Online Catalog Sale (up to 20% off wedding invitations!)

Hello Friends,
I’m excited to announce that our online catalog invitations currently has a wedding invitations sale. Save up to 20% off your wedding invitations. Offer valid through July 1, 2013.

Use promo code: JUNE13

Below are some of the GORG wedding invitations our online catalogs (partnering with einvite). Order and personalize the invitations directly online (http://www.einvite.com/wedding/wedding-invitations/?CoBrand=0PA51J). Happy shopping!!!

 Name: Belle
 
 Name: Coronet
 

 Name: Beloved

 

 Name: Gilded

 Name: Lex

 Name: Lex 

 Name: Luminesce 

 Name: Luminesce  

 
  Name: Silken

 
Happy weekend!!!


Current Invitation Special Offers

Hello Friends!!!
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Don’t forget our current promotion on GORG custom invitations is still on. Hurry and take advantage of this special offer before it’s gone!!!
Offer expires on March 30, 2013.

Schedule a complimentary consultation today to view our products in person. You can schedule a consultation directly online by at http://elegantcustom.genbook.com or by calling 281-506-2521. We look forward to meeting with you!

Checkerboard Invitation Sale

Also, don’t miss out on the Checkboard sale currently on. Click below for details

Use promo code: MARRIAGE13

Below are some of our custom work!!! Visit our online gallery. We have lots more displayed in our Galleria area office studio.

Arinola and Yemi Pocketfold invitation
 

Kim and Charlie Layered Flatcard with Pebbles backing
 
 

Do you really custom make these?! (The making of a Custom Invitation)

Hi Everyone,
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
I always get asked if we really make the custom invitations by hand and the answer is “Yes“. For our custom invitations, we begin the process with the design (which is done in-house), before moving into production (also done in-house).

A while ago, a friend and colleague of mine suggested I write a blog on producing custom invitations. Due to the craziness of the wedding season, the last thing I had time for was taking pictures before, during and after production. There just isn’t time to do that. As we were about to begin producing the invitations below, I remembered his suggestion and made a conscious effort to take pictures each step of the way. This is actually a fairly simple production line. There are more intricate/time consuming steps for other invitation styles. I hope to do another post shortly on another style.

So, here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at our production. Every custom invitation process begins with the design/proofing phase. Below are the design proofs (not shown are the invitation & rsvp envelopes because they have our client’s address:)) This invitation is a bit unique because it was done in 2 languages – Vietnamese and English. In addition, the American Invitation wording etiquette and order names are slightly different.

All the cardstock (Invitation layers, RSVP cards, Reception cards and Front Tabs)have been “raised” printed, cut and ready to begin.

The ribbon is then cut and ready to be “blinged up”

The first phase is to embellish the invitation layers with the ribbon and Rhinestone accents

The cut ribbon strips are embellished

The embellished ribbon is mounted onto the invitations

Cindy chose a z-card style invitation. The invitation layers are then mounted onto the Z-cards

The Reception cards are mounted onto the inner flap of the Z-card

Finally, the front tabs are attached to the front of the Z-cards

Voila! Completed Invitations!

Hope you enjoyed the post. Do have a lovely weekend!

New Website, Julia & Michael etc

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a great weekend! The last few weeks have been busy in the studio; meeting new 2012 brides and working on existing projects for 2011 – 2012 brides.

Several weeks ago, we delivered some Couture Invitations. Below is a sneak peek at the Silk Invitation Pads with Pearl Rhinestone Brooches. More to come on these after the wedding.



Silk Invitation Pads



Completed Invitations in Boxes ready to go!

The New Website is up!

I am excited to announce that our new website launched earlier this month. Check it out



http://www.elegantcustominvitations.com/

Julia & Michael

Sometimes, we work with brides for a year for all their wedding stationery. Julia is one of those brides. I met Julia and Michael with her fabulous wedding planner, Alia Rdissi with Belle of the Ball. Michael’s mom immediately loved the diagonal pocketfold and the couple loved it as well. They were such a lovely couple to work with and I was pleased with the way the stationery turned out. Below are some of the stationery we created for them. I say some because we’re also creating invitations for a Mexican Themed after-wedding party the couple is throwing for guests most of whom could not attend their small wedding. I’ll be blogging those after the event :).

Julia & Michael were married last weekend at Second Baptist Church with the reception at the lovely Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. I received a text message from Alia the night of the wedding…“I have to say these were the prettiest programs I’ve done…ranks in the top 2. everything was gorgeous…including Julia of course. Thank you for all you did Christiana!”



Wedding Invitation was a Square Pocket with a Satin Ribbon accent. We used textured cardstock for all the printed materials to keep with Julia’s rustic feel.



Inside the Invitation with the Enclosure cards neatly tucked in the Pocket



Tea Length Layered Flatcard Menu cards



I particularly loved these programs. I always like when brides entrust us to create something different for them and that was the case with Julia.



The tent Escort cards



Layered Flatcard Tablecards

Microsoft MGX Awards Dinner

For a second year in a row, we were contacted to create invitations for Microsoft MGX VIP Awards Dinner. The dinner was held late July in Denver, Colorado. Below are the invitations.



Layered Flatcard with Satin Ribbon and Pearl accent



The invitations were presented to the recipients in Boxes

Okay, that’s all folks…have a great and productive week!

May Invitation(s) of the Month

May was a very busy month so I wasn’t able to blog much. But I do have some fabulous stationery for a couple of our brides that got married this month.

~ Anne & Ryan ~
I worked with Anne and her sister, Margaret on Anne’s wedding stationery. They’re such an incredible pair and were very pleasant to work it. I have to mention that I have never met Anne nor her sister before. It’s always a unique experience working with clients long distance. And I’m ever so grateful that they would entrust such a huge part of their wedding to someone they’ve never met in another city. We had our first conference call back in September or October last year and they were very excited to begin work with me. The wedding took place this friday in Boston.
The wedding invitation is one that has now become a “signature look” for us (lol). It’s a Gatefold style with a Satin ribbon and rhinestone accents.

I have to say that I absolutely love the Ceremony Programs, it’s simple yet very classy.

Anne wanted the Menu Cards to reflect the Wedding Invitations.

The Table Cards

We had to incorporate some rhinestone accents on the Escort cards :)

We also created the signs for the couple’s Cocktail Signature Drink which went in a large frame.
I do have to share though, Anne requested the stationery be sent to her wedding planner at the Taj Boston and the programs went to her Mom. So she didn’t actually get to receive them herself. Once the items were delivered, I got a very lovely voice message from Anne expressing how blown away the wedding planner was with the wedding stationery. That message absolutely made my day. Thanks for the opportunity Anne and Margaret. I wish you and Ryan a blissful married life!

~ Rekiya & Cory ~
I met Rekiya at the Bridal Extravaganza Show in January. And we set up a meeting shortly afterwards. She wanted a simple invitation style with some modern touch. She immediately fell in love with the colors and style of the Obi & DJ invitation. I really love how her invitations turned out. I particularly love the design on it (you’re thinking I should love it I designed it right!). Rekiya and Cory will be married this weekend in Louisiana.
Here it is -

The enclosures – We did a Response Postcard instead of the traditional Response card and envelope.

Congratulations on your nuptials guys. We wish you a happy married life!

Last week, I got a nod from one of our brides – Ayesha from Bedazzled Photography. You will remember my post about her Save the date Passports here. We completed her uber fabulous wedding invitations this month and boy are they gorgeous. You can read her post on her blog. THANKS AYESHA!!!!

~ Tara and Kurt ~
This is another fabulous bride. She approached me to create the Save the date cards for her November wedding. Since she’ll be having a destination wedding in Hawaii later this year, she had quite a bit of information to include for her guests. So she wanted the booklet style save the date with their pictures incorporated. She and her fiancee, Kurt make such a lovely couple.

We also lined the envelopes with palm patterned stock.

We addressed the envelopes and completed the look with Custom Stamps we created with the Palm logo used on the front of the booklets.

We mailed the booklets to Tara & Kurt’s guests so she didn’t even get to see them before some of her guests did (It’s truly humbling when our brides trust me enough to do that). Once she finally received the extras, I got this nice email from her, “I was out of the office at meetings all day until just now, but received 6 text msgs today saying how amazing the save the dates are. I just arrived home and couldn’t wait to see them in person. They are truly perfect. Thanks so much for your hard work and patience (with me) during this process. I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out.

~ Ms. Jackson’s Thank you cards ~
I blogged about Ms. Jackson’s birthday invitations a couple of months ago – Read here. After the celebration, she contacted me about doing some Thank you cards for her. I thought, “sure, no problem. We’ll do something simple since the birthday invitations were somewhat elaborate”. However, in the middle of the design process she asked if she could incorporate a ribbon and jewelled accent! Ms. Jackson is such a special and lovely lady though. She gave me call and told me how the guests absolutely loved all the stationery and I’m so glad to have been a part of this special time in her life.

That’s all folks. Enjoy the holiday weekend as we officially or unofficially begin summer!

April Invitation(s) of the month

So it seems, April was the busiest month for weddings so far this year (outside of the typically busy months – May, June etc). October is another unusually busy month this year because of day 10/10/10, phew!!!

So, instead of the usual 1 invitation, I have chosen 3 invitations to showcase (Woohoo!!!)

~Carolina & Evan~
I met Carolina & Evan at the end of 2009 and we began working on the invitations thereafter. We initially talked about doing a multiple layered Flat Card. Carolina new she definitely wanted the Dupioni Silk ribbon instead of the usual satin ribbon and she wanted to incorporate a pearl accent as well. The pearl, I wasn’t too sure of initially because I didn’t want to “overdo” the embellishing but it worked out great. After the initial consultation, Carolina came to the Bridal Extravaganza and told me she wanted to change from the flat card to a pocketfold (lol). So, we went with that. Carolina & Evan’s invitation has a lot of textured and pattern elements, you’ll notice some of the cardstock we used were also textured, the dupioni silk ribbon has texture to it and the print was done in thermography. She loved her paisley pattern which we incorporated on the front tab of the pocket fold as well as the invitation envelope. Carolina & Evan will be married next week at Paraiso Maravilla in Houston, Texas and I’m truly excited for them; they’re such a lovely couple!

Wedding Invitations

Detail

Front Tab


Enclosures

Next is Yolanda & Arnold.
I was introduced to the couple through their wedding planner -Renee Miller with Distinctive Events Inc. They started the invitation process a bit later than usual – end of January but we pulled through and everything came out beautifully. The invitations were pocket fold style accented with a Satin Ribbon. Their monogram was carried through the other wedding stationery.

Pocketfold Invitations

Inside of the invitation

The programs were done in 2 colors – Sage and Orange.

Programs

Escort Cards


Escort Cards

~Obi & DJ~
When Obi contacted me about invitations for her wedding, she knew she wanted something different from the usual but had not seen “it” yet. So, I had her come in and she immediately fell in love the “Kyla & Justin’s” invitations. So, we began the process. It was truly a pleasure working with her and her wedding was one of the few client weddings I’ve attended!. It was nice seeing all the stationery elements come together and get great feedback from other guests at the wedding on how pretty the wedding stationery was.



Wedding Invitations


Enclosures

Fan Programs
Escort Cards
The theme of the table cards was “Love is…”. The bride came up with several words eg. “Love is Forgiveness”

Table Cards
Well, that’s all for now… got to get back to work. Enjoy the week!