Congratulations! We couldn’t be happier for all of the newly engaged couples we hear of at Invitations by R Squared.
Now that you’ve decided to take the plunge, and chosen to host a destination wedding, a location at which to perform your fabulous event and some idea of how you would like everything leading up to it to look, let’s take a look at wedding stationery.
Our team has found for you the smoking trends in wedding stationery that are poised to leave their mark on a booming trend in celebrations: the destination wedding. Whether the members of your wedding could be traveling as far as halfway across the world or just a few states over to reach your event, creating perfection in your destination wedding invitations is a must. They add to the spirit of your affair and inspire attendees to make the most of their adventure.
This year’s strongest trends in destination wedding papers include using natural, regional colors and design borrowed from your location’s culture to set the right mood for your guests. Incorporating fun and whimsical keepsake stationery elements create a style that is unique to your destination wedding.
– Western wedding on a dude ranch in Texas? Send a keepsake destination wedding invitation with scented yellow rose petals in the envelope.
– Raising your glass at a Napa vineyard? Take the colors found in the natural landscape, such as sage and plum, and use them on a sensual vine pattern that can become your motif. Choose a vintage boarding pass style wedding stationery package to compliment the traveling your wedding party members will be doing.
Applying the same hues and motifs toward all of your paper products – save-the-date cards, invitations, programs, escort, place, and table cards, menus, and thank-you notes – creates a cohesive look for your affair. Simple touches like using your motif to divide the courses on your menu card, or letterpress printing the design at the top of your stationery, also produce impressive results.
Consider taking your theme beyond the page to adorn your guests’ gifts. Personalize a shawl for each bridesmaid in your color scheme or include flip-flops embroidered with the same motif in attendees’ welcome baskets.
The key to success for any destination wedding is planning and sending your stationery elements well in advance. Providing a save-the-date card is one of the most helpful pieces for your guests. Today’s smart and savvy brides-to-be are investing more time and money into choosing just the right ones, and they are often regarded as more important than the invite itself.
Save-the-date cards give your friends and loved ones time to ask their employer for time off, search the Internet for discounts on travel, and plan a vacation they may take before or after your wedding weekend. Destination save-the-date cards can contain a number of details: the dates for the entire weekend, choices for accommodations with toll-free numbers and/or websites, names of local airport, local temperatures, and special services. They should also indicate the cut-off date for booking accommodations. Be sure to include a brief itinerary of planned activities for the weekend as well as suggestions for optional activities. Destination save-the-date cards should be mailed six months to one year in advance of your wedding.
The actual invitations can offer more information about the activities, such as any shuttle services you are providing and the appropriate attire. It is important to include details about attire so your guests can arrive dressed and prepared to stand in the sand at your fabulous and exotic beach destination wedding or dine alfresco in the fall. Mail your destination-wedding invitations at least four months in advance. Request for response cards to be returned at least six weeks before the wedding to give you ample time to order and receive your programs, menus, place cards, and gift baskets.
Welcome baskets filled with local delicacies and second itineraries are a very special way to greet your travelers. Again, include detailed descriptions of activity locations and shuttle services, suggestions for local restaurants and tourist attractions, and phone numbers for the other accommodations, so guests can reach each other if necessary.
No matter how you choose to make these ideas your own, incorporate your destination into the style and content of your paper goods. If you’re still seeking some inspiration to make your event as special as it possibly can be, come over here and check out our Pinterest boards. Your personal style will create an inspiring extension of your wedding that will leave guests feeling prepared and appreciated.
You can find a lot of examples of wedding paper products across the internet; but since you’re here, be sure to stop by the store and see what’s new and hot!
Again, Invitations by R Squared wishes you the warmest “CONGRATULATIONS!” on your event and hopes for all the love in the world for you two!