It was such an ordeal to talk myself out of letterpress...
So, after a long an exhaustive search, and many discussions back and forth in my head, I let go of the idea of spending extra money on letterpress invitations and found a simple, but elegant invite that I could live with. I went with "Baroness" by Checkerboard after requesting some samples in the mail.
It's very straight-forward and to the point, which is fine by me since I know most of them will end up in the trash! It's on a thick gold cardstock, and the emblem at the top left is an embossed gold design. The response card is very similar, but the emblem is in a chartreuse outline.
The blurry image below is the sample that came in the mail.
We will be using this funky terrarium for a card box:
While on the hunt, I came across all these invitations below that were contenders at various stages in the game:
C + B ~ 10.26.08