Wedding Shower Invites

I have the great honor of being a bridesmaid in my brother-in-laws upcoming wedding. He is marrying the most wonderful woman named Angela, who I cannot wait to have as part of my family! As the clock ticks down to the June wedding, we have ordered dresses, are thinking about hair and shoes, are planning the bachelorette party, and of course the wedding shower.

When my mother-in-law broached the subject of the wedding shower invites, I eagerly volunteered for invite duty. I absolutely adore stationary, and I even DIY’d my entire set of wedding invites.

DIY however was a bit out of the question for the shower invites. I just didn’t have the time.  DIYing invites is a HUGE commitment. I did however want something that was a bit more special than “could-have-been-done-on-my-home-printer” invites. I also wanted to make sure I stuck to a more casual invite, as the wedding is set in a vineyard barn. With rustic (yet polished) in mind, I set out shower invite sourcing. You can see some of my wedding shower ideas on my Bridal Shower Pinterest Board here.


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After a ton of searching and waffling (too many good options!) I finally settled on the Delightful Bridal Shower invite from Minted, and it couldn’t be more perfect.

Minted Bridal Shower Invite

Minted Delightful Bridal Shower Invite

The invite is a lovely kraft cardstock front with a white backing. I upgraded for a few of the additional add-ons including die cut corners. I think they add a ton of interest to the invites, and up the custom factor.

Minted Bridal Shower Invite

I also opted for more information and a photo of the bride & groom printed on the back of the invite (it’s from their engagement session. Super cute.) We went with a light blue as the accent color, as it is the brides favorite color.

Minted Bridal Shower Invite

I fell in love with the kraft envelopes, and went for printed return addresses. I also used the new service from Minted for envelope addressing. Can I just say how much of a help it is to have envelopes addressed? I have terrible hand writing. It would have taken me ages to address all the envelopes, and they would have looked like rubbish. So glad I went for the addressing. You have several options for return and address designs and fonts. I wanted something a bit vintage/rustic to match the invites.


Minted Bridal Shower Invite envelope

Minted Bridal Shower envelope addressing

The addresses were easy to upload. I downloaded their excel template, filled in everyone’s addresses, and uploaded the spreadsheet. It also keeps the address info in your account, so for instance if you sent save the dates, it would already know your guest addresses for when you sent your wedding invites. I would have died for that when I was working on my own wedding invites. I actually laid out the type for every single envelope (inner and outer) and hand fed them through my inkjet printer.

In the end it took me about a week to decide on a design, get the addresses, input my info, and place my order. It only took a few days for the order to ship, and arrive at my house. The whole suite came together beautifully.

Minted Bridal Shower Invite

I hope the bride likes them! Cant wait for the shower, and the lovely June wedding!


Disclosure: We worked with Minted for these absolutely awesome invites. As always, all opinions, typos and overuses of the word “awesome” are my own.



3rd Wedding Anniversary

Today El Granto and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary! I cant believe its been three years, it feels like it was just yesterday.

We have yet to make any books or in fact printed a single wedding photo (much to the chagrin of our family) but I thought I would recap things here for you guys. Check out all these wedding related posts and projects. Continue reading “3rd Wedding Anniversary”

Wedding Week – Invitations

Just like the Save the Dates, we wanted to Letterpress our Invitation Suite. We decided to go all out for the invites, and do double envelopes, double thick cardstock, a double sided invitation with a blind deboss on the back, two enclosures as well as our friend the wax seal.

This time we smartened up, and had all our paper custom cut from . We had it shipped to family in the US (to avoid the crazy UPS brokerage fees) and my Dad drove over and picked it up for us. We designed our invites in Illustrator and had the plates made at Boxcar Press.

I wanted to use blind impression somehow for the invitation suite, and decided to do a pattern debossed on the back of the double thick invites. My L Letterpress is incredibly good at doing blind impressions, so we pre-blind printed the backs of the invites, before heading to Snap & Tumble‘s studio to print with ink.

Where printing the Save the Date‘s took a few hours, printing the invite suite took two FULL days. We then cut out envelope liners using our Silhouette SD. This was a godsend. We could NOT have cut that many liners (and maintained our sanity) without it. We used some wrapping paper with stamps of the Queen on it (a nod to El Granto’s British heritage). We didn’t have enough to do all the invites with that paper, so we mixed it up with some pretty black wrapping paper for the rest of the liners.

We also designed a belly band to keep the invite suite together. We had a local print shop cut 1″ strips of our letterpress paper, and we blind debossed the same pattern onto them as on the back of the invites. We scored them, wrapped them around the invite suite and secured with a glue dot. The whole thing was then stuffed into the lined and addressed inner envelopes, and then into the outer envelopes. They were wax sealed, stamped and mailed. (Envelopes were addressed by printing each one individually on our Epson Inkjet printer using Illustrator for the typesetting.)

We were very pleased with our DIY effort, although it was a LOT of work. By far the most time consuming part of the wedding planning!

The Invitation Pieces
The Envelopes

Source Info:

Paper: Crane Lettra 220lbs for invites (A7), 110lbs for rsvp & info cards (4 bar)
Envelopes: Crane Lettra (A7 inner & outer, pointed for invites, and 4 bar pointed for rsvp) –
Letterpress Plates: KF95 Photopolymer Plates – Boxcar Press
Wax: Glue Gun wax in black & “S” seal stamp –
Fonts: Ecuyer Dax & Burgues Script
Letterpress Printing: PIY (Print it Yourself) time at Snap & Tumble

Wedding Week – All the little things

There are a lot of big things in a wedding, the ceremony the family photos, the speeches and the dinner, but here here are some of the little wedding details. The things in the background, but not necessarily the stars of the show. The little things!

Menu’s – I wanted to do a round menu, but the cutting was going to be a ridiculous feat. Instead, we opted to print a square menu, double sided. One side contained the meal info, and the other had the bar menu. It was printed on semi-gloss cardstock. The corners were painstakingly rounded by the lovely El Granto.

Programs – We weren’t having a church wedding, so we just needed a simple program that explained the who’s who. It was again printed double sided, and corners rounded.

Dancing Shoes – I’m sad that I don’t have any pictures of this! We made a basket full of Dancing Shoes for the ladies that were in the women’s washrooms. The flip flops were tied with ribbon and contained a tag with their appropriate size. A sign donned the bag urging people to dance irresponsibly.

Custom Handkerchiefs for the Moms & Dads – We used our Silhouette SD to cut out text onto iron on vinyl. We custom made a hanky for all the parents with meaningful words. For instance, El Granto’s favorite book as a kid was “Love you Forever”. For El Granto’s Mum, Grant cut out this verse from the book “As long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be. ” This garnered many tears from El Granto’s Mum, as well as any mother she showed it to. I even made one for El Granto that said “I want to grow old with you” from the Wedding Singer. It was our chance to be sappy.

Custom Wedding Arch – This was my Dad’s DIY contribution to the wedding. He built a wooden arch that could be assembled and disassembled in place in a matter of minutes. He even wired in an operating chandelier for over our heads during the ceremony. It was complete with billowy curtains and ribbons. He did an amazing job, and it was great to get married under such a lovely handmade gift. After the wedding, we hung the chandelier in our bedroom, so every night we sleep under the same light we got married under.

Wedding Dress Sash – This one was my Mom’s special project. I wanted a black sash to go with my black accessories, but black sashes were expensive and I didnt love any of the ones we found. My Mom sourced the same ribbon that was going on our cake, from Mokuba in Toronto. She steamed and pressed it, made the ends perfect points, and stayed the ends with a nail polish pen and oodles of patience.

The Socks: El Granto wanted some awesome socks for the boys, so all the guy’s (Dad’s included) had special socks. Here’s El Granto and his groomsmen showing them off.

The Harpist – We had a harpist for the ceremony and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful parts of the wedding. We spent an afternoon with him picking the songs for the whole ceremony, and now every time I hear a harp I think of the wedding!

The Rings: El Granto has an engraved tungsten carbide ring, and I have a diamond infinity band that matches my engagement ring. I love our rings!

The Candy Buffet: I don’t have pics of the candy buffet before it got eaten! Truth is, it wasn’t supposed to be put out until after dinner, but oops, it was unveiled before the cocktail reception. El Granto & I never even actually saw it! A ton of work went into it, and El Granto’s mum ran around the whole city buying tens of pounds of candy. Here are some pics of the aftermath!

My Shoes: My Mom & Dad gave me the gift that every girl wants, a pair of red soled Louboutins! I love these shoes, and I managed to wear them for 6, yes, SIX hours before trading them in for flip flops. LOVE

The Dress: I went to every dress store in the city and ended up with a custom made silk doupouani mermaid gown from Beckers Bridal. So happy I went with silk over a synthetic. It was unseasonably hot the day of the wedding, but I kept cool in my dress. And yes, I danced my butt off in it!

El Granto’s Cufflinks: El Granto may have cut his hair and trimmed his beard for the wedding, but he kept in his piercings, and he rocked a pair of skull and crossbones cufflinks.

The Flowers: I wanted a simple bouquet of white flowers, and our florist knocked it out of the park with a beautiful carnation bouquet (who knew carnations could be so pretty?!)

The Seating Chart: We used an Ikea frame and a custom poster for our seating chart. I made one typo; my new married name. Oops!

There were also a few things we didn’t get photos of, such as the signature cocktails, the custom cigars and matchboxes and the bathroom toiletries, the gift table and card birdcage. We tried to do as many little DIY’s as we could to make the day special.

Wedding Week – Save the Dates

El Granto & I knew we wanted nice wedding invitations. We had dreams of 5 piece letterpress, lined envelopes, cotton paper and luxury. Then we priced those out. EEEP!

So we started to do some research. In the middle of doing research The Wedding Co. announced that there would be letterpress workshops available at the Spring Wedding Show at the Drake Hotel. We jumped, and booked a workshop with Tanya @ Snap & Tumble.  One hour with Tanya and her press, and we were hooked. The heavy cotton paper, the crisp text, the tactile feeling of the deep impression.  Love at first sight! Check out some pics of our workshop.

So now we knew we wanted to letterpress our invites, and I immersed myself in learning about letterpress. At first I thought I would print at home using an L Letterpress kit that I picked up at a local craft store. After spending an entire afternoon trying to print, I knew that the L Letterpress plates were terrible as was the provided roller, and that under no circumstances could I ever be persuaded to print an entire invitation suite on this thing. It had one saving grace, it did do blind impressions very well. (more on that later)

So I started to hunt for a tabletop letterpress, but all I could find were wildly priced, or required tons of work. I visited Don Black’s shop, and lusted over many a machine, but none were in the budget. Finally I contacted Tanya and asked if there was any way she would let us fools come to her studio and rent PIY (print it yourself) time on her press. She agreed! YAY!

El Granto & I then designed our save the dates (2 different versions) as well as our envelopes. Our first version was a double sided with “Save the Date ” on one side, and the info on the other. El Granto also wanted to make a more gorilla marketing version for his advertising/web friends. For that version we simply put the wedding webside address in the middle of a blank card. Hopefully the recipients of that Save the Date would know enough to visit the website! We had custom polymer plates made at Boxcar Press in New York  and went to Coast Paper’s Cash & Carry store in Vaughn (now called Spicers) to purchase paper. We bought our envelopes online at (and paid a hefty brokerage fee with UPS.) We purchased a large paper cutter from Costco, and proceeded to cut all the paper down to size. This was a big mistake. We should have had the paper custom cut. It took so much time, and the paper wasn’t perfect.

We ordered a wax seal and black sealing wax online from and purchased Lotka paper to use as envelope liners from The Paper Place  in Toronto.

We rolled up to Tanya’s studio with all that in hand, and printed away!

The save the dates all laid out after printing

At home we printed the mailing info on to each and every envelope using Illustrator and a ink jet printer. We cut, stuffed and glued (handcut) liners into the envelopes, stuffed the Save the Dates, sealed with a wax seal, stamped and then almost got the entire project shut down by the guy at the post office. He said that the wax seals were too big, and that we had to put oversize postage on all the save the dates. It wasn’t even double or triple the postage, it was over $3 an envelope. El Granto got into a war of wills with the post office guy and decided to mail them as is anyways. It was a good call on El Granto’s part as not a single envelope was returned!

It was a labor intensive task, but so worth it.

Next up the Invitations!

Wedding Week – Going to the Chapel

Today El Granto & I are celebrating our first anniversary! I cannot believe its already been a whole year! To celebrate this week will be wedding city over here at Storefront Life. All this weeks posts will be wedding related. First up, recap photos. Continue reading “Wedding Week – Going to the Chapel”