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The secret ingredient is always love!

Today’s couples are about personalization and experiences. Crystal and Joey love cooking, so we created the kitchen herb garden being a sense of storytelling to this styled shoot. With various shades of green to reflect the colors found in home garden herbs, a pop of femininity with blush, mauves and a statement blue (which happens to be the Pantone of 2020) which balances it with a masculine tone. A modern, delicate and romantic aesthetic featuring multiple varieties of herbs and plant life with a soft balance of color and tactile textures help provide a feeling of life and love.

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place setting, menu card, wooden spoon

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Dream Team of Designers:

Photographer: Allison Davis Photography 

Stationery: Love Notes Stationery

Calligraphy:   The Lettered J 

Florist: Heather Palenscar Designs

Coordinator: Southern House Events + Weddings  

Venue: La Jolla Woman’s Club 

Rentals:  More Rentals 

Favors:  Perfectly Salty 

 Signage: Janet Morrin Designs   

 

E Vissero Felici e Contenti

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The inspiration for this invitation suite was “Italian Villa”.

An Italian Villa has the feeling of being outdoors — in nature’s backyard. Inspired by the landscape, the warmth of the sun and the airy blue sky that extends over the horizon.

The color palette is a smokey blue with a caramel-color wax seal for the pop of warmth. The paper is Canaletto; it’s texture has a touch of cotton. Not only is this paper made in the tradition of Italian paper-making. The calligraphy is in a script style called Copperplate, and the suite is wrapped in a watercolor-washed velum with a twine wrap.

This stunning stationery suite sets the perfect stage for “la bella vita”!

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wedding invitation

 

Dream Team of Designers:

Stationery / Calligraphy / Signage: Claudia Strenger

Venue/ Catering: Tivoli

Designer: Trademark Venues

Photography: The Saulniers

Rings: Raw by Olivia Mar

Florist: Simply Adina Floral

Rentals: TBD San Diego

Unique and One of a Kind Stationery in Different Shades of Blue

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Stationery & Calligraphy: Dulce Muse Designs

Venue: The Guild Hotel

Photographer: BE Studios

Coordinator, Planning & Design: Winner Circle Events

Rings: MarrowFine by Jillian Sassone

Ring Box: Esselle

Make a Statement with

Wedding Stationery.

Written by:Kristen Castillo

Everything about your wedding showcases who you are as a couple. Wedding stationary is no different. So make a statement with your color choices, your fonts and your wording, and leave a lasting impression with all of your guests!

 

SPECIAL SAVE THE DATES

Save the date card Save the date card

Save the Date Cards: Dolldine Designs

Save the dates are a guest’s first impression of your wedding, so you definitely want to make a powerful statement. These pre-invitation notices may seem simple and straightforward, but remember that they will set the tone for your big event. Choose save the dates that send the style message you want to share with your would-be guests. Ask yourself, “Are they the right color? Font? Theme?”

The save the dates you choose should give specific information that helps guests plan ahead, and they should include key details like your wedding date, time and place. Don’t forget to state your full names and mention that a formal invitation will follow.

There are many save the date options these days. You can select pens, magnets or cards to announce your wedding. No matter which style you choose, be sure to send out your save the dates about six months before the wedding. If you’re planning a destination wedding, give your guests even more notice, if possible. Be sure to include important information like a wedding Web site and hotel details on your save the dates so your guests can make plans to attend your big day.

 

THE EVER-IMPORTANT INVITATION

wedding invitation, Wedding Ring

Invitation: Dolldine Designs

Photo: Blessed Wedding Photography

When you think of wedding stationery, invitations are the main event. They express your style and convey important information. Invitations can be formal and elegant; fun and unfussy; or simple and timeless.

Plan to spend a few hours (or maybe even a whole day!) at the papery checking out invitation styles, themes and colors. Pick an invitation approach that works for you and be sure to include all the pertinent details such as your full names, the wedding date, time and location, as well as when and how to RSVP, who to call with questions and in some cases menu options for guests.

Invitations come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you can get square cards
or rectangular cards. The invitations are layered too, with lots of inserts and envelopes. Enclosures can include a response card, information cards telling guests about travel and hotel arrangements, a map and directions.

Envelopes can be lined with coordinating patterns or colors to add a touch of elegance. Embellishments like rhinestones or feathers can be added to invitations too. Any non-traditional sizes or extras will likely cost more to mail. Consider having your invitations’ stamps hand cancelled at the post office to preserve the look and quality of the invitations.

Be sure to order your invitations well ahead of time, as shipping delays might hurt your mailing schedule. Plan
to have your invitations ready about three months before the wedding.

Mail your wedding invitations at least two months before the big day. That way, guests are likely able to determine whether or not they will be able to attend, plus it gives you enough time to prepare for a final guest tally.

 

TASTEFUL THANK YOU NOTES

Thank You Note

Thank You Note: Dolldine Designs

Your wedding day will go by in a blur, but the memories will linger forever. Show your appreciation to the people
who made the day so special by sending hand-written thank you notes to each guest. Thank them for wedding gifts, wedding advice, support, love and even laughter. A few handwritten lines will go along way to show your gratitude.

Thank you notes tend to be simple cards because the real heart of the note is in the handwritten message.

Send thank you notes as soon as you can during the days or weeks after the wedding. They can be a lot to handle, so tackle the project a few notes at a time. And don’t forget to include your guy when writing thank you notes. Divide up the pile of notes to be written, hand your hubby a pen and tell him to write something heartfelt in each note. You can handle note writing together which means the job will get done quickly.

 

SPREAD THE WORD WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS

You’re married and it’s time to share the big news with friends and colleagues who didn’t get invited to the ceremony or reception. Spread the word with announcements that are informative and elegant. Feel free to include a wedding photo as part of the announcement.

Keep the font and the wording simple as you announce the basics about your day, such as your full names, your wedding date and the wedding location. Aim to send these notes out in a timely manner—within a month of the big day—so the people receiving them feel in the loop.

Announcements can also work very well following an elopement. Sure, family and friends may feel excluded from the fun, but a nicely worded announcement will make them feel better. Consider a message such as, “We’re married!

Katie and William got hitched February 20, 2020 in San Diego.”

“No matter which stationery you choose, be sure to order early and always proofread your purchases. One typo and you could be out a lot of money to re-do your order. Another tip? Order a few extra pieces of everything from save the dates to invitations. You may want to keep a few for sentimental reasons, but more likely you’ll need them if you decide to invite several extra guests.

Stocking up on wedding stationery can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Let your inner designer go to work!

Colorful, vibrant and bold make a statement

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Infused with Indian culture, the invitations were designed with a bright, bold color palette. Inspired by the mandala, that pattern was used throughout to coordinate. Also used was an intricate die cut pocket for the invitation which was placed behind the invitation. It held the reception details along with an RSVP card and envelope.  The envelope liner used the same mandala pattern to complete the look. For the reception table, menu cards sat inside a pocket personalized for each guest underneath a silk napkin. Guests also had a matching place card at their setting which complimented the table decor and floral.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Invitation & Paper Goods: Dolldine Designs

Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Photo: Braja Mandala

Coordinator: Nahid Global Events

Rentals: APR Rentals

Stationery fit for a fairy tale

This invitation suite includes handwritten calligraphy, a soft blue water color background, and is printed on hand made cotton paper to add to the soft fairy tale vibe. Each envelope is infused with love being addressed with handwritten calligraphy, and topped with a Love inspired stamp. The matching menu with French titles add to the chateau experience, and sit along side the unique beautifully hand written place cards tied onto the blue goblets with a silk white ribbon to add a personal touch for each guest.

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Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Shelby Creative Design

Design & Coordination: Peachy Keen Weddings & Event Design

Venue: Inn at Churon Winery

Photography: Blessed Wedding Photography

 

Simple, modern stationery for your dream wedding.

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Love and laughter and happily ever after was the true feeling behind this sherbert colored boho shoot. The charming schoolhouse and venue lends itself perfectly to the style choice of many of today’s couples, with mature trees and lush landscaped grounds. The contemporary stationery in a perfect petal pink set the tone for this wedding.

See more inspiration from Garden Daydreams styled shoot on our website.

About the Venue:  Located in San Marcos, the Green Gables Estate is surrounded by ivy-covered arbors, blooming rose gardens, trickling fountains, picturesque statuary, and thousands of bright twinkling lights. Featuring a grand bridal parlor and vintage gentlemen’s speakeasy, you are provided the perfect setting for your preparations before reciting your vows in one of the three breathtaking ceremony spaces.

menu card on plate

Stationery: Minted

Hand Lettering & Signage: Peachy & Folk

Venue:  Green Gables– Trademark Venues

Photography: Honey Photographs

Rings: RAW by Olivia Mar

Props: Green Gables collection for Trademark Venues

Designers /Coordinators: Hayley and Laura of Trademark Venues

Design Assistant Styling: Laura Lee Schafer

Florals: Studio Fleurish

Rentals: Witty Rentals and Hostess Haven

Stylish and Contemporary Monochromatic Invitation Suite

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The invitations were designed on vellum for a sleek modern look. The monochromatic feel with white ink gives it a pop with a gold glitter insert. The response and details cards are wrapped with a mix gold patterned paper and then tied, sealed with their monogram wax seal and adorned with a tag. Details on the tag for the modern couple, is nonetheless their hashtag. The same patterned paper lines the envelope with vintage stamps on the outside for a complete look.  Incorporation of the invitation flows along the rest of the reception items to compliment the look include signage and the remaining paperie.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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wedding invitation, rsvp card

wedding invitation, rsvp card

menu card

Stationery: Dolldine Designs

Coordinator: The White Planning Company

Venue: The US Grant- A Luxury Collection Hotel

Photographer: BE Studios

 

Modern invitation suite with

trendy copper calligraphy

wedding invitations, stationery

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

The Desert Nuptials stationery was a creation of novelty. The look for the shoot was a “copper, black and masculine with a specific detail of a guinea feather”.  The inspiration got started with a piece of copper piping and a guinea feather!  Then Dulce Muse Designs took the copper pipe to a specialty paper store and picked out a deep black envelope with sleek lines, an envelope liner made of copper painted linen paper and a suede black string to tie it all together.  Their process is details first, as it’s where they get their inspo. Lastly, they matched the masculine sleek and “Palm Springs” type font to the copper color. They didn’t want this invitation suite to be an envelope filled with lots of feathers, but to be subtle.  Their in-house graphic designer added a guinea feather graphic detail to the invite and carried the theme throughout on a high quality white paper thicker than most suites. They hand mix their ink so that their calligraphy stands out.  We just love with the copper on black look!

wedding invitationFor the menu, a long horizontal menu vs the more traditional vertical menu was featured. Dulce Muse Designs try to make each creation stand out on its own so that their clients always have a one of kind art piece as a part of their special day. The menu laid beautifully across the masculine sleek plates. Each place setting was complete with an escort card which had a hand glued small feather on to tie in the “lets flock together forever” theme.place setting, menu card,

Paper Goods: Dulce Muse Designs

Planner and Designer: Winner Circle Events

Photography: Honey Photographs

Venue, Catering/ Signature Drinks: La Quinta Resort & Club

Signage: Janet Morrin Designs

Rentals: Modern Relics

Tabletop Rentals: Catalog Atelier Rentals

Linens:  Anar Party Rentals

Make a Statement with Wedding Stationery

Written by:Kristen Castillo

Everything about your wedding showcases who you are as a couple. Wedding stationary is no different. So make a statement with your color choices, your fonts and your wording, and leave a lasting impression with all of your guests!

Winery Wedding, invitations, wedding rings

SPECIAL SAVE THE DATES
Save the dates are a guest’s first impression of your wedding, so you definitely want to make a powerful statement. These pre-invitation notices may seem simple and straightforward, but remember that they will set the tone for your big event. Choose save the dates that send the style message you want to share with your would-be guests. Ask yourself, “Are they the right color? Font? Theme?”

The save the dates you choose should give specific information that helps guests plan ahead, and they should include key details like your wedding date, time and place. Don’t forget to state your full names and mention that a formal invitation will follow.

There are many save the date options these days. You can select pens, magnets or cards to announce your wedding. No matter which style you choose, be sure to send out your save the dates about six months before the wedding. If you’re planning a destination wedding, give your guests even more notice, if possible. Be sure to include important information like a wedding Web site and hotel details on your save the dates so your guests can make plans to attend your big day.

wedding invitation, Wedding Ring

THE EVER-IMPORTANT INVITATION
When you think of wedding stationery, invitations are the main event. They express your style and convey important information. Invitations can be formal and elegant; fun and unfussy; or simple and timeless.

Plan to spend a few hours (or maybe even a whole day!) at the papery checking out invitation styles, themes and colors. Pick an invitation approach that works for you and be sure to include all the pertinent details such as your full names, the wedding date, time and location, as well as when and how to RSVP, who to call with questions and in some cases menu options for guests.

Invitations come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you can get square cards
or rectangular cards. The invitations are layered too, with lots of inserts and envelopes. Enclosures can include a response card, information cards telling guests about travel and hotel arrangements, a map and directions.

Envelopes can be lined with coordinating patterns or colors to add a touch of elegance. Embellishments like rhinestones or feathers can be added to invitations too. Any non-traditional sizes or extras will likely cost more to mail. Consider having your invitations’ stamps hand cancelled at the post office to preserve the look and quality of the invitations.

Be sure to order your invitations well ahead of time, as shipping delays might hurt your mailing schedule. Plan
to have your invitations ready about three months before the wedding.

Mail your wedding invitations at least two months before the big day. That way, guests are likely able to determine whether or not they will be able to attend, plus it gives you enough time to prepare for a final guest tally.

wedding invitation, rsvp card

TASTEFUL THANK YOU NOTES
Your wedding day will go by in a blur, but the memories will linger forever. Show your appreciation to the people
who made the day so special by sending hand-written thank you notes to each guest. Thank them for wedding gifts, wedding advice, support, love and even laughter. A few handwritten lines will go along way to show your gratitude.

Thank you notes tend to be simple cards because the real heart of the note is in the handwritten message.

Send thank you notes as soon as you can during the days or weeks after the wedding. They can be a lot to handle, so tackle the project a few notes at a time. And don’t forget to include your guy when writing thank you notes. Divide up the pile of notes to be written, hand your hubby a pen and tell him to write something heartfelt in each note. You can handle note writing together which means the job will get done quickly.

place setting, menu card

SPREAD THE WORD WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS

You’re married and it’s time to share the big news with friends and colleagues who didn’t get invited to the ceremony or reception. Spread the word with announcements that are informative and elegant. Feel free to include a wedding photo as part of the announcement.

Keep the font and the wording simple as you announce the basics about your day, such as your full names, your wedding date and the wedding location. Aim to send these notes out in a timely manner—within a month of the big day—so the people receiving them feel in the loop.

Announcements can also work very well following an elopement. Sure, family and friends may feel excluded from the fun, but a nicely worded announcement will make them feel better. Consider a message such as, “We’re married!

Katie and William got hitched February 20, 2020 in San Diego.”

“No matter which stationery you choose, be sure to order early and always proofread your purchases. One typo and you could be out a lot of money to re-do your order. Another tip? Order a few extra pieces of everything from save the dates to invitations. You may want to keep a few for sentimental reasons, but more likely you’ll need them if you decide to invite several extra guests.

Stocking up on wedding stationery can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Let your inner designer go to work!

Luxe Jewel Tone Invitation Suite

wedding invitation

With vibrant jewel tones, the floral pattern is what brings out this paperie suite. A monogram with the couples initials were also used throughout. Designed in a gold pocket style invitation, a peacock blue silk ribbon was used to double wrapped close. The flowers and tablescape matched the floral pattern so nicely, it enhanced the menu cards which were placed on chargers and popped with the peacock blue, velvety linen.

See more inspiration from A Frenchie’s Affair styled shoot on our website.

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Stationery: Dolldine Design

Coordinator: Peachy Keen Weddings & Events

Venue: The Abbey on Fifth

Photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography

Rings: Raw by Olivia Mar

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What could be more fun than a garden/tea party styled bridal shower?  Be sure to pick out the perfect invitation to set the tone and carry it throughout the event with printed menu place cards to let your guests know what everything is.  That it will give you the feeling you have joined the magical tea party just like Alice did.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

Invitations: Paper Scissors Print

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography

Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

Cake/Dessert: Elegance on Display

Set the tone for your wedding with this classy and elegant stationery suite.

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Click here to see more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Venue: El Cortez
Photographer: Spotlight Studios
Coordinator: JG Eventi
Florist: Taylor Grace Floral Design
Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linen Rental, Anar Party Rentals, Tavolo Chaise LLC
Cake/Dessert: Flour Power Cakery
Invitations: Paper Scissors Print
Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Beauty: Bre Peyton Designs

Black and white is always elegant and classy, but this moody take on the color combination is such a fresh and contemporary look we just love.

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Invitation: Take Note! Creations

Photography: Paul Barnett Photography

Vintage twenties details are apparent in a rich emerald and gold palette in this Art Deco inspired invitation suite.

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Invitation: Paper Scissors Print

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

This moody invitation suite is artful and alluring with the deep dark burgundy color palette, the invitation on a black background and topped off with floral accents.

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Invitation: Love Notes Stationery

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

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The outdoors and the African savannah was the inspiration for this styled shoot.   The orange, yellow and rust of the sunset. The decor included touches like safari animals, luggage and globes to really emphasis the travel aspect. 

 Click here to see more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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place setting, menu card, napkin, silverware, charger plate

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Invitations: Take Note! Creations and Cades and Birch

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Venue: Bernardo Winery

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Florist: Studio Fleurish

Décor: Enticing TablesLetters2Lights

Rentals: Folklore Event Rentals, BBJ Linens

Cake: Flour Power Cakery

Favors: Sweet Petite Confections

Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Hair and Make Up: Bridal by Haydee

From our You Can Bet on Love styled shoot.

The venue itself, The Del Mar Race Track, provided the inspiration for a horse racing theme styled shoot. The color inspiration came from the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Logo at Del Mar, who hosted the prestigious race in 2017. The colors worked perfectly since it matched the colors of Del Mar and were ideal for a wedding shoot. Del Mar is known for “where the turf meets the surf” and the colors were a quintessential match for the surf and sun as well.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website

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wedding invitations, stationery

wedding invitations, stationery

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wedding invitations, stationery

place setting, charger plate, napkin, menu card

Stationery/ Invitations: Take Note! Creations

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Venue: Del Mar Race Track

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Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

Invitations: Love Notes Stationery

Venue: Horton Grand Hotel

Photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography

Coordinator: Blush Events

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Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

 

Tablescape, table design, place setting, napkin, menu card

 

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Invitations: Take Note! Creations

Venue, Catering & Signature Cocktails: Coasterra

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Pep Creative

Décor: TBD San Diego

Linens: Nuage Designs

Rentals: Enticing TablesAPR Boutique Event Rentals; Rustic Events; Pier One Imports

Bridal Gowns: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Jewelry/ Accessories:A Bit of Splendor/Chloe & Isabel by Stephanie Holmes

Ring Box: Esselle

Models: Drew and Olivia

Having a wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or for the animal lover wanting a safari themed wedding, this wedding invitation suite definitely sets the tone.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card

Invitation: Take Note! Creations

Photography: Paul Barnett Photography

The stylish script in this invitation suite will coordinate with any wedding by just customizing the paper colors.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card

Invitation: Love Notes Stationery

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

These pretty pastels are perfect for a fun destination wedding or beach wedding.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, welcome letter

Invitation: Paper Scissors Print

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

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ABOUT THE VENUE: One of downtowns most charming venues since 1887, The Horton Grand Hotel has an enchanting New Orleans Style courtyard for receptions or large outdoor patio area both with plenty of brick and historical romance.  After recently completing some room updates and we encourage you to take the time to go check out this gem of a hotel, conveniently located in the historical Gaslamp Quarters of downtown San Diego.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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tablescape, centerpiece, flowers

bar, booze, cocktails, liquor

wedding cake, desserts, cookies, peaches

bride and groom at bar

Venue: Horton Grand Hotel

Photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography

Coordinator: Blush Events

Florist: Artistic Florals, Inc.

Rentals: To Be Designed Specialty Rentals & Event Design

Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Cake/dessert: Sugar and Scribe Bakery

Invitations: Love Notes Stationery

Bridal gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Models: Emily and Alvaro

We just love this stylish, square, contemporary invitation suite with the mix of mint and gold.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card, square invitation

Invitation: Take Note! Creations

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

We thought this urban, elegant invitation in a modern mint would be perfect to feature with St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card, ribbon band

Invitation: Love Notes Stationery

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

This dusty blue invitation suite with a white band tied with twine would be ideal for an understated beach wedding.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card, band, twine

Invitation: Love Notes Stationery

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

For the contemporary couple, this modern vellum invitation suite is perfect.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card, vellum

Invitation: Paper Scissors Print

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

This simple, yet classy, invitation suite in neutral tones with gold accents is just bubbly with personality.

Wedding Invitation, stationery, rsvp, response card

Invitation: Take Note! Creations

Photography: Paul Barnett Photography

Save the Dates – You need to give guests advance notice about your upcoming wedding. Consider photo save the dates, magnets, scrolls and other non-traditional announcement cards.

Invitations – Typically the heart of your stationery needs, invitations they can be as formal or as casual as you’d like, the sky’s the limit for creativity.
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Don’t forget to include the following wedding details on the invitation: names, event date and location.

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You may also need invitations (and perhaps other stationery like menu cards and thank you notes) for pre-wedding events like the engagement party, bridal showers and the rehearsal dinner.

Designer Insight, Trends & Stationery Essentials
By: Kristen Castillo

Your wedding stationery may be made of paper but, your save the dates, invitations, programs, menu cards, signage, guest books and of course, thank you notes represent a lot more than just pretty paper. A few pieces or altogether, your stationery sets the tone for the wedding.

Whether your style is sleek and modern, fun and bright or romantic and vintage, you definitely want to make sure the look is well suited to you and your guy.
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Jessica Brown, owner of Love Notes Stationery reminds couples how wedding stationery from save the dates to thank you notes make “a lasting impression from beginning to end,” including the wedding’s color scheme, the event’s style and the overall relationship theme.

“Weddings are always very personal occasions so make sure your personality shines through in the save the date and wedding invitation,” says Sandra Chazen of Inviting Invites, noting “colors, materials, fonts, motifs and wording can help to set the tone for your wedding.”

Brynne Fischer of Harken Press agrees, calling save the dates and invitations “a sneak preview” of the wedding.

“Whether you’re having a ballroom black tie affair or a rustic outdoor wedding, your invitations should reflect that,” she says. “Everything should be cohesive and make sense with your overall wedding vision.”

You can find invitation inspiration from many of the colors and themes at your event.

“Think of the overall look,” says Melissa Ward of Whimsique Designer Invitations & Stationery, noting décor colors like those from napkins and charger plates often show up in stationery.

WORKING WITH PROFESSIONALS
While it’s not always easy to find your stationery style, the first thing to do is to find a stationer you like and respect. This is not the time to choose invitations from a book. Instead you want to work with a professional designer who can capture your vision and your style throughout your stationery.

“When shopping for invitations, you want quality, you want variety, you want expert advice and top notch service,” says Chazen, who encourages couples to hire an invitation designer “who is passionate about paper, printing and design.”

Professional designers have an eye for colors, fonts, wording and themes so they know what will work and what won’t. They’ll offer great service, invitation advice and will work with your budget.

“A stationer can help you get the most for your money and suggest creative details you may not have thought of,” says Fischer. “I love adding thoughtful and unexpected details to really make wedding stationery special and unique for each client.”

TRENDS
You may already know what you want your stationery to look like or you may need some help.

“I want to know what you like, as well as what you don’t like,” says Ward who wants brides to show her wedding elements like flowers, linens and other décor.

Brown says she’s seeing “a lot of vintage and shabby chic with a modern twist,” as well as invitations that are “a little more fun and bold,” including “ombre designs with flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses and décor” and also “a lot of bright yellow.”

Lighter tones are trendy too. Pinks and blushes are popular colors, as are golds and creams, which Ward calls “romantic.”

Since weddings are full of fantasy and fun, “Sparkle is always big,” says Ward, explaining many brides want rhinestones or glitter paper.

Graphic patterns are fashionable too, especially on the backs of invitations. Chazen says she’s seeing, “stripes, dots, chevron, vintage floral, paisley, tile, retro, morocco, damask and art deco.”

Feeling whimsy? Many couples are choosing spirited invitation styles, like “bikes, whimsical flowers, hot air balloons, birds, watercolor,” says Chazen. “Anything hand drawn will add a whimsical feel to your invitation.”

Laser cut stationery is trendy too because as Ward explains, “You can get really detailed and intricate.”

For an elegant look, consider foil stamped invitations. “Shiny metallic foil will light up your invitation design,” says Chazen.  “Gold, silver and copper metallic are the most popular for wedding invitations.”

One invitation style that’s consistently in vogue? “Most brides still want pocket invitations because they’re organized and clean,” says Ward. “They’re classic.”

Finish your stationery with the perfect postage! “Buying vintage stamps on Ebay or Etsy, especially for a particular theme or vintage-inspired wedding, can be the perfect finishing touch to an invitation suite,” says Fischer. “You can search for stamps that use a certain color in your wedding palette.”

INVITATION ETIQUETTE
Once you’ve worked with a designer to create your ideal invites, you need to pay careful attention to your etiquette. Do the wrong thing and you’ll definitely send the wrong impression.

Plan to send save the dates about six to eight months before the wedding and the invitations about six to eight weeks before the big day. Be sure all of your guests, including out of towners “have enough time to make hotel and travel accommodations, especially if it’s a destination wedding,” says Fischer.

Invitation wording can be tricky, especially when it comes to signifying who’s paying for the wedding.

“If your parents are helping with the wedding and so are you and your fiancé, then at the top you would put something like ‘together with their families,’” says Brown, noting if you’re hosting the wedding on your own, simply write: “The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of…”

When the bride’s side is hosting the wedding, Brown suggests writing something like, “Mr. and Mrs. John Weldman request the honor of your presence as their daughter…”

Other wording suggestions? “Spell out your states and drop the zip codes,” says Brown.

One sticky etiquette question has to do with not including children at the wedding.

“It is not proper to indicate on the invitation or any other piece, that children are not welcome,” says Chazen, explaining the “no kids” preference should be shared by word of mouth.

“A reasonable compromise is to add ‘Adult Reception’ or ‘Adult Only Reception’ to your reception card,” Chazen says.

Another etiquette concern is how to mention where you’re registered for gifts. It’s considered rude to list your registry info on your invitations.

“The most proper way to let people know where you are registered is by word of mouth,” says Chazen, noting you can list your registry information on your wedding website.

STATIONARY SUGGESTIONS
Most couples create a cohesive set of wedding stationery including save the dates, formal invitations, RSVP cards, programs, menu cards, thank you cards and many other elements like maps, directions and hotel accommodation cards.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to have a few more invitations than you actually need. Ward suggests ordering at least five extra invites.

When it comes to programs, you don’t typically need one per guest since many guests don’t pick one up at all and many guests such as couples share one program.

Remember to give your photographer an invitation to shoot. You can keep an original invite for your memories but wedding photos showing your stationery is pretty cool too.