Take a cue from these goodies that are as gorgeous as they are delicious.
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When your sweet tooth beckons, satiate it with these tasty treats, but also consider the packaging as a jumping off point for designing your stationery suite.
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Dottie’s Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee Gift Bag
What We Love About It: The white and black ink printed on the kraft paper adds dimension without being too fussy. Consider colored paper as a way to expand your palette, typically without adding too much of an expense. Or add a subtle embellishment—a hairline border to frame up the details.
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Raaka 71% Dark Chocolate With Sea Salt
This company enrobes its bars in patterned paper designed by Elissa Barbieri of Loop. Though she’s not explicitly a wedding stationery designer, Elissa loves working with new clients and welcomes inquiries for custom projects.
What We Love About It: An organic design like this would be great as an invite backer or envelope liner, or imagine it with guests’ names printed in boxes, like the brand names on this bar, for escort cards.
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Taza Chocolate Guajillo Chili Chocolate Mexicano Disc
Taza’s cofounder Kathleen Fulton pulls double duty designing all of the products’ packaging.
What We Love About It: You can think outside the box (or the typically rectangular shape of an invitation) by going round in shape. A one-color design like this feels dynamic and would be great as an insert in your suite that outlines the extras, like your website or wedding weekend information.
Tip: It’s hard to resist thinking about coasters when looking at these stone-ground chocolate discs. If you want to add some pizzazz to your cocktail hour, why not order custom chipboard numbers to put out at the bar?
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Dandelion Chocolate Ambanja, Madagascar 70% Bar
Paper from India folds around each bar of Dandelion Chocolate’s small-batch creations.
What We Love About It: The handmade art papers add texture and would work great for a bellyband or envelope liner in an invite suite. With brown type on a cream-colored label, on top of the soft gold accents, it’s a neutral color palette. The pop of ruby red is a welcome touch—and would make your names stand out on your invitation.
Tip: Here, you can see the standard packaging offered by the company. For a $250 design fee, you can put your own message on the front of each bar—making an instant (and sweet) favor to send home with guests.
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Photography: Bryan Gardner6 of 16
Sticks of hand-pulled taffy get wrapped in labels reminiscent of yesteryear, which is fitting for a company that’s been around for more than a century.
What We Love About It: Show how established your relationship is with an equally old-timey design, using letters that remind you of a sign—because after all, your love is big and deserves to be showcased. Look through old lettering and clip-art books for additional inspiration—be it for spelling out a word or name, or just using it for a monogram.
Tip: On the flip side, why not dress up these chewy treats with a custom label—which is available from Mehlenbacher’s on quantities over 150 for a small fee.
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Summerbird Chocolate Bar, White 36%
This Denmark-made confection mixes three fonts and a hand-written element. And it works like a charm. Aesthetically, this bar is equal parts homemade and gourmet.
What We Love About It: This design allows space to typeset your invitation, with the date in a different font, and then mixing in you and your sweetheart’s names in a script. Maybe you’ve got a friend with cool handwriting to enlist for that task. If not, many calligraphers offer a similar casual type of penmanship.
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Pastiglie Leone in Limone
Sweet dreams are made of these pastel pastilles. And don’t be scared of a bit of flourished type. You can see how impactful the fanciful accents are at the top and bottom of the box’s face.
What We Love About It: The petite cartons via Italy are reminiscent of vintage postcards and posters, perfect for a destination save-the-date.
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Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate Black Fig Bar
The inspiration for the packaging on this treat came out of the company’s desire to celebrate the handmade quality of its product as well as its Pacific Northwest locale. Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor, longtime friends, were both woodworkers and had built wooden boats together. All of this came together in the pen-and-ink monotone-style illustration of the boat being assembled on the front of the bars.
What We Love About It: This wrapper feels like an old engraving from a newspaper or book. There’s something timeless and very handsome about this style that translates easily to a formal wedding stationery suite.
Tip: The graphic design for Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate’s chocolates is done by one of the two owner’s brothers, Garrett Taylor. Don’t have a talented sibling to tap for your big day? No worries, because Garrett is up for taking on custom inquiries.
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Compartés California Love Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Bar
Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm designs these wrappers himself and spearheads the creation of the artisanal bars that go inside, too. This modern wrapper is all about the California sunset, palm trees, and chic-yet-casual vibe of Los Angeles. Take your cue from your locale—particularly places with such noticeable flora or landscapes.
What We Love About It: Maybe you got engaged or vacationed at the spot where you’ll tie the knot. And maybe you took a photo of the scenery that you can use instead of an illustration. Either way, it’s a fun way to let guests know what they’re in for when they arrive for your soirée and why you chose the location you did.
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Salty Road Vanilla Salt Water Taffy
What We Love About It: Stripes and sans serif fonts tend to lend themselves to a casual affair. If you’re having a backyard bash in the summer or a beachy boardwalk bonanza with an intimate crowd, then pull together a mix of a simple font in different weights (thicknesses and thinnesses) for a comparable style.
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Mast Brothers Chocolate Almond Bar
The clean, straightforward font and graphic patterns on Mast Brothers’ bars always grab us.
What We Love About It: The combo is great for a modern wedding, or if a motif is playing a big role in your big day. And remember, you need to have all of the information printed, but a pattern can be front and center in a big way.
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Woodblock Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate and Salt & Nibs Bars
Whether it’s a botanical print or a simple, color-blocked design, Woodblock knows how to wrap a bar. Its logo has some texture, which makes it pop. Why not do the same with your names?
What We Love About It: With the floral design, we’re particularly fond of the interaction of the print with the text. With the more minimal blue design, things are basic but bold. Your guests would be wary to toss an invite in either style, just like these bars that almost look too good to eat.
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QUIN Tangerine Gumdrops
Candy master Jami Curl dreams up all of the treats on offer from Portland, Oregon-based QUIN. With two designers helping her bring her vision to life on the packaging, the bags and bundles look as good as the confections taste.
What We Love About It: The logo pops, thanks to the sunny yellow condensed typeface on a geometric black background. Contemplate something comparable for your monogram, or to make your wedding date really stand out on your save-the-dates.
Tip: QUIN is open to customizing their labels for weddings and events, and they offer custom blends (so if you can’t decide between two flavors, go ahead and ask them to mix the two). All of their candies are also available in bulk should you want to set up a candy bar at your reception, and their hard candies can be spun into cotton candy, a service they will travel to do.
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Marou Tien Giang 70 Bar
Rice Creative designs the packaging for Marou’s bars—which are made in Vietnam and finished with gilded paper.
What We Love About It: This packaging has serious shine. Go for the gold yourself with a matte paper that adds a metallic touch as a liner or bellyband. Or surround your monogram with a scalloped shape to make it extra stately. And don’t be afraid to mix blue and black; it’s a handsome combination.
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Bottega Louie Assorted Chocolate Bar Library
If Marie Antoinette were getting married today and were to choose any chocolate bar as the inspiration for her invitation, we bet she’d go with this collection of five. The pastel delights are bundled in a pink case foil-stamped and beribboned to perfection.
What We Love About It: Bottega Louie’s branding is equal parts classic and fanciful, and your paper goods could go a similar route. Tie up your pieces with a custom ribbon of your own before mailing everything off in an elegantly calligraphed envelope.