When I asked my wife for her hand in marriage (well, being quite traditional I asked her parents first of course!), I didn't quite know what I was getting myself in for! Now being a husband is great, one of the best things I ever decided to do – I can seriously recommend it.
The planning on the other hand, that is something else! Then how lucky I am to have married a wedding-planner-to-be. Renata, my bride, took pride in meticulously working out even the most minuscule of details, hand making lots of crafty items in the process and made sure everything came together smoothly. My main job was to try and earn some money to pay for it all! My second job, and quite possibly more important, was to create the invites for both day and evening guests, the order of service, table plan and a website to keep central, key information, as we had guests coming from different countries. All this on a tight budget, with very little spare time and probably the toughest client I was ever going to work with... me.
I wanted to produce something that captured both of our personalities, not be too formal and to hint a little bit about the sort of fun the day would entail. The day invite was designed as a simple A5 card, printed on a thick, white recycled matt board (so as to be a little bit kinder to the environment). To sit alongside this in the envelope, was an A6 RSVP postcard, cut from the same card stock, giving the guests a simple way to let us know what they wanted for dinner and of course whether they could make it at all! We also wanted to give people the option of RSVPing through the website, to cut down on postage.
The website was used mainly to give more information about the day, to RSVP and also to share videos of things like Elvis singing 'How Great Thou Art', one of our wedding hymns.
I wanted to do something a little different for the evening invite, so I set about building a HTML5 e-invite using Hype, which was hosted on a Dropbox account and linked to a separate evening RSVP page on the website.