Jillian’s DIY Invites

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Our very own Jillian married her hubby Scott in the pretty, laid back beach town of Sayulita a year or so ago. Her wedding was beautiful and fun and full of cold Pacificos and warm sand… but most importantly (to us) it also included the pretty paper details that she designed herself.

She wanted her invites to reflect the lightness of the actual wedding, (they asked their guests to wear white), while incorporating pops of bright colors that are so essential to Mexican culture. For inspiration, she and Amanda too a trip to Olvera Street in downtown LA, where they bought a bunch of bright paper flags. And she found a beautiful embossed card at Soolip, but buying enough for every invite would have been a little pricey… so she improvised.

She contacted John Sullivan from Logos Graphics in SF create a plate (for $25!) using a pattern she found. She was also able to purchase the paper, cut/scored to the right size, from him. A close friend knew a little about letterpress, so they went to the San Francisco Center for the Book where they blind embossed the pattern onto her own gate folded card, in the style of the inspiration Jillian found at Soolip. To save on printing, the main invite was printed at home on her Epson printer.



Aside from the invite and pretty cover piece, her invitation suite included tons of little details to get her guests excited about their trip to Mexico. For her reply postcard, she used a perfect bird graphic she found from Beaumonde and had custom stamps made based on those super cute, semi-iconic vintage Mexican playing cards. Her red and yellow envelopes came from Paper Source and she had Jenna (obviously) do the calligraphy. As an added bonus she created little velum packets that she stitched together herself, full of sand, photos Scott had taken of Sayulita, and a teensy Bienvenidos greeting.


Then Amanda, being the good friend that she is, designed a website based on Jillian’s invites! Absolutely essential for a destination wedding, in our opinion. And how cute is this website?


As a final note, Jillian says creating her own invites “was a lot of fun but took serious time and planning. Ultimately you have to utilize your resources and trust your creative vision!”

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Maggie @ Eat, Drink, Marry on Mar 12, 2009

I can't get over how amazing these are. To be able to do this yourself just floors me. Such great work!

Cyd on Mar 12, 2009

These are amazing! I love the collaboration that made them a reality and the blind embossing is amazingly pretty!

Jen on Mar 12, 2009

If I could speak Spanish, I'd say the translation of "wow, super!" One of my favorite invites I've seen in a while. The bird rsvp is so fun — has a Thomas Paul whimsical quality I love. And sewing the sand + bits in vellum — super sweet!

Kathryn on Mar 12, 2009

These are incredible - all of the elements pull together so perfectly!

bekah on Mar 12, 2009

I LOVE the fact that you found a way to do these on your own. Beautiful!

Rebekah on Mar 12, 2009

I absolutely love these invites! They remind me of our trip to Honduras, where we had a parrot screaming "Hola!" at us every morning at breakfast.

Priya on Mar 12, 2009

Go gorgeous! The color is oh, so perfect.

HappyHourBride on Mar 12, 2009

So inspiring, and I love, love, LOVE the corresponding site!

Lindsay on Mar 12, 2009

So excited to see this post. I'm getting married in Sayulita this October, and at Villa del Oso as Jillian did! Thanks for the inspiration.

Jillian on Mar 12, 2009

Lindsay, That's so cool that you're getting married at Villa del Oso too! Crazy. I recommend getting married on the second level that overlooks the pool level; at sunset. You can see the water and the lighting is breathtaking. You can have your reception on the pool level. Oh it's going to be so much fun. Feel free to email me if you have questions or need more suggestions. jillian@100layercake.com

Laura on Mar 12, 2009

Jillian, what is the script font you used in your invites? It is so sweet. The whole invite package is so sweet, really.

Molly Jean on Mar 12, 2009

beautiful! it cracks me up that this post refers to something so gorgeous as improvising. just great! keep up the inspiring work!

Sarah on Mar 13, 2009

Wow! That takes DIY projects to a whole different level. I'm in awe. Looks like a great party too :)

Chelsea on Mar 13, 2009

Where on earth did you find the little paper flags? Your work is truly amazing!!! I love it! -c

jillian on Mar 13, 2009

Thanks everyone for your warm compliments about my wedding invites. It was such a fun process! To answer some of your questions, the script font is called "Dear Sarah"; you can find it at www.Fonts.com. As for the small paper flags, I got them on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, but you can also find them online: ww.globalexchangestore.org.

Courtney on Mar 13, 2009

I love the juxtaposition of the script and block fonts on the invite. Did you get the block font from fonts.com, too? What is it called? Thanks!

Melanie on Mar 13, 2009

AMAZING. kinda makes me want to do my own......

wide open spaces on Mar 13, 2009

i am over the moon about Jiliian's invites. I love all the little pieces, each so unique for the typical package deal. Really stunning.

jomygoodness on Mar 15, 2009

I love Olvera Street... I love these invites... I love this post! Absolutely inspiring! Kudos!

st on Mar 19, 2009

Your invites are beautiful! I love how the folio opens in the middle... It's been asked before, and this post is a little late, but any chance you can divulge where you got the block font? Thanks!

100layercake on Mar 19, 2009

The sans serif font is called ATSackers Gothic. The whole family can be purchased here: http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/downloads/monotype/sackers_gothic_std_virtual/

jenniferL on Mar 21, 2009

i love the colors and all the elements of these invites. the matching site is pretty cool too!

Ari on Jan 23, 2011

Love the invitation so much. But does anybody know how did she get the white text printed for the envelope? I really wanna have white text on the purple envelope for my wedding invitation as well :(

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