[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!


[destination wedding] hawaiian starfish

Aloha! I’ve recently returned from a wonderful & relaxing vacation, all because of kelly & katie… I’m so happy they decided to have a destination wedding in hawaii! They planned mini-events during this fun-filled, wedding weekend for all their family & friends who could make the trip {my personal fave was the catamaran, and of course karaoke night!}.  But, after the Ceremony on the beach, the reception was held at the honolulu zoo = free admission!

I cannot wait to see the photos from their big day {photography by Novalee Photo}.
Below are just a few of my quick shots:

The wedding cake was such a hit {from Paradise Pastries}; not only the adorable hand-sculpted monkey’s, but the palm tree, brown-sugar beach sand & fondant water. Plus, I loved the starfish & sand dollar white chocolates {which complemented their invitation design}.

monkey wedding cake

Everything was so simple yet perfect for their theme; from the entertainment under the white tent on the zoo lawn {hula dancer & ukulele singer > hawaii hula company} to their favors & shell decorations. Also, instead of an actual guest book, I designed a “postcard” tent for their guest signing table… we purchased the vintage hawaii postcards at a local ABC store.

wedding postcard guest book

Afterwards, we hiked Waikiki’s Diamond Head… then off to Kauai for a few days {which I highly recommend if you haven’t been yet} 😉

vacation kauai

*check out Krellers Islander Getaway {room 345 shown}… it was a perfect location & accommodation, plus the owners were wonderful to work with!