Do-It-Yourself | Envelope Addressing

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When it came time in the wedding planning process to order my invitation suite, I was immediately drawn to the calligraphy handwritten addressing on beautiful shiny gold envelopes. I was also immediately discouraged when I saw the price these beautiful envelopes.

Of course I was determined to figure out a way to have this type of envelope as part of my invitation suite. Addressing them by hand would have been the cheapest route but I have horrendous handwriting so that wasn’t an option for me. I could pay to have Shutterfly, where I purchased my invitations, address them for me but that wasn’t an expense I was willing to spend. My alternative? My Silhouette Cameo 3!

Here are the steps I took to my DIY Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing:

  1. Open up your Silhouette Studio. Go to page set up and make your page 5×7 which is the generic size of a wedding invitation envelope. If you’re using a bigger or small envelope, just make your page the size of your envelope.
  2. Type the name and address in the font of your choice. Center all of your text so it is aligned center in your envelope.
  3. Measure where you want the addressee name to be. I chose 2″ down from the top (starting on the 3″ march). This position will very depending on which font and size of font you decide to go with. This gave me enough space on the top right corner for the postage stamp.
  4. Center the address beneath the name to your liking.

Notice I didn’t leave space for a return address at the top left corner. I chose to have my return address on the back flap of the envelope.

Here’s how I measured our address on the same page in Silhouette Studio as the guests name and address: return address is represented in black font in the photo

  1. Measure the height and width of the envelope flap. This will vary if you chose to get a square or triangle flap. Mine were triangle shaped making the top wider than the bottom.
  2. Type your name(s) and address and center them to the flap according to your height and width.
  3. NOTE: it’s okay if the black font overlaps with the red. I’ll explain below in the sketch settings.

Now that you’re design is created, it’s time to send to sketch! For this process you’ll use the Silhouette Pen feature.

The red design is highlighted since the red box color was selected.
  1. Choose a pen and ink that you like best. I took an extra envelope and doodled on it to get the right pen. I chose a white pen to compliment the gold envelope. I needed something bright enough so it could be read (I apologize but I’m unsure of the exact pen I used).
  2. Insert your pen into your cutting machine and change your cut settings to “card stock plain” and “sketch”. This is where it’s important to have the two different color designs because you only want one design to sketch at a time. You don’t want your return address to accidentally sketch on the front on top of your guests name! So check only the red design to “send” to your cutting machine. This is also why the overlapping during the design process doesn’t matter.
  3. Place your envelope on your cutting mat in the top left corner (as usual per cutting instructions).
  4. Send and watch your design take place!
  5. Once completed, repeat this process for all your guests.

For return address:

The black design is highlighted since the black box color was selected.
  1. Follow the same procedures as above but place your envelope guests name side down (flap facing up).
  2. Uncheck the red design and click on the black design (your address design).
  3. Send and watch your design take place!

A few things to note:

I chose to have the guests name and address in red in Silhouette Studio because that’s the text that I’ll be changing per envelope. I made the return address in black because that stays the same. I never have to touch that design since it’s the return address.

For the guests name and address, the font size will vary depending on how long their name and address is so you’ll have to play around with each guests information to be sure it’s centered in the envelope.

After your designs are sketched, do not stack envelopes on top of each other and let them air dry before sketching the return address. You don’t want any smudging. This could be skipped depending on the type of pen you use.

I hope you found this helpful in making your wedding invitation suite dreams come to life!

Wedding Detail Shots

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Thanks to our amazing photographer, Danyelle Dee Photography for capturing the most beautiful photos of our big day.

I wanted to share just a few detail photo shots that I thought were great for every bride to have taken to remember the little moments.

Bridesmaid Shoutout

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Like most brides I completely fell in love with my wedding gown the second I put it on. It really was one of those moments where I just knew this was the one. But probably unlike most brides the day of my wedding I couldn’t wait to take my gown off after 5 minutes of it being on!

On the Tuesday before my Friday wedding I went to pick up my wedding dress from the seamstress. It fit perfectly. After a few adjustments I took my dress home so excited to actually wear it in just a few days later. When the moment finally came to put it on there was an immediate sense of something wrong.

I’m not sure what the seamstress did in the hour between trying it on and taking it home that Tuesday before but it somehow became tighter around the hips and the clasp in the back was put on backwards!

It took my entire bride tribe approximately 15 minutes to clasp my dress!

With the clasp being backwards that meant it was also tighter around the chest so I couldn’t sit upright. I always had to lean backwards or just stand throughout the night. It was also so right around the hips that I couldn’t use the restroom! My sweet cousin offered to hold a cup down there but even a cup couldn’t make it past my knees. Can you imagine not using the bathroom?! And I wasn’t about to take the dress completely off because it took 15 minutes to clasp it the first time.

So as much as I love my dress and love this picture, it’s funny that at this exact moment I was actually stressed and irritated that my seamstress messed up so badly!

Behind the Veil | Wedding Story

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My husbands mom never had a daughter of her own so once we got engaged she told me she is so excited to finally have a daughter. When it came time to plan our wedding she offered me this round box. I opened the box and it was a veil. Her veil that she wore 30 years ago. She said if I wanted I could wear it on my wedding day.

Since she got married in the 80’s, I showed the veil to my mother who is amazingly crafty and artistic and she was able to modernize the veil by taking off some floral beading to create a broach instead of a headband. The removed flower beading was put to good use. Take a look at husbands boutonniere on my previous post! My mother also added lace from her wedding dress that she also wore 30 years ago which added not just detail to the veil but a whole lot of symbolism. I was wearing 60 years of proof that a long and happy marriage can exist.

When people ask me what my favorite part about my wedding day the first thing I say is saying “I do” to the man of my dreams. The second would be to have worn a veil that meant a whole lot more than just enhancing my wedding dress.

Photography | Danyelle Dee Photography

Wedding Highlight Video | Chaminade Resort and Spa

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I may be biased but our wedding video is simply the best! Darrell Ann @graydientvisuals beautifully captured our big day! I’m completely overjoyed with how it turned out!

If you’re looking for a videographer definitely checkout @graydientvisuals on Instagram!

Wedding Highlight Video: Chaminade Resort and Spa