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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Featured Friends: Josh & Monica Holtsclaw

Who says you can't brand your entire wedding while still being thrifty? This week I thought I would share an example of how to create a beautiful custom wedding, while still being friendly to your coin purse. Featured below are two of my closest (and most creative) friends and their fall wedding.

Photo taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

Josh, an talented Illustrator, Designer, and Walt Disney Imagineer, met Monica, a brilliant book binder and owner of Boom Box Bindery while they were students at Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years of dating Josh popped the question, and they promptly began wedding planning. To me, their wedding was a perfect package from beginning to end, and you wouldn't even know that they did it all without breaking the bank.

1. Save the Dates

Save the Dates are the first impression for a wedding, therefore they should never be overlooked. A great look can still be achieved while saving most of your "paper" budget for the actual invitation. Josh illustrated this beautiful piece of art for their save the date that they continued to carry out the design through the rest of the pieces of their wedding. They saved on cost by using Modern Postcard for their black and white mailers. This also saved on postage, as there was no need to buy envelopes.

2. Invitations

Since they saved money on their Save the Dates they were able to make these innovative and intricate invitations. They used full color, and were able to go to Kinkos to print, but did all of the assembly themselves. Doing an R.S.V.P. postcard also saved them on postage and not having to supply R.S.V.P. envelopes.

3. Programs

Photo taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

Josh and Monica used the same design elements carried over from the invitation for their programs, but did them once again in black ink only and printed from their home printer. This not only saved money but time too!

4. Extra Touches

Photos taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

They were able to continue all the beautiful color and design throughout their wedding and reception. They printed these cute guest book pages on their home printer, on which guests drew or wrote. The illustrated frame was drawn in the same style as all their other paper goods. All of the hydrangeas were from friends' yards, and were dried before the wedding. They also had a great idea of using place names that were meaningful to their relationship in place of table names! Printing on the blue paper, along with the flowers, carried the blue color over from the invitations through the entire ceremony and reception.

If Josh and Monica could share one tip about wedding invitations, they'd like you to know that, "it's okay to think outside of the box and try something different. The most important things are to be happy with your invitation and feel like it says something about you as a couple. Who cares what's been done before? There will never be a wedding just like yours!"

We loved everything about Josh and Monica's beautiful wedding, and we would love to feature future innovative weddings on our site. Not already friends? Let us get to know you and feature your great ideas! Email us at

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