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Choosing your wedding stationery is no easy task thanks to the amount of options and different styles. Each couple has their own personal style, and that should shine through on your invitation suite. After all, your wedding invites and save-the-dates set give guests a sneak peek at what's to come on your big day. We've made a guide to find out which type of wedding stationery, from the type of font to the color scheme, is right for you.
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Want: Fun and fresh
Try: Amatic SC
This invitation to a colorful wedding in Houston, Texas gets the message across audaciously and cheekily with a wild invite that isn't afraid to push the envelope or sample the color wheel. The mix of block letters and playful script give the suite a carefree, youthful vibe. Plus, the fun and funky cacti illustrations make sure the recipients of this invitation know that they're in for a great time.
Stationer: Momenti Design Studio
Lisa of Momenti Design Studio is based out of Fasano, Italy and has an array of colorful and fun invitation suites that will appeal to any type of couple.
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Want: Fashionable flourishes
Try: Calligraphy, Mademoiselle Camille
Big, swooping lettering and elegant designs are what you're looking for. Take this stationery suite from a classic Southern wedding for example. With its gold typeface, monogrammed header inside an illustrated wreath, and watercolor illustrations of the wedding venue, the suite creates an image for the guests of what to expect at this wedding. The invitation shows off a truly traditional and timeless look of pure elegance.
Stationer: Natalie Chang
Natalie Chang, an Etsy vendor based out of Memphis, TN, creates classic looks with her flowing calligraphy and eye for style.
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Want: Sleek and minimalistic
For their Brooklyn wedding, this couple stayed true to their industrial and flower-free theme with a sleek, modern invitation. We love how the bold typeface used on the couple's names juxtaposes with smaller, thinner typeface used for the rest of the invitation details. Straightforward and to the point, this is one chic invitation that doesn't mess around.
Stationer: Bella Figura
Not only does this company based in downtown Syracuse, New York, have lovely products, but the team of 75+ designers and calligraphers are serious about the environment: "We donate 1 percent of our sales to essential environmental organizations," says the website.
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Want: Classic and refined
Try: Serlio and Shelley Volante
For traditional stationery think simple with elegant fonts and minimal colors. This suite from an outdoor wedding in the Catskills used fonts in all caps for a clean, uniform look with no illustrations or designs, save for the map of the compound on which the wedding was being held. The bride hand painted the edges of the invitation with a coral color to match with the inside of the envelope and to give the suite some personality, without deviating from the cohesive feel.
Stationer: Mixed Company
Tara Keleher, founder and creative director of Mixed Company, focuses on everything about the weddings, from invitations and event branding, to floral design and full on wedding planning.
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Want: Simple with a rustic feel
This stationery suite from an outdoor wedding in Marfa, Texas features calligraphy-esque font, which is actually a foil stamp with minimal designs surrounding the typeface. The scrawling lettering fills out the space on the card, giving life to the suite without having to incorporate a border. The leaf design following RSVP is just small and simple enough to work with the rest of the suite, and the pink watercolor illustration on the back of the invitation works perfectly with the minimalist vibe of the suite. Plus, the blush ribbon adds that needed vintage feel to round out this rustic look.
Stationer: Signora e Mare
Stationer Katie Hyatt was inspired to pursue a career in lettering after discovering old handwritten love letters in her grandparents' home. The name Signora e Mare means Lady and the Sea and was inspired by her love of the sea and of Italy. The stationer is based out of Atlanta, GA.
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Want: Part folksy appeal, part fairy-tale panache.
Try: Hand-drawn lettering
Romantic doesn't have to mean sappy, and folksy doesn't have to mean unrefined. For proof, take a look at this charm-loaded suite from a destination wedding in Morocco, decorated with delicate florals and hand-drawn lettering. Alternating between script and block lettering as well as the bright pink and green illustrations gives a fun and fanciful feel to this stationery. Plus, the map and illustrations of the wedding events on the back of the invitation add a super sweet detail without being too cutesy.
Stationer: Rosie Harbottle
Rosie Harbottle, a freelance illustrator based in Devon, UK says she works to make sure her "personally tailored designs capture the magic of your day."
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Want: Classic yet stylish
Try: Novia and Baskerville
Two elegant fonts mingle in this letterpressed invitation suite. The fancy script (Novia, originally created in 2007 for our magazine) interspersed among lines set in the time-tested serif font (Baskerville) gives the suite a traditional but relaxed feel, while the unexpected palette of aubergine and dove gray—as well as the quirky, off-center decorative frames—keeps it au courant.
Stationer: Dauphine Press
The Petaluma, California, company is known for its "vintage-meets-modern point of view," says owner Trish Kinsella.
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You're a Glamour Girl
Want: Graphic, chic, and swanky—with a dash of moxie
Try: Didot and Pistilli
There's nothing quiet about this stationery suite, inspired by the larger-than-life fonts used in 1950s fashion magazines. At the same time, there's nothing gauche or loud about it, either. Combining big-statement designs (oversize ampersand and quotation marks) with understated, elegant colors (deep teal and burnished-gold engraving) is the key to pulling off this luxurious and infinitely cool look.
Stationer: Gryphon Stationers
The Web-based invitation-design company in San Francisco "creates classic invitations with a modern bent," says co-owner Erik Olsen.
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You're a Minimalist
Want: Modern and clean
Try: Akzidenz Grotesk
Everything about this striking letterpressed collection is nontraditional, from the shapes (note the long, lean invite and the square seating cards) to the colors (unladylike orange tempered with charcoal gray) to the type (set asymmetrically). And the Akzidenz Grotesk font, while a classic, is a paragon of modernism and radical simplicity. Hand-circled table numbers add a warm touch and humanize the sleek, minimalist design.
Stationer: Precious Bugarin Design
The owner of the eponymous boutique design firm in Portland, Oregon, describes the font she employed here as "timeless, functional, and honest." The same can be said for her thoroughly modern and urbane sensibility.
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Want: Vintage cool
Try: Woodcut type
Look to turn-of-the-century carnival broadsides and their irregular wood-cut type for an eccentric, hip take on wedding invitations. Here, both antique wood and lead letters were hand-set, then used to letterpress a stationery suite that looks at once polished and homespun. Tear-off RSVP cards and "tickets" for a weekend's worth of wedding events continue the sideshow theme.
Owner Brady Vest has a thing for the past. For this set, he used old wood typefaces, a classic letterpress machine, and a vintage pinhole perforator.