We’re super excited to be looking at and talking about all the fabulous trends in destination wedding stationery that are going to be hot for this year! Across the board, the team here at Invitations by R Squared LOVES love, and we love everything wedding!
This year, it’s going to be all about the clever use of paper, featuring cut-outs, non-traditional sizing and folds, layers, textures and anything else you can think of. Intricate laser-cut patterns are big, as well as layered peephole windows.
Non-traditional shapes and concepts like the boarding pass concept are being used, with really perfect effects. Poster-sized invitations folded into brochures are making an appearance, along with newspaper inspired choices to celebrate the impending nuptials with a headline. Basically anything you can think of to do with paper is now possible, and that creativity is being celebrated in the trending wedding invitation designs of this year.
The trick here is to make sure that the non-traditional choice works with the design of the invitation itself, and does not compete with it. Creative use of paper can also be done in an understated way, such as printing square invitations rather than rectangular. This is just enough to stand out without detracting from an otherwise simple aesthetic.
Talented illustrators are popping up everywhere at the moment, like our fearless leader, Fran Jensen, and brides are making the most of unique artwork by featuring it on their wedding stationery suites. For a truly unique invite, some are opting for custom illustrations such as cartoons that resemble them and their fiancé, or a cute hand-drawn map of important wedding locations.
You should also consider early on whether you want the wedding invites to match the color scheme of your wedding as a whole. If so, discuss with the illustrator the colors you have in mind, or wait and see what they come up with and use it to inspire your color palette.
Rustic and woodland themes have been in vogue for a couple of years now, but they’re still not showing any signs of losing popularity. For rustic wedding invitations it’s all about brown Kraft paper, hessian, botanical designs and natural color pallets of rich brown and green. Anything to do with nature is the go, particularly trees and woodland animals (think deer or foxes). These are often paired with lace, calligraphy and other flourishes to add a feminine touch. Also a staple of the rustic look – almost a necessity! – is the element of wood. Photos of trees or wood grain patterns in paper, illustrations of trees or logs, or just bark-brown color choices will all make for a perfect nature-inspired wedding invitation suite. The theme can be continued throughout the wedding with wooden furniture or woodland scenery.
There are so many different ways to go about this look, but it almost always works best when you continue themed elements throughout the wedding, not just the invitation suite. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to keep it subtle with just a rustic color palette or go all-out and set your entire wedding in a forest glade or a barnyard, the best results will be when your stationery is a prelude to a broader theme: a hint to your guests of what is to come.
The art of typeface is having a bit of a cultural moment: even those without a design background are coming to appreciate great typography and lettering, and many people are taking the opportunity to make the words the art on their wedding invitations. Keeping backgrounds simple, typography is being given center stage. This is mostly being seen in chic monochrome, but can also be paired with a simple color palette to great effect – think just one or two colors.
It may seem obvious, but your font of choice will make all the difference to your typographic wedding invitations. You can use script for a more whimsical approach, or go for a sleek sans serif for a contemporary feel. Couples are also mixing fonts to achieve all sorts of effects. The most important thing here is to choose quality typefaces and to make sure there is something uniting the different elements so you avoid the final piece feeling like a child played around with WordArt. For the best outcome make sure the spacing and layout of the design is sound and that other page elements are kept simple. A clear hierarchy of information is also vital for readability, regardless of whether you create this through space, color, size, font choice, or something else entirely.
Bright colors are fun, but can dominate your wedding invitations. By keeping to a simple monochrome, you can use small pops of color to draw attention to key elements such as names or dates, or just use them to tie an otherwise simple invitation suite into a more colorful wedding palette. This tends to work best with bright ‘statement’ colors such as fluorescents, bold reds and other colors that might be more at home on a children’s playground. The black and white around the color will balance out what might otherwise be overwhelming. It’s possible to go the other way and use a soft pastel or wash as your one color element, but if the color is subtle it’s better to use more of it to make sure it is seen and doesn’t look like it made it onto the paper by mistake!
This sort of design is similar in many ways to minimalism. Ideally a good burst of color will be used to add a little something extra to a design that is already beautiful on its own. As such, you want to look for the same sort of things: balance, good use of negative space, and a minimum of different fonts. Keep any extra decorations symmetrical or grid-based, and it will keep from taking over the whole page.
What is there to say about foil stamping? It is the height of class and makes your invitations look a million bucks. In fact, it can actually resemble a million bucks, evoking images of coins, buried treasure and expensive jewelry.
There are so many options when it comes to foil stamping: you can use it to highlight key information like names or dates, you can have all your text in it, you can have an illustration in foil, or you can go all out and have your entire invite look like it’s been dipped in gold, silver or bronze. You can even take a gorgeous premade destination wedding invitations suite and have it custom foil stamped so that you’ve got a rich looking custom fabricated wedding invitation at a fraction of the cost. Whichever approach you take, foil stamping adds texture and interest to an invitation. It can take a fairly basic design to the next level or it can be the heart and soul of something really special designed around it.
For an extra glamorous touch, consider matching your foil stamping to your wedding rings or other significant jewelry. You could also carry the theme throughout the wedding, with metallic details popping up anywhere from the centerpieces, the bridesmaid dresses or the fabric wrapped around the bouquet stems. Metallic details are decadent, classy and timeless.
A trend first seen early last year, making the couple’s names the feature of the invitation, putting them front and center is a trend that will remain strong in 2016. There are a few different ways to approach this: positioning, color, foil stamping, letter press, size, typeface or any combination of these.
If your names are going to be the feature of your wedding invitations, you need to decide how you want them to be written before you worry about anything else. Do you want to emphasize your full names or just your first names? Will this be the only place your names are written on the invitation, or will they be repeated in the main text of the card? Some people will write their names at the top of the invitation in a decorative way but still include standard invitation wording, while others opt to highlight the names in the actual wedding invitation wording. After you’ve made that decision you should consider your overall aesthetic. Do you want big calligraphic script or an ultra-contemporary sans serif typeface? Should the names be colorful? Do you want them printed in letterpress or foil stamped?
The choices may seem endless, but don’t be overwhelmed. The good thing about this trend is that you can make it your own while still embracing the traditional approach.
There can be many ways to send a wedding invitation but an attractive wedding invitation not only etches a mark in the memory of the guest but reflects your aesthetic taste too. These days wedding invitations are designed in variety of ways. There are wedding invitations to match your destination wedding location, some matching your wedding theme. An endless choice but we would love you to get in touch with us to help you in your choice. We have also built some really fun Pinterest boards over here to help with keeping you inspired.
So there you have it! These trends have been everywhere when it comes to destination wedding stationery in 2016. There are so many gorgeous choices available, and undoubtedly the hardest bit now is choosing which ones to choose for your wedding invitation suite! Good luck!