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The Zombie invitation

Posted in Details with tags , , , , on Monday, July 27, 2009 by nightmarewedding

It took two Sundays and an assembly line of bridesmaids, but the invitations are finally done! 


(sorry for the crappy iPhone photo. I am sans camera at the moment. Will take better photos next time)

The invitations were inspired by the Pumpkin door to Halloween Town that is seen in the forrest at the beginning of Nightmare Before Christmas. One of my favourite aesthetic from the film that I wanted to incorporate into the invitations was the roughness of the lines and the texture in the scenery. I picked a textured black linen paper from the Paper Place and chose to block print the tree to get that feel. I carved two linoleum blocks to make the tree (one for each side of the trifold, which was cut from an 8.5×11 sheet and folded from scratch) and used a brayer and silver block printing ink to stamp the halves on, one at a time. The pumpkin was also made with a homemade linoleum stamp, printed on orange textured linen paper and cut to form. When the ink was dry, it was adhered to the invitation with a medium glue dot. Tada! You have a door!

The biggest pain in the ass about the trifold, especially when you have thick card gravel-coloured card stock glue-dotted on the inside with all the info is that the sides tend to pop up on you and never stay shut. This was remedied with a vellum slip. I got the idea from my mom’s friend’s wedding invitation, who had a similar trifold set up as we did. To add a bit more Nightmare Before Christmas flare to the invitation, I printed a photo of Lock, Shock and Barrel and the words of the famous musical opening lines: “Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?” They were printed multiple times on regular 8.5 x 11 vellum, cut into strips and stuck together with a glue dot. 

The inside is actually pretty plain, I have to admit. Just regular ol’ gravel card stock with black and orange words on ’em with info concerning the wedding. Perhaps one day I will take a photo of the inside. In the mean time, here is our formal invitation wording (which I wrote in what I thought to be something Tim Burton would do had he written the invitation his way):

Dearly Beloved,
An announcement must be said
By proud parents and their children to be wed.

Mr. Zombie


Miss Zombie

Invite you on this spooky day of Halloween,
to gather before the silver screen,
then later have cocktails and poutine,
and witness a wedding you’ve never yet seen. 

On the right side of the trifold, there is a small sheet glue-dotted on the flap, which includes our “wedsite”, hotel information, venue addresses and a simplified map that I painstakingly drew on Illustrator. No registry details since we had no room. That info is on the “wedsite” anyway. 


The envelopes were A7 size in a matte gravel colour. I incorporated my silhouette rendition of the graveyard, spiral hill and the treehouse by goccoing the illustration to the back of the envelope. The addresses were printed on clear labels in the Burton’s Nightmare font. Our return address is on the front side and each envelope is sealed with a round black sticker with a spider web stamp on it. 

Et voila, invitations ala Zombie. The whole thing cost me about $3.20 per invitation, which is pretty freakin’ sweet. 


What I’ve learned from the invitation making process: 

– always buy extra paper and supplies incase you screw up.
– always measure more than once. Remember, you only have one chance at cutting them.
– no matter how simple it was to make your mock-up, making it multiple times over (in my case, 60 times) will still make you want to kill yourself.
– always accept help when making them. My bridesmaids were absolute super stars helping me make these and I couldn’t have done it so fast without them.
– vellum adhesives are made from the bowels of hell. Glue dots are your best friend. 
– best to wrap the vellum around the invitation as you are doing it instead of pre-folding them. We pre-made the sleeves only to find out that they were a wee bit too small to fit the invitations and had to re-fold and seal them all over again 😦 
– keep your addresses organized! I didn’t and it took me a bazillion hours to track down each one 😦

The biggest eye-opener for me when making these invitations was realizing how many people I actually knew. I had always been a really quiet person with very little social life, but after going through the guest list process and having to make some tough decisions about who to send invitations to, I realize that… damn… Mr. Zombie and I know a shitload of people. But hey, if anything, it really makes you dwell on who you love the most, right? 

Alrighty, off to the post office I go to mail these babies!


RSVP Postcards

Posted in Details on Monday, July 20, 2009 by nightmarewedding


Remember this gruesome-yet-cute zombie illustration I did of Zombie Mr.-err-Zombie and I eating Tim Burton? When I was drawing it, I really had no idea what the heck I could use it for, but I knew it had to be shown somewhere. In the previous blog entry, I had mentioned that I was toying with the idea of using this for the RSVPs. Well, I finally got these babies printed in postcard form for the RSVP postcards! 

I ordered them from The Printing House. They are quite a huge chain in Canada and I’ve been referred to them countless of times by many businesses. I liked that there was no minimum amount to print so I wasn’t stuck with a bunch of postcards that I wouldn’t know what to do with. They printed on a thick 4×6 cardstock, glossy and colour on one side, matte and black & white on the other. All 60 postcards cost me about $55, which isn’t too shabby. It’s at least cheaper than what making RSVP stationery with matching envelopes would have cost… not to mention a lot less paper was wasted in the process. They also look pretty damn awesome! 

For anyone who is interested, this is what it says on the back of the card: 


Kindly reply by the 28th of September, 2009!

Guest: ___________________________

(checklists: will be attending/will not be attending)


Describe briefly what you would do to survive in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.



Yes. That’s right. We want to know what you would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. We know you all have at least thought about it once… perhaps even entertained the idea with a friend over dinner, or discussed it after watching a George Romero film with a loved one. I know Mr. Zombie and I have our plan of action. Hey, people have to be prepared, damn it. 

The invitations are now halfway done, thanks to the enormous help from my lovely slaves bridesmaids. Just a few more snips and glue dots to go and they’ll be ready to ship!

Zombie shoes! I haz ’em!

Posted in Outfit on Thursday, July 16, 2009 by nightmarewedding

Remember those Zombie shoes I drooled over a few months back? Well, ever since then, the damn shoes haunted me. It was featured on blogs that I followed on my GoogleReader. It was in the very few magazines that I read. It was talked about by friends of mine who didn’t even know that I blogged about them on this wedding blog. I had hesitated to buy them beforehand because I was afraid that they might be too tall for my clumsy non-stiletto-wearing feet, but I could still have a back-up pair incase my feet got tired, I would have an arm (my dad, and later Mr. Zombie) that I could hold onto when walking down the aisle, and I could just simply take them off while going up and down “the staircase of death” to get to the cinema stage. I had options. My feet can survive a day for zombie shoes!

Well, when I finally decided that the zombie shoes were  the perfect wedding shoes for me, Murphy’s Law also took effect. They were NOWHERE to be found in Toronto. I couldn’t find any stores online who would ship them to Canada. eBay didn’t have them in my puny size 6. A mad search was conducted. Twitter friends from all over North America hit every  alternative store to look for them: in LA, San Francisco, Vegas, Chicago… hell, even in Alaska. 

Well, it took a couple of months, but a friend of Mr. Zombie’s finally tracked them down somewhere in Ohio. The package arrived yesterday, and all I can say is “sweet freakin’ victory”!


It’s funny. I never thought I would go this crazy looking for a pair of shoes. Footwear was never something I dwelled on. Originally I was going to wear second-hand $10 boots from Value Village (which I just scuffed up too much in my shadow casting days), but these babies just called out to me. Call it my magical bride moment. Since I don’t get to go to a bridal store to find my perfect dress, I may as well get the experience with the shoes, right?

Now… to learn how to walk in stiletto heels…

T-minus 4 months…

Posted in Details, projects on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by nightmarewedding

So far in wedding planning, we have accomplished:

– figured out basic reception details (ie. some logistics, menu, estimated cost)
– locked down ceremony venue
– roughly planned out wedding cupcakes
– found my wedding shoes!
– wedding dress planned, wedding hat on the way.
– bridesmaids’ outfits are attained
– two of three groomsmen outfits attained
– Princess Lasertron flowers are ordered
– bridal shower invites are sent out (you rock, Ramona!)
– 2 of 3 registries completed
– locked down officiant
– hotel room reserved for wedding night 
– invitation mock-ups completed
– favour tags are done 
– secured the best photographer ever! 
– finalize guest list 



– finalize reception decor and how to execute it within parametres of set-up schedule
– make programs and send them to printers’
– make and send out invitations
– build a podium for the ceremony
– write vows/ceremony with officiant
– find groom’s  outfit
– alter wedding party outfits (silkscreen project!)
– start making my wedding dress
–  make signs for guestbook/photobooth/money box
– build money box
– finalize reception and cake details
– make arrangements with hotel for out-of-town guests
– favours and wedding party presents
– make a movie poster for the wedding 
– figure out mini-moon (honeymoon will commence in 2010!) 

……. oh jebus. There’s still a lot of stuff to do….