Wedding Stationery published April 2, 2010
Your wedding stationery is the first chance you have to set the tone of the forthcoming event. Choosing a design that reflects the couple’s personal style is a way of making a memorable statement of what is to follow.
There is so much choice for wedding invitations, but once you have decided on your wedding theme, this will help narrow down your options, and give you a focus point. Online stores are often the best option, giving you more flexibility to match invitations to your style.
Due to their enduring symbolism of new beginnings and beauty, the use of flowers is a popular choice as the main design on your wedding invitations for any season. To make this popular design even more personal to you, consider using the bloom of flowers that will form the floral displays at your wedding.
Couples’ monograms are another design to appear frequently on wedding stationery – particularly invitations. However, the latest trend is to simplify this by just pairing the couple’s first initials prior to the wedding. The completed monogram can then be unveiled after the wedding.
With the growing popularity of outdoor weddings, designs using summery, colorful, natural palettes will tie in well with the overall wedding theme. For a more contemporary wedding, pinstripes are coming through as a hot trend. Following the fashion for glamour, using small rhinestones to embellish your invitation will add a touch of sparkle.
A recent development is the use of texture to create a very modern feel. Examples of this are fabric invites with details stitched on and even burnt into wood. This is certainly a unique idea!
With color themed weddings, where you want the guests’ attire to match, it’s a good idea to inform and provide an example on the wedding invitations, to ensure that your guests know what is expected. David & Victoria Beckham made a bold fashion statement at their wedding by having a black and white theme, and inviting all the guests to dress accordingly.
When writing your invitations, using calligraphy to address the envelopes to add that special touch is still the norm, due to its classically elegant styling. Computerized calligraphy is the new trend for invitation envelopes, reception place-cards and menu cards, and will of course save you getting stiff sore fingers and ink stains on all the wedding stationery!
For a more casual and fun way to announce your wedding, save-the-date cards are an alternative to formal wedding invitations.
Announcements can also be used to inform those who may not be able to come to the wedding (due to limited numbers, or because some may live too far away) that you are getting married.
For the ceremony, programs are a useful idea to show the sequence of events during the service, highlighting any special readings or procedures that may be happening, as well as providing a prompt or script for any guest participation. They help to add a personal touch to the ceremony and should also ensure that nobody inadvertently interrupts the Bride when she says ‘I Do!’
With the growing focus on staying environmentally friendly, using recycled paper for all your wedding stationery is an ideal way of supporting this cause. Actress Alicia Silverstone and neopunk band front man Christopher Jarecki, had an au naturel style wedding, using recycled invitations, organic beeswax candles and even a bar made out of wine barrels.
Whilst it may be tempting to put more effort into other areas of your wedding than ‘boring old stationery’, it’s always worth remembering that many loved ones may wish to keep the programs and other stationery as a keepsake of your special day.
by WebIdeas Co