Helen and Ben - wedding invitations

A couple of months ago I was invited by the very sweet Helen and Ben to design their invitations for their wedding in May this year. 

I love it when there is an opportunity to use illustration as a feature when designing custom wedding invitations. Helen and Ben offered my the perfect opportunity to do just that when designing their invitation.  

The lovely couple wanted an invitation with a elegant and classic black and white style, complete with a Victorian inspire pair of silhouette portraits of the couple. The couple also wanted to keep things simple and combine all of the information in one piece rather than separate invitations, rsvp, details and maps cards. 

The solution was to create a a folded 'shutter' style invitation which allowed us to feature the couples illustrated silhouettes on the facing opening panels. When opened the inside f the invitation includes the event details including rsvp, accommodation and gift registry details. On the reverse panel is a guide map for guests travelling to the wedding complete with a small horse illustration for the groom. 

The design features classic book plate style typography balanced with a clean san serif font for the details. A rounded dotted line frames each section reinforcing the Victorian inspiration for the suite. 

The colour palette is deliberately monochrome - with a dark charcoal used throughout to again reinforce the sense of elegance. The paper stock is a lovely white linen with a light texture reminiscent of that used in book covers on the Victorian period. 

Below are a few photographs of the invitation - it has fast become one of my favourites!

The feature silhouettes one the front panels of the folded invitation set the elegant them the couple plan for their wedding day. 

Inside the invitation combines the event details, rsvp, information and gift registry details - and even an instagram hashtag!

The reverse of the invitation is completed by a guide map for guests. 

The unfolded 'shutters' reveal a glimpse of the inside detail panel.