By Anne Chertoff
Whatever look you’re planning for your wedding there will be an invitation design that conveys that feeling to your guests. It’s very important that your wedding invitation gives your guests a glimpse of what they can expect so they know what to wear and look forward to. For example, a classic white or ecru invite with black font for a Saturday night wedding will convey a black-tie/formal affair, while a brightly colored invitation with palm trees will send a more laidback vibe. Here are some of our favorite wedding invitations by theme:
CLASSIC/TRADITIONAL by William Arthur
You don’t need to stick with ecru and black for a traditional look any more. This blush pink with copper invitation from the William Arthur Wedding III Album is very formal with its classic layout and wording.
By Anne Chertoff
A number of exciting new wedding invitation details were spotted at designer booths throughout the 2013 National Stationery Show. Brides will continue seeing fashion-inspired lace accents and shimmering gold foil printing on invitations and stationery accessory pieces. Traditional invitation designs got a modern update by mixing two font types, some even resembled handwriting. And whether or not you’re DIYing your wedding invitation, if you like the DIY look you’ll have plenty of Kraft paper invites to choose from. Couples should take note of the back of their invites when selecting theirs. You’ll find that they’re just as detailed as the front with patterned and textured backings. Here’s a look at some of the latest wedding invitation designs arriving in stationery stores later this summer:
Lace inspiration on a wedding invitation doesn’t have to be limited to a white or ivory pattern, as the Port Jefferson Wedding Suite by Dolce Press shows here. Featuring a purple lace-like pattern on each of the stationery suite’s pieces, the traditional fabric is more modern when shown in a bright hue, and the mixing of serif and sans serif fonts only adds to the whimsical look and feel.
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Guest Post By: Anne Chertoff
After the grandeur of the royal wedding last month many brides are finding inspiration in the formal details of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day. The Queen who hosted the wedding mailed formal invitations — thick white cardstock with gilded edges and gold engraved lettering — to the 1,900 wedding ceremony guests.
For couples who are planning a formal wedding only a formal wedding invitation will do, but formal doesn’t limit you to white or ivory mixed with black or gold lettering. A formal wedding invitation can have colors, a monogram or icon, as well as a serif or sans serif font. Here are 7 creative wedding invitations in a formal style:
His & Her Monogram
This classic wedding invitation is a pearl white card hand engraved with silver ink, but you can choose from a rainbow of colors and a variety of fonts for the wording. The top of the invitation features a monogram with the bride and groom’s first initials. A coordinating grosgrain ribbon, you choose the color, is placed over the couples names in the center of the invitation. The invitation suite includes both an outer and inner envelope, invitation, response card and envelope and reception card. Embassy Pearl White & Beach Glass Invitation Set with Ribbon by Crane & Co., 100 sets for $620
Many brides use their wedding dress as inspiration for their wedding cake so why not use your wedding dress to inspire your wedding invitation? This elegant design features a lace-like border in a subtle shade of gray. The wedding invitation wording is a mix of block and cursive fonts. The invitation suite includes the invitation, outer envelope, response card and response envelope. Gretchen by Gwyneth Paige, pricing for 100 sets starts at $1,540
Create a Crest With Your First Names
Instead of designing a monogram this crest motif features both the bride and groom’s first names encircled by a decorative flourish. The mandarin colored card is engraved with oyster-colored ink. Mandarin Invitation by Vera Wang Fine Papers Folio Collection, 100 invitations and outer envelopes, $696
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