Some wedding shower invitations I designed last week.
UPDATE: Since Chris is harassing me for more information about my invites, here are some additional details. After trolling the blogosphere for inspiration, I was finally inspired by an oval. Yes indeed, the oval is where this all begins.
Sometimes Often, I get creatively blocked and just looking at other people's work help jog my brain into action.
Kat, my friend and neighbor. She is hosting a wedding shower for Christine and Garrett and asked for something bluegrass theme. I went for the warm, casual, country feel of bluegrass music rather than anything musically related.
Originally this piece was going to be black ink printed on color paper, but Kat didn't sound too enthused so I chose colors to match their Save-the-Date cards (PMS 173 and Black PMS 5) and printed on cream stock. These were just color copies.
Cowboy Rhumbahut, Poplar Black, Viva la Rivoluzione, Yella Belly
80# cover, Sundance Warm White by Neenah Paper Co.
Most of my friends are on a budget, thus they ask me to design things, and I help them save even more money by making some budget decisions. As a designer, I would love to get everything printed and matchy, but as someone who is always watching their dollars, I make certain adjustments.
++ Printed envelopes? Never. Yeah, it makes the whole package look great, but people spend seconds looking at envelope before it's torn open and thrown away. If you want to make it look special, use a stamp. Or choose a color envelope.
++ Print versus Copy. Copiers are fast, easy and inexpensive for small jobs. With a nice paper, you get instant quality for less money. I would love to be able to letterpress every single job I get, but the reality is that the money isn't always there.
++ Paper. Spend the money on paper, it makes everything feel better.
++ Do it yourself, but think of how much time you're saving and how big the job is. Sometimes, it's better to just pay someone.