custom wedding invitation design

Return Addresses on Wedding Invitations

NEW FLASH: They can still be pretty :) Ya hear me? Whether you just want a whimsical calligraphy return address, a simple font displaying the address, or a fun combination of address and your custom wedding crest - the options are truly endless! What I am here to tell you, nevertheless, is that your return address is still a beautiful detail of your invitations that shouldn't be ignored! For all of my custom wedding invitation clients, I design a return address that flows with the rest of their invitation and adds that little extra "umph"! 

wedding invitation envelope return address

Read through the post below to be taken through the 3 ways I suggest getting your return address on that envelope:

  1. Printing it
  2. Embossing it
  3. Stamping it


wedding invitation envelope return address

Having your return address printed directly onto your envelopes is probably one of the easiest ways to solve the problem! If your envelope color is light enough, you could have the address digitally printed on, which is the most cost effective route! If you have dark colored envelopes that regular printer ink wouldn't show up on, if you wanted to have it printed on you'd have you do a specialty printing method: screenprint, letterpress, gold foil. These specialty print methods are more expensive than digital printing, so keep that in mind! All of the envelopes shown in the photo above are digitally printed, since the envelopes are all a lighter color that ink shows up just fine on!


For brides looking to save some cost in their wedding invitations, this is one of my first suggestions! The cost of getting a rubber stamp made is significantly less than having your addresses printed directly on the envelopes! So, if you don't mind that sort of "handmade" and "hand stamped" look that comes with rubber stamping, then this is the option for you! You can buy inks in several different colors at any craft store, so whether you are using dark or light colored envelopes, you should be able to find an ink that will work! I am happy to have custom rubber stamps made for any of my custom wedding suite clients, and the bonus is that it can be designed to fit right in with the rest of your suite! AND, you can use it after the wedding too!


If you are looking for a more understated look that still has some serious class, I would suggest embossing! It is pricier than a rubber stamp, but depending on how many invitations you are sending out, it might be a cheaper option than digital printing as well! And embosser is a metal plate that has your return address design cut out of it, which you then stamp onto the bottom of the flap of your envelope, and it embosses the design into the paper! When you run your finger across the embossed portion, the design will be raised up from the envelope. As you can see in the photos above, it isn't something that sticks out at first glance, but is a really gorgeous detail up close! Embossers can't typically get bigger than 2" in diameter/length, so the design can't be quite as intricate as a rubber stamp or digitally printing can be!

PHEW! That was quite a mouthful on return addresses, but hopefully that gives you a better look into what options you might be looking at for your own wedding invitations! Comment on the post below if you have any questions at all, or what your favorite option is! If you'd like to inquire about your own custom wedding suite that could include beautiful return addresses, use the button below! :)

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Suite

This wedding invitation suite was designed for a couple having a gorgeous, luxurious, traditional summer wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Melissa and Stephen are having a beach wedding at Cabo del Sol filled with lush florals, greenery, lots of white and ivory, and hints of blush pink. We wanted the invitations to give off a grand and classic feel while having some fun accents since it will be set on a beach with gorgeous ocean views! The custom watercolor crest was designed to coordinate with a crest that was used in their save the dates, but brings in tropical greenery accents with a hand-painted watercolor look. This watercolor crest would also tie in with the custom watercolor wedding map.

Cabo San Lucas destination wedding invitation suite. 

The invitation card itself has very simple design, again utilizing that custom wedding crest, gorgeous and clean modern calligraphy, and a traditional serif font. The simplicity pairs perfectly with the intricate and lavish laser cut enclosure. The laser cut enclosure has a gorgeous floral pattern that ties in with the white and ivory florals that will be used throughout the ceremony itself. The enclosure is cut out of a metallic ivory paper to give it an extra little shine. All of the pieces are placed within the enclosure, and the whole set is tied with a simple white satin ribbon. The outer envelope is a classic white envelope adorned with navy blue modern calligraphy to match the pieces of the invitation suite.

Custom watercolor wedding crest and laser cut invitation enclosure
cabo san lucas destination wedding map
cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations
cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations

The envelope liner also coordinates with the belly band pattern from their save the dates, but has been transformed into a beautiful hand-painted watercolor version. The soft colors bring a gorgeous subtle texture to the entire suite! This same tiled pattern is used in other pieces throughout the invitation suite, such as the RSVP card and the wedding timeline. By bringing in little familiar pieces from the save the dates, it gives an overall sense of coordination and purpose in the design of the wedding invitations.

cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations

The custom watercolor wedding map was such a fun pop of color added to the suite! It featured their venue locations, Cabo del Sol, and the gorgeous hotel that their guests will be staying at, The Cape Hotel.  By tying that familiar piece of the crest throughout several pieces of the suite, it gives a uniform look that keeps it classic and traditional.

cabo san lucas destination wedding invitations

Sweets + Suites: Summery Pom

In today's wedding trends, brides and planners work to create beautiful and cohesive designs, where everything goes together seamlessly! From the flowers, to the table decor, to the save the dates and invitations, everything reflects that overall design. In the latest issue of Brides of North Texas, I took part in a shoot that was all about that idea of seamless designs. However, this time around, the invitation designers came up with a wedding suite, and then got paired up with a cake designer who took that invitation suite as inspiration for a gorgeous cake! I loved working on this shoot, and was so happy to be paired up with Sugar Bee Sweets for this particular design!

Watercolor wedding invitations with a custom wedding crest. This suite had a summer pomegranate theme that was incorporated throughout.

This design was allllll about the pomegranates. Everything on these paper pieces was hand painted in watercolor to give it an organic and fresh feel. The color scheme of pinks, purples, and mint green gave it that early spring vibe I was hoping for! And now, drumroll please....the cake to match!


How perfect is that? Look at the hand painted details to match the watercolor details on the invitation suite! And that tiny little silver foiled good. Here are a few more closeup images of the suite! One of my favorite parts, the hand painted wedding crest! 

Custom watercolor lettering on this wedding invitation suite
A close-up look at this custom wedding crest for a summer pomegranate themed style. Hot pink and purple hues with pops of mint green.

Stationery + Calligraphy: Goldie Design Co.
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
as seen in: Brides of North Texas, 2016 Spring/Summer Issue

ps - word on the street is there is one more sweets + suite design I will be sharing, too!