Stuff we made for our (cancelled) wedding

Published May 17 2020

Not really going to dwell on the bummer-factor of us needing to cancel our wedding, but today was supposed to be the day! I wanted to memorialize this non-event by sharing the comms materials and whatnot we made for it, especially since some of them have yet to see the light of day.

Save the date

A screenshot of our postcard save-the-date. The front looks like a Sharpie drawing that has been colored in: Kevin and Yoko, side-hugging, with their free arms up in the air in the corner. There’s a big blobby egg-white-shaped speech bubble that says Save the Date, Kevin and Yoko are getting married! Sunday May 17 2020 Denver Colorado. There’s also part of the postcard back: A drawing of a panda with a meatball on its head saying Formal invitation to follow; and our website.
Funny how this color scheme really just kept throughout the rest of the process.

Our first comms! We didn’t really have an ~ aesthetic vision ~ for the wedding when we made these, but Kev and I have always been a fan of eggs (as food, as color palette inspiration, and as a basis for a yet-to-be-realized lifestyle brand), so this is where it started. This initial inspo carried through our planning—we eventually would decide to host a brunch-vibe daytime wedding that, of course, served diner-y breakfast food.

Invitation

Our invitation: Hand-drawn blobby white shapes, orange yolky circles on a light gray background. The invitation text, which I guess isn’t really that important, is also hand drawn in a Sharpie-like style

I remember fretting a lot about this invitation. I originally thought that it would be scored and folded like a greeting card, but it’s quite hard to find a printer who can do that easily. It also turned out that we didn’t really have much information to include, since all of it would be on the website. On the back, Kevin drafted a little message to our guests: Why we’re getting married, why they’re invited, and please RSVP by so-and-so date. I liked that it was a little unconventional for a wedding invitation.

A collage of three photos: Top left, I’m addressing an envelope by hand with a brush pen; bottom left: a stack of our invitations with Kevin’s note facing up next to a stack of our sticker sheets; on the right: the front side of our invitation, on a yellow envelope liner.
Just thinking about the process of writing our guests’ addresses — I’ve handlettered addresses for my friends’ invitations before, but the experience of knowing and thinking about each person as I wrote their name was really special.

Sticker sheet! 11 drawings: A cast iron pan with a chill-looking egg in it, a kendama with Kevin’s head as the ball, a panda, a medal that says “Certified Cool Human by Kevin & Yoko”, Yoko riding an orange cat with Kevin’s face and hair, a lonely meatball, Kevin using a parachute shaped like Yoko, Yoko as an inflatable tubeperson, a VERY CUTE rice cooker, Kevin running in one direction, Yoko running in another direction. There are also stickers that say “Sup!” “Nice” “わーい (yay)” “đặc biệt (special).”

We also made sticker sheets because, why not??? We thought about using these as guest favors, but they were easy to include in our invitation, plus if someone wasn’t able to attend, they still got a feel of the vibe we wanted our wedding to be. We also ordered like, twice as many as we needed, and then the sticker company gave us extra. They came on a roll and I had to cut them all down so they fit in the envelopes 😐

A collage of two photos: Left, I’m reviewing a stack of envelopes at our dining table. On the TV behind me is Matthew Matheson from VICE’s munchies. He looks ... emotive; Right, a moody photo of a stack of finished envelopes with my hand on them, lol.
I remember we were watching a lot of Munchies and cooking shows in general.
Four egg-themed seamless patterns. All feature yellow blobbys, some white blobbys, and yolky shaped white outlines at various densities and proportions.
Around this time we were also working on our wedding website, so I was trying to make some more patterns that we could use as backgrounds.

Website

A very heavy GIF of a browser scrolling through our wedding website.

A truly collaborative effort with TONS OF FUN CONTENT. It lives on, if you want to check it out: kevinyoko.party

Guest favors

We had two lil gifts planned for our guests: Pins of our faces, and a zine. We still think this is a brilliant idea. If we do have a wedding, those pins are definitely making it in. I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to create more content for a zine though. We’ll see!

Mockups of the two pins we were planning to order, sent by our printer. One each of our faces; the outline is raised metal; the backs are those claspy things.

We did order these pins, but I’d had them shipped to the Etsy office (Brooklyn apartment life, you know?). They supposedly arrived after we started working from home, so we haven’t seen them yet.

The zine was supposed to be about 16 – 20 pages long, and I’d imagined it would include some intros about us, a timeline of our relationship, a map of notable places in our neighborhood of Sunset Park (for when folks visit), and other random things. Here are sketches of some of the “other random things” we might have included:

It’s a sketch titled “Yoko hair evolution.” There are 10 heads with my face on it, and they’re numbered from the year 2011 when Kevin and I met, through 2020 when we were supposed to get married. The heads for 2019 and 2020 are just surrounded by question marks.

This was drawn in 2018, right after we got engaged (which is why 2019 and 2020 are “unknown.” It was one of the first ideas we had to include in the zine.

A sketch titled “Kevin outfits.” There are four drawings of Kevin wearing various outfits and doing various activities: “Skin suit” Kevin with a kendama; “Fly boyscout” Kevin with devil sticks; “Chill fisherman” Kevin with a Rubik’s cube; and “Slimfit astronaut” Kevin with an ukulele.

We also wanted to include some comics about us and our lives—some of them we’d made a while back, some were meant to be new for the zine. One day I’m going to write a separate post and have these be bigger images so you can actually read them (and I’ll actually write the alt texts):

Two comics, squished together so they’re hard to read. The first comic is about how we like to do random things to “immortalize” a day aka make it a day we never forget. The second is about how I’m disciplined about waking up on time on weekdays, and it’s the complete opposite on the weekends.
I think it’s funny that I chose to reduce the fidelity of Kevin in the last panel of the second comic.
Two more comics, still hard to read. The first comic is about a time we ate a bunch of ribs while in Austin, TX. The second is about a time I had a crappy day, and Kevin made it better by buying McDonald’s for dinner.
It’s kind of incredible to me that both events in these comics actually happened. Kevin is an extraordinary person 😍

In conclusion

We can’t celebrate our wedding the way we wanted, but maybe it’s cool to celebrate some of the work that went into it. I was proud of a lot of this stuff! Also, I’m a millennial designer who has a website and I sure as heck am not going to let all the #content stay hidden away forever. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed working on it!

A partial screenshot of my Gmail search results for `we are cancel`, which returns three emails that all start with the same subject line: “We are cancelling our wedding”
Shoutout to our fellow betrothed couples who had to cancel their weddings this year ❤️