gold wedding invitations on a budget

gold wedding invitations

Gold wedding invitations are so in right now, and for good reason — the combination of cotton paper and gold foil is gorgeous. It doesn’t have to break the budget, either. Here are tips for using gold in your wedding invitations and keeping it affordable:

• Opt for gold only on the invitation
This is a popular solution for couples who want gold but need to keep stationery costs down. Your save the date, reply card, details card, and envelopes could be printed in either letterpress or flat printing, in a complementing color — try lavender, blush pink, emerald green, or French blue. Gold paired with neutrals is also beautiful — a pale grey or taupe, for example! Florentine is a design with gold foil on the invitation, but black letterpress and flat printing for the other cards.

• Stick with just the gold
Choose a design that will look beautiful in only gold, like the options above. A design that has only gold foil will be less expensive than a gold-plus-peach design, or a flat printed (multi-color) design with gold foil. Contrary to popular belief, it will not reduce the invitation cost to have “just a little” gold, like names only. But it does reduce the cost to choose only gold.

• Have fewer cards in the envelope
It’s less traditional, but putting reply information, with a link to your website or email address, directly on the invitation itself reduces the need for a reply card and saves money.

• Choose matte gold over foil
Foil is beautiful. But you can get a gold look without choosing foil, like this design. A matte gold color can be achieved with letterpress or flat printing, which makes it cheaper than metallic gold foil.

• Use gold somewhere other than the invitation
Opt for gold foil printed on the invitation band or envelope liner, rather than the invitation, and get the metallic pop for less. Even more budget-friendly, pick a gold paper, like Stardream (they also make gold envelopes) or a handmade paper with gold, and cut the sheets down for DIY envelope liners or DIY invitation bands.

Pictured above: Gatsby / Chloe / Nora from the Hello Tenfold wedding invitation collection

—Ellie

Credits:
Top image: design by Hello Tenfold, photo by Jenn & Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna
Middle image: design and photo by Hello Tenfold
Bottom image: design by Hello Tenfold, photo by Lissa Gotwals and styling by Michelle Smith

Parker: a summer plaid wedding invitation suite

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plaid wedding invitation suite by hello tenfold

summer wedding invitation suite by hello tenfold

Parker is a bright and summery wedding invitation suite, that I imagine would be perfect for a picnic wedding. This new set features a modern plaid pattern, blue twine, a wax seal, and a unique circle shaped save the date. Simple and fresh!

Thanks to The Paper Chronicles for featuring the Parker suite! You can see some matching wedding inspiration right here.

Design : Hello Tenfold
Photography : Lissa Gotwals
Styling : Michelle Smith

Miles: a rustic vintage-inspired wedding invitation suite

vintage wedding invitations in yellow by hello tenfold

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My initial ideas for Hello Tenfold’s new wedding invitation collection were very textile-inspired, and started with a lot of pattern designs. I struggled over which patterns to keep, which patterns weren’t quite ready, and several times I ditched all of my ideas and started from scratch. I started with about 20 that I made quickly and excitedly (don’t you love when that happens?!) but many of them got the ax somewhere along the way. Miles features one of the patterns that I made at the very beginning and decided to keep. This invitation suite has a rustic, 1950s, mid-century feel to it, with lots of yellow, and finished with a gold foil hang tag and ivory cotton ribbon. Check out some inspiration for a vintage rustic inspired wedding right here.

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yellow, ivory, and gold vintage-inspired wedding invitations by hello tenfold

wedding invitation gold foil hang tags by hello tenfold

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hello tenfold vintage wedding invitations

Thanks to Paper Crave for featuring this wedding invitation suite!

Design : Hello Tenfold
Photography : Lissa Gotwals & Hello Tenfold
Styling : Michelle Smith
Envelope Calligraphy : Layers of Loveliness

—Ellie

Clara: a new feminine, modern, wedding invitation suite

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romantic Clara wedding invitation suite by hello tenfold

Clara might qualify as the “prettiest” of the new collection — unabashedly feminine, but I wanted it to feel modern, too. For this suite I chose pinks, taupes, browns, and golds. I had fun creating the initial pattern for the suite, which ended up being the background for the save the date. I created a simpler version of that pattern for complimenting envelope liners, thank you cards, a booklet wedding program, details card, rsvp card, table number. I also used elements of that initial pattern to make a delicate border for the invitation and menu. One of the reasons I love designing wedding stationery is that it’s always a fun challenge to take an idea and carry it through to 10-15 cards, trying to make each unique but cohesive.

Check out some Clara wedding inspiration right here.

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feminine, modern wedding invitations by hello tenfold

a pretty and modern wedding invitation suite by hello tenfold

modern wedding booklet programs by hello tenfold

Thanks to Oh So Beautiful Paper for featuring Clara yesterday!!

Design: Hello Tenfold
Photos: Lissa Gotwals
Styling: Michelle Smith
Envelope Calligraphy: Layers of Loveliness
Flowers: Serendipity Designs

—Ellie

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It’s here, it’s here! I present to you Hello Tenfold’s new wedding invitation collection!

This collection was a huge learning process for me, and a chance to grow both as a designer and a business owner. It is the end product of many of late nights, some risk-taking, and a bit of chaos. I tend to de-emphasize this fact but today I am owning it: I am a one-woman show. And I am a new mom. Therefore, launching this collection happened largely over nights and weekends. It also took some help. I am pretty risk adverse, so choosing to hire a stylist and photographer to shoot this collection was a big step for me. Not only was it a financial risk, but it meant working a little more slowly than I usually do and revising until I had a collection that felt worthy of that investment. It also took a lot of help from my husband, both in moral support and design critiques.

hello tenfold beach casual wedding polka dot invitation

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hello tenfold pink and gold wedding invitation with ribbon

Because it has been a long time since I did a real shop update, I wanted the 2015 collection to be substantial. I started working on it last summer, and over 6 months or so I narrowed the initial ideas down to 10 brand new invitation suites. Each suite is complete with save the dates, invitations, detail cards, rsvp cards, envelope liners, envelope designs, programs, menus, table numbers, place cards, thank you cards, and sometimes wax seals, bands, and hang tags, too. We also re-photographed 3 of Hello Tenfold’s most popular invitation suites.

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Once the suites were complete, I started a private Pinterest board for each to communicate to the stylist, Michelle Smith, the look and inspirations behind each suite. The amount of photo shoot prep was intense, maybe almost as much work as the designing! I spent months hunting down props, fabrics, and compiling those Pinterest boards. Michelle gathered a ton of amazing props that worked perfectly with my original ideas, and she did a fantastic job expanding on my ideas, too. I wish you could have seen the chaos of the studio during the photo shoot — so many pretty props. For the suites that I had a hard time envisioning stylistically, Michelle filled in the blanks perfectly. I learned so much by watching her work (but that’s for a future post!).

Lastly, photographer Lissa Gotwals was able to capture the new suites beautifully. She worked quickly, helped me stay on budget, and gave me so many amazing images that choosing the finals seemed impossible.

I also owe a big thanks to my studio-mate Jessie Gladdek, also an amazing photographer, for her support and photo taking and editing tips (I took a bunch of photos for the new collection, too, and Jessie helped me make them look good!). Alana from Serendipity Designs put together beautiful flowers and greenery which we used in so many of the shots, as well as some calligraphy envelopes to use as props. Miya from Layers of Loveliness also provided many calligraphied envelopes for props, and my neighbor Sam from Pack and Post provided the vintage stamps.

I’ll be working this week on website updates and uploading the new images to the shop. Keep an eye on the blog as I’ll be introducing each invitation suite in full over the next few weeks. You can see more on my instagram and pinterest.

If you’re a newly engaged bride or groom, I would love to customize one of these suites for your wedding! One of the best parts about my job is seeing how differently my designs look in couples’ chosen fonts, colors, papers, and patterns — the options are endless and I can’t wait to see what we come up with together. Here’s how to get in touch.

Hooray!

—Ellie