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Ellis Island Wedding Invitation

Allison & David

For a wedding taking place on the historical and iconic Ellis Island, we were commissioned by our clients to create a wedding invitation that was unique, creative and captured the spirit of two true New Yorkers. We fused inspiration from the Ellis Island museum like travel stamps, documents and old world elements with a modern twist and pops of color. The hand-painted map of New York City is the centerpiece of the suite with all of the couples favorite spots and landmarks rendered in beautiful detail.

Since we are a studio specializing in custom work, we put together custom pricing for each project. For your convenience, below is a brief summary of the starting prices for both our collection and custom suites:

• $2,000 is the starting price for pre-existing designs for a 4-piece suite in 1-letterpress color. Suites with additional embellishments such as foil stamping, laser cut sleeves, pocket folders, etc. start at a higher price point of $3,000 and up.

• Custom invitations start at $2,750 for a 4-piece suite in 1-letterpress color.

• For budgets in the $1,000 range, many of our designs can be adapted to a economical price point using flat printing.


Note: A 4-piece suite includes Invitation, Reply Card, Outer Envelope and Reply Envelope. However a suite can be customized to your needs. Most pre-existing designs you see, whether it be from our custom page or collection page, can be made into a ready to order set

To receive a more detailed estimate based upon your stationery needs or to schedule a consultation (by appointment only), please contact us at:

[email protected]

(212) 696-6624 - phone

The Details

Our invitations truly come to life with all the carefully considered details woven into the fabric of each of our Ellis Island wedding invitation designs. Explore the details in this suite.

Invitation wrap closure New York City map typography Ellis Island inspired letterpress reply card Ellis island inspired logo stamp Modern monogram logo Orange invitation edging

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Custom Process

Our custom process is as unique and creative as our finished pieces themselves. Take a look below to see how we brought our client's vision to life.

The Inspiration

We invite you to explore our inspiration and moodboard for how this Ellis Island wedding invitation design came to fruition. You’re also welcome to view our creative process to dig deeper into our exclusive design process.

George Washington Bridge and Americana inspiration
Watercolor and Jasper Johns inspiration
Ellis Island vintage moodboard

Sketches

We began the process with some different variations of a wedding suite inspired by the wedding venue on Ellis Island. We drew from elements like vintage travel tickets, the architecture of the immigration museum and New York City to inspire the suite. We also proposed different techniques ranging from embossing and laser cutting to unique textures like aged linen or embossed leather paper.

Ellis Island and New York invitation concepts

Design Refinement

After establishing the look and feel of the suite, we started brainstorming ways to weave the design into the envelopes, enclosure cards and further refine it, perfecting all the details and illustrations.

Modern NYC invitation design alternates

Monograms

No design is ever complete without a unique monogram which is the centerpiece of the invitation suite. For Allison and David’s suite, we designed both a monogram as well as a “seal” that we used across the wedding stationery. The seal showcases a view of the Ellis Island immigration museum façade.

Wedding monogram and seal

Design Refinement

The reply envelopes and enclosure cards continued our theme of vintage travel and old world New York.

Travel inspired enclosure cards and envelopes

Illustration

We created a custom watercolor illustration of the map of Manhattan with some of the couple’s favorite hot spots. Our illustration was created in a modern, painterly style which we eventually superimposed onto a vintage map of New York. The result is a blend of contemporary and old world styles.

Vintage map of New York City with watercolor details

Production

During the final refinements before printing, we optimize the geometry and line work of our art to perfectly suit the final print processes such as letterpress, foil and more.

Graphics for wedding logo

Final Design

At the end of the creative process, after all edits and refinements are made, the full suite comes to life in the hands of our expert team of printers and craftsmen.

Vintage New York wedding invitation
Ellis Island museum wedding

The Wedding

Ready to get started?

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you and design your invitations and stationery! Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment by phone or in person.

Ellis Island inspired wedding invitation with vintage travel elements | By Atelier Isabey