custom wedding paper: Joy & Polly's rockin' Philadelphia music venue wedding!

How have I not yet featured Joy & Polly’s wedding paper on my blog?! This hulk of a wedding suite marks the first time I got to work with clients who didn’t start out as friends. But, after months of going through the whole process, I think I can say we are friends now! Joy and Polly are still huge champions of my work and I so appreciate their continued support. It only seemed fitting to post this on their wedding anniversary- have a great day, you two!

Joy and Polly came my way through the awesome Lovesick Philly wedding expo I used to vend at. You might remember that I met George & Mark this way, as well as Sharon & Jon! It was SUCH a unique and awesome event, I miss it! But I digress . . .

After some emails, we met up at St. Benjamin’s Brewing Co (RIP!) the April before their big day to share in some craft beer and brainstorming. They wanted to run with the theme of their music-slash-wedding-venue, but combine it with a few of their favorite things. The result: a custom pattern incorporating said favorite things, layered with a record sleeve invitation suite to scale.

I enlisted the expertise of the Mama’s Sauce Print Company to handle the printing of the physical “record” which acted as the main invitation. It is a two-color letterpress & diecut circle, modeled after an actual 7” record. I love the thick, luxurious paper that they used for these 45’s!

For the record sleeve, I purchased kraft brown 45 sleeves and printed the custom pattern on the front. On the back, I printed the “track listing” on French Paper’s Madero Beach, then affixed the square paper to the 45 sleeve. Joy & Polly did a tremendous job putting together a custom playlist and the verbiage for the “track listing” - aka, all the information about their big day!

custom vinyl record wedding invitation

The RSVP card was of course musically themed as well. We brought the custom pattern into drink coasters for the big day, as well the table numbers. One of my favorite details: tiny stickers with a custom drawing of their dog Tango. These stickers came with the mailed invitation suite. I borrowed this idea for my own wedding a year later :)

Alas, no music venue wedding is complete without a concert poster for the wedding:

The duo had spent some time in Nashville and had a fondness for the style of Hatch Show Print (can you see why we stayed in touch after the fact?) which I was thrilled about! While I do not know how to letterpress, I do love a good poster print and was able to emulate the letterpress style and texture with screenprinting. These posters hung throughout the venue on the wedding day!

music poster for wedding

To round it all out, we worked together on a custom thank you card that they sent to their wedding guests:

Oh, did I mention I put together a marquee image for them too? SO cool to see it at The Fillmore! I also worked with Polly to create a custom belt for her to wear at the wedding. When you work with an independent stationer like myself, these are the details we can help you with- sorry not sorry, Minted!

To this day, this suite remains one of the most creatively fulfilling custom projects I’ve worked on. Are you interested in working with me for your custom wedding suite? I do have limited availability, but feel free to email me if you’re in the market to customize your wedding!