Saturday, November 8, 2008

Custom Wedding Ensemble

I PROMISE I have not been slacking over here! I received a request earlier this week to design the wedding invitations for a friend-of-a-friend's daughter. They were wanting a contemporary look (which is not my specialty), with a polka-dot theme, and they had very specific color choices: Green Galore and Brilliant Blue, with Black as an accent. Not exactly your typical wedding colors! Well, it took me a bit (hence the lack of posts), but I came up with a sample that I was pleased enough with to present to them... and they absolutely LOVED it! I met with the bride's mother and grandmother today and I was hired! In this post, you will see basically what I came up with - there have been some tweaks here and there, but this is the basic idea...

Below is the invitation... a tri-fold, gate-type enclosure where the top flap tucks behind the embossed monogram. The monogram is held on with a brad to ensure that it doesn't pop off (can you imagine the horror?). This sample is made with Textured Green Galore cardstock, but we will have to go with non-textured as Stampin' Up! doesn't carry textured 12x12 cardstock in single colors.

The next photo shows the bottom flap on the inside. They decided not to go with the monogrammed polka-dot here (and it's a different letter here because I didn't know the groom's last name originally), so instead, it will just be a row of polka-dots.

The next two photos are of the coordinating RSVP card. The sentiment is embossed.

On the inside, I will add a layer of Green Galore behind the white.

And lastly, this is the first draft of the menu. There are several changes to this... Instead of the monogram between their names, I will use the "&" from the Lovely Letters Alphabet set. They took off the cocktail hour section which allows the text to fit much better. They also decided to go with a Green Galore background since the tablecloths will be blue, and instead of just the two colors of polka-dots, I'll use all three colors. But this is the basic look.

Now you can understand why I haven't been posting! This was a true challenge for me, and I am SO honored and flattered that they are trusting this important task to me. So... I'll be swimming in polka-dots for the next few weeks - but it will all be worth it if it means I can help make the bride's big day more special! (and besides, with all boys, wedding planning will not really be part of my future, will it?!)

Ensemble Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Lovely Letters Alphabet, Together Forever
Ink: Basic Black Craft
Cardstock: Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Whisper White
Tools: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Corner Rounder punch, and just about every size circle punch Stampin' Up! carries. :)


Anderson Family said...

Michele the invitations are fabulous!

I really like how you did the gate fold!

Good luck making them all!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Michele - that WAS a challenge! But you executed it brilliantly I must say! Best of luck making all of them!

Pattie Sykes (psychspa) said...

This certainly takes your business in an additional direction. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. Congratulations! These are definitely "one of a kind" and I'm sure the Bride is quite pleased with what you have developed. Nice work, Michele.

Jenn Greeley said...

How very exciting! Congratulations!

Christina said...

They look amazing!! You are very talented.

Lauren Estes said...

Michele, I haven't met you, but I am the bride! I absolutely love what you did for us. It was more than we could ever have asked for! Thank you so much!


KJ said...

Wow, those are really cool!!! Ilove the non traditional colors! I'm working on wedding reception invites and have to do alot of scallop punching, so I'm feeling your pain! ;)