I have a confession to make: I’m not hugely crafty. I get all envious when I see spectacular DIY projects from the other bees, and Pinterest makes me sigh with jealousy, but I know, deep-down, I’d fail at anything artsy, craftsy, or both. However, I dabbled in a bit of digital art when I was younger and I am capable at it (I say capable because I’m not really fantastic at it). Most of the stationery for the wedding will be designed by me using Photoshop. That means I’m doing (or did) the invitations, the place cards, and possibly even some signage! I also have a sister who’s really good at graphic design, so I may get an assist from her too!
When Mr. Big and I started thinking about the invitations for the wedding, we thought it’d be interesting if we had a wedding emblem which we could carry throughout the wedding process. We had talked about making a wedding emblem for some time and we went through a few ideas. He was keen on having the Chinese word “AI” as part of the logo, but we both couldn’t figure out how to do it and make it look all cool at the same time so unfortunately had to scrap that idea.
Another idea I wanted to play with was the claddagh because my engagement ring is based on the symbol and Mr. Bighorn’s wedding ring is a claddagh as well. Also, as you may remember, it’s just a quintessential part of our relationship. Again, that dead-ended because we couldn’t figure out how to work it.
And then one day we started talking about music.
We both love music, and we both know how to read music (Mr. Big’s probably better than I am, though!). In music, notes go from A to G and, when reading music and looking at the treble clef stave, the notes E (for the first initial of my name) and G (the first initial of his) rest on the two bottom lines.
“Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit” and “FACE” on the treble clef stave / Image via MusicNotes101.wordpress.com / Edited by yours truly to outline the E-note and the G-note
So, Mr. Big proposed we use that idea. I wasn’t too sure how to work it, but he suggested using semibreves (full notes, like the ones above) on a treble clef stave and then having the E-note and the G-note there, too, to make it clearer for those who don’t read sheet music (such as the letters being displayed below each semibreve note in the above picture). I liked the idea, but needed to actually get it down on (digital) paper.
With that I whipped out my trusty Wacom Bamboo tablet, opened up Photoshop, and began to sketch up a potential design. I wanted love hearts to be present as Mr. Big and I are big on that symbol. I originally wanted to put a love heart in the middle, but Mr. Big was worried it would be perceived as, “Oh, Miss Big loves Mr. Big, but not the other way around!?” so I decided that an ampersand was a more natural progression.
I then made the semibreve/full notes into a love heart and it worked well!
This is what I came up with initially:
My initial design with copyright watermark / Personal image
It’d look great on a wine bottle!
But maybe not so much on other stationery. Mama Bighorn, who knows a little bit about art and drawing, gave me some critique. For example, the G-letter was much too low and looked too disjointed from the rest of the logo; the logo was much too angled; and it looked bland and colourless. Everyone else I talked to said the same anything.
I had to agree—it was a pretty big logo, pretty plain, and much too disjointed.
So, I was back to the (digital) drawing board!
Wacom tablet in hand once more, I fiddled with the design and looked at different design elements. It needed to be more contained somehow, but the G-note was making it difficult to place the G-letter without it looking higgledy-piggledy. It interrupted the design flow and it was getting difficult to move things around! The ampersand was also too big. It would look better with a thinner one. And colour—it needed a punch of colour, but nothing too overwhelming.
So I got those elements and designed, and designed, and designed some more! I managed to find a very pretty, and free(!), ampersand to use in the design. It even followed through into the invitations. I also coloured the semibreves a red colour, also matching the red we used on the invitations. Finally, by adding a treble clef symbol at the front of the stave, it made the whole design look neat.
Image via MusicNotes101.wordpress.com / Edited by yours truly to outline the treble clef
With all of the changes, I still didn’t know what to do about the love heart on the G-note. I fiddled around with the positioning but still had no idea what to do! I then realised that, instead of using the G-note in the original design, we could use another G-note located on the treble clef stave. With that decided, I figured out where another note lay on the stave:
The same stave from above, but edited by yours truly to include an additional G-note
So with all of that, I tweaked the design and came up with this:
The final design, with copyright watermark / Personal image
I showed Mr. Big and he seemed happy with the design.
It works well with the stationery, it’s simple, unique, has the right amount of colour without being overly colourful, and includes a nod to our love of music! I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I think it came out OK!
Did you create a custom monogram or wedding emblem?
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines