than $5, which is around the cost of a regular envelope invitation, plus you get the pride in saying that you made those lovely creations yourself. So worth it! 🙂
Mailing label below was not glued down yet in this photo but this is how they looked when they were mailed!
And this was the inside 🙂