Invitations from Real Weddings
Invites from Katie and Thomas were DIYed and revealed information as they were pulled out from cellophane bags meticulously covered in lines of white vinyl tape. The card was a red heart with lines of text that matched the spacing of the stripes. The text itself was a quote from the pair’s favorite movie, The Princess Bride. Once fully removed from the sleeve, the folded card opened to reveal enclosure cards with the full details of the day.
Since this couple are both designers, it was only natural for them to take on the design of the invites, deciding on a multi-layered suite that was both casual and simple. Many of the elements -- the typography, trailing vines, and color palette -- were carried through to the day-of paper elements, including the menus at the dessert and wine stations, the escort cards, and the place settings.
Pretty in Pink
This couple custom-designed every piece of their suite. Engraved invites went to guests in foil-letterpressed envelopes, and gold thread held together a pine needle–adorned “Save the Weekend” booklet.
Bright and Cheery
This groom designed the couple's invitations, which were printed on an old press and dressed up with three-dimensional balloons meticulously cut from yellow paper and glued on.
Designed by bride Leoma's friend Lara Ashworth, this stationery suite introduced a loose springtime theme, incorporating light, airy colors, birds, and butterflies. The invitation was a four-piece ensemble strung together with ribbon and showcased the couple’s monogram.
Black and White
Presented as a helpful packet, this stationery suite by Paper-Source features separate cards supplying details about the welcome dinner and transportation options. Touches like the invites' faux-bois borders, Kraft-paper-colored extras, and Wild West-style engraver's font set the scene for the alpine fete.
Location, Location, Location
Between their Southern-style BBQ dinner and guests dressed in festive red, white, and blue, Leanne and Brad brought a modern vision of classic Americana to life with their midsummer wedding. Homemade posters, screen printed by the bride and groom, unfolded to read: "If love ain't cool, then we ain't" with an outline of Ohio in the center.
This art director bride created the invite suite. Each piece had a woodsy scene (the wedding was in Jackson Hole after all) and a pair of animals.
The bride designed their invitation suite, which mixed illustration and typography, to give it a graphic look. Featuring the L.A. skyline, their cat, Luda, greenery reflective of their ceremony site, and a stork, it was completely personalized.
Setting the Tone
A Regal Touch
Made by the Bride
Vanessa designed her wedding stationery suite herself, incorporating the color palette and lighthouse in front of which Mike proposed.
A Little Letterpress
For Liezel and Christopher's invitations, chocolate brown and coral were paired together, with a decorative border that was also incorporated into the dinner menu at the reception.
A Nautical Nod
A Mix of Casual and Formal
Lizzie and Matt's paper goods were designed by some of the area's most well-known stationers. Christine Schmidt at Yellow Owl Workshop designed the whimsical save-the-dates. The fishing lure illustration (behind the crest with their initials and a drawing of their puppy) hinted at the couple's love for fly fishing. The formal invitations were designed by Smythson of Bond Street.
Hearts and Arrows
For these star-crossed lovers, symbols of love merged with clean, hand-drawn type. The centerpiece of the suite, a multi-page invite booklet tied with twine and a vintage charm.
Orange You Glad
A Friendly Collaboration
This Maryland couple worked with a pal on their paper pieces. Deckled edges, linen-textured paper, fabric pouches, brads, recycled paper-bag envelopes, and custom postage were all utilized.
The groom designed the stationery suite and showcased his friend's hand lettering. It was based on a ship itinerary from the early 1900s.
Ice Cream Social took their cues from the couple’s collections and photographs, ultimately designing borders inspired by the floral décor that would appear at their ceremony, and a custom monogram based on a photo of the duo in India holding up peace signs.
A Minimal Masterpiece
A Solid Story
Tala and Thomas's invite provided guests with background information on the couple’s relationship and elements of their cultures, while celebrating San Francisco, where they tied the knot.
A Bespoke Beauty
Calligraphy and Kraft paper mixed fancy with humble in this suite. Embellishments like wax seals, vintage postage stamps, and watercolor maps personalized it further.
A Great Fit
Sketched to Perfection
Corinne illustrated the save-the-date, and showcased her loopy script on the invitation and envelopes.
Dotted All Over
An Eclectic Collection
The letterpressed invitation suite, designed by Thunderwing Press, reflected the wedding's palette of indigo, gold, and rust, and featured floral and Navajo motifs and unique typography. It also boasted a custom logo that incorporated the couple's initials and represented their love of California (their names start with C and A, after all). With a palette of indigo, gold, and rust, the pieces fused floral designs, graphic Navajo elements, and unique typography.
Soft and Dreamy
Love on the Ranch
This bride created all the wedding stationery, including the invitation with perforated RSVP card and the silkscreened cloth invite, both enclosed in a chipboard envelope. Iconic ranch animals, such as roosters and cows, inspired the design motif.
A Wyoming Winner
One of Lara's chums, Kristen Ekeland, designed her stationery using the wedding's "The Secret Garden" theme (it's Lara’s favorite childhood book, after all) with a touch of old Hollywood glamour as inspiration. The invitation suite incorporated natural elements like ferns, birds, and trees, and the response postcards were inspired by vintage English wallpaper. Another pal, Jenna of Love*Jenna, did the calligraphy, and Letterpress Chicago provided the letterpress details.
A Marbled Marvel
A Vintage Stunner
Fun and Games
The paper pieces were purely playful for this fun-loving couple, showcased their punchy palette and love of typography and design.
Perfectly in Palette
Just the Ticket
Red, White, and Gray
This bride painted the pattern she incorporated into the suite she designed herself.
A Modern Jewel
A Capital Classic
A Cultural Motif
A Vintage Viewpoint
Traditional with a Twist
This bride designed her invitations with classical elements and a black-and-white palette. Response cards had room for guests to get creative, and the maid of honor's son provided artwork for the ceremony program's cover.
This Hawaii wedding's invite was based on an Ernst Haeckel drawing of a jellyfish and an illustration from sheet music to "Honolulu Moon."
A Glam Slam
Spanish and English both showed up on the response card in this invitation, which stuck to the couple's black-and-white color scheme and Old Hollywood inspiration.
A Handsome Suite
Put a Bird on It
A Stationery Showcase
A Floral Flourish
Tying the Knot
Susan and Rob's rope knot monogram appeared on most of the paper elements. In lieu of traditional invites, they sent booklets containing pictures from their travels and details of the big day. The bride addressed each envelope with her vintage type-writer.
Green and Grand
Unscene Inc. printed "memorabilia" like nautical-themed invites, air mail envelopes, and response cards scanned from old postcards. Blue-and-white twine and an anchor punched from an old map bundled everything together before being sent in a navy blue envelope with a collection of postage.
A Sunny Suite
Joanne and Luke's effervescent letterpress invitation was designed by San Francisco artist Jeff Canham. The card on the bottom right invites guests to a casual celebration, complete with taco truck, the following day at Golden Gate Park.
A Timeless Treasure
With a playful color palette inspired by their names, Rose and Gray worked with a team of talented artists to create their simple yet classic nautical invitation suite. Calligrapher Pier Gustafson, who also addressed the envelopes, designed an icon of a compass rose that encircled the couple's first initials. Calligrapher Deborah Delaney's beautiful script graced the stationery, designed by Angela Denise of 80 Press. The suite was letterpressed onto soft white paper by Bowne & Co., Stationers.
A Textile Treat
Jenny and her stationers, Hello!Lucky, collaborated on the stationery. The simple and classic invitation was edged and embossed in gold on thick card stock. It was packaged in a Kraft-paper box with a gold-leafed lid that was lined with patterned fabric and tied with rope hand-braided by the bride and her friends from strips of muslin, silk, and printed fabric.
Beachy and Bold
The 15-inch by 5-inch invitation suite, created by Simplesong Design, introduced aqua into the color palette. A response postcard, attached to the bottom with a perforated edge, was easy for guests to tear off and mail in. The envelope was lined with their signature stripe (first seen on the pre-welcome box) and featured the couple's initials and wedding date.
A Punch of Pattern
When Rae began researching stationery options, she looked for more of a scrawl than a traditional script, in the end turning to the calligraphy of Betsy Dunlap. The elegant serifs at once feel timeless with a vintage influence. Sarah Parrott of Parrott Design Studio incorporated Betsy's work into the letterpressed white and navy invitation suite. To add a bit of color, she backed the card stock with printed paper that felt like old wallpaper.
Sophisticated and Simple
Elizabeth and Stephane's engraved calligraphed invitations were understated and refined.
Up in the Air
South of the Border
Engraving and calligraphy embellished the wedding paper of Darcy Miller’s invitation. The invitation, program, and menu were all the same size, lending a sense of unity to the stationery. The extravagant calligraphy makes them attractive mementos. Darcy and Andy had a monogram designed for the occasion; the matchbooks featured a smaller version. The invitation beckons with lyrics from the couple's song, and the wedding program itself concludes with a dedication to the grandparents of the bride and groom.