Makara + Ryan

It’s always nice design for someone, but it’s extra nice when you get design AND re-connect with someone from your past. Makara and I played volleyball together at Cleveland State University, so I was super excited and honored when she contacted me about designing her invitations and such for her wedding.

My favorite part about working with Makara was she was a bride with a VISION. She knew what she wanted and just needed some help making that vision come to life. I started by having her create a collage of images of her ideas including her dress, flowers, etc. The wedding needed to be elegant and classy, but still cost effective of course.

First things first were the Save the Dates. Makara sent me an amazing picture of her and her fiance, Ryan, to get started. I ran with the black and white of the picture and chose to extend the black to the whole card while adding a white script font and other design elements.


[5 x 7] Save the Date

Up next were the invitations! Makara had a great idea to add actual lace detail to the invites. After going to the craft store, she fell in love with a tattered rosette trim that made the invites look amazing. It was something different for me as well as I had to design leaving a big blank spot for the trim. I have to commend the bride for her hard work on these. She had to apply the trim to all 100+ invites!


[5 x 7] Invitations

We decided on a slivery white paper that shimmered in the light. Between the trim, script font and black ink, these invites looked sharp!

Additional elements of the invites were the RSVP Card, Reception Card and Menu Card. For the RSVP, we added a vector rose to tie in with the trim. We also made these practical for the bride by including a large requested return date and places for guests to put the number attending the ceremony and reception. Instead of including the menu choices on the RSVP, we made an extra card outlining those choices. We also included a separate card with the reception information. All of these pieces were on the same silver paper as the invitations.

[3.5 x 5] RSVP Card + [3.5 x 2] Reception Card + [3.5 x 2] Menu Card

[3.5 x 5] RSVP Card + [3.5 x 2] Reception Card + [3.5 x 2] Menu Card

Last but not least for the invites, the envelopes! Makara taught me something new about formal invitations. There is an outer envelope for the addresses and another inner envelope that houses the invitation. We did a white envelope with a little shimmer for the outer envelope and a metallic sliver for the inner envelope. We also put the return address on the back flap which I always think is a nice touch.



We then started on the programs for the ceremony. We decided to do a square tri-fold brochure style program on the same awesome paper and with same ink colors and elements as the invites.

[5 x 5] Tri-Fold Programs

[5 x 5] Tri-Fold Programs

Let’s not forget about the most important part of a the wedding…. the food! We created a tall skinny menu using the same sliver paper and design elements to keep consistent with the theme.


[4 x 9.25] Menu

We also made escort cards for the all guests. Each number indicated the table number of the guests while the different colors indicate the guest’s meal choice (Purple = Chicken, Teal = Beef, etc). This was another great idea from the bride!

Escort Cards

Escort Cards

Finally came the thank you’s! We chose a folded 3.5 x 5 card. My favorite element is the back where we added the words, “And they lived happily ever after…” So cute!

[3.5 x 5] Folded Thank You Cards

[3.5 x 5] Folded Thank You Cards



Save the Dates, Invitations, RSVPs, Menu Cards, Reception Cards, Escort Cards, Menus, Programs, Thank You Cards…. Phew! What a fun experience! I’m so glad we were able to make Makara’s vision come to life and I wish her and Ryan the best!

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