With wedding season just around the corner, we’ve been busy at The Kat & Monocle designing custom-made invitations. Did you know that we can create them to your exact specifications? Well you do now! And furthermore, they do not have to match our usual illustrative style as you will see in some of the examples below.
The latest one is now at printing stage and we’re really excited to see how it turns out. Our clients, Claire and Laurence wanted to have an Art Deco theme, without it looking too obvious and so our brief was fairly open. Claire had taken a stunning picture, looking up at the staircase in Clissold House, Stoke Newington, where the couple are to be married. With the help of this beautiful photo and a good old mood board – always a good way to get the creativity flowing – we came up with the below results…
One of the things that ‘s so lovely about creating wedding invitations is being able to tailor them to the requirements of our clients. So much variety comes out of them and it’s refreshing to apply a different style to each design. It’s also very satisfying to really personalise them to our customers and Kat, our Creative Director, gets all sorts of interesting requests. Another recent commission from her clients Breda and Matt, involved the use of our electronic cutting machine as the images below will show. (We need to blog about that too actually as it’s such an amazing part of our resources :) )
As you can see, the crisp, graphic lines are a far cry from our usual hand-drawn style but we really enjoyed developing them. Matt & Breda had said that there would be a Japanese blossom theme at their wedding but they didn’t want the invitations to look too fussy. We love the idea they specifically requested, to have one of the flower motifs cut out out of a wallet, which would hold all the elements of the invitation together. The RSVP card, which is actually a pale, coral colour with a beautiful sheen, has been inserted face down into the wallet so that its colour can be seen through the ‘floral window’ – a lovely added touch we thought and a fanastic idea on Matt and Breda’s part! They also wanted us to create a map for both wedding venues – another part of the invitations which makes them look fun – and we felt the graphic, floral pattern provided a great feature on the reverse of the front invitation. We also love the Core Circus typography, which went perfectly with their request for a simple and contemporary design and below is our electric cutting machine in action, which was an invaluable tool in the making of the wallets!
For anyone who is looking for our trademark style, we are still very happy to provide it of course. We designed the invitations below in 2015 for our client’s Kristin & Nick, with the idea of reflecting their nationalities and interests, in their colour scheme of choice. We also ensured that there was an added dose of humour, as this is such an integral part of their relationship :) Nick, is a musician from England and a keen wine collector and Kristin comes from Trondheim in Norway, hence the bowler versus viking hats and the additional illustrations surrounding these cultures and landmarks. The Norwegian cheese grater gave us much amusement ;) As an extra touch, the two hats leaning against each other were printed on the back of their RSVP cards and they also featured on their order of service booklets, which we were very happy to design for them too.
As we mentioned above, it is always very interesting hearing about the invitation themes our clients choose. Some do not necessarily want their names printed on the front and would prefer that another element of their wedding, such as its venue, is the main feature. Our clients Sarah and Rob had spotted our commissioned ‘Stoke Newington’ postcard design, which we created for Hackney Council’s Destination Hackney Campaign in Summer 2014. They loved the fact that it incorporated so many elements of the area, (below left), which they felt were special to the both of them, so they asked us if they could use the design for the front of their invitations.
Luckily for them – and for Hackney Council! – we had created two layouts for the original post card, so were able to offer them our other design, (above right), which hadn’t been selected for the post card campaign. This way everyone was happy, with exclusive rights to the designs and it would have been a waste not to utilise the other postcard, having put such a lot of work into it ;) We definitely have Hackney Council to thank for promoting our business and it just goes to show that collaborations are beneficial in more ways than one!
Each of the illustrations were hand drawn in our detailed fashion, but the original drawings weren’t much bigger than they are on the cards/invitations. We’d therefore created a series of ‘miniature drawings’, which in its own right was a lovely project to focus on. These invitations were handmade, using the same materials and techniques as our Handmade Greetings Card range and were wrapped (as the below left image shows), to make our personal service complete!
As always, we welcome any comments or feedback regarding our posts and if you are interested in gaining further information about our bespoke wedding invitation service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch….
….Ooh and in case you are interested, The Londesborough Pub, where Sarah and Rob’s wedding reception was held – and where Claire and Laurence’s reception will take place – is a cracking venue for a good old wedding knees up! One to be banked if you happen to be looking for venues in the Stoke Newington area :)