Wedding standards are constantly evolving, so are the rules of present-day style. As time has passed, wedding stationery has evolved, and contemporary interpretations are constantly being brewed up. From a vast choice of colors to abstract designs and everything in between, today's wedding invitations look starkly different from those popular in the years that have passed.
While it’s important to make sure you’ve said yes to the right dress and ordered the perfect centerpiece of a cake, it’s just as important to have stationery that reflects your wedding aesthetic. They're meant to inform your attendees of the event's details, but they're also a good way to get everyone excited about your big day. After all, your invitation is the first glimpse your guests get into the wedding style—and It’s crucial to have that good first impression from them.
Consider your wedding invitation as a work of art rather than just a piece of paper. Here’s a rundown of designs with a combination of classic and modern styles that are perennial, immutable, and chic.
While trends come and go, a neutral palette with calligraphy is timeless—and there’s nothing more classic than black and white or stationery with muted colors. Invitations can be modern and sleek and still get to the point in a minimalist fashion. With the couple’s name highlighted with handwritten calligraphy, it would be no bother for even the simplest of designs. Because it’s simple and straight to the point, it catches the attention of the invitees. For the no-frills couples, this is the way to go.
A touch of lace
Who says lace and burlap can only be worn? Lace patterns are a timeless, popular and beautiful addition to wedding decor and stationery. From ultra-subtle lacey backgrounds to striking scrollwork and delicate filigrees, lace pattern wedding invitations offer a unique elegance and sophisticated yet modern style. For the chic bride-to-be, these invitation designs are the perfect way to set the stage for a dazzling big day.
Furthermore, it gives the invitees a preview of your theme—maybe even your dress. Surely, a lace design will suit, whether your bridal style is traditionally elegant, rustic chic or modern and minimalist. Although it may seem outdated to some, adding accents like rustic lace, delicate floral, or even foil and glitter will make it seem as if elegance took another step upwards.
Elegant and regal
If you’re not the traditional couple, go for the bold with invites that pursue contrasting colors. It has become a trend to incorporate colors like a deep blue or deep green with gold or silver accents. It embraces a feeling of royalty—with the elegance and romance that is present with the colors and it’s design. Holding it will feel luxurious and exquisite, as if it came from the royal family themselves.
Have a beach wedding? Incorporate the outdoors into your invite. Add a pattern of leaves, flowers, palm trees, or even animals like birds to give your guests a sneak peek of what’s to come. Add simple graphics to the invites itself and go all out on your envelopes. For that chic look, try a solid color for the outer part of your envelope and use a pattern for the inside—a literal peek. That way, you and your guests don’t become overwhelmed with the graphic elements and wedding details that are all present.
Another trend in colors is the trend of muted pastels. Gone are the Tumblr days when we all used to create themes with those soft pastel colors that symbolized the innocence and the care-free life we all had. As time goes on, trends move on—or they change. Go ultra chic by color blocking muted grays with muted peaches matched with magazine-esque fonts. Serif fonts are the best option to portray for this modern time, especially if your big day is set at a contemporary setting.
Letterpress and foil stamping
If you’re more of a traditional bride who just can’t let go of the old customs and techniques, this letterpress method for invitations will definitely blow your veil off. With letterpress, the ink is essentially pressed into the paper. It leaves a slight indentation on the paper, so you’re left with a dynamic “inverted emboss” where the text is slightly lower than the rest of the invitation. It’s gorgeous, chic, and super romantic.
Similar to letterpress is another printing method called foil stamping. However, with foil stamping, foils are transferred to a surface instead of printer inks. Hence, they exhibit a glorious shine that can catch attention and give contrast. These techniques being old school doesn’t mean you’re stuck with traditional designs. They can be incorporated with a variety of styles such as calligraphy, and much more. If you want modern, there’s modern. If your heart is set on something edgier, that can happen as well. The possibilities are endless!
So you’re such a wanderlust and you've decided to plan a wedding abroad. What finer way to invite people than by sending out invitations designed to look like a map? Cross out that part of the map where your place is for it to look as real as possible and perhaps add something that resembles a boarding pass with other details plus the RSVP which can be torn off. Another take on this would be if you and your partner have been in a long-distance relationship, why not tell your story through your invite? With the same concept of map and boarding pass, your guests will feel like they’re part of the relationship too! Plus, they will feel the love of having the two of you meet again—this time, for life.
These are few of the different approaches in creating a wedding invitation card; different ways you could style and design. There is not one way of getting things done—the choices are endless. Consider different techniques, methods, and options that suit your theme best. The design is not all you should worry about. Combine it with other complementing and modern materials that give your visuals an extra lift. Make the process worth it by picking a style that you truly love, and that your nearest and dearest will want to put on display on their fridges, memo boards, or somewhere else in their homes.