Celebrate your Wedding with a Wedding Crest

Wedding logos are a beautiful way to celebrate your ceremony with your guests. My clients have used their wedding crest on invitations, welcome signs, gift bags, and even cuff links and engraved mugs. A wedding crest has a centuries-old history that starts in part with conjugal coats of arms.

Conjugal Coats of Arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton

Conjugal Coats of Arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton

Conjugal coats of arms were traditionally granted by a government or a college of arms to celebrate a royal wedding. I take a lot of inspiration for my family crests from the arms granted in the UK. Here's an example of the one that Queen Elizabeth II granted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton in 2011. Read more about their art here.

To create a wedding crest for my clients, I design two shields. The one that represents the groom is on the left, and the bride's shield is on the right. I draw them side by side, and often like to tilt them towards each other as if they were leaning in for a kiss. There can be animals holding the shield, flowers from their wedding bouquet or foliage to represent their home states or important values. I design all my wedding crests to incorporate details from the couple's love story and their personalities.

A wedding crest I created in 2018.

A wedding crest I created in 2018.

I sometimes design conjugal coats of arms for clients to celebrate anniversaries, but I often tell clients that placing two shields side by side specifically represents a marriage. I think these are the perfect illustration to commemorate a wedding day. We can add the wedding date in a banner around the base of the artwork, and use the art to create a theme for their wedding day. It can become a wedding logo, that a bride can repeat on wedding stationery, favors, and other accessories for her wedding day. A wedding crest is a beautiful nod to a centuries-old tradition, and a fun way to add a royal feel to a wedding.

What symbols would you add to a personalized wedding crest? Download my inspiration guide to get more ideas about designing an artwork to celebrate your wedding.

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