This guy has cracked the code, and all other men need to take notes.
How perfectly sweet is the Clue-inspired proposal?! An old colleague and friend contacted me with hopes I could help him put the finishing touches on a very sweet, very personal engagement idea. The game-board enthusiasts are now engaged to be wed, and I’m so grateful to have been a (very small) part of it.
The plan was simple: Play a good-natured game of Clue with his girlfriend’s family and everyone throw the game, ensuring that she would be the one to open the solution envelope. (Spoiler: It was Jesse, in the dining room, with the ring!) Here is a closer look at the final playing cards.
In September, I not only got to help out a darling bride and groom get ready for their wedding, but I also got to attend the wedding of two dear friends. Spoiler alert: they’re the same people! The ceremony was sweet and moving (not to mention memorable), with light rain sprinkles teasing guests near the end of the program. Rain at your wedding is a sign of good luck, and I would expect nothing else for this adorable couple.
I’ve found that doing event stationary for friends’ weddings is both wonderful and incredibly challenging. I feel like the 110% I give to my clients still isn’t enough for my pals. That being said, I give to you the finished product after many hours of tireless work — this outdoorsy and rustic, cream-and-apple invitation wedding suite for Hailey and TJ:
I used ink-drawn fonts and other imperfectly perfect details to bring out a rustic feel for these invitations, with the intention of setting the stage for their outdoor wedding. The hand drawn map gives simple directions to the park and to the hotel. The extra information cards shows reception and registration information, in addition to instructions on how to grow the wildflower seeds embedded in their envelope.
I also designed coördinating wedding programs, table numbers (not shown), centerpiece markers, and favor tags. The little jam jars had the wedding logo on one side and the phrase, “Spread the Love” on the other.
Best wishes, Hailey and TJ!
In August, two of the possibly most adorable people I’ve ever met tied the knot. And then, when they asked me to help “write their love story…” Well, how could I refuse?! That’s how these storybook wedding invitations were born.
All of the ticky-tack information is included on the book’s title page, along with the title of their celebration. The RSVP postcard was designed to look like a library card, incased in it’s very own library card sleeve.
The invitation opened up to reveal Chapter One: the love story of our couple, written by the bride (with help from her brother!). An old-timey photo helped showcase a little more of the quirky couple’s personality. Chapter Two gave guests directions, hotel information, registry information, and a little background on the ceremony.
Congrats, Sallie and Steven!
A fabulous bride from Colorado tracked me down to work on some airport-inspired destination wedding invitations. With versions going to guests both from Poland and the US, the invitations — written in Polish and English — were a multicultural smörgåsbord.
Each guest received a formal invitation that was modeled after a boarding pass, plus an additional information sheet with itineraries, tidbits, and lodging options. The long invitation pieces were wrapped in an antique map of the couple’s wedding destination, adding a flair of Old World charm and vintage warmth.
I created custom stamps for this project to give a personal touch to the whole suite. An English crest and Polish mail marking tell guests “We hope you can celebrate with us.”
Like the first orange leaf on the tree, fall-inspired wedding invitations signal the official change in season. It’s here, folks. Don’t fight it. Instead, jump right in with pretty creams, gorgeous eggplants, and elegant greys, like this bride did for her Thanksgiving-centric event.
A contemporary wedding, this event wasn’t supposed to look too Thanksgiving-y or too rigid. The fonts were inspired by the big band gracing the reception and the vintage flair of the bride and groom.
This simple, pretty map helps direct guests from the church to the resort where the dancing and snacks will be.
And, of course, a simple (and affordable!) RSVP postcard lets the party planners know who’s coming and who’s skipping.
Okay, maybe not 30 minutes literally. But, when you agree to design custom wedding programs for a bride getting married in California in less than a week, it can really feel like you have a bomb strapped to your chest (insert another Jesse Eisenberg movie pun here, although I haven’t yet seen the movie). Add to the project a very traditional format with some very long names, and you have a recipe for something gorgeous — and time consuming.
Here is the fruit of my very quick labor: a tri-fold program printed on a nice linen paper, with a pretty seal in brown and yellow. I’m currently selling these on Etsy. So if you like what you see, hop on over.
Modern bride Kelly and traditional husband-to-be Todd were looking for a compromise on their garden-themed wedding invitations. To mesh the two very different styles, I incorporated classic typography and rich paper with fresh colors, interesting shapes and original artwork.
The invitations are a four-panel accordion, complete with custom map and tear-away RSVP postcard.
If you’d like these for you wedding, you can get started by heading here.
I’ve known my good friend Heather since the 5th grade, back when we shared a love for Reggie Miller and The Spice Girls, but nothing could get me ready for the trial of our friendship — designing her wedding invitations. Now, I know you must be thinking that Heather turned into one of those crazy bridezillas you see on T.V., with fake hair flying in all of its glory and crazy requests for lego-themed cakes spewing out everywhere. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Heather simply told me: “Here’s what my wedding will kind of be like. You’re the expert. Go for it!”
Designing something for Heather’s wedding was almost as hard as designing something for my own. I put a crazy amount of stress on making sure they were perfect, so three concepts later (and 100+ hours to boot), I finally put the final touches on these.
The tri-fold, linen invitation came tucked into a hand-crafted green folder that boasted lyrics from Heather and Heather’s fiancé Tim’s favorite song. The last section of the invitation is a tear-away RSVP postcard, for the guest’s ease of use.
Included with the invitation is a custom locator map, showing guests where the ceremony and hotel are, where to sleep once they get there (to the hotel, NOT to the ceremony), and how to navigate all the places in between.
You can check out Heather and Tim’s wedding website here.
Chris and Eileen are having a very small wedding, but a big party at a local bar to celebrate their union with friends. Only the funkiest invite would do, and these postcards invite guests to enjoy “food, beer, music and general carousing.”
Although I love the little illustration of the beer, my favorite personal touch was a banjo for the groom.
And a map on the back helps guests navigate the treacherous one way streets of downtown Muncie in addition to providing all of the party details.
If you think these would work for your next party, head over here to get your own.