Invitation Time! (Part 2)

I don’t typically design many invitations, but since we had several milestone events in my family this year, it was INVITATION TIME!!

Invitation #2: The Wine and Mead Wedding

So my family member asked me to design her wedding invitations… the pressure! Would this bride turn into a bride-zilla or would she be happy with my work? Either way, I felt privileged to be asked and was determined to create something beautiful for the happy couple.

This event was also taking place at a vineyard, and instead of being a working farm, it was also a meadery. The tricky thing is that every time you say that, people think you’re saying “meatery.” Oh well. If you don’t know what mead is, it’s a honey wine that has been around since ancient times. Gorgeous location, right?  The first thing I knew I needed to do for this project was research! Since I don’t do a lot of invitations, I didn’t even know what was out there and the couple wanted to print the invitations themselves. One of the first things I learned is that there are a lot of great resources out there! If you don’t want to hire a graphic designer (or if you’re not related to one!), you can still get beautifully-designed invitations that are customized for you. I thought the site Invitations by Dawn had some really nice ones!

Since we were doing our own, I wanted to find a place that would hopefully have lovely and affordable pieces and would print them for us! The groom-to-be chimed in that he would be up for a simple enclosure and we ended up finding the site Cards & Pockets. It was great that we could order paper samples and they also offered printing!

The style of this couple is pretty traditional, so that was a bonus since I’m into all things vintage! If you have read any of my earlier blog posts, you’ll remember that I did a whole exploration of vintage graphics available in the public domain. Check out my Proverbs Project posts for more info!

Since mead is made with honey and honey is made from bees, the couple was thinking some sort of bee graphic. I thought I had struck gold when I found this gorgeous vintage bee image in the public domain and quickly created a mockup for them. Of course, I had to use my favorite vintage-looking font, Theano Didot.

The good news was that they overall liked the look and feel of it. Based on this, we decided to print the invitation on an off-white paper. The not-so-good news was that they didn’t want bees and cherry blossoms—they wanted bees and orchids! How quickly I had forgotten that the name of the vineyard was Orchid Cellars and that the bride would have orchid jewelry!

Not to worry, because one of the awesomest sites on the Internet was there for me, the Internet Archives Book Images on Flickr. Did I find multiple bee images from old books? Yes. Did I find an entire downloadable book about orchids with hundreds of images? Yes. Did I turn these into an invitation? You know I did! Did I find a beautiful ampersand to add even more flair? Of course! Here’s how the invitation turned out:

Since there were so many orchid images to choose from, I was able to use several of them. Here’s how the whole package turned out:

Here’s to a happy marriage!

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