Save the Date + invites: Katie + Ben

Yay for Save the Date week!  I thought we’d kickstart it with a bang….I’m pretty obsessed with these amazing Save the Date and invitation from Katie!  Those custom made tubes are so beyond cool!

Ben and I met at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and dated for about 7 years before we got married. He was a design major, and I was a photographer. Ben was in charge of making a lot of the event posters while we were at school and when we would talk about getting married, we often said, wouldn’t it be cool if we did a show poster? So, fast forward a few years, Ben proposed after a Mark Kozelek show, and we began our 4 months of planning (engaged in June, married in October). When I thought about our stationery (I am a designer at Chellé Paperie) I thought about all the things that made us who we are, and I thought about pushing the envelope in print, since it is rare that I have clients who let me do such crazy things. I knew I wanted to do a mailing tube, and a book. Ben knew he wanted to do a poster – those work well together, so we set to work. In designing the suite, we made a list of important things in our lives, and we made them into silohuettes to create a graphic pattern that wrapped the guest addressed mailing tube, and lined the end pages of our invitation book (http://chellepaperie.com/custom/wedding/clear-eyes-full-hearts/) We joked about sending an invite that says we like to party – but then we decided wait, we do like to party, and we’d like to party with you. It was kind of awesome, and it still makes me smile! We did a custom map for my hometown, we wrote silly copy, and we fought over typefaces. We’re both designers and though it was a little frustrating at the time, I think we challenged each other and ultimately ended up with a perfect design that reflects our personalities, the tone of the event, and the light-hearted feel of our wedding. We did the whole wedding for under $5000 in a matter of 4 months. It was awesome, and I would do it again every year if I could. My favorite thing about the wedding (aside from marrying the man of my dreams of course) was that we got to create an experience, for ourselves and for our guests, that was different from any other wedding that any of us had been to. We wanted it to be as much of a celebration of all the guests, as it was about our marriage, and it really turned out that way. It was perfect, and full of love.

here are the details for the DIYer
Tubes, ordered from Uline
guest addressed and custom printed wrapper on newsprint – afixed with acid free double-sided tape
9×14 poster printed on some awesome German textured grey paper I had a stash of
we designed everything ourselves, and we printed them at the paperie (http://chellepaperie.com)

[images from Katie]

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6 Comments to “Save the Date + invites: Katie + Ben”

  1. bess Says:

    these are amazzzzzing! wow, i’m so inspired to get to work on our own invites and save the dates. thanks for sharing your wonderful wedding ideas with us Katie & Ben!

  2. New York City Wedding Photographer Says:

    The hand-stitched books look great. Love the vintage feel of them!

  3. Courtney Says:

    Wow, everything about those are amazing!

  4. Things We Love | The Connecticut Wedding Blog Says:

    [...] totally drooling over these Save the Dates and Invitations from Katie and Ben posted on Brooklyn Bride… i’m such a sucker for awesome [...]

  5. The Complete Wedding Package | head vs. heart Says:

    [...] definitely important to me. So I was extremely impressed when I saw the wedding details of Katie and Ben—I’m sure many of you have seen pieces of this wedding all over the blog circuit. Not only [...]

  6. Lena Says:

    My future sister-in-law is very inspired for your Save the Dates. They’re great! Could you tell me — what typeface is used for the “We like to party?”

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