The week before Thanksgiving, I finished a lovely set of wedding invitations for a couple in Tasmania, Australia, that incorporated our origami crane designs that we’ve been using for greeting cards for quite some time. If you’ve never checked out our origami crane cards, you totally should, in our etsy shop.
I still get really excited when a couple contacts us from really really far away! The internet is just too cool like that. I find it really awesome that from my tiny little shop in Oregon, I can work with people all across the country and around the world on invitations and other gorgeous paper goods. It’s really a privilege and is one of the things that makes my job really exciting.
Kate had seen our other crane designs when she contacted me early this fall, and wanted to incorporate them into her wedding invitations. She and Antony’s invitations featured the cranes and were printed in two ink colors: a deep, almost burgundy red, and black. The design is very modern, but whimsical at the same time. The invite itself is a long, skinny #10 size card and the reply card is a monarch size, which is also long and skinny, but not quite as long as the #10 invite. Both cards were printed on super soft, 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Bone White. We paired both cards with matching red envelopes from Green Paper Company. The invitation envelope featured the couple’s return address on the flap and the reply card envelope featured their same address on the front, both in black ink.
Above you can see the invitation and invitation envelope by itself. I love the mix of red, decorative script fonts in this design, paired with black, classic copperplate fonts for the regular information. Something that is very different about this invite, in comparison to other invitations we’ve done, is that you’ll notice a blank line in the center of the invite for Kate to write in her guest’s names. Generally, for U.S. couples, we don’t incorporate a space for guest’s names to be written on the invitation, but I thought this was a really neat, unique and personal idea, and think it would be great if one of my future U.S. couples wanted to incorporate this into their design.
Below you can see some more detail photos of the invitation itself. I just love red and black as a color combination and I love how all of the little decorative crane motifs and fonts just sink into the 100% cotton paper we used. It’s just gorgeous!
For Kate and Antony’s reply card, we incorporated a lot of the same design elements from the invitation. This card still features our lovely origami cranes and the decorative lines from the invitation (this time at the top of the card rather than the bottom). This card is slightly shorter than the invitation. It is a monarch size, which measures 3.75″x7.25″, whereas the #10 invite measures 3.75″x9.25″. This card is also oriented horizontally, rather than vertically, for some variety.
Kate had a lot of information on her reply card, which is why we decided to go with the larger size. Check out her response options! Have you ever heard the phrase “… will be there with bells on”? Well, Kate gave her guests all forms of response options, both with and without bells. It’s pretty cute! On the right side of the card, there’s also a space for guest’s to write a little note to the bride and groom with their response.
The other thing this card features is a place for guests to respond about bus requirements. Kate & Antony’s ceremony site doesn’t have parking, so they are having a bus take their guests from the ceremony site to the reception site and back. Because of this, there’s a small area on their response card for guests to write how many seats on the bus need to be reserved for them. I used a tiny VW Bug motif for this response (vintage VW’s are quite possibly my favorite car ever, and Kate thought the drawing I did for it was really cute too).