Last week I wrote this silly little illustrated post about screenprinting. Today I wanted to follow up to that and share some images of one of the screenprinting projects I completed that remains close to my heart – my wedding invitations.
Now I haven’t spoke much about my wedding, but it was a lovely little affair, if I do say so myself. My favorite part of the whole thing (apart from marrying the best man, ever) was that because our budget was so tight, we had to be very DIY heavy, which ended up just making the day that much more special; that much more personalized to who we were as a couple.
I wouldn’t normally call myself “lady-like,” or refer to myself as a “girly-girl.” Actually I would say you might be more on target to use the opposite of those words to describe me, but I wanted my wedding day to be a bit more “lovely,” “soft,” and “whimsical” than I usually am. I was able to channel my inner-bride and develop a higher appreciation for delicate decorations like lace and handkerchiefs and vintage vases which made the day feel that much more like a dream. Maybe I myself am not that joyous and sweet, but after all the love Alex and I shared is and that is what we were celebrating, so it all seemed appropriate.
I have to apologize, I am writing this as if I have to defend my decisions to steer away from some of my normal aesthetics, but that isn’t what I mean to be doing. Really, I want this blog to cover more than our apartment (and hopefully eventually a house) renovations – to cover all things in our lives and our wedding day was absolutely an important milestone in our history together. Maybe that will mean that there will be some variety in the style on here, and that’s ok. I certainly have a great appreciation for all styles; I am just a bit pickier when it comes to what I have in my home.
End of the story is – I should have wrote about my wedding a long time ago on this blog. There were so many DIY elements and after all that is what I love to talk about. I just don’t want to go too much into weddings on here, so for now, here is this post and we will just have to see how successful it is and if any readers are hungry for more.
To summarize the wedding, here is a list of the elements we decided to do ourselves:
- Screen-printed Handkerchief Invitations
- Flowers, as in the centerpieces, my bouquet, and bridesmaids bouquets (because I am a completely insane person)
- My birdcage veil
- Boutonnieres for Groom, Groomsmen and all immediate Family Members
- Programs and POM-POM packs for tossing
- Escort Cards
- Guest Book
- Card Box
- Music (not much to share here, we just used iTunes)
- “Just Married” sign for the car
- Thank You’s
- Rehearsal Dinner (again, not much to share, we just bought some goodies and had a picnic in the park)
- Didn’t have a cake, instead 20 PIES (we didn’t make them, but my Father-in-law did – NOMS)
Now the (illustrated) example I used in the last screenprinting post was on handkerchiefs and I decided to do this to best explain exactly the process I did with my invitations, although the post image was more for a season’s greetings.
The best part of this whole project was that I was able to order 150 assorted handkerchiefs on eBay for approximately $40 and got my kit for $50, so these just cost over 50 cents each to make, including supplies I will use again. These ended up being an epic money saver, I got tons of compliments on them, and they were so unique.
So if you were wary about the illustrated results in my last post, I hope this puts your mind at ease. Screenprinting is pretty sexy.
And so are you.