I have recently, of late, been spending a lot of time looking at wedding invitations. (I have my reasons.) I’ve looked at formal ones, silly, elaborate, simple, and it occurs to me that there is rarely something so compact and distilled that speaks no only to the kind of wedding one will have but also what kind of couple is sending it, than the invitation. (note to self: as an exercise, design wedding invitations for characters. You can learn so much!)
No longer is the standard the white or cream linen card stock with embossed scrollwork and tissue paper to protect the ink the norm. No, indeed, today’s couples are choosing their wedding invitations as a form of self-expression.
(All invitations pictured here are courtesy of Zazzle.com, and link to their page, if they pique your interest!)
For instance, this invitation tells me that the couple has a traditional romantic streak, a love of history and things past, and my best guess is they are going to honeymoon in Paris.
And what kind of couple gets away with putting a moustache drawing on their wedding invitations? The awesome kind, that’s who. The couple that prizes humor over seriousness, even though they take their futures together very seriously.
Flowers on a wedding invitation have long been a staple – but white embossed roses are no longer the only choice. You can have any itineration of flower you desire, you can have them to match your wedding flowers. Swirling, framing flowers on an invitation like this, with the gorgeous teal background tell me that the couple is partly traditional, but partly whimsical, and their wedding has not been planned to within an inch of its life – indeed, if a hurricane came and made their outdoor wedding location a temporary lake, they would shrug their shoulders, and enjoy an indoor occasion as best they could make it.
But I have to tell you, the absolute hands-down, most incredible wedding invitation is not a printed card at all, it is this website: http://jessandruss.us/ And it does not require me to interpret the couple’s romance, because they tell it to you themselves. Visit the site, enjoy, and become inspired!