Even though my blog is all about interiors and a love of vintage, being a graphic designer means I also have a passion for paper. Stationery, invites, illustrated prints, cards – I love it. So when planning our wedding, I couldn’t wait to design our save the dates and invitations.
Our ceremony was in a National Trust Garden so I found an old vintage postcard on Ebay of the actual plant house where our ceremony was to be held, so we used that for our save the dates. We also did a light painting version, just because we could!
Our guests were coming from all over the country and some from abroad, so we wanted to incorporate as much information as we could. We also wanted the invitations to reflect the feel of the day – summery, vintage, informal and a bit different.
We started off with the idea of maps, as we love to travel and go on adventures together, and maps tied in with our vintage look. Plus with our venue being quite hard to find, we thought a map might be quite useful on the day! Then I took the colours from maps – pale blues, yellows, greens and browns. All very natural, relaxed and soft.
I liked the idea of the outer folding out like actual maps fold out, and revealing everything inside. The cover of the invitation outer is very simple, but when you open the invite to reveal the folded map inside, it shows an arrow pointing to our ceremony venue, with hand lettered text.
When you opened it up fully, a map ‘pocket’ holds everything in place. The venues and nearest village were highlighted on the map inside also.
All the elements inside were printed on different shades of GF Smith’s Colorplan paper. To finish everything off I had a lovely wooden stamp made from the English Stamp Company for the backs of the envelopes.
Let me know what you think!
Paper: GF Smith
Stamp: The English Stamp Company