When preparing to get married in 2012, the subject of invites and save-the-dates came up, and my partner and I decided that to keep up with the times (and to give me something to sink my teeth into whilst she went dress shopping) we would have a companion website. This would expand upon information traditionally carried on a paper invitation.
As our wedding was to be vintage 1930’s Art Deco style, the website should reflect this, and so I had to find a way to make the website seem thoroughly modern yet completely retro at the same time. With the accent colour of green settled and the era to work from I began construction. Instead of traditional save-the-date cards, relatives and friends were emailed a link to the splash page giving them the basic information for their diaries. The main page was kept behind a password wall until the full invitations were sent out.
The invitations were digitally printed on heavy 350gsm card with the section creases made using a bone folder for a professional finish. The top section of each of the invites was hand embossed, and to reflect the website navigation we used a silk ribbon to give interest to the central page of the invitation. We wanted to add something a little special, something personal that we hadn’t seen with any other wedding invitation, so for each and every one of our guests we created a separate video, personally inviting them to our wedding with their names rendered into the recording. I sourced some discs that had the appearance and feel of an old vinyl record (complete with grooves) that also had a printable section in the centre so that I could customise the label.
Once they were sent out I launched the companion website. This was coded in responsive design for mobile browsers. The website (among other things) integrated the Google Maps API with custom directions and colour scheme, an interactive timeline of our lives together, and links to local taxi companies/places to stay. Every element of the design was completely bespoke.
Below is a selection of the designs I created for the wedding.