Friday, December 9, 2011

Meet us in St. Louis

It may have been your first date overlooking the empire state building. Or his proposal under the Eiffel Tower. Or you are just a die-hard Dubliner. No matter what your story is,  icons that have played a part in your love story or life’s adventures can be an alternative to traditonal design elements for your wedding stationery. Aside from looking pretty cool, they’ll be great conversation starters, reminding guests of their own time at the Taj Mahal or trying to hail the infamous NYC cab. And with so many fonts and illustrations to choose from there should be something to suit all tastes.

London calling by La Belle Vie Design. I'm in love with this invitation. It's Mod, it's cheeky, and the illustrated elements add the right dose of fun and nostalgia (when last did anyone see a red telephone box). The Liberty print brings in the 'summer' in a way that says Cool Brittania as opposed to pretty-pretty and the vintage poster layout of the main card, ties everything in beautifully for the very English affair guests can look forward to.

Ellen and Gara's letterpress illustration by Lucky Duck Press is quirky and cool. You wouldn't expect anything less from Brooklyn.

Another beautiful invitation by La Belle Vie Design.This card really shows that icons can be more than quirky and fun. The art deco illustration of the Empire State Building is instantly eyecatching but a closer look reveals embossing
that mimics the hand carved stone you would find on New York's fancy buildings. Very elegant.

You may be getting married away from home, but that doesn't mean you can't take home where you are going.  This card shows the less graphic and more romantic side of the trend. Here, the bride is from NY and the groom is  from London, but they were getting married in NY. So the skylines of their individual cities were spliced together, to create this beautiful custom-made suite by Rifle Paper Co. The illustrated skylines reminds me of a vintage story-book illustration. Very dreamy!

Confession: I've been saving wedding invites since I was nine, but even if most of your guests havn't, I can't imagine anyone throwing these engraved wood invites by Ngrave Solutions away. And not just because the wood is from sustainable forests in the Appalachian and Cascade mountains (so you can don't have to feel too guilty) but because its a charming keepsake. You have the choice of Alder, Cherry Maple and Walnut and you aren't restricted to rectangles and squares. The map of texas, the outline of the coliseum or even a simple heart could all work.

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