[custom design] Vintage themed wedding & party Ticket invites

vintage wedding invites with rsvp stub

Wow, time is flying by! I was first asked to custom design a vintage film ticket invitation for Trisha & Tony‘s wedding in 2011. Luckily, based on each new clients theme, this unique invite suite has been personalized many times over!

For example, I’ve updated the design to work as a single invite card only (vs. the full suite w/tear-off RSVP postcard & map card), along with a new style that includes a perforated tear-off RSVP STUB on the main invite.  There are also now smaller, miscellaneous event tickets available, plus ticket save the dates. And lastly, a fun Pop or Rock Star themed girls birthday party ticket.

This is truly what I love about my job…customizing all the details…it’s never the same. Time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

Wedding Film Invitation Ticket with #10 envelope; response info printed on the bottom (option to add printing on the back with rsvp & event details)


Cinema themed wedding invite tickets with separate Rsvp card, response & outer envelope; (fonts & paper colors can change to match theme) 


vintage wedding invites with rsvp stub
Vintage Ticket Wedding Invitation with tear-off RSVP Stub + response & #10 envelopes (paper colors & inks can change to match theme)


wedding invite save the date reception cards
Custom Vintage Ticket invitations & save the dates [available in the sizes and shapes shown]
If you plan on throwing a fun themed music, ballroom, theater or film event, check out more ticket ideas & inspiration at my portfolio section.
A vintage ticket Wedding Save the Date [with or without photo on the back]
Rock or Pop Star Girls Birthday Party vintage style invites; diy printable options also available!

[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

papel picado themed wedding

papel picado themed wedding
A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

destination save the date card
A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

custom wedding invitation diy assembly
Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

[wedding design] custom invitation process


I can’t believe it’s almost March… it’s been a busy beginning of the year producing spring & summer wedding invites, which unfortunately makes it difficult to keep up with blog posts. So, I utilize social media whenever possible [especially Papercake’s Instagram page]. This keeps my business up to date, showcasing new designs as I create them (with a few lifestyle shots in between 😉).


I love that Instagram just added a new feature [share multiple photos and videos in one post]. Since I was actually in production on an order, I decided I would share my custom design process in one post. I then realized I should share these photos here, as well, to give a visual of how it all works.

note > I have many local clients that I’m able to sit down & meet with, but I mostly work with clients nationwide (and international – many thanks to Etsy)!


> After the initial inquiry, design inspiration emails and quote approval, a mock-up PDF is started via email. I can also mail paper color swatches to choose from, based on the events theme.

> Once revisions are made and design is finalized, I can then order supplies and make an actual sample invitation for approval… print production & assembly can start after that! 


> these photos show an example of my pocket-on-the-back invitation suite.

A 2-layer pocket-on-the-back invite with details & Rsvp enclosure cards, response & outer envelopes [papers: white matte + cool grey & real grey matte]

[save the date] football wedding tickets

UPDATE:  I’ve recently designed my sport themed tickets as invitations too [which you can customize using your team colors & photo!]


>> DIY printable digital file:  check out my DIY printable football ticket etsy listing if you can print yourself or at your local printer!


old post:  The wedding invitation inquires are already rolling in and I can’t wait to come up with lots of fun new designs… like the custom Wedding Save the Date Football Ticket shown below [personalized for angela & chris; he’s a coach for the NFL Raiders]!

Angela & her friend Emma found my concert tickets on etsy. They asked if I could personalize the ticket idea, but in a larger format to match an NFL ticket? Why yes!  Based on the raiders colors we printed black ink on silver cardstock from paper-source. She used the silver PS open-end envelopes to match. I also added their engagement photo inside the raiders shield!  Such a fun idea, I think they turned out awesome! Congrats!

save the date nfl raiders ticket


[design update] custom invites & tickets

The wedding season has slowed down a bit so I now have time to work on new holiday card designs, + I can finally show some recent customized invites…

…like Kelly‘s 3-layer, ink stamped Wedding invitation {shown below on the left} which was chosen to be personalized for a bridal shower invite {redesign on the right}. The wording & fonts were changed along with the cardstock paper & ink color, eggplant to bronze.

fall leaves wedding bridal shower invites

Also popular to customize is the Concert Ticket Invite or Save the Date, which can be changed for any party or event {all I need is your personalized wording & colors to match}. I’ve created Bat Mitzvah, Stagette/Bachelorette, Wedding, even smaller Escort/Place card seating tickets {the band name is the table name, sample shown below for matt & sophia’s wedding reception}!

wedding reception escort card concert ticket

concert ticket invitations

> more photo samples & info can be found at the etsy listing

[custom wedding invitation] tear-off RSVP postcard

> just a quick post to show how easy it is to personalize this eco-friendly wedding invitation package!

UPDATE: lesley customized her tear-off RSVP invite by adding a garden rose illustration to match her theme; printed on ivory matte paper with her choice of golden green envelopes
wedding invitation RSVP tear-off

Chelsea loved marilyn’s design {shown below} which included the tear-off response postcard, but she wanted to change the paper color & flower illustration to match her wedding theme! So, we changed the cardstock to a light pink & the flower to a gerber daisy. tear off response wedding invitation
marilyn‘s invite is printed on hot pink cardstock with a parrot tulip flower illustration {also shown with matching wedding cake by Studio Cake}

more package details:
> 5×7 card printed front & back with reception information
you could add a small map with accommodations or just directions too
>  perforation added in the middle so your RSVP postcard can be torn off & mailed back
postcard stamp not included
> A7 envelope, color of choice

[wedding cake topper] rosa + doug

Congrats to my friends, Rosa & Doug : married May 23rd, 2010
in San Francisco’s Shakespeare Gardens on Golden Gate Park.

golden gate park wedding

I’m so lucky to share a few images from their day, especially the super unique
& customized cake topper! Rosa found this talented artist on etsy of course, so you must
check out Sarah’s specialized wedding shoppe, Together Forever of The Small Object
+ her website & blog {such a creative gal}.

Wedding cake custom cake topper

I love that kitty is included too!

custom wedding cake topper

wedding cake & topper

*their wedding cake was made by Tartine Bakery in San Francisco’s Mission district.

vintage wedding dress

Lastly, I just had to post my favorite image of all…Rosa’s vintage dress,
which I believe was Doug’s moms’ wedding dress! It’s so beautiful.

thanks again rosa & doug for sharing  ;}

[real wedding] Vera + Tim

Congratulations to Vera & Tim, married on April 30th, 2010 in Costa Mesa, California!

Vera {my oh-so-creative DIY client} was so kind to share lots of the little details from her wedding day, along with a video slideshow! Below are a few snip-its, along with her own notes & links on where to find these creative vendors! I’m sure she hopes that this will help you start your wedding-planning-brainstorming-engines! 😉

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I wanted to thank you so much for all of the wonderful designs you cooked up for our wedding.
The day was absolutely beautiful and I’d do it all over again if I could!
Our photographer was Eric Cotter of Jim Kennedy Photographers, Huntington Beach, CA

turnip rose wedding

Ceremony & Reception Venue + Catering : Turnip Rose at the Grand Newport Plaza, Costa Mesa, California. AMAZING Service!!
> Mary Dix, Turnip Rose Planning Consultant
> Kelsey, Turnip Rose Day of Coordinator.

wedding clutch

> Clutch courtesy of Etsy seller: DavieandChiyo

custom wedding dress label

> Dress label courtesy of Etsy seller: danamariecreations

wedding makeup

> Make-up – Carina Lindgren, Flawless Faces Costa Mesa, CA (Her studio is SOOO cute!!)
> Hair – Joanne Kawata, Spectrum Hair, Garden Grove, CA

> Flowers by Pearl Barro Floral Architecture, Aliso Viejo, CA

> Photo blocks courtesy of Etsy shop: mleefipps

ceremony programs

wedding reception stationery

> DIY Wedding & Reception stationery : The ceremony programs with ribbon are in the basket, and the 2-layer Table & Menu cards {all designed by papercake of course, digital pdf’s supplied so I could print & assemble myself!}

wedding cake & candy bar

> Cake by Rockwell’s Creative Gourmet Cakes, Orange, CA
> Our Farewell Table : each guest received a bag with cookies, a Krispy Kreme Doughnut, coffee/tea or bottle of water to go.  {came in very handy the next morning for breakfast!  😉

> My reception dress (from David’s Bridal)! I couldn’t dance in that big ball gown so I figured I better have a more comfortable alternative. Saw it online, went to the store over my lunch break, tried it on and walked out with it in under 15 mins.  There were 3 brides there trying on dresses and they all looked at me like “How did she just do that?”

reception dress

> This is the wedding gift I gave to Tim.  I had a portrait painted of his (our) dog Suzie Q.  Painted by fellow Etsian: sharonlamb
> and Tim’s wedding surprise for me… his cousin is the high school mascot, Buzz The Yellowjacket.  On our first date, Tim was stung by a bee so we now have this great love of everything bee’s.  Of course he came out dancing to Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas.  So classic.

bride & groom thank you signs

> Thank You + Mr & Mrs signs courtesy of Etsy seller: familyattic

And finally a video slideshow of our big day!

wedding slideshow

**Thanks Vera for sharing. Also check out where it all started, vera’s map + engagement video!

[custom wedding map] designed to match your invitation

custom wedding map

personalized wedding map : mary kate won a contest I had with weddzilla’s blog last year!
above is the final map I created for her designed to match their invitation package by minted.com {shown below, but they customized their invite with green & brown ink}.

I love when I can see a proof of the actual invitation, it really helps keep the consistency within the package…like the heart I picked up, even though small on the invite. Or the script font angled & bleeding off the side. It’s all about the details!!