i designed a faux heraldic shield based on crows (which my fiance and i love and who seemed to haunt our early courtship) our initials (which when we marry will become the same) and a crossed feather motif (i’ve got a tattoo of a feather on my foot) and went with a sort of victoriana inspired theme for the stationery.
we write a music blog together so it seemed appropriate to make up a cd sleeve type envelope to hold all the bits. incidentally a french friend of mine said he found ‘repondre s’il vous plait’ a little too abrupt and suggested the more gentile ‘merci de repondre’ for the rsvp card. in order to get all the information on directions to the church, wedding list etc into the invitiation package we decided to make a fold out (which folds down to the same size as the invitation and rsvp card) which looked like victorian bill poster or page from a gentlemen’s quarterly.
we’d wanted the letterpress type feel to things but time constraints (we got engaged in mid july and are getting married mid november!) budgetary issues and a real lack of letterpresses in the uk meant our final design was all laserprinted onto standard sized paper i’d chosen in an art supply store and we spent a weekend with scalpels, double sided tape and cutting boards trimming, folding and assembling hundreds of bits of cardboard into our invitations, mind you, all in all it’s only cost us £100 ($200) for 125 invitations! (though there’s many a busy evening spent slaving over a hot keyboard & mouse which isn’t accounted for in there!)
[images from Juliet]