When preparing to get married in 2012, the subject of invites and save-the-dates came up. 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 had to reflect this. So I had to find a way to make the website seem modern yet completely retro at the same time. With the accent colour of green settled and the era to work from I began construction. We emailed relatives and friends a link to the splash page instead of traditional save-the-date cards. This gave them the basic information for their diaries. I kept the main page behind a password wall until we sent out the full invitations.
The invitations were digitally printed on heavy 350gsm card with the section creases made using a bone folder. This gave them 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. This was to give interest to the central page of the invitation.
We also wanted to add something a little special, something personal that we hadn’t seen with any other wedding invitations. So for each one of our guests we created a separate video, to personally invite 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). These also had a printable section in the centre so that I could customise the label.
Once we sent them out I launched the companion website. I coded this in responsive design to add support for mobile browsers. The website (among other things) integrated the Google Maps API with custom directions and colour scheme. I also added 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.