In June I attended my cousin sister’s wedding. Sue and I had not been close as children, largely thanks to parents who were cagey around each other. So when we both began further studies in Melbourne in the early 2000s, we jumped at the chance to know each other more than “That’s my cousin”. While we are different in a lot of ways, we are alike in that we revel in that we’re slightly oddballs. Despite the 8 year age gap, Sue has become a close confidant, a great fellow-booklover and a wonderfully funny person.
So when Sue and her then-fiance asked me to design her invites, I jumped at the chance to do a good job for them. They are both doctors, with loads of doctor friends. So it had to be reflect some class, as well as quirkiness of my cousin and her doting fiance.
She said the wedding dinner would be held at the Melbourne Museum, so instantly I knew that the invite would have to feature dinosaurs. I designed this firstly in Illustrator and sought their approval:
They loved it. They loved the dots, which kept the invite modern, and they loved the dino, which was quirky and mirrored the entrance of the museum!
A few months later, they were ready to order the invites (Sue does not hurry… until the last minute!). So after collecting the invites from the printers, my dining room turned into a mini assembly line.
I hand-glittered a few choice yellow and blue spots with gold and blue glitter. Each invite has different spots on. Each invite has about 12 spots, some gold and some blue. The assembly line was mainly to dry out the spots:
Most of the waiting time was for the glue to dry:
When it was all done, I addressed the envelopes I ordered and had them sent out.
A few weeks later, Sue was back on the phone with another order: wedding programs.
Designed to match the wedding invite. Complete with the little blue dino!
Then I got an order for placecards. I then came up with the great idea of placing a gold dino on each place/seat and Sue LOVED that idea. So I got to work. It wasn’t easy locating small dinos in the size I wanted for the price that was feasible, when ordering 150. I finally found it in the US, from Dinosaur Corporation Wholesale.
After some 15 minutes of deliberation at Bunnings hardware store, I finally decided on Dulux gold spray paint. I also then needed a safe paint area. So suddenly thought, well, my garage is full of boxes. A good sized box would be perfect for these small plastic creatures!
* Next time I’ll purchase a spray paint that is suitable for plastic. For some reason, the Dulux item I chose stays tacky (after months) of spraying on plastic.
Of course, the little dinos were a big hit. They were also used as party shenanigans at the end of the day by some … uber-happy guests (thanks to good alcohol).
Also, my beautiful 8 year old daughter was the beautiful flower girl! She was estatic to be flower girl for one of her favourite people in the world, the aunt who introduced her to Dr Seuss and the glories of reading!