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Here Comes The Wedding Stationery

20 Jul

I have had weddings on the brain lately. My childhood best friend recently asked me to be in her wedding, and two of my cousins just got engaged over the past weekend. (Another cousin had a baby, and we had a family reunion. It was a big week for our family!) I am designing invitations for two of these weddings, and I am so excited. These are people that I’ve grown up with, and I hope that some of the affection I feel for them will come through in my designs. Luckily, the internet is full of inspiration. Below are a few of my favorites. Please click through the photos to see more pictures on the original blogs.

via Hello Tenfold

These are so fresh and modern, and tongue in cheek. I love an invitation that doesn’t take itself too seriously. After all, weddings are joyous occasions, so why all the serious stationery?

via Oh So Beautiful Paper, image by Kate Gabriel

This is just a gorgeous invitation suite. Click through to see the whole thing. I love the simple color palette, and the restrained design. Also, you can’t go wrong with kraft paper, it seems.

via Invitation Crush via Benign Objects, image by Andy Luce

The teal and red color combination is one of my favorites right now. I know that this wouldn’t be for everyone, but I love how bold and graphic the suite is. The transparent ink is such a subtly beautiful touch.

but this is definitely worth a click. I know I’ve mentioned my obsession with watercolor, but I think that this takes it to the next level. The soft fades of color are absolutely breathtaking, and the hand drawn typography is far and away better than any stock script. I am a big believer in drawing your own stuff. If you want something to look like calligraphy, or hand drawn, just do it yourself! It is so easy to tell when it’s a digital font, and I think it really takes away from the design.

via Oh So Beautiful Paper, image by Betsy Dunlap

You should really just go poke around Oh So Beautiful Paper. So many of my favorite invitations come through that website, it was a struggle to only post two from their blog. My takeaway is that I really need to learn calligraphy like, yesterday, and I think the vintage stamp look is my favorite trend right now. Who wouldn’t love to receive a nice big envelope covered in beautiful stamps? Monsters, that’s who.

via Martha Stewart Weddings

Finally, I’d like to show an inspiration from Martha Stewart. She is basically my homemaking hero, (it was definitely the highlight of my month when I was 10 years old and her magazines would arrive in the mail… nerd alert!) and of course her wedding stuff is also beautiful. My cousin sent this to me when we were brainstorming for her wedding invitations, and I have to say I love the simplicity of this. I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in making the best, most special, most intricate invitations ever, but this tone on tone, calligraphic beauty is breathtaking in its simplicity.

In closing, if you need invitations designed, shoot me an email (alison.citron {at} gmail {dot} com). I have a lot of ideas!

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Wedding Roundup

19 May

A while back, I was offered the opportunity to participate in a wedding expo. This was exciting, however it meant that I spend about four straight days making products, so I would have something to showcase!

It was pretty fun.

Anyway, I have been slowly putting these suites up on Etsy, and I thought I’d share them here.

I like this one because it’s simple and elegant, but still a little modern. I’ve also really been digging blue and yellow together.

Okay, I admit it, I’m a little obsessed with triangles and neon lately. I really just wanted an opportunity to expand on the triangle note cards. I like these because they are die cut, so they have a really great texture and dimensionality. I also really love the idea of a neon wedding, so it would make me super happy if a couple actually wanted these without any color changes.

These would definitely be for a more unconventional couple. I loved making them, though. I’ve been working on some water color type for a while, and it was so fun to pair it with hand drawn type. I found that putting it on a patterned background really tied it together, as it looked a little unfinished before that.

This one is by far my favorite. As none of these were for clients, I didn’t have any kind of printing budget, so I made them on my home printers. I think that there are PLENTY of ways to make beautiful printed pieces without expensive printing methods. I printed this on foil paper using a simple laser printer, and I think the inexpensive printing method really enhanced the piece. It gave it this lovely texture that I don’t know that I could have gotten any other way. The best part is, it cuts down the printing costs somewhat, but it definitely doesn’t look it!

These were so super fun to make, and I can’t wait to help a real couple commemorate their special day.