When my husband quit his job last Fall to start Harbor, one of our goals with this new-found freedom was to travel more. Especially the kind of travel where we’d be able to hunker down for a while (hello, toddler!) and still be able to work (bills!). We were just starting to look into home swap websites and thinking about destinations when a friend mentioned that her mother-in-law would be coming to Durham for a month. And it so happened that this mother-in-law lives in Arizona, which is a place I love, and so a home swap was arranged and here we are! We’ll be in Arizona for a month and have explored Flagstaff and Sedona. We’re working during the week, thanks to a couple babysitters found on care.com, and exploring on the weekends. I’m in heaven.
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I love how Audrey from Urbanic captured my Josephine design for Bella Figura! I’m already thinking about my 2016 collection for Hello Tenfold and I believe that more color is in order.
I’m teaming up with Brooklyn Bride for my first-ever wedding invitation giveaway! You can choose any suite you like, and apply the winnings to 100 invitations and reply cards, or a $500 gift certificate toward flat printing, or a $250 gift certificate toward letterpress. Get more details and enter right here! Giveaway ends Friday, March 20th.
In addition to photographing the ten new suites, we also photographed a few favorite designs. Gazette is one of them! Designed with destination weddings in mind, this invitation suite features a vintage map which changes depending on the couple’s wedding location, some bold typography, a compass pattern, and a simple, modern feel. You can see more photos of this suite in the shop.
Thanks to Wedding Lovely for featuring this invitation today!
Design by Hello Tenfold
Photos by Lissa Gotwals
Styling by Michelle Smith
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
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