I love stationery, I can spend hours in a stationery store. So I love receiving paper invitations. Opening the envelope and seeing what the lovely sender chose, colour of paper, paper weight, fonts, embellishments etc, it’s all very exciting. Invitations set the mood for the event, the first glimmer of what’s to come.
For one of my dear friend’s bridal shower we decided on the theme Gatsby Garden Party. Then of course to start the event on the right footing I got started on the invitations right away. I have had great success with pre-boxed invitation sets although the quality of the paper is never as good as a stationery or invitation store, but the price is definitely more budget friendly. For this event I used Gartner Studio – Calligraphy Ivory Black 81162.
Since the event was for a specific era, I started by familiarizing myself with the theme and wording of the period. You can find wording and terms used in the roaring 20’s here and here. For these invitations I decided on using two different font types, one with flourish to add some flair and the other one more classic. Mixing fonts can take a little more time but can produce stunning result. You can find more information on mixing fonts here and here.
Then I added some elegant silhouette images and a few simple bold lines to the invitation and respond cards. For this project I used the response cards as marriage advice cards, to be returned by guests, so I can make a scrape book for the bride-to-be.
Of course the best part is the embellishments. Since the theme is gatsbyesque I wanted it be luxe but not gaudy, I decorated it simply with faux diamonds and pearls. On the advice card I also bordered one end with gem beaded ribbons.
To complete the invitations I cross wrapped them the ribbon and wax sealed it with a fleur-de-lis. Now just 29 more to go and off to the next project.