An experience designer's wedding

In September of 2018, I married a pretty cool guy. We invited the most important people in our lives to celebrate with us on the coast of Central California after a 19-month engagement. It went by in a blink, and was nothing short of spectacular.

Photo of a wedding, looking down the main aisle at the couple standing on a small stage outdoors
This photo (and most others below) courtesy of Jes Workman, our badass photographer.

Weddings involve a lot of decision-making. Every little decision, from invitations to flowers to napkin color, contributes to the holistic experience of the wedding. As a UX designer, this sounds pretty familiar. 🤔

Definition of user experience (UX):

“User experience encompasses all aspects of a person's emotions and attitudes as they interact with a particular product, system, or service.”

Whether designing a wedding or piece of software, a good designer pays close attention to every little detail, putting the user (or guest) at the center. As the famous designer and architect Charles Eames once wisely said,

“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.”

I’m no bridezilla. But like any passionate designer, I value good branding, attention to detail, and a less-is-more mentality. Add a deadline and a little signature Joe-Caron one-track mindedness and you get some detail-oriented obsessing. The end result: the Joe & Darin Wedding Experience (cue fireworks)!

Below are some of the goodies my husband and I designed for the big day.

Save the Date

Save the Date design, featuring custom emojis, pink lettering, and background foliage
Though we didn’t expect it, the Save the Dates set the brand from the beginning. I designed custom emoji for me and Darin by following Marek Minor’s guide here.

Invitation

The front and back of wedding invitations, featuring large lettering, emojis, and pink backsides
The invitations were a little more formal (and more boring). Emerging emoji theme coming through in the RSVP cards, though. 👀

Table assignment

A seating chart reading "Find your table" at the top, with a seating map and legend of names and emojis
The emoji seating chart was the talk of the night. We chose a single emoji for each guest; representing inside jokes, hobbies, and funny jabs. It was a great way to break the ice between people meeting for the first time.
Photos of people looking at the seating chart

Shot glass wedding favors

Custom double shot glass that reads JOE & DARIN 09 01 18
The first Google Search result led us to DiscountMugs.com to print our shot glasses. The heart lining up behind the type was a nice surprise!

Photo booth strip

Three photo strips of silly people featuring the wedding design applied
Shoutout to Matt McBride at ThoughtBox Photo Booth for a great setup and helping us customize our strips!

Signage

Photos of Darin making wedding signs with white paint on plywood
Photos of wedding signs displayed at the ceremony and over the bar
We made these wood wedding signs following the guide on AlmostMakesPerfect.com. Though a little tedious, they came out great! 🙌

Playlists

Spotify playlist artwork
Photo of people dancing to Madonna

Naturally we wanted control over every touchpoint in the wedding to create the best experience possible. Given that the dancing was what we were most excited for, we curated three playlists for our DJ to play at different stages of the evening. The fourth playlist here was for the morning-after brunch. :)

You can find the Spotify playlists here:

Playlist 1: Intro  |  Playlist 2: Dance A  |  Playlist 3: Dance B  |  Playlist 4: Brunch

Thank you card

Blank white card with emojis at the center, featuring praying hands

We’re still in humble disbelief at how magical our wedding was and are so thankful to have amazing friends and family in our lives.

Thank you to all who made our wedding unforgettable! 🎉

Photo showing our guests seated at the dinner tables in black and white. Beautiful!
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