(Names changed to protect the guilty)
This one is a "tea length" invitation featuring a Chinese papercut. Alas, the Chinese do not have a tradition of elaborately beautiful papers like the Japanese, but they do have a tradition of very intricate papercut designs. This one features the double happiness symbol as well as a dragon and a phoenix--traditionally representative of the Emperor and Empress, respectively, and used often for weddings.
Both of these designs are 2-color, which adds a layer of cost. Sigh. I have expensive taste, what can I say?
I've really been enjoying playing around with these invitation designs. It has inspired an urge to quit my job, get a graphic design degree, and set up an invitation design business out of my home.
In the course of the wedding planning, I have felt similar urges to:
Quit my job and start up a floral design business.
Quit my job and start up a wedding cookie favor business.
Quit my job and become a wedding hairstylist.
Quit my job and become a wedding photographer (OK, this one would be in a totally different reality).
Quit my job and start up a wedding dress sewing business (again, this would be in a dimension where I am someone with a much greater attention span and a much bigger apartment).
I sense a theme running through these....
On the other hand, I have no desire to become a DJ. I do not expect to have any urge to become a wedding officiant. And I have zero, I repeat zero, desire to be a wedding planner/consultant because you know what? Being a middleman sucks.