September 01, 2013
A while ago I met with a lovely couple who were planning a wedding at The cooling castle barn in Kent. Their venue was to be decorated in sunflowers set off against a burgundy red colour. For Paul & Steve I created daytime invitations, evening invitations, table numbers, a table plan postbox sign, a fingerprint sunflower print (based on the same idea as a fingerprint tree) and mini envelopes which they were to fill with sunflower seeds and attach to their favours.
Where to start… The daytime invitations were designed in a 3 fold style with a perforated RSVP postcard which included the menu selections. Once the guests had selected their choices, they could tear this off and send back. Once folded up the invitations were secured with a pearlised burgundy strap which had this great paper string wrapped around it, which I had found by the company ‘East of India’. I then, using melted red wax stamped a heart wax seal on to all the invitations. I love using wax seals as I think they make a fantastic finishing touch to all wedding stationery. The evening invitations were a simplified folded version in the same sunflower style with the details of where to send the RSVP. This worked out great as they kept the same style throughout, but the evening guests didn’t need as much information. Both invitations were supplied in brown fleck square kraft envelopes which was a great contrast to the pearlised card and tied in great with the sunflower theme.
One of my favourite items of stationery were the mini envelopes which had the same sunflower detail and were created with the same brown fleck craft paper. On the reverse of the envelope were instructions on how to grow your own sunflower. All these envelopes were hand cut and put together so we could create the best size to fit on the favours.
When we were discussing possible ideas, we spoke about the possibility of having a fingerprint tree, although with all the sunflower detail I came up with the idea of having a customised print, which was a large sunflower center. The guests could then using 2 different coloured yellow ink pads stamp their fingerprints around the edge and make up the petals of the flower. I love this idea, as it creates so many possibilities for other themes.
I loved creating all the stationery for Paul and Steve’s wedding and I hope they had a fantastic day.
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