Considering the amount of wedding invitations that we post on FPO it’s gratifying to know that there will always be a detail or two that separate each from the rest. In this case, it’s the combination of the modern Plike (short for Paper-like), that awesome rubbery paper, with a die-cut and some traditional letterpress and ribbon. It’s a contrast that works very well together. This invitation also happens to be the wedding gift from design firm Siquis to one of its clients. A very nice gesture, and it’s better than a blender.
The wedding, being in Annapolis, MD, had to have the right mix of sophistication and whimsy to cater to the bride-to-be and groom’s unique personalities. So we thought we could create a more traditionally designed monogram but execute it in a unique way. This monogram as well as the original pattern were then carried through to all of the other printed pieces related to the wedding, even her bridal shower cake design! Also, we wanted a way to keep all of the components contained in a one package upon first opening the invite. So we developed the laser die cut “frame” of the invite which held the other elements which were 2 color letterpressed.
And some advice for any designer out there working for a bride:
Naturally, whenever you’re designing for a bride, you need to realize the design process couldn’t be more personal and subjective for them. They know in their heart what they want and it’s up to you as the designer to bring that to life. Luckily, we got pretty close to the mark on the first pass, and within a few rounds were where we needed to be. We were also aided by the great folks at Gillah Press who were able to custom mix a spot color that closely match the color of the Royal Blue Plike paper we were using for the invite “frame”.
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