Design Challenge: Wedding Invitations

Wedding bells are ringing and Minted recently closed its annual wedding invitation challenge. I promised a few weeks ago to update you on what I’ve been working on. After recently completing my latest line of greeting cards, I was thrilled to see the call for wedding invitations on Minted.

I started this whole freelance design journey about a year ago - and the Minted wedding challenge was the first design competition I entered. I submitted one not-so-great design that I obsessed over for weeks. I didn’t win, of course, but I was hooked. Being able to upload my work for a community of designers to see and critique was exciting and scary. I won my first “pick” as they call it on the next challenges for graduation announcements and art prints.

A year later with more Minted-experience, I was really looking forward to coming around to this challenge again. This time I’ve submitted 4 designs that I like a lot - although I have learned not to get too attached to anything I create. So here they are:

This first one came from a particular inspiration from hand-drawn gemstones. I can’t really explain why all of a sudden I’ll be really into something, but this time it was gemstones. Mixing a trendy design trend with a wedding invitation can be tricky, after all couples do spend a lot of money on their special day and don’t want paper details that will be outdated in 3 months. So I followed my interest with hand-painted gemstone outlines overlapped by a simple line illustration set against a transparent geometric frame.

The next design was created with watercolor leaves. I am continuously inspired by artists who are able to seamlessly integrate hand-drawn and painted elements into their work while keeping it professional and modern looking. It’s seriously harder than it looks. I’ve tried (and failed) many times. This go, however, I was happy enough with the outcome to upload it to the site. But I did and still do wonder if it’s not too simple.

The third was a repurposed design I took from way back last year. I made a portfolio of some wedding invitation sets to give to a local venue here in Berlin. Since I never managed to sell one of the designs in the portfolio, I decided to revisit it and see if I could breathe some new life into it. The floral details were originally hand drawn and scanned in without digitally drawing, so I decided to clean it up by using the pen tool in Illustrator. Then I used gold foil set against a dark background which I think gives it a very classy feel.

And finally, for the last submission, I had to go back to my original inspiration of geo shapes and gemstones. Again I tried to incorporate watercolor for the triangle cutouts and used the line illustrations to make it sharp.

So that’s it for this year’s wedding submissions. I missed the Save the Dates challenge but will hopefully get a chance to create additional elements for one of these designs. Then it’s on to round two of graduation cards and announcements!

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