It All Starts With the Invitations

Have you ever been to a Broadway show? Those amazing set pieces, the extravagant costume attire, and the carefully choreographed scenes? It seems that weddings these days demand the same amount of detail not unlike a Broadway show. Decades ago, when our parents/grandparents had weddings, they usually weren’t nearly as lavish unless you were a member of high society.

As social historian Juliet Gardiner puts it, “In the 1930s, people lived at home, got engaged and started saving for a home. The bottom drawer was linen, towels and sheets. The wedding – in a church or registry office – was followed by the wedding breakfast, typically in the church hall, with tinned salmon and lemonade.”

Nowadays, each wedding is like a story dying to be told. But when does the wedding experience begin? For the couple, their experience usually starts with the engagement. But for the target audience – the guests, the experience starts the moment they receive the wedding invitation. For this reason, couples look for customized invitations to set the impression and tone for their “show”, much like the opening curtain to their play.

That is why many couples want something new and unique to express themselves. Something representative of their personality, their style. It also gives their guests a sneak peak of what’s to come at the wedding. The more interesting the invitation, the more anticipation it builds for the guests.

Here is a terrific example of a truly unique design for a wedding invitation. This couple was deeply involved in the music industry, and Kelli Anderson,  their friend and invitation designer, created a working playable record inside their wedding invitation and the card was the record player!

This is how it looks like and how she did it:

Paper Record Player

Are you looking to make an invitation? Depending on your tastes, you may or may not need something so over-the-top. But take some time and think of what kind of invitation you want, and don’t be afraid to jot down even the most ludicrous ideas. Always believe that if there’s a will there’s a way. If you can make an invitation into a record player, then the sky’s the limit!

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