This is my first blog post ever, but I thought I’d start by talking about my latest project; Save the Date cards for my sister’s wedding in 2017 – a project that I have been looking forward to starting since we were little girls! About 6 weeks ago she asked me to be her maid of honour – and as part of that role I get to help her out with all the design and creative work she’s going to need to make her big day special!
I had some spare time this week and after taking some time perusing her wedding pinterest board, I started work on the Save the Date cards, as these will probably be the first thing that will need posting out once they’ve settled on a date and venue, however capturing the essence of the wedding on two sides of A6 card was going to be tricky.
Above are my initial ideas, her favourite is the landscape card with tree and silhouette bride and groom, but there are a couple of other’s she would like me to develop further – keep you‘re eyes peeled for the final version in a month or so’s time.
The hardest part of this design process was trying not to copy the beautiful designs already out there; take a look at my research board here to see a small selection of what I discovered is huge business. So many different, beautiful designs, many of which can be personalised for your own big day via etsy.
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Finding the right typeface proved to be the biggest challenge. I like to use a mix of typography styles, but this doesn’t always work with the imagery you’re using. For example the watercolour style leaves on the top right just do not work with a delicate script style typeface – sometime it was a case of less is more. For a more complicated background image use a simpler typeface. It was a real balancing act, and one I’m not 100% sure I’ve nailed yet.
There was a huge range of free fonts that can be downloaded, usually for non-commercial use and I can’t praise the designers enough for providing the most extensive library of fonts that enabled me to try out lots of different styles for free. Two of the best sites were dafont.com and 1001freefonts.com, check them out for all your typography needs and you can usually buy the full versions through the websites too. Great for those fonts you know you’re going to want use again and again.