paper record player

by Grace Bonney

When I saw this wedding invitation project from designer Kelli Anderson, the first thing I thought was, “Awesomesauce.” Despite weaning myself off of TV and celebrity gossip (which I’ve done pretty well, if I do say so myself), I can’t shake some of my favorite character-driven dialogue that’s always in my head. Top of the list? Liz Lemon’s “What the what?” and “Nerds!” and of course, Andy’s favorite above. While I try to fight them off in favor of more descriptive words, all I can say about this incredibly amazing project is: WOW.

When approached by her friends Mike and Karen to create a creative wedding invitation, Kelli Anderson decided to embrace the couple’s love of music. Both Mike and Karen work in music (she DJs at night, he’s a Grammy award-winning sound engineer), and they wrote their own song for their wedding, so Kelli worked with them to record the song on a flexidisc and create an invitation that would actually PLAY the record (watch it in action above). Can we just pause to marvel at how that makes this the coolest wedding invitation ever? Until another invitation pops open and hand-feeds me a piece of chocolate, this one takes the cake.

In addition to the standard wedding invitation details, Kelli’s design for the invite included a back page with a needle that, with some hand-spinning, actually plays the record. I’m too blown away to go on, so I’ll let the video and Kelli’s post here explain the rest. Two thumbs up for an amazingly creative couple and designer going all out and inspiring me to rethink how far paper invitations can be pushed. xo, grace

More images of the invitation after the jump!

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