When we first thought about having a Star Wars-themed wedding, I knew I had to design all the stationery myself.
Of course, we chose a theme that is already its own brand, but I didn't want to just arbitrarily take from what's already in existence, and I wanted something a little more elegant than geeky. (Elegance is important to me, so that our families aren't so put off by the geekiness that they're uncomfortable.)
So how do you create a “brand” or consistent theme that is totally geeky, with an established standard, yet still keep it elegant? Here's how I did it…
My first task was to create a wedding logo. I'm more the Rebel Alliance chick, while he would rather be an Imperial Officer. So it had to show both. And I wanted it to be unique and us, so I put our monogram in the middle. This logo has gone on our Save the Date postcards, envelope seals for the invitations, and an enclosure card with the wedding website on it. I will probably use it somewhere in the ceremony and reception space, too.
The first piece of this whole suite to go anywhere, and be seen by anyone, will be the Save the Dates. I ordered postcards from VistaPrint for this, using the heaviest paper they had available. I was so afraid they would come out looking cheap, but y'all, these Save the Dates are so freaking awesome, I can't stand it.
I then took inspiration from this image created for the future king of England to create my wedding invitations. The first time I saw it, I absolutely adored it, and knew I should use it to create my own wedding invitations.
Working from clipart, auto shapes, and a blank canvas, I created the invitations. It took forever. Days. Maybe weeks. But I am so pleased with the outcome! I printed these using Moo.com and their Luxe Notecards with a black core. If you're looking for a place to order printing from, please look into this. Their whole Luxe suite is so freaking phenomenal. Heavy in the hand, not bendy at all, and the pop of color in the middle/side? Amazing.
Doing all of this myself allowed me to use the same fonts in every piece of invitation collateral, to copy my own custom created images and details, and remind myself that I am awesome. Also, I got to use non-gag-worthy wording, and managed to keep it light and casual, while still elegant.