Monday, March 31, 2008

Our DIY Wedding Invitation



Apologies for all the Wedding talk lately, but it seems to be always on my mind. I'm happy to say we are at the stage where we've sent out most of our invitations, and are feeling our first big sense of relief. We always knew we'd want to make our own wedding invitations, but I have to say... I'm really extra proud of how ours turned out, and I thought some of you might like to sneak a peak. I designed the "album" cover with our wonderful friend Ben Whitla.



Then I screenprinted both that and the RSVP's (which are indeed a mad lib) by hand. Each one came with a DVD printed with an original drawing of us by Phil. Wondering what was on the DVD that Phil made (almost entirely on his own. I only helped color each frame)?:



Hoorayyyy!!!!!!! If you don't know yet about our incredible barf-happy pet, the esteemed Mr. Sammy, then you wouldn't find it nearly as funny as we do that he made it into the animation. He is as much a member of our family as either of us, though, and it seemed only right that he be part of our wedding animation. (Sadly, he will stay home for the actual wedding).



Will continue posting photos of wedding stuff, whether you like it or not (sorry). I know our invite gets a bit goofy, but I hope it's clear that we love each other very much, and that we love all of the Red Prairie Press community. Thank you, as always for being an enormous part of our lives!

54 comments:

annie said...

this is so cute.
S O C U T E!!

jess gonacha said...

oh my gosh, i LOVE it! now you've got me thinking about what i want MY wedding invitations to be like...... this is so awesome!

bladerunner said...

Awesome. And I totally get the horking from the fuzzy one.

Peacock Chic said...

wow that was super cute!! I came over from the Craft Blog and just had to tell you how wonderfully creative your wedding invitations are. if I ever get married I would love to do something just as fun.

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Tom o' Bedlam said...

You do realize all your replies will look the same?

On July 5th, when Rachel and Phil farted down the aisle, Farty will be there to fart at them.
When we farted the invitation, we exclaimed "fart"!?!!??!?!!??!!!
We are so farty for Phil and Rachel.
They are our most farty farts, and we wish them fart years of happiness and farting with each other.

Rachel Bone said...

Thanks Guys! (and thanks Peacock Chic for mentioning it was on the Craft Blog! What an honor!!!)
Tom- You are very right. The word Fart has appeared more than once. Maybe I'll post some of the better responses we get in a few weeks!

k. borcz said...

I came by randomly from craftzine's link. VERY cute. I love it.

Caitlin said...

Omg, how adorable. I didn't even know you were engaged, so my belated congratulations! It was great running into you at the Book Thing the other week, hope to see you again soon.

Juliet said...

wow, THAT is great! are you for hire?? Just replace the cat with a barfing baby...=)

MegRuth said...

Brilliant!

Marielle said...

My fiance and I absolutely love that your RSVP is a madlib (and our date may be July 5 '09, so its fate lol). Can I ask your permission to do something similar?

Miss Crafty said...

I just got engaged last week so my head is on full-on wedding mode! We've been researching invites and save the date cards etc but man those things are waaaay pricy. I definitely want to buy or commission something from an independent seller/crafter though. Your invites just blow me away!

Karlie said...

There are custom printed discs at Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9899786

Rachel Bone said...

OF COURSE, Marielle! I'm flattered!
Consequently, If i hadn't had wonderful parents who bought madlibs for long car trips, I wouldn't have had the inspiration to begin with!!

lb said...

is mr. sammy part mainecoon? :) he looks so much like my mr. menace!

love the invites and movie!

Rachel Bone said...

agghhh!!!!!!!!! They. are. TWINS.
I got him at an SPCA in Syracuse, NY and they had no clue what he was. Many people have said he's part Maine Coon... but I don't know for sure. Do you?? He is the second love of my life, and on my lap as I write this.

lb said...

haha same here! menace is from a shelter as well, here in NC -- he's part mainecoon -- has a great personality, kind of "chirps" instead of meows, LOADS of hair (and hairballs - ha) and they definitely love laps! they are very gentle cats, super affectionate and act almost dog-like.

sorry to hijack your invites thread -- i've just never seen such a twin for menace!!

zcd said...

Congratulations! I am very excited to see the amazing energy and thoughtfulness you guys are putting into all your endeavors.

When are you taking Scott's tour? I hope to run into you this summer.

Jan1111 said...

This is such a great idea and one that is catching on with creative couples. I would suggest for those without as much artistic talent as our host to use a disc printer known as the DiscPainter. It allows the easy design and printing of color images directly on a disc. Unfortunately it will not print invitations...

Kitty Maer said...

Hands down the most awesome invite I've ever seen in my whole life. Well done.

Wendy said...

That is fricking genius. Just one of the best things I've ever seen. It almost makes me want to get married.

I love the barfing cat!

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M... said...

that is so sweet it's rotting my teeth...ugh! good job.

sarahbellum said...

WOW! I happened upon your invite through craftzine's website. LOVE the invites! They are perhaps the most cleverly awesome wedding invites that I have ever seen!

Prêt à Voyager said...

how fun and clever!

anne

brandinicole1188 said...

This is amazing! Can you email me at brandinicole1188@yahoo.com and let me know how many slides he used? I was making photo dvd invitations, but now I think I am going to make something like this. Please, I would appreciate it so much! Thanks :)

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A said...

hey
so loved your invite- we wanted to do a funny sweet one ourselves and got completely inspired by yours to do this. its not half as cute but it worked for us!
http://event.pingg.com/RajatAndAanchal
:)
thanks!

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Mandino said...

I really like this invite, it is quite originally made. Also, is that a DVD invitation. I have found a DVD invitation company called Silver Screen Invites.

~Mariesa and Gary said...

What an amazing job on your invites! I'm thinking DVD but am intimidated by the covers more than anything. How did you do yours or did you have someone do them for you? I mean what size paper, etc.? These are brilliant - just awesome!

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Red Prairie Press said...

hi nadine- see my response to your other post for this. :)

N&T said...
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Red Prairie Press said...

OOOPS!!! someone else wrote just recently to a current blogpost - I thought it must have also been you! Sorry nadine! here is a link to the RSVP-
http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q260/redprairie/Picture10.png?t=1236957528

best,
rachel

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RaeAnne said...

You should be so proud of these invitations! How original and cute!

javamom said...

Oh my,this is by far one of the cutest, most imaginative & creative wedding invitations I have ever seen! Oh wait did I mention how totally FUN filled it is?? My daughters LOVED Mad Libs too-never a school book fair passed without purchasing the newest editions. I wish you & Phil much happiness & Sammie the fuzzy one less yaking!!

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Anonymous said...

can i have a copy of your Mad Lib?!!! This is the best wedding invitation i've ever seen.... WOW!

Christian said...

hi phil and rachel my name is Christian and first I'd like to say Congrats (belated) and that your wedding invites are so lovely and so in line with what me and my fiance's idea is for our wedding invites. We want to make our own dvd invitations like you guys :-) the problem is that we don't really know where to start and where we can get an affordable printer for the dvd cover/packaging. Did you go through a printing press company or did you actually make the covers and press the dvds yourselves. Our friend who is a graphic designer is kind enough to hook us up so that part is covered its just everything else lol. Anyway I wouldn't want to impose so I completely understand if you guys don't have to time to respond if you do, Thank you in advance. Anyway, enjoy your lives together.
Thanks
you can email me at almironproductions@hotmail.com

Katie said...

I don't know how much you are sharing about your project, but I was wondering how many slides he used to create this, and what program he used to turn them into a video. This is absolutely something I am looking for.. we have a 17lb barfing cat!
Any help you can provide is much appreciated as I will be spending the next few months trying to figure this out :)-- If you could e-mail me at katie.schorsch@gmail.com I would appreciate it!

tawsh said...

This is the cutest invite ever!!!
where did you get the cd holder?

LaShonda1214 said...

I love the album book cover. Me and my husband are planning on doing a DVD invitation but we needed ideas for packaging. Where did you find the album book, i would love to have this for my wedding. Please email me at lccaldwell1214@gmail.com

Jennifer Donovan said...

Hi Rachel,
What a great/awesome wedding invitation! I'm getting married in September and I've been browsing the internet looking for ideas for creative DIY invites.Yours is truly the best. I was wondering if you could share with me how you made that video and also where you got the cd covers. If you have a moment, I wold love to hear from you - jen16056@gmail.com.
Thanks,
Jen

1L said...

Hi,

This is amazing. I would really like to know where you got the CD holder from, please contact me at lcogsm@gmail.com - it would be greatly appreciated we are looking to do this for our wedding.

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Help I need to have it sorted by the end of the month.

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Thanks for unveiling details of this mermaid wedding invitation! It’s very pretty. I think these day DIY Wedding theme is getting very popular as have seen at many venues in Los Angeles. People are crazy for this theme, especially brides.

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