Emma + Brian’s Star Map Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from designer Emma Mällinen might appear to be a simple black and white design – when in fact they’re so much more! The invitation features silver screen printing on black paper, classic Baskerville text letterpress printed on white paper, blind deboss elements – and a truly stunning star map meets tidal chart design!

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From Emma: Preparing for our wedding in June has been one of the most exciting times of my life. As a graphic designer I have felt like a kid in a candy shop. There are so many things to design or customize, and over the past year I have made everything from favor box labels, to conversation starters, to all of our event signage. I’ve treated myself to all the colorful visual possibilities. Romantic lettering? Check. Bold flowers? Check. Creative language? Check. But when it came time to design our wedding invitations it felt different, like a big responsibility.

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The invitations turned out to reflect us more than we could’ve even dreamed of. Our initial inspiration came from our wedding site on the Cape Cod seaside. It was Brian’s family house, overlooking the sweeping sand flats at low-tide. We loved the way the sky and the sea melded together for a few hours each day, and we thought this an apt metaphor for our own union in the same place.

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We created an image of a vintage star map and a tidal chart meeting – a reference to our evening ceremony overlooking the same view. For the reverse side, we took pieces of this illustration and used them as structural elements, printing them in blind deboss around our classically arranged text. The text design was based on historical treatise frontispieces and was set in Baskerville.

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The wonderful people at Mama’s Sauce did an amazing job with the technically complicated order. The diagram of the vintage star atlas and coastal tide map were screen printed in silver ink on French Paper Poptone 100C Black Licorice. This paper was then duplexed to Crane Lettra 110C Cotton, on which our text was letterpress printed in black with accompanying blind deboss.

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All of these choices reflected our unique relationship: the invitations were spiritual without referring to specific religious symbols; the language was our own colorful style; and the color palette was serious but playful with deboss. We added a purple silk envelope to bring a dash of color and sent off our invitations knowing they would be cherished for a long time to come!

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Thanks Emma!

Design + Envelope Calligraphy: Emma Mällinen 

Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Emma Mällinen

Ben + Maureen’s Floral Illustrated Wedding Invitations

I’m a longtime fan of illustrator Caitlin Keegan – she was the first illustrator that we collaborated with to create recipe cards for our Friday Happy Hour cocktail series! Today Caitlin is back on OSBP to share a wedding invitation that she recently designed featuring dahlia illustrations, Caitlin’s signature hand lettering, and a cheerful yellow and blue color palette. So pretty!

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From Caitlin: I designed this wedding invitation for my good friends who were married in September at an inn in Woodstock, CT that had a dahlia farm. The couple asked that this be incorporated into the design along with their wedding colors. I started with some loose drawings of dahlias in my sketchbook and actually ended up using them for the final design, along with some hand lettering which was also carried over onto their favors and program.

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The invitations, RSVP cards, and envelopes were silkscreened by Out of Line Press in Brooklyn and the envelope liners were printed digitally. The bride also used some of the leftover patterned paper to make small notecards for each of the guests, which were distributed with the wedding favors. For the envelope liner, I created a custom dahlia pattern that includes the couple’s initials.

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Thanks Caitlin!

Design + Illustration: Caitlin Keegan

Screen Printing: Out of Line Press

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Photo Credits: Caitlin Keegan

Ngaio + Julian’s Hand Lettered Ombre Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday! Our first set of wedding invitations this week come to us from Sydney, Australia-based designer Ngaio Parr – for her own destination wedding in Los Angeles! Ngaio’s colorful poster-size invitations feature split-fountain (aka ombre) screen printing in bright pink and orange along with hand lettering and edge painting. Playful mad lib RSVP cards provide the perfect finishing touch!

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From Ngaio: Although we live in Sydney we were married in Los Angeles, and wanted our invitations to be as bright and fun as the city itself. The invitations are designed and hand lettered by myself and screen printed as a split fountain into A3-sized posters by Half Hazard Press.

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The response card (which featured a mad libs component) and details card were both screen printed split fountain and edge painted, as was the thank you card.

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Calligraphic lettering on the envelopes and a custom address stamp helped make the envelopes as exciting as their contents. The most fun element of these invitations has been receiving some of the ‘colourfully’ filled out response cards.

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Thanks Ngaio!

Design + Hand Lettering: Ngaio Parr

Screen Printing: Half Hazard Press

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Jennifer Emerling and Ngaio Parr

Sarah + Brian’s Western Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I’m on my way up to NYC for the Winter NYNOW market (you can follow the show along with me via Instagram!), but I’m excited to start the week with a pair of really gorgeous wedding invitations! First up, a fun invitation suite from AllieRuth Design that mixes a western vibe with romantic details like calligraphy and floral patterns. Such a wonderful combination!

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From AllieWe had SO much creating this suite. Sarah and Brian really allowed me to run with their ideas and put something together that stands out among the AllieRuth portfolio. We worked with Mama’s Sauce, our favorite rock star printers, to take on the unique task of letterpress printing a blind impression woodgrain texture and then screen printing in metallic ink.

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The reception took place on a beautiful ranch, inside of a horse barn. The couple wanted to incorporate that western vibe in a subtle way, so we mixed a funky retro font with my calligraphy, and brought in soft details with the lace band, watercolors, and floral envelope liner.

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Thanks Allie!

Design: AllieRuth Design

Letterpress and Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce

AllieRuth Design is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Allie’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: AllieRuth Design

Beth + Tomu’s Woodsy Screen Printed Walnut Wedding Invitations

Nikkol from Peter Loves Jane sent over these lovely invitations for a wedding at the Sundance Resort! The bride and groom wanted to evoke the woodsy feeling of their wedding venue without being too rustic. Nikkol came up with the perfect solution: walnut wood veneer with white screen printed text! Nikkol paired the wood invitations with gray and white enclosures and gray envelopes to complete the suite.

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From NikkolBeth and Tomu are both sophisticated successful attorneys that are socially aware but have a spontaneous and fun side. Beth and Tomu decided to get married at Sundance Resort, which is nestled in the mountains and surrounded by towering evergreens. Beth already knew she wanted a woodsy element in her invitations, but wanted to steer clear of any rustic intonations.

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White screen printing on a walnut veneer was the perfect choice.  I used a recycled paper for the additional items in the suite and tucked it all inside a grey pocket enclosure tied each with a black silk ribbon.

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It was important to Beth and Tomu to thank each guest individually, so I designed playful thank you flags that we tied to the flatware at each place setting.  That way if a guest wanted to eat, they had to read the note!

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To add interest to the centerpieces and place settings, place card designs varied.  Some place cards were tented above their plates, while others were marked with flags in potted succulents.  The succulents were given to each guest as a favor at the end of the evening.

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Thanks Nikkol!

Design: Peter Loves Jane

Screen Printing: Cards of Wood

Calligraphy: BP Calligraphy

Wedding Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography

Event Planning: Attention 2 Detail

Photo Credits: Peter Loves Jane and Alixann Loosle Photography