Windows: A riff on Victorian-era architecture

I’ve been obsessed with houses and architecture since I was a child, always staring out the car/bus/train/plane window, paying attention to what the buildings look like where ever I go. I never actually studied architecture, though, so it just became an observational past time. When Brian and I moved to the east coast about 10 […]

Spruce Land Paper Neighborhood Craft Kit by yeiou paper objects

Welcome to the neighborhood (of little paper houses)

I launched my little paper villages last spring, and didn’t really have a plan for them. They were an evolution of my generic little paper house design. I was selling them singly or in sets, and people seemed to really like them, and be interested in more variety of design. The first village combined a […]

Free Papercraft Watermelon by Mr. Printables

Fun, Free, and made of paper!

I discovered Mr. Printables when I was collecting ideas for my Paper Fun Pinterest board. There is a TON of content on the site. They have everything from calendars in the shape of a weird accordion rabbit thing to 3-dimensional paper alphabets to decorations for every conceivable holiday. I’ve tried a few of the free […]

#100daysofpaperfun My 2017 100 Days Project

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen me posting random paper projects for the last month or so. This random little goat “faux taxidermy” piece I created on a whim was sort of the impetus for the project:   A post shared by Abigail McMurray (@yeioupaperobjects) on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT I […]

Wedding invitations for The Big Fake Wedding New England 2016

A Real Party at a Big Fake Wedding

Wedding invitations for The Big Fake Wedding New England 2016

At the end of September I got to participate in a really amazing event called the Big Fake Wedding. The event is a fresh take on a bridal show built around the idea of showcasing wedding vendors doing what they do best -- putting on an amazing wedding event for a real couple. The night features a ceremony of vow renewals for a couple and then a huge party reception. The "wedding guests" are brides and grooms to be!

The event featured invitation and paper goods designers, like me, photographers, florists, clothing and jewelry providers, caterers, DJs, live bands, photographers, and videographers. Everyone together did what they do best and put on a truly amazing event!

As you may have picked up in my wedding invitations and what comes next series, there are a lot of paper goods to consider for your wedding! For the Big Fake Wedding, I designed a full invitation set, as well as guest favor boxes, dinner menus, and table numbers. It was really fun to design for the the "Autumn Harvest" theme--it happened to tie together my favorite season and some of my favorite colors, so I basically took this as an opportunity to design my dream wedding invitations.

You might be aware that most of my work is actually in designing and creating unique papercraft kits. I LOVE to make paper do unexpected things, so I took this opportunity to think outside of the box a little! When you pull the invitation out of the envelope, you see a standard pocket enclosure, with the primary invitation text adhered to the flap where you would expect. When you reach into the pocket to pull out the traditional assortment of cards that tell you how to RSVP and which hotel to stay in, you realize that they aren't cards at all! I created a garland of watercolored paper leaves that contains all of the important information, and can serve as a seasonal decoration (and reminder of the wedding), or at least a worthy commemoration of one of the most important days of your life!

Closeup of woodgrain texture on invitation


Menu and Table Numbers at the Big Fake Wedding

Table Numbers at the Big Fake Wedding

I worked with Jody at My Personal Florist to create the custom die-cut menus and 3D table number for table #4. I created a more rustic/romantic menu and table number design for Jenna's (O'Malley Floral) impressive (and giant!) arrangement for table #8, and we set each seat at the table with a menu held in place by a wine cork stand, and an elegant favor box crafted out of the same textured paper.


Romantic watercolor tablescape with table number, menu, and favor box at Big Fake Wedding New England 2016

Romantic watercolor menu design with wine cork stand at Big Fake Wedding New England 2016

And photos! The watermarked photos above were all shot by photographers who participated in the event. One of the fun parts of the day was that the vendors were all there for several hours before the event, setting up and getting to know each other. It was really lovely to get to know these talented professionals! Most of the photos above were taken by Leona Campbell, including the beautiful shot of my invitation design at the top of the page. There's also some that were taken by Danny Ebersole, from Ebersole Photography.


The Big Fake Wedding was a unique and creative event and an amazing way to get a real feel for all the elements that make your wedding day so special. If you're getting married soon and feeling overwhelmed with imagining your special day, I'd definitely recommend checking out a Big Fake Wedding event near you!

I'd be happy to talk more with you, too, if you're needing custom invitations or paper goods for your upcoming wedding or big event. Learn more, see more examples of unique invitations I've designed for and with other couples and get in touch by visiting my wedding invitation design portfolio!


Get inspired by more photos from the Big Fake Wedding, or learn more about the vendors who participated in the event.

After the invitations are sent: Get organized

Things to think about after your wedding invitations are in the mail

Yay! You did it! You wrote an invitation, collected all the contact information, and sent that invitation out into the world. The party is officially on! At this point, you will have a ton of things to continue to sort out over the few months remaining before your wedding day. At some point you’ll consider […]

Wedding Invitations 301: Making Decisions

Wedding Invitations 301: Making Decisions

As I outlined in my Wedding Invitations 101 and Wedding Invitations 201 posts, you are not short of options when it comes to wedding invitations. After you’ve considered some of the decision-making guidelines I sketched out in those posts, you can move into the fun part: making your plan a reality! The list below is […]

Wedding invitations 201: Know your limits

4 Things to Consider when Planning your Wedding Invitations

If you’re debating the merits of different invitation formats, here are four things to consider when planning your printed or digital event invitations. If you’re just getting started thinking about invitations, don’t miss the first post in this series, Wedding Invitations 101: Making a Plan! 1. Consider your Guest List You might be inviting your closest […]

Wedding Invitations 101: Make a Plan!

Planning your Wedding Invitations: When, Where, & How?

There are as many different ways to plan a wedding as there are weddings, so my thesis here isn’t that there’s a correct WAY to plan your wedding or your wedding invitations, just that there might be an efficient order in which to make whatever decisions you’re going to make. As you’re beginning to plan, […]