Artsy Casual Logo + Save The Dates + Invitations

Designing my own wedding logo, save the date postcards, and invitations was of course a blast. I had help from our friends at Unicorn Press, who run our local print shop and who gifted their printing services to us out of pure love.

Brent's wishlist for our wedding logo included mountains and a Zia symbol, but I think that combination has been done before. Taking his ideas and incorporating my own, I wound up with a circular badge and a heart-shaped rising sun with rays spreading out over the mountains. Finding a place for our initials and the wedding date was the most challenging part of this design process. I didn't want to fill the lovely negative space inside the heart/sun but worried our initials would be unreadable anywhere else. So, J + B went in the heart and our wedding date fit between two rays.

The photos used on our save the date postcards are by Jay Hemphill. He took them during a shoot for the Silver City Arts and Cultural District, and since we volunteered our time as models, Jay sent over a few outtakes. We're not in the habit of posing for photos together (something I kick myself over after I realize we have no proof of the few times Brent has dressed up) and never scheduled a day to take engagement pictures, so these were literally the only images we had to work with.

We introduced our wedding logo on the save the date cards and then used the logo on every piece of our invitation suite and also on wine and beer glasses for use at the reception. As soon as the glasses arrived, Brent (knowing I'd be eager to see how they turned out) sent me the photo below.

Because we were holding our wedding reception in an art gallery on Yankie Creek (locals and our wedding guests will get the joke!) in Silver City, we figured the invitations should reflect the downtown vibe. We also wanted to inspire a light and fun feeling around our whole day so kept the wording of our invites casual.

Both of us loved the responses we got to the "We promise to dance if you play..." line in our RSVP cards.

My personal favorite was the enclosure card, because there's no really tactful and easy way to point people in the direction of your registry and also to the wedding website with all the information you hope the guests will read before making the trip.

This project was my first stab at designing a wedding stationery suite but not my last.