When I stumbled across Kelli Anderson’s ridiculously awesome wedding invite design for friends Karen and Mike, I was flooded with the most potent envy I think I’ve ever experienced—for the concept, design AND execution!
I think one of the main reasons why I love (and hate) this project so much is that I’m currently planning my own wedding, and there is no way in hell the invites we design will be able to hold a candle to this awesome project. The idea behind it is that this musical couple recorded their own song and had a custom 45 made with their song on it, and the letterpressed and offset invite can be folded down to make a working record player (you spin the record by hand). Here are some snippets about the project from Kelli’s site:
“Although this project really begins with Mr. Wizard re-runs in the 1980s, we started thinking about it a few months ago when Karen and Mike realized that they needed an invitation to their Spring wedding. Mike and Karen are two pretty awesome friends of mine—Karen advocates for the rights of programmers/inventors/coders as a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center (and DJs by night) and Mike is a Grammy-nominated sound engineer. I’ve long considered their love of music and collaborative auditory endeavors (such as their Oscar Meyer WeinerMobile-Girl song) a touching aspect of their relationship and an important part of our friendship (I met Karen at a concert.) It therefore felt really important that the invitation reference the social role of music in bringing people together…and ideally would feature an original song by the couple to seal the deal. Karen and Mike immediately got it, loved the idea, and wrote the catchy track that appears on the flexi. We then only had to figure out how to make the invitation play it…”
“The hand-spun record yields a garbled, but scrutable listening of an original song by the couple. It requires a bit of tinkering and folding —effectively championing the inner science-nerd kid in the recipient. The whole thing serves as an interactive packaging for the song—which can be experienced on the paper record player, unscrewed + set on a regular turntable, or enjoyed online (for the non-nerds and/or audiophiles out there.)”
The rest of Kelli’s awesome description along with more photos of the project can be found here.