We recently started selling invitations on Etsy and just got our first order! Although we have all sorts of local jobs flying through our office, getting our foot in the door of Etsy brides has been a bit more challenging than we anticipated. Well we just got our first order from an Etsy bride and we were just so thrilled with the inspiration she has for her wedding, we had to share it with the rest of you. Kaitlin sent us very descriptive details of the inspiration of her wedding which completely revolved around the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, CA.
“The place is already brimming with character, so we decided to go with a theme that would complement the quirky coolness that is a themed trailer park hotel in the middle of the desert. I’m not really sure how to describe it, except maybe “surreal sunshine pop retro desert coolness,” with oversize yellow balloons, handmade succulent centerpieces in animal-shaped ceramic pots, and desert-themed cocktails like the cactus cooler and the tumbleweed martini. Color palettes we love include canary yellow, mint green, and burnt orange — 70s refrigerator colors, basically” says Kaitlin.

Below is an inspiration board of the photos she sent me:

Here is the finished invitation, love the way it turned out!

We know that not everyone has themed weddings like this, but you can still have subdued inspiration to keep you on track. Maybe you are inspired by a fabric on your grandmother’s couch or a necklace of your mother’s, or maybe you were inspired by a film and want your wedding to have the same feeling? When finding your wedding inspiration, it isn’t only about having “colors”, it is also about implying a feeling that you want your guests to have when they are attending your event- themes don’t have to be a literal translation. We recommend building an inspiration board of your own in order to get a clear vision of the event you are planning. We are trying to do more inspiration boards on our own blog- but you can find many more on the awesome wedding blogs they have out there, or just by googling things you like.


retro trailer park kitsch translated into wedding invitations




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  1. Kaitlin

    March 16th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Thanks so much, Nichole! You did such an awesome job translating our vision into these adorable, quirky invites! We LOVE them!

  2. invitations

    April 10th, 2011 at 5:53 am

    ooo this is really cute 🙂 i didnt know photos like this can be used as themes. thanks for sharing great ideas. ill share your blog with 2 of my clients that im sure who will be interested as well.

  3. Pharmacokinetics

    January 22nd, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    262602 632997Just a smiling visitor here to share the enjoy (:, btw fantastic style and design . 629559

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