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 Venue | Chaminade Resort and Spa

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Our beautiful wedding ceremony location! Once I visited I knew instantly that this is where I wanted to say “I Do”.

There were certain things that I knew I wanted in a wedding venue. First I wanted the venue as outdoors as possible. We got married in August so it’s still very warm at that time of year in California. His venue was great because the ceremony was under this beautiful floral arbor and then the cocktail hour was outdoors as well. The reception was technically indoors but we had access to the courtyard where the cocktail hour was held which was outdoors. The courtyard was just through a double set of doors so you could still see the dance floor even if you were outdoors enjoying the nice evening weather.

Wedding Venue: Chaminade Resort and Spa


Location:
Santa Cruz, California

The second most important thing was obviously cost. This venue was a little more costly than my original budget BUT the wedding coordinator did everything she could to make my dream wedding happen. We had an alternative menu and I diy’d most of the decor so I was able to stay on budget. I also didn’t do any upgrades that were offered in the wedding packages mostly because I didn’t think they were necessary but to also stay on budget.

Those were really my only two top priorities. Location was important but most of our family and friends are local or within a couple hours so I knew Santa Cruz was already a good location. Santa Cruz also offers so much and since we got married on a Friday that gave our guests the opportunity to make a mini vacation out of the weekend.

The staff, resort amenities and accommodations, and our overall experience at Chaminade Resort and Spa was phenomenal. I would do this day 1000 times over if I could!

Choosing Wedding Shoes

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Loving my Toms wedding shoes!

I was looking for something comfortable, stylish, but also something more like a sandal because of our August wedding near the ocean. I thought these were perfect! These are the Champagne Grosgrain Women’s Clarissa Wedges via the Toms wedding line. I bought them online for a little over $70. Pretty inexpensive if you ask me! I love how the material goes all the way down instead of cork (which they have also if that’s your style). I feel like I can stay in these shoes all night long! I cannot wait to wear them!

My mother puchased another pair of wedding shoes and I was originally going to wear the ones she got. They’re actually the ones in my wedding photos but I didn’t actually wear them. I ended up wearing my Toms.

Here’s a slideshow of the shoes in my photos and the ones I actually wore.

Do-It-Yourself Guest Book | Photo Book & Sign

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Photo Book Guest Book:

I created my photo book guest book using Shutterfly.

First off, I love the quality that Shutterfly produces. I’ve ordered various items from them in the past so I wasn’t the least bit hesitant in ordering my guest book from their site. 

If you’re hesitant buying your guest book from Shutterfly because of the price let me tell you that my book was free! My fiance and I created our gift registry at Macy’s and one of many awesome perks is that you get a free Shutterfly Guest Book. Okay so mine wasn’t completely free, I paid $35 because I ordered extras (matte cover finish, glossy paper, and a few extra pages). But it would’ve costed over $60! I think it’s a pretty awesome deal when I purchased all the extras when I normally wouldn’t have if I had to pay the full cost of the photo book.

It’s extremely easy to create. You can create your own page designs or you can use the suggest page layouts. All you have to do is upload your photos and add/edit any text. I used photos from our engagement photo session with out photographer to fill the guest book. It is extremely easy to navigate their site and user friendly. 

For those of you who are planning an event and looking for a cheap alternative but still want high quality I highly suggest the guest books from Shutterfly. 

Guest Book Sign:

Love how my diy guest book sign turned out! $5 frame at Target and used my @silhouette.inc to create the design.

Just choose a font and cut out a design with your cutting machine. At the time of making this sign I was a newbie with Silhouette Studio so I only used simple text and nothing fancier but to this day I still like that I decided with just text because less was more.

Do-It-Yourself | Table Numbers

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DIY Table Numbers 

  1. Purchase IKEA Tolsby frames $.99 each. 
  2. Using Silhouette Cameo 3, design the image you’d like to transfer onto the frame. I did “Table 1” in font Carolina Pro Black. This example shows gold foil vinyl but my finished product I ended up using white vinyl. 
  3. Print your favorite photos! 

 Tips

  1.  Flip your image horizontally on the Silhouette Cameo so when you transfer your image onto the frame the image is on the inside with the photo instead of on the outside where it could peel off.
  2. Spray paint the Tolsby frame to match your wedding color palette. 
  3. Add some ribbon to the base that matches your color theme if spray painting isn’t for you. 

 And that’s it! Quick, easy, and inexpensive table numbers for any occasion.