Bilingual invitations can be tough, especially when you want to keep the design modern and simple. Do you go with a double sided layout with a different language on each side? Or print separate invitations in each language and mail them to the appropriate guest? Today we’re sharing these clean and modern bilingual wedding invitations with a beautiful illustrated envelope liner from Designer Rolodex member Melissa from Atheneum Creative. Doesn’t the illustrated envelope liner serve as the perfect complement to the crisp type-driven design and letterpress printing of the invitation?!
From Melissa: Jamie and Pascal came to us in need of a bilingual wedding invitation, but wanted to keep the design simple and clean. Bilingual invitations can sometimes get too wordy, too busy and too complicated, so keeping the design simple is always a challenge. We talked about all the options… run the two different languages with one on the front and one on the back, simply create two different invitation sets, or work to try and fit it all on the front – which was the direction we took in the end.
Keeping all the information on the front, with the exception of the reply card, allowed us stay within the budget and utilize both letterpress printing and foil printing. We the invitation and ceremony card were both letterpress printed, while the accommodations card featured white foil on dark gray paper and the reply card was digitally printed.
We decided to keep the entire wedding invitation suite in shades of gray to allow the envelope liner to really pop when guests opened the envelope. The couple wanted something very meaningful for the envelope liner: a custom illustration of the church they were getting married in. It was a church that has a lot of history with the couple and family. Once the pen illustration was complete, we adjusted the colors in the illustration to be very saturated and bold. We increased the blacks and the contrast while keeping the blues and greens very vibrant.
Design: Atheneum Creative
Illustration: Alice Holleman
Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography