I knew I wanted to do my own wedding invitations, but the time crunch made it impossible to actually hand ink and print each one. So, I did a watercolor illustration and then leaned on the expertise of art and creative director colleagues and they helped me enter the world of digital printing. ‘Bout time.
Since our ceremony and reception was held at a fort I decided I wanted the unique venue to be reflected. So, we did a gate fold invitation that resembled the sally portof the fort. It was an important sally port because that’s the one the bridal party used to enter and then walk down the aisle.
A friend of mine is planning her wedding, and asked me if I could make her invitations. I used to work at the most fantastic letterpress shop (PKE) for a short time, and even though I don’t have access to any of the equipment, I learned a thing or two.
I had a hard time with the text. I wanted it to be printed by hand, but I didn’t want to carve each individual letter. A savvy artist friend of mine suggested using solar plates…which I will definitely use next time! Brilliant idea. But this time I printed the text on translucent vellum, adhered it to a floral relief print so the design would show through a little bit. The RSVPs were a fun challenge, too. Printing 4″x6″ card stock is NOT easy :P
I sort of just stumbled upon this by chance, but I might like to explore this further. I figured out some good short cuts, so maybe I’ll do a little couture stationary line on the side. Anecdotally speaking, EVERYONE I know is getting married.