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New Luxury Invitations from WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

By Claire

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Wendy told me, “This was an “all in one” invi­ta­tion design, effec­tively a tri-fold which included the invi­ta­tion, infor­ma­tion and RSVP post­card (which guests have to cut along the dot­ted line and affix a stamp to the reverse). Some of the pho­tos show match­ing address labels and coor­di­nat­ing per­son­alised Royal Mail stamps.”

Ele­gant designer wed­ding invitations

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Ever the curi­ous wed­ding blog­ger, I asked Wendy about the design process. I won­dered how she could step from a blank sketch pad or piece of card, to such an ornate and lux­u­ri­ous design. How much of the design comes from the bride and groom, and how much is Wendy’s own input as the Designer?

Bespoke wed­ding invi­ta­tions: the design process

My clients had a clear idea that they wanted some­thing bur­gundy and either ivory or gold. It had to be opu­lent, vin­tage inspired with a hint of cabaret/burlesque. I was also told that the bride’s idol is Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and that she loves all of her films. They’re get­ting mar­ried at the Four Sea­sons in Hamp­shire and are hir­ing bur­lesque per­form­ers and chan­de­liers so that the recep­tion feels as if you’re walk­ing into a time warp, the idea being that you’re in a gor­geous, very classy night club.

Ini­tially I met with them and gave them two mood boards. One was Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, black and white film and ticket stub inspired, and the other was opu­lent, cabaret posters and ornate pat­terns.  The pur­pose of the mood boards was to find out what they did and
didn’t like so that I could get a feel for them as a cou­ple and their style. The brief I walked away with was a kind of amal­ga­ma­tion of the two boards…

The first proof I sent them was a tri-fold invite to indi­cate the ticket stub idea (like when you buy music/theatre tick­ets from Tick­et­mas­ter and they detach).  Orig­i­nally they wanted some­thing dis­tressed so that it appeared to be vin­tage, but when this idea was realised it didn’t appeal to them any longer and was felt to con­flict with the other ideas.
Effec­tively we estab­lished that they were look­ing for a kind of baroque pat­tern in the back­ground, an ornate chan­de­lier and a detailed frame to sur­round their names.  The card that was used in the final print run was a leather style emboss which actu­ally helped to cre­ate the vintage/distressed look with­out hav­ing to add it to the design.

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I think these are beau­ti­ful invi­ta­tions — you can see the qual­ity of the card, and the design pat­tern is per­fect for a glam­orous and excit­ing wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. Those swirls on the E and the R sing out to the cal­lig­ra­pher half of me — how beau­ti­ful?! The per­son­alised stamps Wendy designed to match the invi­ta­tions are the icing on a very impres­sive cake!

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Find out more about WBD Designer Wed­ding Stationery

WBD Designer Wed­ding Sta­tionery offers per­son­alised designs as well as a bespoke design ser­vice for those who are look­ing to have some­thing unique which has been tai­lored for their spe­cial day. Wendy will work with you to cre­ate designs that enhance your wed­ding and cap­ture your indi­vid­ual style.

Find out more and see per­son­alised designs on WBD Designer Wed­ding Stationery’s Eng­lish Wed­ding Show­case Page

Visit the offi­cial WBD Designer Wed­ding Sta­tionery web­site: www.wendybelldesigns.com

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