How We Made Our Wedding Invitations

In sticking with our “homemade wedding” script, we decided to make the invitations for our Croatian wedding ourselves, through the industrial magic of silk-screening. This after investigating a number of options such as letterpress or Crayola.

We knew from the get go that the graphic that we wanted was one of a traditional stone house from the island of Brac – circular and made from the white stone known as Bracki Kamen(literally “Brac stone” in Croatian). Luckily, we have a scale model of this, which served as a more than willing subject for our photo session.

Then I took the photograph into Photoshop and constructed a graphic from it. I made it into a flat black and white image by adjusting the brightness levels until I got just the balance that I wanted, and added some embellishments.

Separately I set the text, which would be the second of two screens that we would use to make these invites.

After that, it was time to do a little shopping. First, we needed to get the actual screens that we would use to make the invitations. Two screens – one for the text, one for the graphic – done at 160 mesh. Along with the screens we needed inks and various other supplies such as stirrers.

After getting the screens taken care of, we headed over to McManus and Morgan(I am linking to the Google cache because there site always seems to be down, sadly), a superb paper shop near MacArthur Park, where we browsed a wide variety of amazing decorative and art papers and envelopes(seriously, check em out). Ending up with a stack of white paper for the invites, and some nice brown envelopes.

After that came the screening, which is fun once you get a rhythm and a flow going where you just create them one after another, like magic. First we did the graphic in color on one side, then flipped it to do a light graphic background and the text on the other.

After that we stuffed the envelopes. One thing to note is that we made our own postage stamps using a service called Zazzle, which lets you make customized postage from your Flickr pix for a nominal fee. We were rather pleased with the results and the feedback has been great.

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