Watercolor Bridesmaid Luncheon Invitations

Here’s some invitations I painted for a Bridal Luncheon last year. The goal was something soft, girly and sweet. Mission accomplished. The invitations were printed on a simple, crystal metallic paper and paired with pink, glitter envelope liners and mint metallic envelopes. This was a small job with a quick turnaround, so mostly created this set of out papers and envelopes I had at home! It’s surprisingly one of my favorites.

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If you’re interested in custom invitations or announcements email me at gloriajoyink(at)gmail(dot)com.I’ll get you set up with a quote and help your ideas come to life!

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Wedding Binder Update

Gloria Joy Ink Wedding Binder

When I created my sister’s wedding binder, I never expected it to be so well received! It’s just about the only things pinned from my blog and I’m constantly receiving thanks and some minor requests for modifications. One major request has been for a 2016 calendar. Since I made this almost two years ago, 2016 felt like The Jetsons. But here we are, and the time goes by too quickly, and I must concede that it’s time to add to the calendar.

So here it is! The long awaited 2016 Calendar and then for you crazy planning ladies, the 2017 as well. Now if you must know, I mostly included that because I’m lazy and it’s easier to get it done now that to have a bunch of emails telling me to get on it. I know I’ll wait entirely too long, so here it is, well in advance!

One last thing, there might be a rumor that there will be two new themes of this binder. Not everyone is in love with pink and I will begrudgingly admit that some of the fonts on this current version might ever so slightly be a teensy bit difficult to read. I just love the font I used and stand by it! I also, do share an affinity for many styles, colors and themes, so its fun for me to create variety. Keep a lookout for those upcoming themes within the next couple of months!

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Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2017

On Being an Amatuer Photographer…

I don’t even remotely consider myself a photographer. Not even an amateur. I’m just a person holding a camera.
Lately, my sister found her self getting stuck in the wedding vacuum of “To do this, I need to do this first and before that, I really need to do this.” And that can keep going around and around. Specifically, her save the dates. Not wanting to spend hundreds of dollars on a photographer, she asked if I could snap them for her. So then we scheduled a date, then REscheduled a date and scheduled it yet again until one sunny Sunday afternoon we magically found the three of us together and decided to run to a nearby park to take the much talked about pictures. No fancy wardrobe, costume changes, special effects makeup or pageant hair. Just two people in love and a third wheel with a fully charged camera and empty memory card. Go.

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This last picture won first prize for the save the dates. Freaking supermodels. In fact, my sister used to actually model. AND she’s tall, about 5’8″, which tells you that her fiancé is pretty tall too at 6’6″. She spent three months in Tokyo a couple years back before deciding modeling just wasn’t her thing. Now, it’s up to me to get the cards designed and printed no pressure.

I just had two other photo shoots I was booked for. All completely random, out of the blue and unrelated to each other. One was a newborn shoot that I have to finish editing and another engagement session scheduled for tomorrow. I’m an invitation designer, not a photographer. I have to keep telling them “You know I’m not a professional photographer, right?” and “Don’t expect professional photographer results, okay?” Way to self myself, right?!?! They all still said yes, despite me warning them otherwise.

Bridesmaid Invitations

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I mentioned a little while back about my sister getting married. I created a wedding binder for her and when she needed help getting some invitations together for her bridesmaids, I jumped right at it. These actually came together in just a couple days.

She pulled her photos off of Facebook which I edited and turned them black and white so the watercolor wash would pop a little bit. She wanted to keep it really feminine and a wee bit interactive so I put a little hidden message behind the ribbon. I think it’s a fun, little surprise.

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If you’re interest in custom invitations or announcements email me at gloriajoyink(at)gmail(dot)com.I’ll get you set up with a quote and help your ideas come to life!

How to Create a Wedding Binder

wedding binder

///DISCLAIMER/// These files were originally created over three years ago with no plans of distribution. Since that time, the original design files have been lost completely. There will not be new updates or missing pages issued to this design. That being said, I hope that what is available can be of use to you!

My younger and much taller sister has recently gotten engaged. I remember being engaged how much people throw out their own opinions… You should get married HERE! and DON’T make the bridesmaids wear THIS! or NO outdoor weddings in Oklahoma! It’s hard to even think. For that reason, I took a step back initially so I didn’t come across as bossy or pushy, since this is all about her and what she wants. (We do have a VERY similar style/taste level for what it’s worth.)

It’s been about a month now since she got engaged and wasn’t getting much closer to any plans really forming other than looking at a couple of venues. There is no major rush to get things started, but I realized she was needing some guidance and, okay, maybe a little pushing. Plus I wanted to be a good sister so that she would owe me big someday. I decided I would make her a wedding binder, but the catch is… I didn’t want to pay for one.

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Here’s all I had to buy:
$5 binder at Target,
$3 metallic pens-because duh
$3 for some extra brown kraft paper from Hobby
$2 Arrow sticky notes-How could I say no?!?

Total, I spent less than $15 because I already had a TON on hand for my invitation business. I laminated my own pages and tabs to be dividers, scrounged up some old pocket folders that I didn’t use and designed a crap load of lists, calendars, notes, etc..

There are free printables below the breakdown!

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I looked up a bunch of things online, and didn’t really love any but combined different elements of each. For her binder I came up with thirteen dividers. Here’s the breakdown of each and what I included under each in case you can’t sleep at night and NEED to know:

1. THE BASICS
• A simple monthly checklist that doesn’t delve into too much detail for the sake of not overwhelming the poor girl.
• Vendor Contact List – Self explanatory, I hope.
• Wedding Party Contact List
• Wedding Day Time – To be filled in closer to the date
• Random Thoughts Page – Just a page with a bunch of lines to include any notes. I included one in every section and a handful in the very back.
2. BUDGET
• A budget chart that gives details like “How much to allot to certain parts” and also fill in the blanks for budget, estimate and amount spent.
3. INSPIRATION
• A pocket folder to keep track of printouts
• Inspiration Note Page
4. ATTIRE
• Dress Notes – for keeping track of stores gone to or need to go to.
• Bridal Party Attire Notes
5. VENUE
• Potential Venue Page – Since she is still in the PRE planning stage and narrowing down venues
• Order of Ceremony
• List of Processionals
• Reception Timeline
6. FLOWERS
• Potential Florists
• Flower Ideas
7. PHOTOGRAPHY
• Potential Photographers
• Must Have Photo List
8. ENTERTAINMENT
• Potential Entertainment
• Reception Ideas
• Reception Music
• Favor Ideas
9. DECOR
10. HONEYMOON
• Honeymoon Ideas – to help narrow what kind of a honeymoon she is looking for.
11. CALENDAR
• Includes June 2013 – July 2014
12. GUESTS
• Invite List – Not meant to be a master list just a place to write down names when you remember them.
13. THANK YOU’s
Just a place to keep track of who got you what and if you’ve sent a thank you note already.

If you’d like to make your own for you or as a gift, here are the files that I created for this. Download and print away!
Wedding Binder DIVIDERS – These are the main dividers that I printed on kraft paper and then laminated. 13 pages total.
Wedding Binder TABS – I printed the tabs on 2″ round labels, attached to a kraft paper circle and laminated again. Adhered to divider pages with glue dots.
Wedding Binder BUDGET – A fast and loose breakdown to each budget section.
Wedding Binder LISTS – 19 pages total to this document includes lists and note pages for sections 1-10. I printed a bunch of the “Random Notes” page (the very last one in this file and added 3-5 to each section.
Wedding Binder THANK YOUS – Keep a running list of people to thank for gifts or services.
Wedding Binder GUESTS – Keep a running list of people to invite.
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2014
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2015
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2016
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2017

I know this seems like a massive list but I wanted it to be something she could personalize as well. Maybe take out a few sections if she wanted it differently, but I’m hoping this helps her get started and stay on top of it all. When I was planning my own wedding, it was basically me and my mom doing all of it. Since I’ve been through it before, I owe it to her to lend a hand. Here’s to hoping she likes it and uses it! I’m giving it to her tonight, finger crossed. Now, enjoy the pictures!

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TERMS /// these templates are for personal use only, and NOT for re-distribution.
If you’d like to post a link sharing them, you may not directly post the downloadable files.
please credit and link back to this post for downloading the files.