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Think Beyond the Wedding Invite! 6 Ways to Get Creative with Paper

Paper extends beyond just your invitations when it comes to your wedding day! Here, Jess Levin From Carats & Cake asks a few stationers and event designers to reveal their best tips on how to make your wedding papers pop. Take notes!

Jose Villa
Photo By Jose Villa, Stationery by Slideshow Press, Calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Play with Textures and Colors

"Whether your wedding décor involves hints of color or layers of textural details, carry this over throughout all the paper goods. The goal with the printed suite is to be creative but subtle. One of our signature weddings involved lots of velvet details, from the tablecloths to the table numbers, so we incorporated this luscious fabric into the printed suite by including velvet on the invitation and escort cards."

- Lynn Events, Owner Easton Events

Photo By Hechler Photographers, Event design by Ed Libby Events, Paper Goods by RedBliss Design

Transcend Practicality

"Your wedding-day paper goods are an opportunity to create distinct design elements. Their purpose should exceed practicality. A menu dressed with coordinating pattern and a laser cut Chroma frame turns this tabletop into a cohesive and dramatic dining experience. The actual menu is printed on the reverse side—because it's better to see beauty before reading about sea bass."

- Christine Traulich, Founder & Creative Director RedBliss Design

Amy Nichols
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel Photography, Lavender suite by Smock Paper, Styled by Kelly Oshiro for Amy Nichols Special Events

Create With Color

"Using a dose of color in your font and style elements really helps define an aesthetic for escort cards, menus, and programs."

- Amy Nichols, Lead Planner Amy Nichols Special Events

Ever After Events
Photo courtesy of EverAfter Events, Stationery by Posh Paperie

Go Custom

"Your wedding-day papers are an ideal place to utilize fun phrases, a custom monogram or logo, a fun shape, or a metallic element such as foil."

- Merilee Hennings Owner & Wedding Planner EverAfter Events

Kristen Loken
Photo by Kristen Loken, Decor by Nicole Sillapere

Tie It All Together

"Literally. Ribbon has so many uses and can be woven in so many clever ways to pull in color for a pop of fun. For one couple who loved cheerful yellow we literally weaved yellow ribbon throughout the evening providing a cohesive look and fun pop. Yellow ribbon was woven in and out of fence slats for a whimsical backdrop and a fun directional guide to the ceremony. A yellow ribbon looped through the escort cards allowing escort cards to hang en masse for a beautiful escort card display, wide yellow ribbon tied off the menu around the napkin, and was a finishing touch on the caramel apples guests took home at the end of the night."

- Rosemary Hattenbach, Principal Owner/Creative Director Rosemary Events

Photo courtesy of Bliss & Bone, Stationery by Bliss & Bone

Mix It Up

"Don't be afraid to mix shapes, patterns, colors, font, and papers. It should be cohesive and tell a story but it allows each piece to be met by the recipient as a unique discovery."

- Kristin Banta, Owner/Creative Director Kristin Banta Events

About the Author

Jess Levin

Jess Levin is the founder & CEO of Carats & Cake, a premier network representing the best in the wedding industry. A native of Laguna Beach, California, Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading to New York to work in venture capital at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes Poppin and...


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