Digho Invitations Blog
A Very Fairy Sweet Sixteen!!! February 23 2015
No matter what the celebration is, the invitation will be an introduction to the imagination of the host. When we sat down with Jessica, we were shocked at how specific and creative her vision was. Every element of design was exactly how she imagined it - fairy inspired magical garden with flowers and vines. This fairy tale event did not leave anything out. The unique liner, 3 diamonds and 2 layer response card came together to become one of our most creative invitations.
This detail of the invitation shows the 3 diamonds that were placed on the invite. In this image you can see that the invitation was laid out with 3 layer metallic layers and many colors that were all the same tone. Using magenta to highlight the event and the birthday girl's name. The event information was colored purple to blend in with its surroundings. Below is another detail image.
Each diamond is individually hand glued. This entire event used over 200 diamonds.
Above is the 2 layer response card with a pink envelope. Mimicking the invitation with the ornate gate frame. Digho provides the addressing service which means all envelopes are addressed to the guest and response envelopes have the receiver address. This allows all the fronts to be the same, creating a unified look.
To keep the design consistent, the thank you card has some of the art elements.
A Hint of Pink Peeking Out of Our Custom Invitation Sleeve.... February 02 2015
This couple was a pleasure to work with... They gave use their vision and loved everything we could do for them. The idea of a custom sleeve that would have the invitation peek through was a favorite for both the bride and groom the minute we sat down. The love of pink and gray allowed us to capture both individuals with a beautiful elegance. The design ideas started with a modern monogram and then the addition of ornate designs gave the invitation an element to highlight the information. Above you can see the invitation outside and inside the sleeve. Behind the sleeve is the envelope. Along with the invitation, the sleeve held the hotel information, direction card and the response card.
The simple elegant design was then used to create a complete package as the pieces created their entire wedding brand. Above you can see the seating card design, stickers for champagne bottle and cookie box favors, a thank you poster that was on display throughout the venue and the front and inside of the ceremony program.
It is always an exciting journey with a bride and groom when they come to us for advice and creative ideas. Together we shape a look and then create an array of printed pieces that speak to them as well as their vision of their big day. The result is always so satisfying for us and gives the couple a sense of pride of all the components presented.
The Beautiful Generosity of Love... January 22 2015
The beautiful couple were embracing their second marriages and wanted to just celebrate their happiness with all their friends and family. This was our first and only wedding that the invitation asks for no gifts. They requested a simple invitation that would hold all the information in one combined card. We came up with the idea of an 3 fold accordion invitation. Each flap will have a touch of information eliminating separate multiple cards. Keeping the style of the invitation elegant and traditional. Their colors were green and yellow with a touch of cream. Above you can see the entire invitation with the response card and all the envelopes.
To show a traditional style we used a capital U monogram throughout the invitation. It is ghosted in the background and used as an element of design. Ornate glyphs also were added as accent. You can see a detail above of the first flap with the couples and ceremony information.
The second flap gave the reception information.
The third flap was a personal note from the couple to express their thanks. It is here that they were able to share their thoughts and give the guests a reminder of how wonderful they are by not asking for gifts.
Each tri fold flap had 2 layers of cover stock to highlight the green and frame the design.
The response card with envelope. Below.
Detail of the inner envelope. Below.
This invitation was completely custom made for Chuck and Rose by digho Invitations!
Branding an Unforgettable Wedding September 25 2014
As our company started to grow we realized that we wanted to create more than just the invitation for our parties. The menu, program, escort cards, etc. were all in the same breadth of design. At this point we decided we would be in the business of branding events. Everything the host would let us design, we would!!!
This week we would like to highlight an unforgettable wedding that gave us the ability to brand the event from start to finish. We began with the Engagement Party invitation (below). With only the bride and groom knowing the season of the wedding, we designed a fresh look that left the guest with a hint of a beautiful snowflake. This 3 layer invitation shows the beauty of white space and utilizes the perfect combination of metallic and matte paper. A touch of gray was used to break up the whites and gives the invite it’s modern/elegant look.
We later moved on to the Save The Date announcement (below). The photo was from their engagement shoot with their photographer. The use of a dark image gives a hint to the wedding’s location while creating the copy, “Eat, Drink and be Married,” as a focal point to the joyous time of year for this wedding.
The Engagement Party invitation and the Save The Date announcement both have the same typography style. You will see the consistency run throughout the entire event. Type style, colors, copy, placement and art will all become the iconic elements of branding the event.
Introducing some new color and art, the Bridal Shower invitation had a fun Fall feel. The use of bold earth tone colors give the shower its own feel but still stays true to the previously used elements.
Bridal Shower Thank You card.
Recipe card included in the invitation.
Finally, the Wedding invitation!!! Soft, traditional lace feel with letterpress. Typography and style all originated from the Engagement announcement. The lace design connected to the relationship the bride had with her grandmother. A stunning invite that suits the perfect love story!
Letterpress invite and envelope with gray metallic liner.
Detail of letterpress on the invitation. The effect of the circle in the middle of the lace played a big part of highlighting the bride and groom. Change the typography of the word “to” and the script gives a romantic feel to the two names.
Direction and Accommodation cards.
Thank you message card and Menu waited on the dinner plate for the guests in the dinner area. The Escort card was presented with the lace design in gold changing the color pattern but having the guest name illuminate within the circle.
This is a perfect example of a couple who embraced branding their wedding. Each piece uniquely designed for the specific piece of the wedding but all working together, allowed guests to become familiar with the the modern, elegant traditional feel they felt best expressed their love and big day.
The curve of a wedding invitation September 25 2014
This week would like to highlight an invitation that embraced simple curves wherever it could. Keeping affordability in mind, only small aspects needed to be created to give it an unforgettable impression!
The design has a damask/organic ornate feeling that is light and flows throughout the wedding. The edges of the invitation were shaped to create a round edge. This was repeated on the RSVP card, the information cards and the envelope address pieces to complete the look.
This combination of curve and hard edge creates a beautiful modern twist. The invitation’s typography mimics this relationship by switching things up and having the body copy in script and the highlighted names in print.
The RVSP card!
The Information cards!
The gorgeous circle magnet Save the Date!
The Program book!
The Menu and Escort Cards!
The Thank you card!
The color focus was navy blue, magenta and cream. This wedding invitation gave guests a perfect indication that they would be enjoying an event full of modern, fun twists while still highlighting all the beautiful traditions expected at a wedding!
Which way should we go???? September 25 2014
Simple lines can help indicate water locations.
The beauty of the simple things!! September 25 2014
This week we would like to highlight an invitation that gives just the right amount of white space with an illustration. Many in this style dominate in either direction, but this invitation was created to respect the environment of both white space and art.
This invitation showcases the art with supporting space to highlight each piece. It shows that love is as beautiful and engaging as two birds sitting on a branch together. The invitation layout was soft and quiet so your eye is drawn to the names and the illustration… the love birds!!
Above are the program, menu and seating cards. All keep the same format as the invitation with its shape and orientation. The illustration peeks through in areas that allow the elements to stay simple.
All custom from digho invitations!
Let’s have a wedding splash! September 25 2014
In the middle of the summer heat, there is nothing like a wedding celebration on the beach!! Hearing the waves crash while they say, “I do.” Then watching the sunset during cocktail hour and dancing the night away!!
Keeping it simple with a cool modern style September 25 2014
In our last blog we spoke about modern monograms. This week we would like to show you another example of using typography in a simple way and how it adds a cool modern touch to an invitation.
This was the kind of couple that couldn’t wait to spend their lives together. Their happiness glowed and their love for each other was very apparent. When we spoke about the style of invitation they wanted, they pretty much left the entire design up to us. After multiple versions were presented, they realized that having the initial of the family name was perfect because they couldn’t wait to be a family.
With all that said, they picked an invitation design that can only be described as simple with a cool modern style. The monogram had a flare of typography that is inviting and exciting.
The V initial was also used in the other elements of the invitations: the response card, accommodation and directions cards. Changing the placement of the initial to work with the surrounding copy is key. A good design needs the art to be visible and invisible at the same time.
Once the invitation was out the bride and groom came back for more!! Below you can see the program, favor charity note with envelope along with the escort card.
Detail of the ceremony program.
Dancing with the invite September 10 2014
This week we would like to highlight one of our favorite invitations. It is based on the idea of ballet shoes. The bride was a former dancer and wanted to put that feel through the invitation without it being too obvious.
Stationery September 10 2014
Who still uses stationery??
Our teachers and brides do!!
Teachers receive many useless gifts at the end of the year. I myself have been guilty of handing over a wrapped ceramic apple. But really, what is a teacher going to do with that? I now go out shopping for teachers and before I buy anything I ask myself, “Would I want that?” and most likely I say to my self, “NO!”
A teacher and good neighbor of mine came up to me one day and said, “You know what teachers always need—stationery!!” Being that I own a custom invitation company, making personalized stationery was very easy for me. So I did and the teacher loved it. That was 3 years ago and when she sees me she still thanks me for it.
Along with teachers, we find brides are also writing notes to thank their wedding vendors or help. A wedding thank you is usually where the handwriting stops. Writing online reviews and sharing via social media are nice, but a hand written note always stays on the desk or in the top drawer.
digho can create any and all styles of stationery for yourself or a gift. Leaving an impression is always more meaningful!
Customize vs. Custom September 10 2014
*Custom invitation for specific destination wedding. Look, feel and imagery were all worked out carefully with bride to match her venue in Antiqua. Double layer invitation with ribbon, raffia and wax seal which held a single layer rsvp and accommodation card. Package went into an inner and then outer envelope.
Be careful! Customizing and custom are too different things!
More and more we are finding that brides want an invitation that stands out. Couples are looking for an invitation that is different, personal, unique and represent them and only them.
The word custom gets thrown out a lot so beware…
Customizing usually means you start with a base design (from a book) and work details in like colors, typography, paper textures and maybe an image, a monogram, or a choice of a scroll.
Custom is a completely blank canvas. You start with what is in your mind and heart. We wouldn’t start any other way. It may sound like a daunting task but it is what we excel at and what sets us apart.
We start our meetings with a casual conversation with our brides and grooms. It gets you comfortable with us and we begin to get an image in our head. It is all about you and your fiancé. We want to know what makes you different - your likes, dislikes and hobbies. What about your relationship is special and how you envision your day. It is important we know what venue you chose and why. What the gown looks like, tuxes and suits. If your reception is large or small, who is in your wedding party, your chosen colors and flowers. Even details like your favors and bridal party gifts help us understand the event as a whole so the choices we make when designing make sense for you.
NOOWW is when we bring out our book of past invites for you to start to decide on some details including shape, layers, pockets, ribbon, etc. We ask you to show us samples of invites you have seen that you like. This is a very important step but not until after we have a good idea of how we would represent you.
This process works to keep every invite personal and result in an invitation that our couples are proud of and builds excitement not just for them but their quests as well.
Fall Wedding Invitation… September 10 2014
This invitation was created to reflect the colors of the season. It is a 3 layer invitation with linenand metallic stock to complement the elegance of the event.
The bride and groom are both in the education field and wanted to have a simple graphic element in the invitation. The two circles coming together originates from the idea of a venn diagram.
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