I recently had the pleasure of designing and printing a set of wedding invitations for a couple of good friends that I went to college with. Paul & Jes have been dating longer than I've known them and they are tying the knot at the end of this month! For their wedding, I created an invitation set with an invite, reply card, save-the-date card, thank you cards and four sets of envelopes.
Let's start with the Save-the-Date:
I created Paul & Jes' Save-the-Date cards several months ago. They were loosely based on this set of wedding invitations I printed for another couple in 2008. Paul & Jes' wedding colors are blue, white and black, so we stuck with light blue and black inks on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White paper for the whole suite. The above Save-the-Date card is an A2 size and came with a matching blue envelope with a monarch style flap from Green Paper Company. Here is a close-up so you can get a better look at the Save-the-Date:
After the Save-the-Date cards were printed and sent out, I began working on the designs for their wedding invitations. Jes really liked the light blue flowers from the Save-the-Date card and wanted to keep the design and formatting of the other pieces in her stationery suite similar, and this is what we came up with:
The invitation is a standard A7 size and comes with an A7 envelope that was the same color as their save-the-date envelopes. Green Paper Company currently makes two different blue papers, a lighter one and a darker one. The two sets of envelopes you've seen so far are their darker blues. For Paul & Jes' invites we custom lined each one with the lighter blue GPC color, just to give it a little more pizazz. I think they turned out really pretty! Here is the invite with the lined invitation envelope:
And here are a couple of close-up photos of their stunning invitation:
Like the design we printed in 2008, Paul and Jes wanted their names to be the most prominent textual element on their invitation design, with the other information designed around it. I love the way that the blue flowers interlace with the script of their names, and I love the use of the 1/4" black border to frame everything.
For the reply card, we used a standard 4bar size with a light blue envelope (that matched the invitation envelope liners). I tried to keep the design of this card in line with the design of everything else. Here is the reply card with its envelope:
And here is a close-up of the card, by itself:
I really love the elegance and simplicity of this reply card! It's very pretty, simple and yet functional and coordinates with the rest of the suite perfectly!
Last, but not least, I created a set of matching thank you cards for Paul & Jes to use after their wedding. Here is what they look like:
The thank you cards were also a 4bar size. They incorporated the same floral pattern from the reply card and featured their names (with Jes' new last name!) in the center. These also came with a coordinating blue envelope.
As much as I enjoy working with the majority of my customers, it's really fun when you get to create something beautiful and special for your friends! Congratulations Paul & Jes! I'm so excited for your wedding!