French Wedding Invitations with antique gold painted edges

French Wedding Invitations (Client Artwork: Stephanie )

French Wedding Invitations inspired by old world European influence, and created with strong gold accents, antique French bee designs and finished off with hand torn edges and calligraphy.




French Wedding Invitations

Design cycle 1



French Wedding Invitations with antique bee design




Watercolour of your wedding venue, Domaine Chateaufort, Langeais, France.


French wedding invitations wedding venue watercolour






More subdued colours are introduced for further design revisions.





French Wedding Invitations

Design Cycle 2



For a change I used some lighter-creamy tones from the colour chips to introduce a cleaner looking envelope, there is a dark grey envelope liner inside to carry the darker subdued colours through. Blush tones have been introduced for the main invitation with some printed text.


French Wedding Invitations Hand made envelope with black wax seal


The black wax seal on the bottom shows the difference that a darker colour can make as an added feature to the outside of the envelope. We can of course change this to any colour that you wish and I will receive the new wax colours in about a week.



French Wedding Invitations large bespoke envelope with black calligraphy





French Wedding Invitations with antique gold painted edges

Hand torn/ deckled edges with gold paint add a luxurious feel to the whole suite.




French Wedding Invitations antique bee design with gold calligraphy


I used the statement from the invitation, ” Your love and support has helped us become who we are,” and used it for a statement piece with the antique bee design. For the actual invitation it would be too hard to incorporate all the text with calligraphy so I thought this would make a nice addition instead. This card is mounted upon a double layer of card and paper to really stand out as an heirloom piece.




French Wedding Invitations envelope with deckled edges and wax seal



French Wedding Invitations envelope and poem

The small rsvp hand painted envelope ( with blue leaves) has been painted with a darker, steel blue, that is less bright and matches the colour chips.



French Wedding Invitations with gold edges


As a suggestion, I have introduced printed text for the majority of your wording apart from your main names, this helps me to reduce the size of the invitation. If you prefer calligraphy I can write up the calligraphy and reduce the size for printing and then use hand calligraphy for your names.



French Wedding Invitations gold edges


These invitations are mounted on a thick card with hand torn and hand painted gold edges to add an extra touch of French regality.



French Wedding Invitations hand painted details




French Wedding Invitations

Design Cycle 3



French Wedding Invitations pale green envelope with blush invitation



French Wedding Invitations poem with french bee design




French Wedding Invitations with subdued colours


All of these invitations are about A4 size in length and are quite large, so to enable all of the calligraphy to fit.
I can reduce the wording size if needed to create smaller invitations. The rsvp card is created on a medium grey and mounted on a deep blue card, to add extra definition and depth. I used the medium brown hue from the colour chips to add leaves to the rsvp envelope.
The large envelope is using the medium subdued green from the envelope you showed me, as well as a watercolour envelope liner ( that is the background for the Bee menu design you showed me).



French Wedding Invitations blush invitation with gold crest






French Wedding Invitations

Design Cycle 4



rench Wedding Invitations with cream tones



With this design, I chose to do something different. I used the poem by Emily, to decorate an outer wrap and enclosed the large bee design (that I originally paired the poem with) separately for a statement piece. The rsvp envelope has much lighter hand painted leaves, featuring a delicate cream wax stamp. Pale beige and blushes make up the bulk of this suite, with highlights of deep grey and gold.
The envelope liner features a delicate design with hand painted and watercolour leaves, reflecting the colours used throughout the invitations.



French Wedding Invitations with cream and black calligraphy



French Wedding Invitations with cream thick paint




French Wedding Invitations envelope liner with leaves





French Wedding Invitations dark grey with white and gold hand painted details




French Wedding Invitations dark grey calligraphy





French Wedding Invitations with blush and cream tones




French Wedding Invitations with greys, creams and blush





French Wedding Invitations

Final Design Cycle 5 



Darker tones need to be used fr a sharper more dramatic contrast as well as keeping some of the lighter tones throughout the suite. Wax seal stamps with colour options of Merlot and blush have been introduced and add more interest and texture.



French Wedding Invitations burgundy wax seal



French Wedding Invitations burgundy wax close up view with chiffon


This time I added a double layer of ribbon, one a deep rich wine colour silk velvet and the other blush silk, topped off with merlot wax. There is plenty of room for the stamps on the other side – which I will show soon.



French Wedding Invitations envelope liner with leaves

I used the envelope liner to create two RSVP envelopes, one on a white paper and the other on a medium camel coloured paper. Both look equally as good, so you will need to make a choice on which colour going forward.



French Wedding Invitations RSVP hand painted envelopes




French Wedding Invitations wax seal stamps




French Wedding Invitations blush wax seal



French Wedding Invitations RSVP final card design with French Gold Bee design






Entire French Wedding Invitation Suite



French wedding Invitations with dark grey envelopes with a French Antique bee design

The envelope turned out beautifully and has a two tone effect. The front being very dark and having a French Bee Design placed in the centre, you still have ample room for the stamps to be placed either side at the top of the envelope. The envelope is addressed with gold calligraphy.




French wedding Invitations Envelope close up




French Wedding Invitations Final design details





French wedding Invitations whole stationery suite with black tie details




French wedding Invitations blush and gold invitation card




French wedding Invitations statement and location card




French wedding Invitations hand painted gold deckled edges



Below I made some place names with gold calligraphy, with a darker option with black and gold for a real statement.

French wedding Invitations place names




French wedding Invitations place names on watercoloured paper



French wedding Invitation splace names with gold calligraphy















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