Your Save the Date cards and wedding invitations are the first impression each special guest will have of your wedding day.
It totally sets the tone and feeling for this event. And it’s a way to offer guests a singular look in to your wedding theme, making them special by receiving a so very lovely wedding invitation in the mail.
All of us at Invitations by R Squared are super excited to be working with so much color this year! The 2016 closed out with the color of the year – Greenery – and that awesome palette.
Colorful weddings are so on trend right now,
and we don’t see the brightness dimming any time soon. Once you have picked your location/venue, date, and wedding colors, make sure to allow them to shine through on your Save the Date cards, wedding invitations, and whatever other elements you use to build your wedding stationery package.
Our team is generally pretty enthusiastic and excitable. And they basically eat, sleep, and breathe all things wedding. If they aren’t talking to our brides, they’re talking to each other, or they’re talking to their community of wedding planning professionals to share ideas and learn about everything that’s hot, and everything that’s not.
Hot: Color. Bold. Or even bold and moody. Add some depth in hue to any one of the Pantone colors, turning it into a jewel tone, and you’ve got the ingredients of a memorable and artistic piece of wedding invitation art. Jewel tones have always been just incredibly fabulous for those couples who have chosen a fall or winter hometown or destination wedding. And jewel tones with a metallic pop are swoon-worthy.
Not so much: Stark white or ecru. Even those couples opting for very font-driven wedding invitation statements are choosing pale blush or peach, pistachio or celadon, dove gray, and the palest of mushroom brown.
Hot: We’re all having fun with envelope liners. This layer is the first thing guests will see when they open your invite. Liners are a great finishing touch and the perfect place to add fun design elements, or a relevant personal detail, like your wedding date. Pair with a colored envelope for eye-catching mail.
Also Hot: Lettering elements that are straight from the hand. Pretty penmanship, ornate calligraphy and fanciful flourishes are very much on trend. Calligraphers are creating new, modern hands that are completely fresh. Try the trend by having just your names hand-lettered.
Not so much: DIY printed envelopes, even if the font matches the Save the Date card and actual wedding invitation. Seriously. DIY is lovely, really. Find who amongst your bridesmaids has lovely handwriting, and make it a thing. A tea thing, a nostalgic thing, and a loving thing that you guys can do together as one of the most momentous events of your life comes together.
Hot: We’ve mentioned this Pantone palette a couple of times. It’s just so versatile, especially when you start to play with hue. This color palette taken to the watercolor level is a gorgeously subtle way of adding color to your paper and has a delicate, romantic feel. Or leave the colors alone, add them to a watercolor wedding invitation, and create something entirely and uniquely you.
Add the other elements of your invitation suite, like the reply card or your envelope liner.
Also Hot: “X” marks the spot when it comes to including a hand-drawn map of your wedding location, or destination wedding venue. Add fun details like the location of the ceremony, reception and after-party.
Not so much: Burlap twine. We’ve already seen just about all there is to see in burlap everything. Country and Western themed weddings were still using it with ribbons. We’re seeing a lot more raffia, and a lot more of it in hues to match the colors the couple has chosen, with interesting ribbon, fiber (handspun yarns?), and other natural detail treatments. And we’re loving this shift within a theme!
wedding invitation and stationery suite
that is going to become a memorable keepsake for those receiving it, whatever colors, other visuals, and textures you choose.
We can help you navigate the question of color and design. Give us a shout here. Let’s chat.
In the meantime, check out our mood boards over here, at Pinterest.
We’re thrilled you stopped by, and look forward to connecting, if we can. We know your incredibly special day is going to be just the best day ever.
It’s all about the love.