Today’s wedding post will be short and sweet, but I just had to share our invitations and ceremony programs! I love paper, cards, and invitations, and I honestly LOVED coming home after work this past spring and making progress on assembling our invitation suites every night. In the photo above, you can see we had an invitation card, a details card (with information about hotels in the area and the URL for our wedding website), a response card with a pre-stamped envelope, and a belly band with our names on it wrapping the whole thing together.
I also adore stamps and used to collect them when I was younger, so I knew I wanted to do something fun with stamps for our invitations. Because we were having our wedding in Southern California, I thought it would be fun to get some vintage cactus stamps for our envelopes. I found the ones I used on Etsy.
As for the wording of our invitation, I wanted to go traditional for the most part. If you can’t read it in the picture above, our invitations said,
The Rev. and Mrs. Kempton and Isabel Baldridge and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and Sarah Capel
joyfully request the honor of your presence as they celebrate the marriage of their children
and then the details of when and where. Because our parents’ last names were included at the top of the invitation, I used only Grace’s and my first and middle names, which I thought was sweet and old fashioned. Since our parents were very generously hosting our wedding, I wanted to make sure the invitations reflected that and put their names at the top.
I kept our ceremony programs simple and picked a style that would go well with our invitations. Rather than specifying “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” (as we had no groom), we chose to just list our wedding party in two columns, with my people on the left and Grace’s on the right, reflecting the placement of where we stood during the ceremony.
I was so happy with the way our paper goods for our wedding turned out. This might be surprising to some, but Grace had a big hand in how they looked! I was initially drawn to calligraphy and big, script-y flourishes, but Grace encouraged me to go with something that was more straightforward, black and white, and classic looking. In the end, I totally agree with her, and I think our invitations are timeless. Thanks, Grace!