DIY yarn + felt wreath

I was inspired to create my own wreath after seeing this super cute one on the Jones Design Company blog. I ended up going with a yarn and felt one, similar to this one.

I have no DIY photos but it’s so easy you can do without!

My yarn and felt wreath! #DIY

Items you need

- foam wreath shape (or anything shaped like a wreath – it gets entirely covered up anyway.)
- 1 skein of yarn
- 2 felt squares
- wide ribbon
- hot glue or fabric glue
- scissors

Wrap the wreath form

To begin, tie the yarn around the wreath, and then start wrapping the wreath with the yarn. This took me about 45 minutes–it’s tedious but time goes by fast if you use this trick: sit on the couch, and put the wreath form through one of your legs and hold the wreath up with your thigh on the couch (I hope you can envision this). This way the form is standing up on its own, and you can use both hands to wrap. To hold the wreath with one hand and wrap the yarn with the other is slow and difficult.

Continue until the entire form is covered. You don’t have to be too neat about it, but make sure to check that the yarn is not too loose once in a while. When you’re all wrapped up, tie the end of the yarn to the beginning of the yarn, and make sure it’s facing the back.

Add the leaves

I cut about 40-50 leaves on the felt freehand. Then I glued them in a laurel style, leaving a space between the two sides of the leaves, which is where the ribbon went.

Hang and enjoy!

If you’re going to do the laurel style like me, you’ll need to use a ribbon to cover the gap between the leaves, and not a metal wreath hanger. Just loop the ribbon, cut it to the desired length, and seal the ends horizontally with a safety pin. You could staple or glue the ends too. If you plan to hang the wreath over a door, you can leave the ends open, and use a flat thumbtack to pin it into the top of a door (not the top of the front of the door, but the actual top). Make sure they are flatheads, or your door won’t close!

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Mint + Gold styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty

I connected with Agata of Take a Seat Events a few months ago and was immediately on board with her ideas for an outdoor Michigan wedding inspiration shoot. I’m a huge fan of anything gold and mint, so I was pumped to be designing the stationery for it!

The greatest part of being a part of a photo shoot is to discover all the other talented folks you get to work with. I think you’ll agree with me that all the details of this setting are to die for (the cake! the chalkboard calligraphy! that floral crown!). And when amazing photographer Amanda Dumouchelle captured everything so beautifully, it just makes the icing on that gold cake so much sweeter.

We designed and printed all the paper goods: wedding invitations, menus, place cards and favour tags. The suite will be available in our Etsy store soon!

The inspiration was featured on Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book blog last week, which is always a great honour. Read it here: Pinckney, Michigan Wedding from Amanda Dumouchelle + Take a Seat

Menus by Papertalk Press
Gold and mint wedding cakeGold and mint macaron favors with tags
Elegant mint and gold wedding invitations by Papertalk Press
Floral crown wedding ideasMint bowtie
Mint and gold outdoor wedding ideasMint and gold placecard by Papertalk Press
Mint and gold outdoor wedding inspiration and ideas
Mr. and Mrs. chalkboard seating signs

Amanda Dumouchelle Photography
Event Design & Styling: Take A Seat Events
Linen & Napkins: La Tavola
Invitations & Paper goods: Papertalk Press
Vintage Rentals: Serradella Vintage
Chalkboard Signs: Lily & Val
Cake & Macaron Favors: Paris Bakery
Chiavari Chairs: Take A Seat Events
Event Location: Private residence in Pinckney, MI
Glitter Cocktail Flags: Gnome’s Whimsy
Sparkler Tags: Marrygrams
Shoes: Lulu Townsend
Dress: Oleg Cassini

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Exotic Adventure – Wedluxe Magazine feature

Today is a wonderful day – it’s my third wedding anniversary, and I get to share my favourite editorial shoot of all time! When Beth & Ty in Love contacted me to be a part of a Wedluxe magazine editorial shoot last year, I jumped at the chance. I love working with these two!

Styled by Lynzie Kent of Love by Lynzie, this editorial shoot is like a dream straight out of Africa. Safari-inspired details are found throughout our wedding invitation suite, seating chart and signage. Vintage hand illustrated maps, gold accents and treasures give the stationery pieces old world charm.

To see more of this shoot, grab a copy of Wedluxe Winter/Spring 2013, available on newsstands right now, or visit their blog for the post: Exotic Adventure on Wedluxe’s Style File

Exotic Adventure wedding editorial
Safari inspired luxury wedding invitation suite by Papertalk Press

Safari inspired seating chart and maps by Papertalk Press

Safari inspired favor tags by Papertalk Press

Photography: Beth & Ty In Love
Creative Director & Stylist: Lynzie Kent, Love by Lynzie Weddings and Events
Floral: Paulina Vanderkuip, My Bouquet
Decor: Angelica Sala, Simply Beautiful 
Stationery: Michelle Lee, Papertalk Press
Cake Design: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress
Locations: Hacienda Sarria and African Lion Safari
Hair: Kathleen Sou 
Makeup: Sarah Smith MUA 
Vintage Rentals: Liz Hawley, The Warehouse 
Gowns and accessories: Pearl Bridal House
Shoes: Christian Louboutin from Davids
Tufted Seat Pillow: Bombay and Co.,
Table: Hacienda Sarria

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Planning the Paper: A Wedding Invitation guide

Papertalk Press: Planning the Paper, a stationery guide

You’ve set aside a budget, neatly entered your guest list in an Excel spreadsheet, and even uploaded a cute Save the Date video to YouTube for your guests. It’s finally time to tackle the biggest wedding stationery project of all: your wedding invitations.

This can be the most exciting part of wedding planning for some (it certainly was for me, for obvious reasons), but we’ve also encountered couples that come to us feeling completely lost and overwhelmed. They have no idea what they want, what they need, or what is even out there. If this is you, don’t worry! We can take some of that stress away.

Choosing your wedding stationery vendor

There are some obvious factors you should consider when choosing the stationers you want to approach:

  1. Are they reputable (recommended by others, reviews online)?
  2. Can they produce what you need (printing capabilities, paper offerings, meeting your timelines)?

If a stationer meets that criteria, then be prepared with answers to these questions before making an appointment to visit said stationer:

  1. What is the theme or style that I am looking for?
  2. Is my wedding traditional, modern, or somewhere in between?
  3. From a scale of 1 to 5, how formal is my wedding? 1 = casual backyard barbecue and 5 = black tie

Having these nailed down will help you decide on the invitation companies you want to consult, and it will greatly help them, too. It’s important that the stationer has the capability of seeing and producing your vision. An invitation designer that prides itself on modern, minimalistic styles, for example, is probably not going to fulfill your expectations of highly embellished invites that come in a silk box.

The anatomy of a wedding invitation suite

Wedding invitation suites come in many, many different shapes and sizes. Let’s take a look at the most standard information pieces of a wedding invitation suite, and how they are used.

Click to enlarge!

Anatomy of a wedding invitation suite

This should help you understand which core items you need for your invitations.

Do I just throw it all in an envelope?

You could! Depending on the number of cards you have. We suggest having no more than 3 loose pieces in an envelope. If you had all four items from our graphic above (plus the RSVP envelope), imagine how sloppy it would be when your guests open the invite.

Talk to your stationer about other ways they can put the entire set together. Papertalk Press offers flat pockets, folded pockets and belly bands. All the items fit neatly together in a little package.

Speaking of envelopes…

You may not know this, but invitation sizes highly depend on envelopes sizes. An invitation can be designed to be any dimension, but if it didn’t fit any standard envelope sizes, how could it ever be mailed out?

We work with announcement envelope sizes (plus a few others), because we find that the most envelope options in terms of colours and papers are available in these sizes. These include A7, A2, and either A1 or 4 Baronial envelopes.

Our invitations fit A7 envelopes  (5.25″ x 7.25″) or #10 envelopes (4.125″ x 9.5″)
Our RSVP cards fit A2 envelopes (4.375″ x 5.75″) or A1/4 Baronial envelopes (5.125″ x 3.625″)
Our save the date and thank you cards fit A7 envelopes  (5.25″ x 7.25″) or A2 envelopes (4.375″ x 5.75″)

If you are unsure of sizing, or if you’re looking for a special colour for your envelopes, be sure to talk to your stationer at the same time as you are making decisions on the invitations.

Addressing your invitations

Ah, another scary part to the whole invitation process. Not only was it difficult to gather all your guests’ addresses (and I’ll bet you still have a few outstanding), now you have to worry about addressing 150 envelopes.

Envelope printing
Printed addresses by Papertalk Press

Envelope printing is one of our most popular options with couples, because it’s modern, clean and simple. You supply us with a template of all your guest addresses and off we go!

Address labelsWraparound labels by Papertalk Press

We’re not talking about your average Avery labels from Staples (which you certainly can do for your invitations… but we like to keep things consistent and pretty). It’s becoming more popular to use these fun wraparound labels for your invitation and RSVP envelopes. We print your guest names and addresses, and your return address, too. Not to mention that the label design matches your invitation set. Then all you have to do is peel off the backing and apply the sticker to your envelopes. Easy peasy!

Calligraphy & HandwritingCalligraphy by
Calligraphy by

Traditionally, handwritten addresses were the way to go. To be honest, you can never go wrong with handwriting your addresses – as long as your writing is legible. If you’re feeling fancy, and have the budget for it, you can contact a professional calligrapher who will pen every single one of your envelopes by hand. Calligraphy is an excellent option for those with dark envelopes and want to address in white ink, since you can’t print white on a dark envelope with conventional methods.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding wedding invitation decision-making.  Don’t forget to review our timeline to see when you should order and send out everything. Good luck!

We’ll be talking about modern wedding invitation etiquette next week. Not your standard Emily Post etiquette that you can read about all over the internet, but questions that real-life brides from TODAY are asking.

Planning the Paper part 1: The wedding paper timeline
Planning the Paper part 2: Budgeting for stationery
Planning the Paper part 3: Save the Dates
Planning the Paper part 4: Destination Weddings

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