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Kate & Chris – The Invitations
Kate & Chris – The Invitations
  • I am so excited to blog this invitation suite!  You may recall Kate and Chris’s Save the Dates from a few posts ago. . . well, the invitations are finished and sent, and I am super proud of how they came out.

    Since Kate’s wedding colors are apple green and chocolate brown, I used a vintage fruit crate for the inspiration for her invitations.  I printed a barn wood pattern on metallic linen cardstock in a champagne color (gorgeous paper!) and created a gatefold to frame the invitation panel, which used a combination of chocolate brown text and a green apple graphic motif.

    The closed gatefold with the fruit label belly band closure.

    The closed gatefold with the fruit label belly band closure.

    The back of the closed invitation, with the RSVP postcard and reception card tucked into the belly band.

    The back of the closed invitation, with the RSVP postcard and reception card tucked into the belly band.

    The opened gatefold, showcasing the invitation panel with a chocolate brown cardstock mat.  You can't really see the champagne linen metallic cardstock on the sides of the gatefold in the picture, but it is absolutely stunning in person!

    The opened gatefold, showcasing the invitation panel with a chocolate brown cardstock mat. You can't really see the champagne linen metallic cardstock on the sides of the gatefold in the picture, but it is absolutely stunning in person!

    Kate wanted the invitation to ride the line between traditional and modern, and to help with that, I created a postcard RSVP that could easily be personalized with each invited guest’s name.  For meal choices, I used icons in order to conserve space on the card and add a whimsical touch.  The front of the postcard repeated the vintage fruit crate label design that appeared on the belly band closure.

    The RSVP postcard with space for personalization and meal icons.  The white space left on this card is required by the postal service so they can add their labels and marks to it.

    The RSVP postcard with space for personalization and meal icons. The white space left on this card is required by the postal service so they can add their labels and marks to it.

    A closer look at the back of the RSVP postcard.

    A closer look at the back of the RSVP postcard.

    I included a simple Reception card using the same green apple motif and tucked it behind the chocolate cardstock belly band with the RSVP card.

    The full suite, with the open gatefold, belly band, RSVP postcard, and reception card.

    The full suite, with the open gatefold, belly band, RSVP postcard, and reception card.

    The whole invitation package was outfitted with an apple green envelope – I printed the return address on the back flap in brown and created a set of wrap-around graphic labels for the mailing addresses.  These labels were printed and sent to Kate and Chris with a template to add the addresses, and they printed and cut them to size themselves (and they did a great job!)

    The mailing address label and apple green envelope.  These labels were sent to Kate and Chris as full sheets of wood-grained stickers with blank areas for the addresses, and I sent them a template so they could print and cut them themselves.  The barn wood pattern is the same one that appears on the outside of the gatefold.

    The mailing address label and apple green envelope. These labels were sent to Kate and Chris as full sheets of wood-grained stickers with blank areas for the addresses, and I sent them a template so they could print and cut them themselves. The barn wood pattern is the same one that appears on the outside of the gatefold.

    The back of the mailing envelope, with the address printed in brown on the back flap.

    The back of the mailing envelope, with the address printed in brown on the back flap.

    Congratulations, Kate and Chris!  Can’t wait for the wedding – it is going to be absolutely gorgeous!


About The Author

Katrina Hetrick

I started The Cheshire Kat Design Studio after designing stationery and paper products for my own wedding in 2008. Since then, I've branched out into event coordination as well, and the paper side of the studio continues to grow with our newest addition: letterpress! Everything I do is completely custom for each client, so contact me with your ideas and we'll work out something fabulous!

3 Responses and Counting...

  • Kate 07.13.2009

    Katrina, The invitations are gorgeous, unique, and fun. The guests love them and Chris and I couldn’t be happier with your work. Can’t wait to see you!

  • Awesome post

  • [...] is an unbelievably overdue blog entry!  Kate and Chris (you may remember their Save the Dates and Invitations from earlier posts) had their beautiful wedding on September 5th, 2009, and I was absolutely [...]

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