The Whole Nine Yards

Here follows an example of an "invitation suite" which ran the gamut from soup to nuts. Everything that we designed coordinated with eachother, yet each element was uniquely designed to fit the particular need.
The first item sent off to their guests was the save the date. We decided upon a view of a desktop showing items that each guest better have in good order if they hope to attend the wedding in the city of light.

The drawing is meant to be a bit casual in tone...not too formal, since we wanted a contrast with the main event: the invitation. That is a very important consideration when designing a full suite. The invitation should be the "star". All other elements sould serve, but not overpower the invitation.

A few weeks later part two arrived in the guest's mail. It was the map showing the locations of the ceremony and reception as well as the suggested hotels at witch guests were to make reservartions. (Detailed booking information was printed on the back.)

Here you see it as if spread out on the table of a Parisian bistro. The wine's label shows the initials of the couple, the souvenir is the same we saw in the save the date announcement. Even the pencil recalls what we saw before.

Some weeks later the invitation arrived in a calligraphed envelope. The guest's name written in a deep burgandy ink reminiscent of the color chosen for the previous pieces.

They opened the envelope to find the following:

Opening the monogrammed "gate" you discovered the text of the invitation arranged in the french style where the parents and grandparents of both the bride and the groom announce the event. For the friends and family who lived state-side and did not know how to "parlez-vous", there was an American version insert printed on transparant vellum.

The fleur de lis is the "logo" used here. We've seen that symbol before in the "save the date" and the map. Scroll up to refresh your memory.

(The full backside of the invitation is above. Follow the lines that connect to the tope of the B and the C, They wander in and out, here and there, but stay independant. The H initial (the one they were soon to share) scrolls out in two directions. One end of the line envelopes the B's curlicues, the other entwines with C's curves, forever connecting them.)
Also within the invitation were the reception card (informing the guests what follows the ceremony) as well as the RSVP card. French and English versions were printed to send out to the appropriate continent. The return envelope has a calligraphed element just as all the other pieces.
Upon arriving at the reception each guest will find their seat with the aid of a place card. It will be held aloft by a miniature sculpture of the Eiffel Tower...Where have we seen that before?
Back home in the Big Apple, C and B wrote their thank-you notes inside a folded card which had this image on its cover. It shows the additions to their collection of paperweights that they gathered on their honeymoon.
The bride hired me to design a card for their first anniversary (paper, you know) and she informed me that he loves to cook and entertain. I came up with the anthropomorphic monogram (BSH) working on an omelette. The vintage of the cooking wine is their wedding day. Check back soon to see what I will do for their holiday card.

To view some of the creative process involved in the design of the Parisian wedding suite click here .

Below you see the escort cards from three different weddings. Click on any one to see other elements in their graphic suite.

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