Wedding Stationery That Isn't Girly
Finding the perfect wedding invitation that will satisfy you and your partner can be tough. If you're both grooms or if you just have a more modern style (or an aversion to pink), you may not gravitate towards the traditional floral or overly feminine styles. But not to worry: There are plenty of stylish and unique options with fewer frills. Get inspired by these not-too-sweet stationery suites from real weddings.
Paperzest, designed this stationery suite taking inspiration from graffitti, and including a vellum overlay of Ganesh, the Hindu god of good fortune who removes obstacles as a nod to the bride's Indian heritage.
Rustic Invitation Suite
Swiss Cottage Designs created this rustic stationery suite featuring a khaki and light green color palette, ski motifs, a map of the area, and a small muslin bag featuring the couple's logo.
Simple, Gold-Foil Pressed Invitation Suite
A Puppy Postcard
Hint of Pink Stationery Suite
This suite proves you can still get your pink on and create a sophisiticated and not-too-girly stationery suite. Designed by Tara Keleher of Mixed Company this invitation displayed a map of the venue's location with coral accents. The edges were hand-painted by the bride with a coral, yellow, and pink ombré.
This couple kept things simple using "paint" splatters to play up the artsy venue on their white letterpressed stationery by Regas.
Invitation with Rustic Flair
Nadine of BlueDogz Design created a custom tuxedo-clad design for these grooms' save-the-date cards. Gail Brill designed the rest of the invite to set the mood for the couple's formal wedding. "The black folder that the invitation was adhered to suggested the elegant, outdoor affair that was to come, and the hand-drawn map to the location in the Adirondacks added some rustic flare," the calligrapher said. The black envelopes were addressed in white calligraphy and sealed with a gold wax seal sporting the pair's initials.
This stationery suite, created by Lily Lasuzzo of Lavender & Mint, used Northern California's misty mornings, old trees, and romantic atmosphere—and the bride's bohemian-style dress as inspiration for the design. Signora e Mare's calligraphy lent an old-world feeling to the invitation, and a custom pen-and-ink tree illustration bled off the deckled edge cardstock. The suite also featured matte gold foil stamping and black letterpressing, a moiré silk ribbon, and skinny velvet ribbon to tie the papers together. A custom gold wax seal with the couple's monogram kept the envelope shut.
Custom Family Crest
The bride, who owns the stationery company Happy Menocal designed a family crest for her and her husband's stationery suite, using initials from the pair's last names encircled by foliage to honor their new start together. Bright-red edges "gave them the festive Dr. Seuss kick they needed," said the bride.
Art Deco Invitations
This invitation featured a neatly bound booklet to include all of the information guests would need prior to the wedding. The booklet was tucked into a muslin bag stamped with the shape of Nantucket Island and finished off with a tag. The assorted pieces were sent out in kraft paper boxed with addresses calligraphed by Southern Bee Designs.
Custom Stationery Suite
This custom stationery suite from Wylie West Creative, featured dark green ink printed on to textured white paper, a response card with a picture of the couple at one of their favorite spots in town, and an information card with a photo of the wedding venue on one side and relevant details on the other. The couple's custom crest was inspired by old country club logos and reinterpreted in a modern way.
Sweet and Simple Invitation
The save-the-date from The Nouveau Romantics featured a photo of the ceremony site, and the letterpressed suite from the same company used a fern motif and foil-stamped monogram.
Oak Tree-Inspired Invitation
Appalachia Press designed this invitation suite to mimic the feeling of being under an oak tree and offer a first look at the wedding location. The tree also symbolized the idea of the solid foundation that the couple was building on as husband and wife.
One of the grooms designed the two patterns featured on the letterpressed invitations featuring a menswear-style argyle, and an array of vintage woodcut illustrations representing the couple's interests including an orange poodle to their dog, Molly. Spark Letterpress printed and foil-stamped the suite and French Paper Co provided the physical invitaiton and envelope paper.
Mod Stationery Suite
For their industrial, flower-free wedding, this couple used a modern and minimal design on their stationery suite from Bella Figura, and sent the cards out in an envelope lined with a geometric-patterned paper.
Since this bride loves writing letters and sending cards, she of course penned the words on her own stationery suite, which were then letterpressed by Luna Lux on white cardstock. The save-the-dates featured an illustration by the groom of a pair of giraffes—an animal both the bride and groom love.
Nautical Stationery Suite
This bride and groom worked with their friend and illustrator, Edwina White, to create the custom stationery suite, using a collaged wreath image, which was paired with calligraphy and nautical code flag imagery to round out the design.
Scenic Stationery Suite
Cheryll Louise Humphreys was inspired by grainy photos of nature scenes to create the stationery, with various pieces of the suite representing different seasons.
"13" Stationery Suite
The bride, a graphic designer, designed this couple's stationery and their "13" logo—a nod to the wedding date of September 13 and also to represent good luck in the groom's Jewish faith. El Calotipo screen-printed and letterpressed the design onto the stationery. The suite also introduced a feather motif that appeared throughout the wedding to symbolize the fauna at the wedding's Canary Island location.
Woodsy Stationery Suite
Olive-Route in Berkeley, California designed couple's rustic-chic invitation suite, featuring a dark-gray and burnt-orange invite with pullouts providing details of events and information on lodging, transportation, and a free lift ticket, compliments of Sundance Ski Resort, as well as an RSVP postcard.
The couple's stationery suite, designed entirely by the groom, used muted greens, browns, and mustard yellow to play off the wedding location's woodsy surroundings. The invitation itself was designed to resemble a trail map, with a tri-fold layout that led guests through the various events of the weekend.
Navy & Berry Invitation Suite
The white invitations were letterpressed with navy ink, accented with berry red-painted edges, and were given a bit of flair with foiled-stamped gold accents. Anne Robin created the large brushstroke design that was carried through day-of signage, Li Ward painted the envelopes with a gold brushstroke and navy brush lettering, and vintage stamps added a touch of feminine flair.
Green & Gold Stationery Suite
Photo Backdrop Invitation
"We wanted something a little offbeat, something fun," said the bride of her invitations created by Tor Kologlu. "We were inspired by the Hudson Valley, old movies, the outdoors, camping, and geometric prints."