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 III – What’s Your Type

by Patricia Vining

WB-TypeTips Today’s post is about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am both a teacher and a student of all things typographic. Like color, type has a personality and can communicate volumes about your WeddingBrand. Are you a romantic—there is a typeface for that (actually, there are a zillion typefaces for that). Are you an urban modern, again, lots of beautiful choices out there. Though becoming a master of typography takes years of study, here are a few tips to help you make the perfect choice. After reviewing this infographic, choose two or three (at most) typefaces that best reflect your WeddingBrand. We will use them later in this series to layout your wedding invitations.

Tune in Monday for Part IV – Making Your Mark . . . Monograms & Symbols

Excited to learn more about type? Download a pdf of my artist’s book, TopTenZen . . . Principles of Page Layout.

TopTenZenFonts used in the Type Tips Infographic:
From Hoefler & Frere-Jones at Typography.com
Landmark
Verlag
Gotham
From FontShop.com
Frutiger
Scala
Seria
Quadraat Sans
Seria Sans Pro
From MyFonts.com
Fig Script
Fling Script
Brush Script
Parfumerie Pro Script
Wishes Pro Script
Rocket Script
Adios Script
Bickham Script
Mishka
Monte Carlo Script
PF ChampionScript
Garamond
From Underware.nl
Dolly Pro
From Emigre.com
Filosofia
From Typographies.fr
Joos Pro
From Vllg.com
Odile
Elido