MICHEL & DEAN

Michel and Dean got married on the Fourth of July and wanted the theme of the invitations to reflect the holiday. Their color palate was fuchsia, blue, lavender, and silver. The wedding was in New York at a hotel and spa. Her concern (and mine as well) was how to have a 4th of July theme while also keeping with the formality of the wedding. Our process was to first chat on the phone about Michel’s ideas then meet in person to finalize the color palette and paper and envelope choices. I printed everything on a shimmery ivory card stock. It was also very important to her that all of her guests had a clear understanding of all of the events she and Dean were hosting as well as hotel accommodations, and to express her appreciation for the effort they were making to attend the wedding.

MICHEL & DEAN

Michel and Dean got married on the Fourth of July and wanted the theme of the invitations to reflect the holiday. Their color palate was fuchsia, blue, lavender, and silver. The wedding was in New York at a hotel and spa. Her concern (and mine as well) was how to have a 4th of July theme while also keeping with the formality of the wedding. Our process was to first chat on the phone about Michel’s ideas then meet in person to finalize the color palette and paper and envelope choices. I printed everything on a shimmery ivory card stock. It was also very important to her that all of her guests had a clear understanding of all of the events she and Dean were hosting as well as hotel accommodations, and to express her appreciation for the effort they were making to attend the wedding.

COLOR PALETTE

 

FINISHED INVITATIONS

 

FORMAL INVITATION

I used the color palette to design the fireworks and chose an upright 4 by 9.5 shape because it’s more unique than the standard 5 by 7 invitation. As much as Michel and Dean wanted their invitations to feel formal, they also wanted something different and special. This wedding had A LOT that needed to be communicated to the guests so I knew we would need to include a detailed insert with additional information. The RSVP card was two sided to give an in-depth description of the menu choices. There was also a brunch Michel and Dean needed people to RSVP to that we needed to account for on the front of the card.

FOLDED INSERT FOR INVITATION

Because this was such a large wedding with multiple activities, we decided to print an insert that the guests could carry with them. A majority of the guests to this wedding were over 65 and we were concerned that if all we did was direct them to Michel and Dean’s website they may not have found that as helpful as an actual insert.

REHEARSAL DINNER

The rehearsal dinner was hosted by Michel’s parents, but Michel was taking care of the invitation for it. We sent this separately to a limited number of guests.

WELCOME LETTER FOR EACH GUEST

Michel wanted each guest to receive a letter and gift bag at the front desk when they checked in. We personalized each letter to each guest, which meant I needed a spreadsheet of names of people who had RSVP’d yes to the wedding. We also included a slightly updated version of the Weekend Activities insert. Everything was printed on shimmery ivory colored paper and matching envelopes. Each envelope also had the name of the person getting the letter and a black and white picture of Michel and Dean’s hands forming a heart.

PROGRAM

Programs act as a little historic document of the ceremony. Years after a wedding the couple may forget who all was in the wedding party or what poems and songs were part of the event. They’re also useful for guests who don’t know all of the people in the ceremony. Different traditions can also be explained in a program.

With that said, I strongly suspect that the ultimate value of a wedding program is that it acts as a fan (and they allow for guests to gauge how long until the bar’s open). I always print programs on heavy card stock for this reason. 😉

TABLE NAMES

Each table at the reception had a number and place that had personal meaning to Michel and Dean (the numbers are to make the job of the caterers easier). The photos were supplied by Dean, and I designed the cards to allow for extra room on the bottom–when these are wedged into a menu holder on each table some of the text can get lost if there’s not enough white space on the bottom.

“KISS CARDS”

Michel and Dean didn’t want to participate in the tradition of kissing every time someone clinked their glass. They came up with this poem that we had printed and put on each table. This was also a reminder to guests to fill out the guest book.

THANK YOU CARDS

I printed these to match the suite and did a few different print runs during the year we prepared for the wedding. I encourage couples to get thank you cards at the same time as their invitations so they can keep current with thank you notes vs waiting until after the wedding (most people send gifts way before the actual wedding).

GIFT TAGS

Custom tags can be tied on to gift bags, small bars of chocolate, or little jars of jam. Michel and Dean used them on individual gifts as well as little bars of chocolate. The printed version had a small hole in the upper left.

PLACE CARDS

Michel and Dean had assigned seating, which means place cards and table numbers were needed. The caterers at the reception also requested that the entree be printed on the back of each card. I use InDesign and Excel to create a mail merge to match each name with the appropriate table and meal choice.

WEDDING VOWS FOR CUSTOM FRAME

For a one year anniversary gift Dean requested their wedding vows printed on card stock that he could have framed for Michel. He picked out a custom frame and I built the piece to fit it, allowing for adequate white space so the wood edging wouldn’t overlap on to the text or design.

COLOR PALETTE

 

FINISHED INVITATIONS

 

FORMAL INVITATION

I used the color palette to design the fireworks and chose an upright 4 by 9.5 shape because it’s more unique than the standard 5 by 7 invitation. As much as Michel and Dean wanted their invitations to feel formal, they also wanted something different and special. This wedding had A LOT that needed to be communicated to the guests so I knew we would need to include a detailed insert with additional information. The RSVP card was two sided to give an in-depth description of the menu choices. There was also a brunch Michel and Dean needed people to RSVP to that we needed to account for on the front of the card.

FOLDED INSERT FOR INVITATION

Because this was such a large wedding with multiple activities, we decided to print an insert that the guests could carry with them. A majority of the guests to this wedding were over 65 and we were concerned that if all we did was direct them to Michel and Dean’s website they may not have found that as helpful as an actual insert.

REHEARSAL DINNER

The rehearsal dinner was hosted by Michel’s parents, but Michel was taking care of the invitation for it. We sent this separately to a limited number of guests.

WELCOME LETTER FOR EACH GUEST

Michel wanted each guest to receive a letter and gift bag at the front desk when they checked in. We personalized each letter to each guest, which meant I needed a spreadsheet of names of people who had RSVP’d yes to the wedding. We also included a slightly updated version of the Weekend Activities insert. Everything was printed on shimmery ivory colored paper and matching envelopes. Each envelope also had the name of the person getting the letter and a black and white picture of Michel and Dean’s hands forming a heart.

PROGRAM

Programs act as a little historic document of the ceremony. Years after a wedding the couple may forget who all was in the wedding party or what poems and songs were part of the event. They’re also useful for guests who don’t know all of the people in the ceremony. Different traditions can also be explained in a program.

With that said, I strongly suspect that the ultimate value of a wedding program is that it acts as a fan (and they allow for guests to gauge how long until the bar’s open). I always print programs on heavy card stock for this reason. 😉

TABLE NAMES

Each table at the reception had a number and place that had personal meaning to Michel and Dean (the numbers are to make the job of the caterers easier). The photos were supplied by Dean, and I designed the cards to allow for extra room on the bottom–when these are wedged into a menu holder on each table some of the text can get lost if there’s not enough white space on the bottom.

“KISS CARDS”

Michel and Dean didn’t want to participate in the tradition of kissing every time someone clinked their glass. They came up with this poem that we had printed and put on each table. This was also a reminder to guests to fill out the guest book.

THANK YOU CARDS

I printed these to match the suite and did a few different print runs during the year we prepared for the wedding. I encourage couples to get thank you cards at the same time as their invitations so they can keep current with thank you notes vs waiting until after the wedding (most people send gifts way before the actual wedding).

GIFT TAGS

Custom tags can be tied on to gift bags, small bars of chocolate, or little jars of jam. Michel and Dean used them on individual gifts as well as little bars of chocolate. The printed version had a small hole in the upper left.

PLACE CARDS

Michel and Dean had assigned seating, which means place cards and table numbers were needed. The caterers at the reception also requested that the entree be printed on the back of each card. I use InDesign and Excel to create a mail merge to match each name with the appropriate table and meal choice.

WEDDING VOWS FOR CUSTOM FRAME

For a one year anniversary gift Dean requested their wedding vows printed on card stock that he could have framed for Michel. He picked out a custom frame and I built the piece to fit it, allowing for adequate white space so the wood edging wouldn’t overlap on to the text or design.

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