Allyson came to BB10 Creative looking for invitations to fit her Pittsburgh themed wedding. There are many cases in which clients need custom invitations because they are unable to find something “out of a box” that fits their needs. Luckily that’s exactly what we are here to solve. Every one of our invitations is customized to fit your unique wedding needs and themes.
Back to Pittsburgh… Allyson and her fiance wanted to incorporate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team colors of black and gold (or dark yellow) into their wedding, especially since the reception was being held at Heinz field. However, they didn’t necessarily want a sports theme in the design. The final design chosen uses some iconic features of Pittsburgh on each card, displayed as hand etched drawings. The main card uses the city’s skyline, the reception card uses an image of signage at Heinz field, the directions card uses one of Pittsburgh’s many bridges. We also used a simple design ornament across the top of the cards to incorporate some of the yellow in the design. Since Pittsburgh is the steel city, I chose one reminiscent of the time period when steel was the cities’ main industry.
The invitation was housed in a black panel pocket enclosure, printed on a clean white linen cardstock (adding some artistic value to the sketch images), and was mailed in a coordinating yellow envelope. Allyson also had a unique need for her invitation, the guests were required to present a special ticket in order to park at the stadium, so we created a coordinating ticket that was applied to the back of the invitation with a removable glue dot (I like to call them snot dots).
Overall this invitation was very simple yet very elegant and still incorporated all the themes and colors Allyson was looking to use. It is a good example of using a theme that you might not think would fit the bill for an elegant affair but can still turn out better than expected!
Up next we have a fall themed wedding invitation! I had previously blogged about Susan and Aric’s wedding in my Save the Date post. Susan is a good friend from my college days at Marquette and I was so honored to be helping out with her wedding materials and couldn’t wait for her big day! Susan had a very specific idea in mind when she first came to BB10 Creative for her invitations. The ceremony and reception took place at a resort in northern Wisconsin where Susan has been going on family vacations her whole life. So naturally she wanted to incorporate a design that would reflect the location while still being elegant enough for a wedding. Specifically, she was very interested in incorporating designs with birch trees or birch bark.
The final design Susan and Aric decided on uses this elegant birch tree design that includes their wedding colors of charcoal gray with yellow accents. We used a more formal script font paired with an elegant serif for the text, and printed the invitation on a clean white linen cardstock. The invitation is mounted on a metallic charcoal gray vertical pocket enclosure and was sealed shut with a custom sticker using the birch tree design. The whole package was mailed in a matching charcoal gray metallic envelope that Susan had addressed by a professional calligrapher.
As a side note, I do often get asked if BB10 Creative offers hand addressing or calligraphy. While we do offer mailing services, we do not offer hand addressing, and our invitations are mailed out either using labels or printing directly on the envelope, depending on the materials used.
Back to Susan and Aric! Overall, I was really pleased with how this invitation turned out. It may be hard to see in the pictures, but the subtle shading on the birch trees with the yellow leaves ended up being the perfect elegant design for their theme. I was also lucky enough to be one of the guests in attendance at the beautiful wedding and thought I would post some additional photos to show how Susan tied the theme all together.
Leaf shaped place cards were hung from these tree branches with ribbon. So elegant!
Close up of the place cards.
The cake, decorated with yellow leaves.
Beautiful Birch Tree Themed Centerpieces!
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, more of the recent work has been posted there!
Next up on the blog we have another fun yet elegant invitation. Danielle and Dustin had chosen “The Perfect Pair” as the theme for their wedding and were looking to incorporate the colors of pear green, chocolate brown and a champagne/cream color. I absolutely love these colors together, very clean, neutral and classic!
Since champagne was the main wedding color, we first decided on using a very pretty champagne colored metallic vertical pocket enclosure. Once that was chosen, I used a bright white linen paper to pop against the soft champagne color for the invitation cards, where we used the accent colors of brown and pear green.
Danielle and Dustin chose a modern yet elegant flourish design, paired with stripes to frame the text, and a more modern script and formal sans serif font. The flourish cascades over the additional cards in the invitation pocket, and the invitation was sealed using a pear green metallic belly band and a square closure that displays the wedding date. The invitation was sent in a metallic brown mailing envelope.
More invitations coming up soon including a Pittsburgh theme, birch tree/fall theme and a classy gray and orange invitation featuring a new panel pocket enclosure!
Erin and Andy came to BB10 Creative looking for invitations with a very specific look and feel. I had previously blogged about their Save the Date here. Erin really wanted to incorporate a French, late 20’s era Edwardian style theme in her wedding and the invitations needed to fit along with that. Their colors were eggplant with accents of deep red and orange, although in the end, we ended up only using the eggplant on the invitation, which I think lent itself well to the vintage look.
The design all started with a single, detailed damask style ornament which we used to create both a monogram for the invitation as well as the background pattern. The double lines used within the design, along with an elegant Edwardian script and formal sans-serif font complete the look.
This invitation uses a beautiful eggplant metallic horizontal pocket enclosure with a left-hand pocket, which is a bit different from the enclosures we normally use. We printed the invitation on a bright white linen cardstock and housed the invitation in a matching eggplant metallic envelope.
If you or someone you know are looking for a custom wedding invitation, no matter what the theme or style, have them contact us today to get started! BB10 Creative starts all of our invitations from scratch, and they are completely customized to fit each of our clients’ needs.
Wow, I’ve really fallen behind on updating the blog recently, but I have a new batch of invitations to post about! First up is definitely out of order, but one that slipped past me and I never had the opportunity to post about.
Lauren and Brian came to BB10 Creative looking for wedding invitations that were unique to their special day. They didn’t have any very specific ideas in mind outside of knowing they wanted something a bit formal and traditional but not excessively floral, as well as having packaging that was clean cut and organized.
BB10 Creative came up with the following design that incorporated the look and feel Lauren and Brian were going for, as well as their wedding colors of a vibrant red and white. The design of the circles and thin lines is a bit modern but still feels very elegant and formal with the addition of the monogram and the script font used to accent the couples’ names.
The invitation was printed on clean white linen cardstock and then mounted on a very elegant metallic red horizontal pocket enclosure. We kept the enclosure closed using a bright white satin ribbon with a monogram seal, and then placed the whole thing in a matching red metallic mailing envelope.
Along with the invitation, we also printed a simple yet elegant wedding program to coordinate, as well as thank you cards to match. The whole package turned out beautifully. I love pairing satin ribbon with metallic cardstock and juxtaposing it with the clean matte finish of the linen paper. Not to mention metallic cardstock and envelopes really stand out in the mail!
New work to come soon including an elegant, French inspired eggplant invitation set, a “perfect pair” theme and more!
Up next in the 2011 wedding season is a very cool vintage black and red wedding invitation. Rachel and Jacob’s wedding date is right around the corner in early October, however we started our process way back in September of 2010. Rachel came to BB10 Creative looking for fun, traditional and simple invitations with a vintage flair that would incorporate her wedding colors of black and red.
The resulting invitation uses a formal black and red embellishment designed with the look of an engraved mark on the paper. The couples’ monogram is highlighted in an art deco style font and is paired with a very 20’s style script font throughout.
The invitation is housed in a black matte vertical pocket enclosure, with the embellishment spilling over the cards in the pocket. The invitation was sealed with a coordinating red sticker with the monogram and was mailed in a very classy red metallic envelope. These really stand out in the mail! The invitation itself was printed on a clean white linen cardstock, adding to the vintage feel.
I love the final product on these invitations, and all of the coordinating materials for the wedding follow through on the vintage theme. Full designs will be posted soon on BB10 Creative!
Also stay tuned for some site changes coming up on BB10 Creative – we’ll be highlighting our invitations in way that will be much easier to browse through! Check back on the blog soon for another 2011 wedding post, we have three left to feature for the year.
The title of this blog will make sense shortly, I promise. The next wedding invitations I’d like to showcase on the blog were a very last minute to the 2011 line up, but since it involves one of my oldest friends, I was more than happy to take on the challenge. My friend Mike and his fiancee Michelle announced their engagement in early June, and followed that up with “the date is set for July 24.”
Yikes! As an invitation designer, I am used to sending out invites 8 weeks before the wedding date, with a comfortable amount of design room built in before that. With the wedding less than 8 weeks out, we really needed to hustle on these! Luckily, Mike and Michelle were great clients who could make very fast decisions. With the wedding color pallette of light green and soft pink, we made the decision to move forward using a soft green metallic horizontal pocket enclosure with a silver mailing envelope.
The couple was looking for an invitation design that was unique and fun, not too flowery, and said “casual summer wedding” while still appearing a tad formal. The ceremony was taking place in a botanical garden, while the reception was a much more casual event, so the invitation needed to speak to both parts.
The final design incorporates a fun pink and green scroll design and an art deco-ish sans serif font paired with a fun script. The invitation was printed on a clean white linen cardstock and the enclosure was sealed with a sticker to match the design.
You may notice there is no formal “reception” card in this design, and that is because Mike and Michelle took a different approach to their celebration. They had a small private ceremony with family and decided to invite everyone to a private pavilion at Festa Italiana to celebrate their wedding. (When the groom’s middle name is Luigi, what do you expect?) As a result, we sent out separate reception-only invitations which coordinated with the design.
Although this was definitely the fastest set of invitations I have ever turned around, I’m still really pleased with the result and think it fit very well with the wedding that Mike and Michelle had planned. Congrats to the happy couple, it was a great day!
Our next September wedding takes place on September 4th for Heather and John. This happy couple is moving quickly on their wedding, as they got engaged in April and are planning their wedding over Labor Day weekend! As a result, we had to move very quickly on the invitation process in order to get these mailed out in time, but Heather and John were great decision makers and kept the ball rolling on this!
In our initial consultation, Heather and John came to BB10 Creative looking for fun, simple and colorful invitations. Heather knew for sure she didn’t want hearts or swirly designs on the invitation but definitely wanted to incorporate her colors of bright green, orange and pink.
The final design chosen consists of a very simple yet colorful tree branch mounted on a bright green horizontal pocket enclosure. Since the wedding is in early September, we wanted to avoid a fall design so instead used the vibrant colors in the leaves to make it feel more summer-y.
The branch design spills over the coordinating cards in the pocket to create one large design when they sit assembled in the enclosure pocket. We used a bright white linen cardstock to print the cards out, and mailed the invitation in a matching green envelope. The enclosure was sealed with custom monogram sticker.
Heather and John also requested matching Thank You cards which you can see above. Even though the timeline on this job was tight, I’m happy with the final result and think we created a really fun and still formal wedding invitation. Best wishes to Heather and John!
Up next, we’re moving backwards a little, but we’ll post about a set of July invitations that I recently completed with a very tight timeline! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all the latest invitation pictures and BB10 Creative news!
Wow, I’ve really fallen behind on updating the blog recently, but I have a new batch of invitations to post about! September has become a very popular month for weddings and with some late minute additions, BB10 Creative has been working on sending out over 500 invitations in the month of June for four September weddings (and one late addition July wedding!).
This is a bit out of order, but wedding number two in our September line up takes place September 3rd for a great couple, Lisa and Raul. Lisa and Raul came to BB10 Creative looking for some unique wedding invitations to fit the theme of their wedding – baseball! Lisa and Raul were the second clients of BB10 to get married at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Being a big Brewer fan myself, I was very excited to make another set of baseball theme wedding invitations.
Lisa and Raul decided on a marine color scheme for their wedding and ultimately picked the following design for their invitations. Baseball theme invitations can be tricky because you generally want them to be formal enough to say “wedding” but still fun enough to say “there’s a baseball theme here.” Incorporating the baseball in the center of the flowers was one way solve the issue and comes across as formal while still being fun.
We used the marine color palette for the design, with a more modern sans-serif font paired with a brush script. The invitation was printed on a clean white linen cardstock, and then bound together with silver brads at the top. The invitation was housed in a 5×7 marine petal enclosure that was sealed shut with a custom sticker that matched the invitation design. The whole package was then mailed out in a very elegant silver metallic envelope.
Lisa and Raul also liked the idea of using the shape of home plate as their RSVP card, which is something we had previously designed for Mike and Tara’s invitations. The RSVP card is then perforated so guests can detach and mail back.
Overall, this turned out to be another fun and completely different baseball themed invitation that is still very elegant and formal. Petal enclosures add a really elegant touch to invitations, along with the metallic mailing envelopes.
Coming up next is September wedding three of four – a very late addition to our line up, but a very fun invitation!
Although this is a non-wedding invitation related post, I wanted to share a fun resource with my readers because it just may come in handy for your wedding!
I just recently did some updates in my basement and was looking for some fun art to hang on the walls. Luckily, I have really talented and creative friends to turn to for some unique pieces. I just received my custom fine art prints from Verve! this weekend and wanted to share!
Verve! is a color consultation agency run by my super talented friend Jessie. Color consultation can run the gamut from selecting art pieces for your home, to helping plan interior design spaces and even to (you guessed it) wedding color coordination! Many of my clients base their wedding themes and plans around the colors of their wedding, and Verve! can lend a helping hand in the process to make your day really special. Jessie has a great eye not only for color but for design as well.
Which leads me to the fun pieces below. One of Verve’s side projects are these really awesome fine art pieces that are hand drawn by Jessie. After I had given my basement a facelift, Jessie came over and utilized the colors in the room to coordinate these custom pieces for me. She creates the names and artwork for each and prints them on big paint chips to coordinate with your room!
I love these pieces in my new room – not only are they coordinated and fun but they also add vintage flair. I’ll be back soon with more wedding invitation postings but be sure to check out Verve! for all your color coordination needs!