Hello, wedding fans and paper lovers… and that’s a very special hello because it’s you I’d like to treat this morning. I have been chatting to my lovely sponsor Wendy Bell recently and she emailed me some images of her most recent bespoke wedding invitation design to show you.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!
Wendy told me, “This was an “all in one” invitation design, effectively a tri-fold which included the invitation, information and RSVP postcard (which guests have to cut along the dotted line and affix a stamp to the reverse). Some of the photos show matching address labels and coordinating personalised Royal Mail stamps.”
Elegant designer wedding invitations
Ever the curious wedding blogger, I asked Wendy about the design process. I wondered how she could step from a blank sketch pad or piece of card, to such an ornate and luxurious design. How much of the design comes from the bride and groom, and how much is Wendy’s own input as the Designer?
Bespoke wedding invitations: the design process
“My clients had a clear idea that they wanted something burgundy and either ivory or gold. It had to be opulent, vintage inspired with a hint of cabaret/burlesque. I was also told that the bride’s idol is Marilyn Monroe and that she loves all of her films. They’re getting married at the Four Seasons in Hampshire and are hiring burlesque performers and chandeliers so that the reception feels as if you’re walking into a time warp, the idea being that you’re in a gorgeous, very classy night club.
“Initially I met with them and gave them two mood boards. One was Marilyn Monroe, black and white film and ticket stub inspired, and the other was opulent, cabaret posters and ornate patterns. The purpose of the mood boards was to find out what they did and
didn’t like so that I could get a feel for them as a couple and their style. The brief I walked away with was a kind of amalgamation of the two boards…
The first proof I sent them was a tri-fold invite to indicate the ticket stub idea (like when you buy music/theatre tickets from Ticketmaster and they detach). Originally they wanted something distressed so that it appeared to be vintage, but when this idea was realised it didn’t appeal to them any longer and was felt to conflict with the other ideas.
Effectively we established that they were looking for a kind of baroque pattern in the background, an ornate chandelier and a detailed frame to surround their names. The card that was used in the final print run was a leather style emboss which actually helped to create the vintage/distressed look without having to add it to the design.
I think these are beautiful invitations – you can see the quality of the card, and the design pattern is perfect for a glamorous and exciting wedding celebration. Those swirls on the E and the R sing out to the calligrapher half of me – how beautiful?! The personalised stamps Wendy designed to match the invitations are the icing on a very impressive cake!
Find out more about WBD Designer Wedding Stationery
WBD Designer Wedding Stationery offers personalised designs as well as a bespoke design service for those who are looking to have something unique which has been tailored for their special day. Wendy will work with you to create designs that enhance your wedding and capture your individual style.
Find out more and see personalised designs on WBD Designer Wedding Stationery’s English Wedding Showcase Page
Visit the official WBD Designer Wedding Stationery website: www.wendybelldesigns.com