Best of 2010 Wedding Invitations: Youngna + Jacob

I’m cheating just a teeny bit with this next favorite pick, since this is the first time I’m featuring Youngna and Jacob‘s wedding invitations.  I first found these invitations through Tina (aka Swissmiss) on twitter back in August, and I’m thrilled to finally have a chance to feature these lovely handkerchief wedding invitations.



From Youngna: Jacob and I selected our designer (our friend Kelli Anderson) before our invitation idea.  I’d bookmarked a lot of concepts/typefaces and color schemes that spoke to me, but I also knew we weren’t going to have strict wedding colors.  I had liked a set of invitations I saw that were printed vintage handkerchiefs on a wedding blog, and also thought it’d be great to incorporate either fabric or some other non-paper materials.



We had driven up to the wedding location once and there was a notably windy path to get there that included passing this wild-looking former mental hospital, going under a covered bridge, and then passing many distinct-looking landmarks. Then, we sat down with Kelli and started expressing ideas.  We talked about using minimal text to reduce the number of different pieces that were part of the invitation – I’m always shocked by those invitations that have 4 or 5 or 6 inserts – it’s so much paper!  We were able to keep the text minimal by directing people to our website where they can find the bulk of wedding details and only putting the key info on the sleeve that wrapped around the hanky.


Based on our driving experience to the wedding location, winding through the woods and up the mountain, we also proposed that the invite incorporate a map which would serve as equal parts keepsake and functional item.  Kelli suggested the map handkerchiefs, which Jacob and I immediately loved.  I then gave Kelli written directions and pictures of some of the notable buildings and landmarks that I’d photographed along the way, which she plotted out against Google maps.




We went through a few rounds of tweaks since I really wanted the map to be accurate, and Kelli really made all the elements of the design so beautiful.  The typeface on both the handkerchief and elsewhere on the invite is inspired by old 1950s “Welcome to…” travel postcards.


We like the idea of people bringing these to the wedding (or hanging them in their apartments — something a few friends have written to us to let us know they have done), guys tucking them in their suit pockets, and them being used again and again for all different purposes.



Thank you so much Youngna and Jacob!  For more on the making of these beautiful map handkerchief wedding invitations, definitely check out Kelli’s blog!

For more wedding invitation inspiration, check out the wedding invitation gallery!

{image credits: Kelli Anderson}

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