Freeform Friday: The Invitation Blog’s Best of 2010

January 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

When thinking about what I wanted to post for our very first Freeform Friday, I realized that I hadn’t looked back at 2010 to see what our most popular posts were – how remiss of me! And I have to admit, I was kinda curious. After all, figuring out what y’all are liking on the blog helps me to make sure that I bring you more of what you want in 2011. Interestingly enough, it was a mix of info, controversial topics and eye-candy that were the big hits.

I’m lucky to say that The Invitation Blog’s readership has been growing by leaps and bounds, and I’m sure not all of our new readers have read every one of the 54 posts we’ve got goin’ on – so for all the newbies, and you oldies out there too, I present:


The Invitation Blog’s Best (or at least, most-read) of 2010:

1. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Invitation: As Imagined by Hip Ink
Hmmm, over 600 views of this post from November – think I’ll be getting a call from Wills and Kate? Yeah, wasn’t holding my breath either 😉

2. Day 8: Why Are Wedding Invitations So [bleeping] Expensive?
This one definitely got people talking. Why is $5 “expensive” for an invitation, but standard for a greeting card? Read my controversial musings…

3. DIY Part 1: The *real* cost of DIY invitations
Looking to go the do-it-yourself route with your wedding invitations? STOP. Read this first.

4. New York themed Bat Miztvah Invites – I.Heart.NY
One of my favourite projects of 2010 were these blinged-out, New York City themed invites for Jennifer. Silver foil, love.

5. PSA: How to proofread your invitations (the right way!)
Ah yes, proofreading. It’s really important. Like really. Seriously. Wouldn’t want to request the honour of someone’s presents, now would we?

6. A peek at “Our Wedding Holiday” Luxe boxed invites…
A look at our fancy-do boxed invites for our destination wedding partner, The Wedding Holiday.

7. Hip Ink for the Holidays: 31 Days (of Blogging) Hath December
The post that started it all, an intro to our 31 day blogging challenge, with links to every day’s post, for your convenience.

8. The Invitation Advisor: How do I choose a custom invitation designer?
Our tips for choosing a custom invitation designer that “fits” you and your event.

9. Day 19: Wedding Invitation Trends 2011 – Luxe Simplicity
Looking at one of my favourite trends for 2011 – call it the best of rustic, traditional and modern all rolled into one.

10. Modern Invitation Etiquette: The Dreaded “And Guest” or “+1”
Hey, I’m just telling it like it is. How is it exactly? You’ll have to click to find out 😉

Hope you enjoyed our look back at the best of 2010 – now back to creating the best of 2011.




Workshop Wednesdays: Boarding Pass Pocketfold Invitation

January 5, 2011 § 4 Comments

The weather outside is frightful, but the sea and sand are so delightful, so since everything’s covered in snow, take a look at what I’ve got to show…er…you.

Okay, that was bad, but this – this is good.

It’s Workshop Wednesday, and since I’d like to be in a warm, sunny place right now, I thought I’d show off one of our destination invites (available exclusively through The Wedding Holiday).

This boarding pass pocketfold invitation is based heavily on an awesome Envelopments design. We’ve jazzed it up a bit with luxurious cotton paper and some redesigning here and there, and think it makes a perfect invitation package for a destination wedding. In fact, this design concept could be customized to any destination – maybe an airmail-style outer pocket or kraft paper with passport stamps? A world map? Watercolor of the Tuscan countryside? Oh, the possibilities!

We’d love the chance to work with you on a custom design for your upcoming destination wedding, but remember – book early, because you’ll want to get those invites out much sooner than the standard 8-12 week timeframe.

If you are in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to see some of our destination designs in person, you can catch us at Mix Mingle Marry and The Burlington/Oakville Bridal Show this month. In fact, for the first time ever, the Burlington/Oakville show will have an entire section dedicated specifically to destination vendors!

Be sure to catch Workshop Wednesdays next week when we feature one of the most unique invitations we’ve worked on, for a very “different” kind of event 😉


Luxe Destination Wedding Invitation – Grasscloth and Sand Dollar

October 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’re baaaaaaack!

So, I promised a Thursday post, and here it is for your viewing pleasure 🙂

Today I’m happy to share with you Scott and Lisa’s invitation for their wedding next year in the Dominican Republic. Lisa wanted a destination invitation that reflected a natural elegance, incorporating rustic sea-themed features with a more formal aesthetic, incorporating a colour scheme of bronze and aqua. Guests were treated to a gorgeous metallic bronze envelope with wrap around address label, and inner metallic aqua pocket envelope and inside the main event, their beautiful rustic-beach-chic invite! The same bronze and aqua papers were topped with luxurious 100% cotton paper on a grasscloth background, finished with a real sand dollar embellishment.

I’m happy to report that Lisa and Scott were thrilled with their invitations (ordered through The Wedding Holiday) and hopefully their guests will be just as thrilled to join them on their fantastic wedding holiday to the Dominican Republic! In addition to the “Our Wedding Holiday” line, available exclusively through The Wedding Holiday, Hip Ink also creates custom destination wedding invitations and we’d be happy to work with you to send your guests a little glimpse into the paradise that awaits them on *your* wedding holiday!

A peek at “Our Wedding Holiday” Luxe boxed invites…

August 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Since I had such a great night at The Wedding Holiday‘s Bridal Shower for Make-a-Wish, I thought I would show off some of our high-end invites included in the ‘Our Wedding Holiday‘ line…

First up, the ultimate beach wedding invitation, featuring a real starfish, tied with raffia and and embellished with a mother-of-pearl button, atop a gorgeous Japanese paper wrapped invite, all nestled in an aqua cardstock box.

Next up the super-trendy peacock-inspired invite (with real peacock feather, of course!), featuring gorgeous greens and blues accented with soft gold ribbon in a chocolate brown box. A hidden surprise awaits when you remove the invitation to reveal the whimsical gold polka dot liner, and the enclosures are cleverly contained in a matching pocket at the back of the invite.

I absolutely love designing these types of invitations – “fantasy suites” (and I’m not talking the kind you’d see on The Bachelorette!). Boxed invitations allow for the inclusions of all sorts of wonderful embellishments that would be otherwise impractical, which gives us the ability to really express your theme to the fullest. While these two particular invites are only available to lucky The Wedding Holiday destination brides, either of these would make the perfect inspiration for a fantastic custom piece! Contact us today and let’s get planning your gorgeous “fantasy suite”!

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