The Best Ways to Customize Your Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations are arguably one of the most important elements to think about when you start the planning process. Why? Your stationery informs your invitees about everything related to your wedding: the day, the time, where it's taking place, and more. With all of these details, it's important that you keep another thing in mind: customization.
That's right—not only can your suite inform attendees about the when and the where of the big day, but they can also hint at your big day's overall theme, color palette, or even you're relationship. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to personalizing your big-day paper goods, we've tapped experts to help you through the process. One of the most essential tips? "It has to be an experience," says Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy. "Receiving beautiful mail is so rare nowadays; people look forward to receiving packages because there's something in it for them. You want an element of surprise, excitement, and beautiful memories upon opening the invitation."
Ahead, you'll find advice that will show you just how easy it is to make your celebration's invitations your own. From the smallest details, like wax seals and wrappings, to bigger elements, like envelope liners and illustrations, there's a way to make your suite feel a little more personal. Whether you choose to use one or a combination of these tips, your guests will appreciate your thoughtful attention to detail. To help you brainstorm ideas for your own custom invitations, read through these tried-and-true, expert-approved tips.
Having your stationer incorporate an illustration of your venue onto an element of your paper goods is a simple, yet informative way to customize your invitations. No matter where you decide to place the drawing—on a detail card, an envelope liner, or at the top of your suite—Sarah Sadler of Bella Figura says it's an addition that "really emphasizes the personalization of a set." Not to mention, you're giving guests sneak preview of your big-day location.
Throwing a desert affair? Is your wedding going to be filled with flowers? Then it's best to show that in your stationery, says Cheree Berry of Cheree Berry Paper. "Invitations often set the stage for the entire wedding," she says. "So, you will want to think about the thematic and color elements that will inspire the whole event."
Envelope Liner Details
It's the details that break away from tradition that get guests' attention, says Lim. The best way to do that? With a customized envelope liner. One benefit of customizing this element of your suite is its versatility. According to Lim, couples can "add an illustration of the venue, or a timeline of their love story, or an element that is significant [to them]." Whatever you choose, know that it will make your paper goods feel a little bit more personal.
If you still want your suite to feel custom made, but don't want to take away or distract from the information you're providing your attendees, play around with detail cards. Sadler says they're a great place to bring a bit of visual interest if you want to focus more on the text of your invitations. "This allows the invitation to stay classic and more typography-based, while the insert cards can be a place for that punch of color, pattern, or other design elements," she says.
Much like your wedding-day florals, your event's color palette can also play a role in your custom stationery. "Colors used within the wedding are often the same colors reflected within the invitation set," says Sadler. "Whether you use the bridesmaids' dress colors, the linens, or the florals as inspiration, it's nice to have some kind of nod that ties the color palette back to the big day."
Playing around with different fonts is an unexpected but effective way to personalize your paper goods, notes Sadler, who adds that typography can give guests a better feel of your wedding's vibe. "A certain font style can make a design more classic and traditional, light and playful, and everything in between."
Element of Significance
If you and your partner share a mutual passion, why not showcase it on your invitations? "We ask where and how they met, if there are any inside jokes or similar passions, hobbies, or interests," Berry says. "You don't have to be overt, but can include these details in subtle, classic ways throughout your save-the-date or invitation set."
Don't just look to paper for personalization, says Lim—you can even get creative with custom postage. Not only will it make your suite more unique, but you can also use the stamps long after your big day.
When it comes to customization, Lim says a little bit goes a long way. Wax seals are the perfect example of this. Though small, stamps come with a lot of versatility; Lim advises incorporating something that reflects your venue or even a silhouette of your pet.
Believe it or not, what you wrap your stationery in can tie it (literally!) back to your theme, says Lim. For a rustic event, think materials like burlap or twine. If you're planning a vintage event, you may want to opt for a frayed ribbon or velvet wrap for your paper goods.
Map of Location
For any wedding, Berry says that "it's important to make sure that all of your guests’ information is answered throughout the stationery." One way to do this is to include a map of your event's location, especially if it's a destination wedding, says Lim. "They really are a piece of artwork that guests can keep as a memory of your wedding and their vacation," Lim says.
When it comes to your envelope, custom details can go beyond the liner, as well. According to Berry, these elements can take the form of designs around the physical stamp or die-cutting the envelope into a specific shape. She encourages you to "think of envelopes as another way to tell your story or add style."
Berry also recommends adding texture to your suite—this makes your paper goods more tactile and, depending on the medium you choose, more luxurious. Mix textural components like velum, ribbon, velvet, and leather to create a tactile experience for your invitees when they open your suite.
Oftentimes, traditional elements like monograms are the most personal. "A monogram or classic signature is a great investment, as you can use it throughout your wedding stationery and incorporate it inito your entire event—think a monogrammed light fixture, printed cocktail napkins, and programs," says Berry.