Smart AF scientific wedding invitations that'll teach you 4 new things (including when the next total solar eclipse will be!) #Sponsors: Invitation Designers#astronomy#chemistry#geeky weddings#invitation packages#invitations Posted Jul 18 2017 Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. A sneak peek of Athena and Aphrodite's Imhof Invitation Suite, based on the beautiful shaded relief maps of Eduard Imhof! What do you get when an M.I.T. graduate with a PhD becomes a bride? You get our sponsor Athena and Aphrodite: Wedding invitations for couples who love science, engineering, or mathematics and want sophisticated invites that showcase their passion. Athena and Aphrodite is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! The designer Amanda grew up surrounded by both science and art. When she got engaged, she researched ideas for invitation sets, and noticed a conspicuous lack of sophisticated scientific wedding invitations. Having extensive experience blending graphic design and science, Amanda decided to design her own wedding invitation suite and found her calling — she's been happily designing scientific invitations since! Nerds of the internet: If you read one science and wedding-related post today, make sure it's this one. These sophisticated scientific wedding invitations from Athena and Aphrodite will not only please your eyeballs, but may actually teach you some FASCINATING things you didn't know about science… Marine Biology Haeckel Wedding Invitation Suite The scientific drawings featured in this set were done by Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist and artist who discovered and named hundreds of species in the late 19th and early 20th century. These specific drawings come from his book, Kunstformen der Natur, and one of his reports from the H.M.S. Challenger, a scientific expedition in 1872 that lay the foundation for the modern field of oceanography. Electricity The Lichtenberg Wedding Invitation Suite Lichtenberg figures are branching, tree-like patterns that are created by the passage of high voltage electrical discharges along the surface of, or through, electrically insulating materials. They are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who discovered them in 1777. Professor Lichtenberg used various devices to electrically charge the surfaces of insulating materials. He then sprinkled powdered substances onto the charged surface that would be attracted to either positive or negative charges, making the paths traveled by the discharge visible. Lichtenberg also discovered that the shapes of positively and negatively charged figures were significantly different: figures created by positive discharges were star-shaped with long, branching paths, while figures created by negative discharges were shorter, rounded, and fan-shaped. Engineering The Tesla Wedding Invitation Suite Nikola Tesla (1856 -1943) was an inventor, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineer. He made great contributions to many fields of study and held over 250 patents worldwide, including a patent for an induction motor that runs on alternating current. His induction motor is the grandfather of motors in modern household appliances. This set uses eleven of his patents, including several motors and generators, a wireless bulb, a steam engine, an electrical distribution system, and a power transmission system. The script font used in this suite is based on his handwriting. Astronomy The Syzygy Wedding Suit In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used to reference the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon during eclipses. An eclipse occurs when a body totally or partially disappears from view. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. The Moon's orbit is slightly tilted relative to the Earth's orbit, so solar eclipses only occur between two and five times per year. Total solar eclipses are even rarer, and only seen from particular locations on the Earth. This suite was made to highlight the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21st, 2017, viewable from all of North America. Now that we've all enriched our eyes and our minds (and some of you science-lovers in love may have found your wedding invitations!) we have one more thing that will enrich your wedding budget: Offbeat Discount: For any purchase of $100 or more, enter coupon code OFFBEAT10 and get 10% off your smart AF scientific wedding invitations! Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Transgender weddings: where are all the MTF and transfem brides? NEXT Are we "desperate" or just ready? The guilt of wanting to get married Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Oh these are cool! Wow. Definitely going to share these. Reply I ordered Amanda's Selenography suite for our wedding and couldn't be happier with the quality of the invites or the experience of working with her! 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