Inspiration to Creation: Music Invitations

12.30.2009

We held a ‘Custom Invitation Contest’ months ago, and our lucky winner was Vera, a bride with a ton of fun style. When we first had the pleasure of speaking to Vera she told us about all of the interesting elements she wanted to incorporate into the design of her wedding (see the inspiration board Vera sent to us here!). Vera told us that her ‘hubby-to-be’ is a classical guitarist and that they share a strong love of music. She mentioned that she wanted to incorporate the feeling of bluegrass, Western typography, Zooey Deschanel’s quirky style, and elements of dogwood flowers with the color palette of teals, oranges and greys.

Our ultimate goal was to create an ultra fun piece that would ‘wow’ the guests, so by the end of our first conversation we had the idea of using a textured wood grained paper to create a faux guitar front belly band. From there the excitement and creativity grew. After a few rounds of illustrating flowers and trying out new directions, we arrived at the final design. We were able to incorporate fun fonts, vintage and custom illustrations and sheet music that show the little love birds humming the tune to their ‘musically romantic wedding.’ Let us take you through the Lolliladies design process, from Inspiration to Creation….

DESIGN PROCESS: First we designed the front panel that the invitation would slip into. We used textured wood grain paper, guitar strings that we would wrap around the invite with actual wire, the f holes of the guitar that would  be cut out and backed with vellum, and finally the circle of the guitar which would also be a a cutout from which the invite would peek through…

Vera loved the concept for the outside of the invitation. Next up was the design of the insert. This piece would slide into the woodgrain paper and would be peeking through the hole in the “guitar”. We always give each of our clients an initial round of 3-4 design drafts so sticking with the art nouveau style we started with this abstract floral design that created a soft geometric pattern.

Our second  version had much more of the 60′s psychedelic feel to it…

The third version was a very graphically strong piece with layers of concentric circles.

And the fourth version was a much softer layout with a singing love bird!

Finally we came to this! Here is the finished invitation with the woodgrain paper, f -holes, and the soft love bird design Vera decided on for the insert. Vera decided on sheet music with singing love birds for the front of the insert and fun typography for the back of it.  Vera even took it a step further and designed a custom guitar pick!

See Vera opening her Musically Romantic Invitations and… read her blog post about the invitations here!!

These invitations will definitely be unique treat for the guest when they open them!!

84 comments

  1. oh my goodness, those invitations are killer!!

  2. OH my goodness! These are WAY TooOOOO cute!! :-) THanks so much for sharing!

  3. Very clever! Love the first option, but all are fabulous.

  4. Lauren L. /

    These are so unique. I love the guitar strings made from wire!

  5. These invitations are sou amazing and would be perfect for my wedding which has as theme ‘music’. Wouldn’t it be possible to order them? THX

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