I hope you guys enjoyed checking out the Save the Dates. I used them as the jumping off point for the actual invitations. As I mentioned before I really loved how the mountains turned out and if you've ever been up to the Blue Ridge Mountains I think you'd agree that it really does evoke that feeling of being up there.
So the invitations were going to require more pieces. It was a destination wedding, so we had a lot of information to convey and I didn't want to leave any questions unanswered. I made up a free website on wordpress which I included in the Save the Date to give guests (and those that couldn't make it) a chance to check out what was going on.
So the pieces of the invitation suite that I made are: Invitation, RSVP postcard, envelope liners, maps, and travel & activity cards. I used peacock envelopes and cards (to back the invitations) from Papersource. They also have a template for envelope liners that made the cutting job much easier. I used Persnickety Prints to print the invitations on pearl paper and Overnight Prints for the RSVP postcards. I printed the maps and travel info at home.
I also had a custom stamp made by Etsy seller papersushi that said "Love makes the world go round." Since custom takes time and we were in a time crunch, I used the image proof she sent of the stamp and made stickers for the envelopes. She also made us custom return address stamps that are soooo cute, but again they didn't arrive in time so I wrote out the return addresses on the envelopes and I'll use the stamp for the Thank You cards.
I used expired low charts from the recycle bin at work to line the envelopes. Since Tony and I are both pilots I wanted to include that aspect into the wedding (you'll see it pop up in other areas too). Free charts make great decorations and we love all sorts of maps. We also knew that many of our pilot friends would appreciate it as well. On some I even tried to put a part of the world that they were familiar with.
The Asheville image on the front of the RSVP postcard came from the NCgenWeb online archives.
Even though it did take a lot of time I really enjoyed handwriting the names and addresses on each envelope. There was so much inspiration on Pinterest and while I don't think I could make a living doing envelope calligraphy, I love the personal touch that it added to my invitations. My friends knew it was from me when they saw it in their mailbox even before seeing the return address on the back. I loved that!