Paper goods are a huge part of a wedding, but they can sometimes be a detail that can get overlooked. Until I started planning my wedding, I didn’t realize how many choices and styles of paper goods were out there and how many different ways you can create things like invitations, place cards, programs and thank you cards. Even then, paper goods do not stop here. There are many other ways you can incorporate paper into your weddings like save the dates, menu cards, bridal shower invitations and games and seating charts.
I personally didn’t use save the date cards so the first glimpse guests got of my wedding was the invitations they received in the mail. Invitations are a great way to give guests a sneak peek into your theme. We chose vintage and rustic inspired invitations which incorporated our colour scheme – mint and peach. We kept it light and fun, which was the vibe we were aiming for with our entire wedding. We decided to order our invitations as a digital PDF from Etsy and then print them ourselves. I purchased our invitations from the shop Jade & Eve. Lacie, the shop owner was so easy to work with and customized the invitations until I felt they looked just right and the turnaround time was very fast.
A tip for anyone printing their own invitations: Wait for Michael’s weekly 40% off coupon and purchase your card stock there once every week. We did this and were able to cut the cost quite a bit. We also ordered mint coloured envelopes from a cheap paper stock website online.
We used Jade & Eve for our wedding programs as well and printed those ourselves. I liked that our invitations and programs were cohesive and I loved the bright colours Lacie chose for our programs.
Another aspect of our wedding where we used paper goods was for our place cards. I wanted something simple, but that also had a bit of a unique flair to it. Enter Esty shop Detail Designs. Tess had these handmade kraft paper place cards with a beautiful scalloped edge. My junior bridesmaid had got a calligraphy set for Christmas so I had her write out all the names. The final result was exactly what I envisioned.
Another aspect of wedding paper goods are guest books. This is an interesting one because it seems the days of the paper guest book are over. There are many unique ideas for a guest book out there. We opted to purchase vintage postcards from Etsy (I swear Etsy should sponsor me for the amount I am mentioning them in this post!) and have guests leave us a message on a postcard of their choice. I really liked this form of guest book because it fit well with our theme and it was fun for guests to be able to look through the old postcards and choose which one caught their eye.
After the wedding is over, it’s time to thank all those awesome guests. For thank you cards, I opted to use Minted. I decided on Minted because I liked the large variety of card choices they offered, as well as the customization. I chose one of our wedding pictures for the card, modified the colours and within 24 hours I had a proof sitting in my inbox. If you are interested in the thank you card I chose, it’s the Simphonia Thank You Card.
While ordering the thank you cards, I couldn’t help but notice how many beautiful and unique art pieces you could create on Minted. I had to order this print below (which can be found here on Minted). It is one of my favourite pictures from our wedding. For the text, I customized it to add in a line from our first dance song, “Northern Wind” by City and Colour. I am thrilled with how the picture turned out. I also love how the natural wood frame chose on Minted compliments it so well.
Well now that I’ve likely got you drooling over Minted’s awesome stash of paper goods (for all those bride-to-bes out there, I’m loving their foil pressed wedding invites!), I can’t let you leave empty handed.
Minted and I are teaming up to bring you a giveaway! One lucky winner will win a $250 Minted gift card and two runner ups will each win a $100 Minted gift card.
Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Please enter using your email address, as Minted is going to email each person after the contest closes with an exclusive coupon code for savings on their site.
Editor’s Note: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to those who entered.