An awesome 13 year old wanted a Wes Anderson theme for her Bat Mitzvah. We immediately fell in love with the project. We used several of his films as design inspiration for the overall event, but the invitation took a definite Grand Budapest Hotel direction.
The save the date was reminiscent of a letter from Madame D. Our graphic designer, Emily Young, created a letterhead with a note in a handwritten font signed by Ruby D. for Ruby Dachis. We used papers in the red, pale pink and metallic pink that we would carry through to the formal invitation.
The iconic Mendl’s pastry box from Grand Budapest Hotel was our springboard for the formal invitation design. We printed an address label and envelope liner in a print that looked like a weathered, damask wallpaper. The metallic pink folding pocket piece we used for the main invitation looked like the pastry box with Ruby’s monogram instead of Mendl’s logo was tied with a hand-dyed silk ribbon in the perfect blue. When guests opened the “box”, the interior pieces were white with red and navy graphics.
The response card was formatted like an international telegram. Wes Anderson was on the invite list, and when we got his response, we fell in love with his wording on the reply. Our favorite part: “sadly zero”. We still use that around the office every now and then.