Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Letterpress Wedding Invites

Here are a few photos of our wedding invitation. It was a simple, intimate ceremony for 20 guests at The Old Marylebone Town Hall, followed by a couple of hours at the local pub and supper at The Dock Kitchen

Being a small affair, we wanted to have a very personal invitation that was both informative and a pleasure to look at, even after the wedding has finished. 

I've always loved the look of letterpress printing and our wedding invitation proved to be a perfect opportunity to put it into practice. I booked studio time at the St. Bride Foundation Studio and was helped by the wonderful Helen Ingham of Hi-Artz Press.

Below is a video explaining all about how Letterpress printing works and a few photos of the final invite.

It took about 3 evenings to design and print the invite. It went through numerous versions. A few things that took some time to get right were:

  • Ensuring the correct amount of negative space between the R and the A, and the A and the D of 'RAD'. What would take 5 seconds to do in Photoshop took 30 minutes to do in the studio. I had to slip thin pieces of paper between the woodblocks until it looked right. 
  • Spacing the words in the left column so that all lines started with 'T'. This did however use up all the capital Ts which meant I couldn't start the right-hand column with 'The Old Marylebone...' it just had to be 'Old Marylebone...'. 
  • Justifying the right hand column to the right and the left hand column to the left. This left the whole thing far more balanced than having both columns justified left. 
  • Spacing the whole design vertically- the distance between RAD and AND, and AND and HAN proved tricky. *Wow, never thought I'd write a sentence with 5 ANDs in a row! You need thin pieces of 'furniture' to put between the lines. 
  • To ensure all the text had the same weight impression, I had to place think strips of paper under the letters that have had more use. This took ages. Trial and error is the only way.