Tuesday, June 17, 2008

uncommon invitation inspiration

Next on my long and scary list of things to do for the wedding is design and print our invitations, escort cards, menus, coasters, programs, signs, etc. I am feeling highly ambitious at the moment so it's likely that I won't get to everything I'm planning to, but might as well start strong. SO, pretty much all I've done is obsessively research invitations and the like online. Good at surfing the internet, bad at actually starting the project.

In my research I've been watching a little series on "branding your wedding" over at Elizabeth Anne Designs. Which had me thinking of existing brands that are more than wedding worthy already. Here's a few favorites that would be excellent starting points for 4 very different weddings:

Dustin Edward Arnold

You must must check this out on his site because it's so much more dramatic when your see the entire suite big and dark and glossy. This would easily make a gorgeous invitation style for the ultra sophisticated Kelly Wearstler inspired bride. I'm definitely using a lil' of this for my own designs.

Sant Ambroeus Ristorante (by Mucca Design)

Just the cutest thing pretty much ever. Last time I was in New York I unexpectedly happened upon Sant Ambroeus while shopping up Madison Ave with my friend Allison. I practically accosted the poor hostess in seach of ANYTHING I could take home with me. Luckily I discovered the requisite bowl of matches near the door, of which I only took 5, which I thought showed great restraint.

La Condesa (and anything else by Mucca Design)

Seriously making me want to reconsider Palm Springs in favor of Mexico. Need multiple coaster designs. Need.

Mrs Meyers Clean Day

Love this brand and am a faithful user not only because of it's retro cuteness and yummy smells, but also because of it's enviro-friendly-ness. These pictures don't do the packaging justice really, but I thinking Mrs Meyers would be super inspiration for a bright, retro theme.

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