March 9th, 2013. The day I married Shaun was the best day of my life. Honestly, I can’t put into words how perfect everything turned out. It was incredible.
Although, I can’t say the planning happened overnight; there was a lot of work involved. But come on, what designer wouldn’t love branding their own event!? I thought I would share our overall vision, including all the fun designy projects we made to create a unique, memorable and affordable event.
We had just a little over two months to bring everything together; invitations, decor, venue, attire, entertainment, food; the list goes on and on. Neither one of us planned such a big event before, so we were more than intimidated of how and where to get started. From the get-go, about all we knew was that we wanted to keep it small and intimate.
I have to give serious props to our close friends, Muqu, Preeti, Ryan and Tyler. We were lucky to have a wedding party that all helped tremendously in different ways. As well as dozens of other friends & family members we tapped in to for help along the way. They all made it possible to make all my dumb ideas come to life.
True story: five years ago, Shaun and I met at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) on Christmas Eve. This is an excerpt from our invitations:
Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.
Thus, the perfect theme was born: Love at First Flight.
Unfortunately, because time wasn’t on our side, there was no save the date. We just sent an email to our guests that said, well, just that. It was fast and it was cheap. Why do it any other way? Instead, I designed the invitations into two pieces and sent them out together; a postcard and an airline ticket.
Both the postcard and ticket were packaged together in an A4 kraft paper envelope.
On the front of the postcard, I drew Shaun and I when we met at the airport. On the back, was an introduction to our story (excerpted above).
As an ode to my collectible poster designs, the silkscreened postcards acted as mini limited edition art pieces; both hand numbered and signed.
Paper: 100% cotton 245gsm Wheat
Printed by: Kid Icarus
We wanted the evening to come across as laid back, natural and unrehearsed. The copy on the ticket reflected just that; from the suggested start time, “7:30-8:00 pm ‘ISH’”, to the cheeky footnotes reminding guests not to bring randos. A true reflection of our quirky relationship.
Paper: 35 Pt. Chipboard
Printed by: Lunar Caustic Press
The MVD>SSR graphic; our initials made into airport codes; ended up becoming the logo for the event crossing all platforms/materials.
Next up: Venue, (e)Motion Sickness Bags, Food & Decorations.