We LOVE love, and we love everything “wedding” here at Invitations by R Squared. Especially wedding invitations!
Our crew is a little obsessed with wedding trends of all kinds – finding them, watching them, making our own predictions.
We are always excited toward the end of each calendar year, waiting for the folks at Pantone to announce the official color of the year, as well as the corresponding color palettes.
When certain colors are trending in the fashion world, they eventually make their way to the world of paper.
Predicting what 2018 Pantone colors will take the fashion world by storm ultimately affects those of us working with brides, to design amazing wedding stationery suites.
The Invitations by R Squared team is always watching what’s trending in stationery.
We are absolutely thrilled with what’s up-and-coming for next year’s wedding season. Many of our brides like to stay ahead of trends so they can add just a touch of what’s popular as an accent color in their paper suite or as a complementing color in their wedding decor.
Both fashionistas and brides are incorporating more and more color into their personal styles, and the forecast for the 2018 wedding invitation color palette is everything from bright and bold to subtle and soft.
There are mixtures of earthly elements with distinctive, loud tones; each color having a personality of its own. These colors are definitely standing apart from 2017’s Color of the Year, Greenery, especially with sharper, neon colors. There’s no other way to say it: using these colors in your wedding invitations suite is the perfect way to stand apart from the rest.
And with that, we are pleased to present the predictions for the most widely trending Pantone colors for the 2018 wedding season:
Meadowlark yellow, Chile Oil red, Arcadia blue, Almost Mauve lavender, Cherry Tomato red, Pink Lavender, Ultra Violet purple, Spring Crocus purple, Little Boy Blue, peachy Blooming Dahlia, Emperador brown, and the vibrant Lime Punch.
Some of these colors have already begun popping up in a few of our stationery lines.
The National Stationery Show showed us a lot about new wedding invitation trends for 2018 weddings, vow renewal ceremonies, and after-you-elope parties. This show also showcases welcome gift ideas, reception accessories, and favors that would work for any of these events.
So many great ideas. Here are some of our favorites:
Funky Calligraphy – The popularity of handwritten fonts has soared in the last few years, and now they’re getting bold with larger lettering that is less tailored than classic calligraphy.
Our own Fran is an expert at mixing fonts and how that works with the color and design of the Save the Date cards and invitations. For example, a large handwritten typeface for the couple’s names (perhaps the Bride’s handwriting) paired with a clean, sans serif font.
Dark & Metallic – Metallic shades are very popular in wedding details, with muted shades of copper and rose gold popping up on tablescapes, bridesmaid dresses and even wedding cakes.
For your wedding invitations, you can include a metallic color and ensure that it pops off the page by setting it on a dark paper, such as black or navy.
Marble – One of the most popular home décor trends now, marble can be seen everywhere from tabletop and china patterns to iPhone cases and stationery—and now it’s one of the top wedding invitation trends of the year!
Brides and grooms looking for a modern wedding invitation design should opt for a style in classic white, grey and black, or pick a more colorful marble swirl that reflects the wedding’s color palette, venue and location.
Watercolor – A trend that is carrying over from last season, the soft and elegant look of watercolors can be quite romantic, making it an ideal look for a wedding invitation suite.
Stationery designers can use any paper and ink combination to get the desired effect and the design can be simply or detailed, depending on the wedding’s overall look and feel and formality.
Heralded Crests – Monograms have been a traditional wedding décor element on a myriad of details from wedding cakes to cocktail napkins to stationery. But instead of the classic block or scripted lettering, stationery designers are adding a bit of whimsy to a couple’s monogram by surrounding the letter(s) with a range of graphics from florals to regal crests. And the look can work for both a traditional wedding, as well as a more modern celebration.
Geometric & Calligraphy – Mixing contemporary design with traditional elements can be the happy medium that today’s savvy couples are looking for. The straight lines offer modernity juxtaposed against the classic calligraphy often associated with weddings.
We know you’ve got a lot of planning yet to do.
Once you’ve nailed down a date and a location, get in touch with us so we can get you a time to chat with Fran about your dream Save the Dates and wedding invitation suite. In the meantime, we’ve got a great collection of images here. You never know where the next great idea is going to come from!
This is going to be your Best Day Ever, and we couldn’t be happier for you both!