Irish Wedding Invites

May 9th, 2012 :: 20 comments

Well…it’s finally happened after almost nine years of dating. We are tying the knot! We originally wanted to elope in March, but after thinking about it for a while, we decided it was important to share the moment with our parents and siblings. In just a few minutes, our idea of eloping transcended the Chicago courthouse and turned into a wedding in Ireland. And, because I’ve never been one for waiting around for things to happen, we decided to do it in August. Rational thought process, I know… (Dustin is fully aware of what he is signing up for). March and April have been a whirlwind of planning and decision making. Within three weeks, we found a wedding planner, venue, and dress and I had narrowed down my ideas for wedding invites.

Maybe it’s because I’m a designer, but I wanted the invites to be a little out of the ordinary. I wanted something organic and textured that would represent a trip to Ireland. I found a person on that made the actual invites using wood. Once I found that first piece of the puzzle, the other ideas just kept coming.

I started out by buying most of my supplies from This store has everything quirky and crafty that you could ever dream of. I bought a large roll of dried moss that was a bright Irish-looking green. It smelled h o r r i b l e! I let it air out for a few days so I wouldn’t gas my family when they opened their invites. Once the smell dissipated, I trimmed and meshed the moss into boxes. If any holes were visible, adding an extra piece of moss quickly blended everything into one cohesive blanket.

When searching through the craft site, I was immediately drawn to this natural roll of fibers. I loved how light and airy it looked and thought it would be a nice added texture to our invite. I cut the fibers into thin strips to hold the invite, rsvp card, and return envelope together.

I was asked a few times from our planner and family members if we had a color theme. I didn’t have one until I found this simple purple yarn that would hold everything tightly together. When I think of Ireland, I picture quiet bright green fields and contrasting blooming flowers. I wanted to send a little piece of that to my immediate family who had no choice but to make the long trip to Ireland, and our extended family that probably wouldn’t be able to make it.

As a personal touch, I sent each person a hand written note stamped with an old oak tree. I enjoyed calligraphy class in college and jumped at a chance to use a dip pen again. It just feels so romantic and meaningful to write a letter in this way.

Once everything was assembled, I wrapped the boxed invitations with brown shipping paper that also fit in nicely into our theme.

I found old postage stamps for a reasonable price on ebay and thought they added nice additional texture to the outsides of the wrapped packages. A few of them were personally selected, for instance the stamp that said San Juan Puerto Rico was picked for my dad. Dustin’s family received a stamp that said Nebraska. We drove far into the suburbs to get the invites hand stamped and got a few weird looks as I took pictures of the process.

Throughout this process I have enjoyed organizing, making mood boards, and finding reasons to use art techniques that I haven’t used in a long time. I even water colored our save-the-date for our families.


We hope no one is offended that we have been keeping this news to ourselves the last couple of months, but we were waiting for our families to get the news and receive their invites first. It is now official though. We are getting married.


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§ 20 Responses to Irish Wedding Invites"

  • Lindsay says:

    Congratulations!!!! This is amazing news! SO SO happy for you two!!!! wooo hoooooo

  • Amy G. says:

    What happy news! Your personal touch on the invitations is really special, and I love the fact that they are packages that represent so many things at once: journey, life, roots, togetherness – just fresh and lovely.

    • Joann says:

      Oh, I didn’t even think about the roots analogy. I like that. It was a lot of work, but I’m glad others appreciate those little extra touches.

  • Greg Louderman says:

    Big congrats to the both of you!

  • Anubhuti Desai says:

    Out of the world idea of the invite! Loved the personal touches!
    All the very best & enjoy the married life very soon! :)

  • AD says:

    I loved seeing how you put your invitations together. So much thought went into them.
    I so much liked all the different layers. And for me, because I’m a letter writer and love stamps. I thought the ones you choose made it look like an old steamer trunk back in the day making all those trips across the ocean and back. Just like you and Dustin have in the many trips you’ve made together. You are so creative. I wish you and Dustin the very best of luck.
    Love you and wish we could be there.

    • Joann says:

      Aw, I will miss you guys, but we know you will be there in spirit. I so, need to win the lotto so I can fly everyone there. I love that you got an old steamer trunk reference from the stamps. I didn’t even think of it being interrupted that way.

  • These are truly inspiring….

  • Aga says:

    Those are for sure the most beautiful and unique invitations I have ever seen. X

    • Joann says:

      Thank you very much. I brought an invite to Ireland for you to photograph, but it did not survive the trip unfortunately. We recorded the wedding and saw you taking a lot of great pictures. You so quiet I didn’t notice the camera. Can’t wait to see what came out.

  • Kate says:

    Just discovered this blog, and gah! Everything’s gorgeous. These invites are perfect. Just one question: where is your amazing engagement ring from? As a single gal (on my taxes, at least!), I gotta know. Thank you!

    • Joann says:

      I found the ring years ago when I searched for vintage rings on google. Lucky enough Dustin kept the image and found it on etsy(singleBbeautiful). It’s lovely in person and a bonus is that it’s conflict free.

  • sarah says:

    i love these! who on etsy did you get the invites printed from ??

  • lauren says:

    Hi there, i know this blog is a little old….but i was wondering if you can remember the moss you bought off “save on crafts” and also how did you mesh the moss? Does that mean that the moss you bought is “loose rather than a sheet”???
    thanks so much :)

    • Joann says:

      I don’t remember the type of moss I purchased, sorry. I just looked for the greenest example online. I ended up using a little glue to keep the grass put, but it didn’t seem to need it really. The grass seemed to act as foam and sealed to the box.

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