RACHEL + DAN’S INDUSTRIAL VINTAGE WEDDING
Save the date
Thank you notes
The process of designing our own wedding proved to be a really fun challenge. With the overall vibe of our event being “industrial vintage” with a tandem bicycle motif, we wanted to ensure that each piece fit the theme, included tactile elements, utilized raw materials like wood and metal, and was extremely unique and personal to us. The use of mint was a must, as it’s a nod to the color of both our brand (um, yes, we have a brand identity that represents us as a couple #NerdAlert) and our tandem bike.
Bridesmaid proposals and groomsmen proposals
First came our bridesmaid and groomsmen proposals. For the girls, my main priority was to create something that was incredibly personal. My bridesmaids are so special and important to me – many of them I’ve known most of my life. So I wanted to take the opportunity to deliver them a heartfelt message. The format I felt would best accomplish this was a custom booklet, customized for each girl with photos. I combined it with a bottle of mint nail polish inside a drawstring burlap bag.
For the guys, Dan wanted to keep things a little more scaled back, but still unique to our event. So, I created a card with a funny bicycle image to wrap around a pair of socks in our wedding colors. He combined these with mini bottles of Jack Daniel’s held inside burlap bags.
Save the date
We wanted to keep our save the date pretty simple and low maintenance, so I created a digital card that we sent out via email through Paperless Post.
I wanted our invitations to be self contained inside a unique format, but still be “normal” enough to fit inside a standard envelope. My solution was to create a piece with a trim size of 5×7 inches, but includes a hidden flap to contain extra information and act as a pocket for the response card.
For design inspiration, I turned to vintage print pieces, especially an old bicycle advertisement I kept coming back to. We wanted our guests to know that our wedding was going to be a fun, not-too-formal party. So we wrote in casual language and tried not to make anything seem too stuffy.
In keeping to my goals of achieving self containment and incorporating tactile elements, I created fabric belly bands, topped off with a bakers twine bow. The finished piece turned out to be unique, provide all the necessary information to our guests, and act as an accurate representation of what our event would look and feel like.
The hotel we chose for everyone to stay during the weekend was the beautiful. We wanted to create a piece to be handed to guests checking in, not only to welcome them to our wedding weekend and provide relevant information, but also to inform them about the incredible history of the hotel.
I saw our ceremony programs as an opportunity to create something fun and different from the norm. Plus, even though our ceremony was short and sweet, I know attention spans can be short and folks generally like something to look at in their seat. So I included an infographic style page with information about us and our honeymoon.
Details and decor
Our overall goals of fitting with our theme, including tactile elements, and utilizing industrial materials guided all our ideas for decor. This led to executions such as a metal archway embellished with fabric pennants, photos displayed on rusty bike wheels, metal lanterns, gold birdcages, mismatched mercury glassware holding candles or baby’s breath, string lights with Edison bulbs, galvanized metal flower buckets, and an old wooden barrel to collect cards.
In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had everyone sign an industrial, raw metal “F” that now hangs on a wall in our home. We also chose to name our tables instead of number them, in an effort to make the event more unique to us. These were displayed by painting the names on pieces of reclaimed wood, with descriptions held in metal clips and hung on a nail.
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Photos from the event and our save the date are by the lovely and talented