Like I said, there were a few aspects of our invitation design that made it difficult to print to a high standard:
1) The PMS color we chose is prone to scuffing
2) The tri-fold exaggerated the scuffing
3) The protective varnishes that help prevent scuffing give the surface a dull sheen, which is something I was very much against
4) I was also very much against cracking along the scores
5) The PMS color and protective varnish both take a very long time to dry
Jess was so persistent in finding the perfect printer to complete this job, and though the process took longer than we both would have liked (with her sending the design out to multiple houses for a sample print), I would say it absolutely paid off in the end. No scuffing, no cracking, no sheen – I couldn’t be happier! Evolution Press in Seattle was the magical printer that made all the goodness happen.
Ready to see? Okay! Here’s what guests saw when they pulled the invite out of its envelope:
I love that sweet little heart! Jess drew the boxwood vine pattern — isn’t she amazing?
Let’s open the first flap, shall we?
Love the unexpected verse! Full of surprises, aren’t we? :)
Once both flaps are open, here’s the full invitation, measuring a larger than life 9×18 inches!
I love it!! Now is the perfect time to give some major kudos to our calligrapher, MM Ink. I think Moya’s work is just incredibly beautiful — classic, while still having personality — and I absolutely love her penning of our names.
Here’s it all together. We chose light pink envelopes for the invites, and dove gray envelopes for the reply cards, both from Paper Presentation (my favorite!). Thought it can’t compare to Moya’s gorgeous calligraphy, I was pretty pleased with how my lettering turned out for our guest addresses.
What do you all think? I hope you love them as much as we do!!