Indulge your appetite for candy in a fun way with these designs.
Photography: Greg Vore2 of 6
Life may be like a box of chocolates, but a black-tie wedding is like a bar of the good stuff, gussied up to impress in a shiny wrapper. Regas Studio’s “Golden Ticket” suite pays homage to Willy Wonka with foil-stamped accents and a metallic liner that make opening each envelope feel like discovering a treasure. Having whet guests’ appetites, gift them a rich bar encased in foil and a patterned wrapper topped with a custom sticker.
$3,500 for 100 invitations, reply cards, envelopes, and computer addressing; regasstudio.com. Chocolate bars from $2 each; economycandy.com. Custom candy wrappers, $1 each for 12 or more; icandywrap.com.
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Given their bright colors and fun shapes, it makes sense that gummy candies date to the same era as the flapper. They were invented in the early 1920s in Germany. The first ones were shaped like bears, but today, jelly candies can resemble fruit, hearts, animals, and everything in between. “The Letter Sweet” by Bird & Banner re-creates the see-through effect with vellum flaps bearing the bride’s and groom’s first initials: A matching response card peeks through a translucent sleeve, and the program features a sheer wrap over glitter paper that mimics the sugar-dusted texture of the candy. Enlist the same idea with your favors, sending guests home with gummy grapefruit slices and peaches in glassine-lined slide boxes wrapped in your initials.
$4,000 for 100 invitations, response cards, and envelopes; birdandbanner.com. Gummies, $19.50/5 lbs; candywarehouse.com. Slide box, $20.75 for 72; papermart.com. Glassine, $10 for 9 sheets; fancyflours.com.
Photography: Greg Vore4 of 6
Arguably the most elegant of all treats, ribbon candy is as beloved for the way it looks as for its taste. The fluid shape of the molded sugar delicacy is beautifully replicated by the nib of a calligrapher’s pen. Here, Cheryl Tefft, of Calligraphics, wrote the text, and Checkerboard Ltd. used thermography to print her letters in silver ink on navy paper. For divine takeaways, box up the two-tone sweets with an embellished card and matching trim.
Lettering, $20/line; calligraphics.info. $687 for 100 invitations, envelopes, reply sets, and reception cards; checkernet.com. “Fresh Air” Favor box, $15 for 10; paperpresentation.com. Ribbon, $5.25/yd; mokubany.com. Vintage stamp, 25¢; championstamp.com. Candy bags, $8 each; hammondscandies.com.
Photography: Greg Vore5 of 6
Far from buttoned-up, MaeMae & Co.’s “Ingrid Suite” is as cute as the lemon, lime, and cherry goodies we all voraciously peeled from paper strips back in the day (a pastime kids have engaged in since about the 1930s). For a grown-up take, MaeMae rendered the yellow more mellow than on the sugary neon muse and reimagined the circles in an array of sizes: large for the flat-printed invitation, medium for the reply card, and small for the envelope liner. Circle punches of various diameters were used to make printed confetti that fills escort-card envelopes and hints at the high jinks to come during the reception.
$1,460 for 100 invitations, envelope liners, and reply cards, maemaeco.com. Candy button strips, $30 for 24 strips; candywarehouse.com. Text-weight matte paper in Peace and Lemon Drop, $8 for 50 sheets; paperpresentation.com.
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Photography: Greg Vore6 of 6
As the story goes, in 1899 a British candymaker accidentally dropped a tray of goodies, jumbling together an eye-catching assortment of bold stripes and dots, and “licorice all-sorts” were born! Over a century later, 42 Pressed translated the candy’s signature colors and designs to paper in this contemporary suite. Each piece is letterpressed with just two hues (black with pink, yellow, or gray) to make the individual elements stand out and keep the price lower than it would be with more shades combined. The perfect complement: a punchy mix of typography that puts your names front and center.