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Guest blogger: Indigo Bunting, Hello

April 26, 2010

I am Erin Jang from The Indigo Bunting and I am so happy to be guest blogging this week.


I work as an art director at a magazine but on the side I design custom wedding invitations. I specialize in creating one-of-a-kind invitations that are tailored for the couples I work with.

What makes a great custom wedding invitation are the details. Through the format, shape, color, wording and illustrations on an invitation you can convey a lot about yourself and your wedding. I always want to find that one special detail or memorable nugget about a couple or their wedding that could inspire the entire look of their invitations.


The inspiration for this invitation came from an amazing pair of Vivienne Westwood heart-adorned heels that the bride wore on her wedding day. The reception venue was a red velvet room in a restaurant, and that shaped the color palette too.


For this invitation suite, the couple mentioned their love for vintage ephemera and passing secret notes and letters to each other, and that was the inspiration for folding up a small invitation inside the mini envelope.


Sometimes the venue can really inspire the look of the invitation. The outside of this invitation was inspired by the exterior design work on the old chapel where the ceremony was held. The inside featured illustrations of specific vintage chandeliers that hung in their reception space.


Other times, a couple’s story inspires the imagery on an invitation. This couple met as colleagues in a science lab. She baked cupcakes and would bring them to work; he fell in love, and they got married!

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More than anything, I love when a couple has put a lot of consideration into the wording and content for their invitation. It makes the act of reading it that much more fun and personal. This couple decided to have a map of Manhattan annotated with their favorite spots. They let guests know that “food, drinks, dancing and ridiculous amounts of joy” would follow the ceremony, and they selected three untraditional, evocative quotes about love and New York for the backside of the invitation.

Hopefully these examples will inspire you to consider what kinds of lovely details you can share with your guests on your wedding invitations.

xo, Erin