Earlier this year I was contacted about designing invitations for a wedding celebration on the Baltic Sea. The event was to be held on Rügen, an island off Germany’s northern coast, and I was quick to hop on board and be a part of this special day.
The bride had a distinct vision from the beginning, although there was a definite mix of aesthetics. Since the whole atmosphere of the wedding would be a clear nod to the 20s, art deco elements were a must. But since it was also a destination wedding, with friends and family traveling in from all over, the couple wanted to highlight the unique location: a gorgeous pier jutting right out into the sea.
After defining the must-have elements, things to avoid and the overall color scheme, I got to work on the save the dates, invitations and info cards. We settled on a classic art deco frame and Gatsby-like typography - and faux foil to elevate everything. Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of this design - at least for me - was recreating the Rügen pier as a central design embellishment! Given a photo of the pier itself, I used Illustrator to manually trace the shape and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome which tied the 20s theme perfectly with the destination.
Another fun aspect of this project was the altered formatting of the invitations -- something that can be complicated but always makes for a very fun and unique un-enveloping experience. The couple wanted to do a long, thin invitation mounted on kraft cardstock and folded three times, all sealed with an initial wax stamp. The end effect was perfection.
I also loved the fact that the couple wanted an empty space so that they could write a personal message on each and every invitation - a personal sentiment that I find absolutely charming!
In the end, I also designed name cards, matching dinner, drinks and cake menus along with other signage for the tables, etc. This was such a fun project to be a part of and I’m thrilled that I got to help this wonderful couple with their special day.
Thanks for reading along. I’d love your thoughts on this project, too!