After a year of planning, my wedding this past summer came and went in a whirl of laughter and happy tears. And a big sigh of relief. My wife Kristine and I did all the wedding decorating ourselves, from the flower arrangements to the design of the invitations, table gifts, and wedding programs. It was a lot of work, to say the least.
Our wedding’s quirky, yet elegant design style used hearts as a central design motif throughout and stuck to a two-color, (purple and silver) palette. To stick with the “love” theme, lovebirds were used on a few items, including the table numbers and the cake topper.
My first design task was to create an identity in which we could brand the materials. I decided that a simple heart-shaped ampersand could work well. We used it between our initials, our full names, and by itself. For the typography, I stuck to one typeface called Archer, a playful, yet legible slab-serif font.
A Save the Date postcard was created next, and printed digitally to save money. Heart-shaped illustrations were created to tie into the large, playful headline “Eat, Drink, and Be Married.” Additional wedding details were on the back.
The wedding invite and RSVP card were letterpressed on Crane Lettra stock, and mailed in silver envelopes with custom labels. Letterpressing can be expensive, so I suggest shopping around online and getting multiple quotes. Also, be sure to print 25 or so more than your guest count (a lesson I learned the hard way). We wanted the RSVP cards to have a creative twist, so I left a space on each for our guests to respond in a creative way. The RSVPs came back with cute drawings, photo collages, and clever notes on them, which we then displayed at the wedding.
For wedding day materials, I created a program that included a word puzzle on the back with clues about us. Our guests had a few laughs with that before the ceremony started. We also created a photostrip frame for our guests to use after they took photos in our photobooth at the venue. While the booth was a splurge, our guests loved it.
In the end, I was pleased with the way everything came out. And our guests positive comments and smiles made it all worthwhile. For a glimpse at some of the designs, check out the photos below.