Blogging from Balmain

View from the Nursery Window

View from the Nursery Window

Harbour-Bridge

After 38 hours, one canceled international flight, and loading two planes three times, I finally arrived in Sydney, Australia to prepare for the birth of Amanda’s baby at the end of September. It was worth every minute to see my beautiful girl and her precious baby bump. There was a newly married couple on the plane with me and they were on their honeymoon. They could have been totally consumed with anger over the canceled flight but instead, they invited everyone in first and business class to a party in their hotel room (provided by the airline, :). Talk about making lemonade! The take away here is that we all eventually made it safely and we made the best of a bad situation. There is no such thing as a “perfect wedding.” You will probably experience a glitch or two and that is why it is important that you choose your village carefully. Choosing reputable wedding professionals and reliable family and friends to work with will ensure that all goes well behind the scenes and that you do not even notice the bumps in the road. Your attitude in responding to these bumps is also key. Work them out positively and professionally and your Big Day will be (or at least appear to be) perfect!

For the next few months, I will be exploring all things weddings from fabulous Oz—the trends, the hidden gems, and my favorite—treasure hunts.

 

Something Old Into Something New 2—Disco Deco, Part III . . . Materials Matter

Art-Deco-PatternsPaper choice can make or break the look of your invitation suite as well as your budget. It can be quite expensive so you will have to shop around in order to find a paper that is both high quality AND cost effective. I am sharing some of my favorite sources for paper and envelopes that provide a beautiful assortment for all budgets.

Paper For Invitations and Envelopes:
Legion Paper
Gmund
French Paper
Letterpress Paper
The Papermill Store
Paper Source
Paper Works

Specialty Papers for Envelope Liners, etc.:
Hollanders
Paper Wonders
Hiromi Paper
Paper Mojo

MAKE YOUR OWN
I love to custom-line my envelopes and sometimes I even create my own paper pattern. I choose and draw a design in Illustrator and then make a pattern with it. Illustrator CS6 has a new pattern tool that offers different pattern options for you to choose from. Here is a great video that shows you how this works.

An antique Ottoman carpet was the inspiration for my carnation pattern and was a perfect choice since Art Deco is all about symmetry and the exotic. I colored my pattern in the soft gray that our couple requested and printed it out on a digital Japanese paper that I got from Hiromi.

Using an envelope template from Paper Source, I traced and cut out my envelope liners. Then, I placed the paper in the envelope and stuck it down with an archival glue stick.

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If you decide to line your own envelopes, make an evening of it. Invite friends and family to help you put your invitation suite together. Make it festive with some good food and fabulous wine and put an assembly line in place. Getting the envelopes done early is always a good idea so that the calligrapher can get started addressing them. That way, they are ready to go when the invitations come back from the printer.

 

Something Old Into Something New 2—Disco Deco, Part II

by Patricia Vining

DECO-Attributes

Here is a recap of the elements for the Disco Deco WeddingBrand Style Guide we are building for a young couple we will call Brent & Jacqueline.

1. Art Deco style is characterized by rich colors and bold geometric shapes, as well as exotic and luxurious materials. Art Deco is a given as the couple will be married in an historic, art deco building. Brent and Jacqueline said that they preferred the curved ornamental aspects of Art Deco (but not too formal) as opposed to the hard, geometric forms.

2. WeddingBrand Vision Statement - Hollywood Chic juxtaposed by the quaintness of Culver City, where whimsical elegance meets a bit of cheekiness at a grand cocktail party . . . all reflected in a disco ball!

3. From this, we can gather our list of WeddingBrand Attributes: Hollywood Chic, Quaint, Whimsical & Cheeky, Grand & Elegant, Disco Ball (The bride loves bling).

Print4. For their Color Palette, they chose to go with the metallic colors of Art Deco, especially the silvery grays.

Art-Deco-TypographyThese elements led me to look at traditional as well as art deco revival fonts—there have been many designed in recent years in this style. I created this chart for you so that you could mix and match to your hearts content. If you do not have much experience with type, refer back to our Type Tips from a previous post.

FONTS – Traditional: Parisian, Peignot, Bernhard Modern, Broadway; Sophisticated Revivals: Verlag, Odile, Elido; Script: Anna Nicole, Estilo Script, Fontleroy Brown NF, Monte Carlo Script NF; Geometrics & Inline: Decode, Geotica, Metropolis, New Modern, Port Family, Zadie; Decorative: Arthur Cabinet, Bureau Empire, Fancy Pants, P22 Art Deco Chic, Trochut, Upper East Side.

Tune in next time as we take a look at papers and ornament and round out our style guide.