Pistachio Press recently printed these amazing wedding invitations for a Hindu/Jewish wedding, and I fell in love the minute I saw them. Â The invitations were designed by the bride’s sister, seamlessly blending the cultures of the bride and groom into one complete design. Â I love the blue and copper color palette and the use of complementary symbols and both hindu and hebrew text to bring the suite together!
From the bride’s sister, Cheena: Our goal was to capture two religions and both the Indian and Jewish cultures in a single invitation. Â Essentially, we wanted the invitation to reflect traditional Indian themes, but allow the Jewish cultures to also be reflected. It was a challenge to incorporate (evenly) two very different cultures, but by using similar symbols like the Hamsa Hand and the Jain Ahimsa hand, we were able to help develop a unified design sensibility.
I incorporated a Hindi script (a blessing of peace) counter balanced with the Hebrew (a saying about love) as well as the image of the drum (dholak) and peacock feathers, which are traditional for a “Sangeet” invite. Â The Shabbat/Shalom prayer as a symbol of the Shabbat service that will take place at the wedding also helped unite the theme. Â Since it was hard to find usable Hindi, the text was handwritten and then vectorized so that we could have something to match with the Hebrew saying that we wanted to incorporate.
I wanted to incorporate a border that has some level of Western culture (the pattern was created from an ornament in the font Brownstone that pays homage to New York City, which has a deep meaning to the bride and groom), but also created a masking of this pattern in a way that made it very eastern and Indian in some ways. Â The invitation is a symbol of the unitying of two cultures with this marriage. Â It’s almost the first step the bride and groom have taken to do this aside from overall wedding planning.
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