Transform Something Old Into Something New, The Finale

by Patricia Vining

We began with a few treasured items and used them to pull a color palette, match fonts, design a custom monogram and ornament, and finally create some wedding invitations. Put these all together into a booklet and you have your own signature WeddingBrand Style Guide. Your brand style guide results in a consistent vision across all touchpoints, from invitations to tabletop to favors and so on, so that all vendors are on the same page ensuring that you get the wedding of your dreams.

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Transform Something Old Into Something New, Part V – Making Your Mark . . . Monograms & Symbols

by Patricia Vining

Take a look at the monograms you created last week and choose your best one. Follow these simple steps to creating your own wedding invitations using your new monogram and your Something Old as inspiration.

Modernize your inspiration with shape and color

Modernize your inspiration with shape and color

STEP 1 - After browsing through my Nebiolo type specimen book, I chose some ornaments called Fregio Classico Moderno and redrew them in Illustrator. Next, I simplified them and made them more angular.

Modernize with a contemporary typeface

Modernize with a contemporary typeface

STEP 2 – Talk about old world charm, I love the monograms of Imre Reiner! To make my monogram a bit more contemporary, I chose a beautiful typeface called Arthur Cabinet from MyFonts as my base and converted it to outlines. I then filled it with my new ornament.

PartV3STEP 3 – When I saw this cross-stitch alphabet in Märkbok, I immediately thought of Fig Script as the partner typeface.

PartV4STEP 4 - I thought the title frame from the Nebiolo book formed the perfect container for this monogram.

Something Old Into Something New Wedding Invitations

Something Old Into Something New Wedding Invitations

STEP 5 - Finally, I took all of my elements (color, ornament, fonts, etc.) and created these two invitations. The number of possible combinations is endless. In the one on the left, I used the title frame from the Nebiolo book as the container for the monogram. The one on the right uses the same container rotated, for all of the type. I also used one of the ornaments to create the patterned background. This one would look great letterpressed.

Download an .eps file of the ornament used in this project.

There you have it—Something Old Into Something New! On Wednesday, we will put it all together and launch our inaugural WeddingBrand Style Kit.

Transform Something Old Into Something New, Part IV – Making Your Mark . . . Monograms & Symbols

by Patricia Vining

WBMonogramsDust off the list of brand attributes you made in Part I of this series as we are going to use them to design a custom monogram for your wedding. Monograms are one the oldest forms of branding in our world today. Through the ages they have been used as currency, artists’ signatures, a sign of nobility, and much more. There is nothing more personal as you create a monogram by combining the initials of your names to create a unique symbol. Your monogram can grace everything from your save the date, to your stationery, to your honeymoon luggage. In fact, you can brand all of your wedding communications with your monogram so that your guests know immediately that they are from you. Take a look at this infographic, grab some tracing paper, and experiment. After the holiday, I will show you how I used my treasured items and this infographic to create some wedding invitations. I will even share the symbols I created for them!