The Best Wedding Stationery Styles for Every Personality
Choosing your wedding stationery is no easy task, and that's due thanks to the amount of options and different styles on the market today. To narrow down the seemingly endless array of choices, start the search for the perfect invitation suite by isolating your unique preferences—which, most of the time, are derived from your and your spouse-to-be's personalities. Not only will using your own vision as a starting point help you identify the stationery details you can't be without, aesthetically, the method will also allow you to craft paper goods that are reflective of who you are—individually and as a couple.
To help you kick off this process, we've broken down the very best wedding stationery details for each respective personality type. Whether you classify yourself as color-loving and whimsical or more straightforward and traditional, there is a paper suite option—filled with all of the need-to-know, granular invitation details, like color palettes and font types, to bookmark—ahead that's bound to resonate with who you are and how you live your life. Are you a laid-back duo planning a casual, outdoor event? Let your suite's style foreshadow the event to come (and your personalities!) by opting for natural textures, relaxed fonts, and a neutral color scheme. Or are you old souls, who spend your weekends antiquing for almost-forgotten treasures for your home? If so, include paper elements that speak to that (Grey & Cake added a vintage ballet print and scavenged for antique stamps to this Old-World-loving couple's suite).
Ahead, discover the tools you'll need to find (or design!) a wedding invitation suite that embodies both your personalities and event style.
You're fun-loving and joyful and you want a stationery suite to reflect that—so, make like your personality type and get playful with just about every invitation component. Choose a light-hearted color palette (translate rainbow shades in a tasteful, artful way, like Yonder Design did here by opting for a multicolored brushstroke frame), consider unexpected mediums (like lucite, as opposed to straight card stock, and vellum!), and tack on a few bright, whimsical stamps for good measure.
If you consider yourself a contemporary fashionista (and are planning an appropriately fashionable event), chances are you're a trend watcher—which is exactly why a boxed invitation (one of the latest "paper good" fads to sweep the industry!) is right up your ally. There's an experiential quality to these suite types, as this Méldeen iteration proves. You can fill them with plenty of pretty, tactile things, from greenery garlands to small gifts, which turns the act of opening one into a small moment of luxury. Name a better choice for someone who's always looking for the next best thing—we'll wait.
Is your home filled with monochrome wares ranging in noncolor shades of white, black, and gray? If so, you're a modernist who probably wants wedding décor that matches the sleek interior design aesthetic you naturally gravitate towards. Sound like you? Bookmark this Lotus & Ash suite, composed of a myriad of mixed mediums, from handmade paper to plexiglass. Note the set's bold, all-cap font type and subtle geometric pattern which emblazoned the detail card's sheath—two details you won't want to overlook if you plan on using this contemporary suite as a guide for your own.
So, you're a traditionalist who believes in a classic big-day vision: You want the big wedding dress, the ballroom reception, and the sky-high cake (that your 300 guests will watch you cut, in awe). Foreshadow the timeless celebration to come with a suite that says it all, à la this Scriptura and Maria Helena creation: Consider the polished, loopy script, all-white card stock, and ornate crest. Another pro tip? Make sure your language suits the suite style, which, in this case, means upping the formality.
You're an avid hiker, a garden enthusiast, or an outdoor sports lover. However you choose to experience and celebrate nature, you'll likely want to pay homage to your sense of adventure with virtually all of your big day's design details. Your invitation suite is your first opportunity to do so. The tricky part? Finding unexpected ways—beyond using verdant colors and obvious patterns—to showcase your love for the great outdoors, without falling into the realm of kitsch. This Lovely Paper Things stationery nails it. With natural textures and unique motifs, the suite is straightforward, but thematically impactful.
If you'd describe yourself as a whimsical person, you probably love mixing colors and patterns; that means you're likely already sold on this Valley Press Co. stationery set. There is, however, a method to this set's rich, complex color scheme and print play. The pros kept the actual invitation notes clean and classic and let the accent pieces, like the bold, colorful envelope liner and Dutch delft illustrations do the talking. The result? A whimsical, not visually overwhelming, suite.
The refined bride is one who knows how to find the tricky balance between the old and the new—she melds a timeless vision with contemporary flair with ease. If you fall into this category, consider gleaning stationery inspiration from this set by Cheree Berry Paper. While the majority of the suite's components feel decidedly classic (like the slanted calligraphy and neutral color palette), there are several other details that kick its style level up a notch—namely, the sleek white wax seal, gold beveled edges, and oblong RSVP card.
Glamour is all about shimmer and shine, which is why you're drawn to luxuriant, reflective motifs. Bringing a degree of glam to your invitation suite, however, should be done sparingly (it's very easy to overwhelm a paper set with too much sparkle). Use this suite by Michaela McBride Calligraphy as a benchmark. The subtle gold motifs, like the wax seals and small monogrammed crest, bring just enough opulence to the overall look.
Minimalists have a less-is-more mentality—an outlook that this invitation suite, by Lindsey Greaves and Mila Adams, taps into. The key detail to take away from this example? The ample amount of negative space, which helps solidify the minimalist vibes. An accompanying piece of Picaso-esque art is a nice abstract touch, as well.
If absolutely nothing about the quintessential, classic wedding appeals to you—and you're focusing the majority of your energy on finding ways to make your own big day feel more authentically you—go ahead and classify yourself as a nontraditionalist: You're fine with breaking the rules. And we are, too, when it results in newfangled, inspired ideas like this Aardvark Letterpress creation. You won't see many black invitations in your lifetime, nor will you find many emblazoned with what looks like someone's natural handwriting (such a fun, laissez-faire detail!). We say go for it.
Regularly feeling like you were born in the wrong time probably means you're an old soul. Luckily, on your wedding day you can choose stationery that feels like something straight out of the past. Take this Old-World-inspired book suite, for example. Owl Post Calligraphy used a romantic, antique pattern to craft the booklet, which was filled with deckle-edged notes covered in vintage-looking illustrations.
If you're a no-fuss couple planning a low-key big day, choose a simple invitation suite that's about as subtle as it gets. The pros at Wiley Valentine backed delicate white card stock with textured cream linen and slipped the remaining insert cards into a matching folder. An envelope liner featuring a scene of the vineyard venue was, in composition, dynamic—but it was translated in muted gray, playing into the casual tone of the rest of the set.
Free-spirited, boho-chic brides, raise your hands if you're incorporating macramé, succulents, and pampas grass into your big days. Though all of these details have become emblems of this style, the cacti is one of the most pervasive. Paperless Post was responsible for this cactus-covered suite; let its bohemian vibes inspire your own.