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Luxe textures, graphic prints, ornate finishes—there are dozens of amazing details all over wedding dress runways. See how top stationers reinterpret fashion trends into suites that, like the best pieces in your closet, are current yet classic.
It's no secret how velvet can add elegance and glamour to designer looks. Here, the “Jackie O” suite by 42 Pressed gets dressed up with a velvety, navy mini envelope and invite liner. For day-of sumptuousness, set out Velvet Raptor’s custom monogram guest book.
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When Louis Vuitton, Rochas, and Valentino are showing bloom-adorned frocks, this pattern is anything but old-fashioned. Little Cat Design Co.’s “Mod Flower” suite consists of a botanical-enlivened invite, R.S.V.P. postcard, and wallet reminder. Vellum wrapping, fastened with a self-adhesive wax seal, holds the elements together. Have Little Cat print it (price upon request), or opt for a digital file and do it yourself to save some ducats.
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These bone-colored invites from Paper Stock UK are personalized—each guest’s name is calligraphed after the card is printed. A vellum envelope for the R.S.V.P. card, stamped with a return address in ink, and an outer envelope sealed with black tape and silver ink also make the suite fashion-forward. Come the main event, add a patterned travel journal to welcome bags.
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If a bit of gilding is good, more is better, according to the likes of Alexander McQueen, Marchesa, and the designer behind Oscar de la Renta for Paperless Post’s "Leaf Lace" suite. The save-the-date, invite, reply card, and thank-you are all engraved in gold ink on heavyweight cotton paper, and inside envelopes are lined with matching gold-toned tissue.
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IIan Koenig for Bella Figura’s "Bennett Simple" suite takes a cue from the homme-influenced womenswear that has recently hit the runways. The text on the cotton invite, reply card, favor note, and outer and reply envelopes is letterpressed in pewter ink, with your names and R.S.V.P. date embossed in gold foil to play off the gleaming edges.
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Pleats to Meet You
Those classic folds in dresses and skirts make for dramatic details when interpreted for stationery. The rice-paper cards arrive as modest little rectangular shapes (bottom left) that unfurl into color-blocked rosettes when untied (left). Bring the motif full circle by hanging accordion garlands (top) at your wedding venue and capping your favor boxes with petite pops of pleats (below). Bird + Banner invitations. Bellaterra shallow slide boxes in sand.
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In the fifties and sixties, dress hems were often adorned with a border of flirty seashell shapes. This elegant stationery set co-opts that iconic feature and updates it with a mix of gold foil stamp and teal calligraphy. Three pieces -- invitation, information card, and RS VP holder with reply card -- stack to form glittering tiers. To add a similar sparkle to your wedding, use place cards wrapped in gold thread and sequins (far left), coasters bearing the invitation's design (far right), and packets of sequins for guests to toss. Sugar Paper invitation suite and coasters. Calligraphy by Lisa Holtzman. Clear glassine bags, clearbags.com. M&J Trimming loose sequins.
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All the traits of traditional tuxedo tailoring -- sharp lines, pinstripes, a black-and-white color scheme -- are enlisted here for this posh invitation set, which uses both letterpress and engraved elements (the black cards). The corners are hand-painted with a black edge and folded over to reference a real lapel. And that pocket square peeking out of the envelope flap? It slides out to reveal a note about the dress code. Cheree Berry Paper invitation suite.
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On the runway, transparent fabric overlays look romantic and ethereal. But when adapted for stationery, they appear contemporary and graphic. Here, two vellum cards, each bearing the bride's and groom's initials in vibrant yellow and blue, announce different information. Place them on top of each other to form the full invite (not to mention a new pattern and color palette). Save-the-dates, table numbers, and RSVP cards continue the see-through style. Enormous Champion invitation suite, save-the-dates, and place cards.
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Expert tailoring and luxurious fabrics are the hallmarks of high-quality style. But it's often a decorative detail -- say, a delicate ruffle or a beautiful bustle -- that makes a piece feel extra-special. The stationery version of these embellishments is calligraphy. Its graceful curves and rococo tails are all you need to create an awe-inspiring invitation, like this one. Calligraphy by John DeCollibus of Beyond Words. Printing by Stationers Engraving and Printing Co., 212-242- 4600. Paper Source cover-weight paper and envelopes in gravel.
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A Stitch in Time
Here's a nod to the craftsmanship of those skillful seamstresses behind handmade garments: a letterpressed suite that mimics the tactile quality of fine stitching. The thank-you note is adorned with the couple's monograms, and the reply card depicts a line of thread where the guest signs her name. Consider matching the color of the calligraphy to that of the letterpress -- extending the palette to your envelope is an easy way to pull it all together. Delphine stationery suite. Calligraphy by Nancy Howell.