I get to work with so many awesome couples during the summer months on wedding-related stationery, that I simply don’t have time to feature them all on this blog in the summer. I really love the winter months though, because I can take some time to go back and remind myself of all of the beautiful and fun invitations we created over the summer and show off the ones to you that I didn’t quite get to during those months.
The invitations you see above and below, were one of my favorites to design from early summer 2010! Joyce and Tim of Vancouver, Canada were very fun and had a lot of unique, quirky elements to their wedding that made designing their stationery really fun!
When Joyce first contacted me, she described her upcoming wedding and the stationery she wanted. Her stationery was to incorporate chartreuse and violet inks on a creamy white paper and she liked the idea of mixing typewriter fonts with fonts that looked handwritten. She wanted her stationery to incorporate different flight elements, and we chose paper airplane motifs as well as classic “Airmail” stripes to accomplish this. All of the graphics on these invitations were hand-drawn in a very simplistic style, which I absolutely love. It’s very cute and quirky and fun! As we hammered out ideas, we also decided that printing these invitations with all of the pertinent information as one sheet of paper, would be pretty cool, so we designed these as a long accordion folded invite with four separate panels, each of which was printed double-sided, to maximize the space. Each invitation measures 15.25″x5.75″ unfolded, but folds up to slightly larger than an A2 size card. Letterpress printing something this large on a platen press can be a challenge, but I love the format and think that it’s a great way to fit a lot of information onto not a lot of paper.
In the image on the left above, you can see the two main panels of the exterior side of the invite. The small panel at the top folds over the whole package and has the couple’s return address printed on the flap. The way that this is designed, you could potentially mail them without envelopes. They actually almost look like they are in an envelope, when they’re folded up, even though they are not! Because Joyce wanted them to arrive in great shape for her guests though, she also had a us print some A6 size, deep purple envelopes for them to be mailed in. I do love how the format allows for them to be mailed without envelopes though, and I think this plays into the “airmail” theme in the design really well. The panel below the one with the address on the backside features an area for Joyce to write in her guest’s names (as well as their address, if she had been mailing them without envelopes).
In the image on the right above, you can see the interior side of the small panel as well as the next two main panels to the right of it. The two main panels on the inside were the actual invitation panel (left) and a panel with lift ticket, accommodations and directions information all relevant to the wedding celebration (right). Check out these two center panels closer below!
I just love all of the fun little elements in this design! The hand-drawn paper airplanes and clouds are so joyful and inviting along with the funky typewriter and handwriting-like fonts, and the airmail stripes! I also love Joyce and Tim’s unconventional choices in color. Chartreuse and violet are just awesome together!
Another thing I love about this design is how Joyce gave just enough information in her different informational sections on the right-hand interior panel, without going overboard. Sometimes I think it’s difficult for couples planning a destination wedding to decide what information is absolutely essential for their guests and what information is extraneous. Joyce and Tim did a great job of giving just enough information in their informational section, and then directed guests to their wedding website if they needed more info.
The fourth panel of Joyce & Tim’s wedding invitation was a detachable RSVP postcard. It was also double-sided, and featured all of the important RSVP information on one side (guest’s names, rsvp date, and a place for guests to choose their reception entrée). I love how Joyce let me incorporate little animal and vegetable icons into the design for the entrée choices. They’re too cute!
The backside of this reply card/panel was designed to look like a vintage postcard back. It was divided down the center and featured Joyce & Tim’s address and a place for a postage stamp on the right side and the left side was blank with a little note asking guests to write a message to the couple. I think this is such a cute RSVP idea and I imagine that they were really fun for Joyce and Tim to receive in the mail in the months before their wedding.
Last, but not least, we also designed a set of coordinating thank you cards for this stationery suite, for Joyce and Tim to send out their guests after the wedding. These were also printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and violet, and featured many of the same design elements from the actual invitations, including the airmail stripes, handwriting font, and a chartreuse paper airplane. These cards were an A2 size, folded, and came with coordinating chartreuse envelopes that had Joyce and Tim’s address printed on the back flap in violet. Aren’t they cute!?!
Thanks so much again Joyce & Tim for working with me on your wedding stationery! I really enjoyed it! All the best!