Find out if your favorite invitation style will be popular in the new year.
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After you choose a wedding venue and set the date, the next item on your to-do list will be to select and send your wedding invitations. While the space where you're getting married may certainly inform the type of stationery you choose, you may also want to consider the current trends. There's nothing wrong with classic invitations—who doesn't love swirling calligraphy?—but if you care about keeping your big day firmly rooted in the here and now, considering contemporary choices are an easy way to do just that.
To understand which stationery designs will be trending in 2019, we went straight to the experts. Here, some of our favorite wedding pros dished on the details they expect to see on every invite in the new year. What's surprising is that some trends we've seen before are back in a big way. Watercolor designs and gold foiling will be popular once again, as will minimalist suites. Even more exciting is the fact that some trends we've recently identified—including boxed invitations, celestial details, and deckled-edges—have caught the eyes of the experts, too. Even unexpected mediums like velvet and acrylic will be mailed out as part of 2019's big-day stationery scene.
What we're most excited about is how well some of these ideas can play together. Pair a simple, text-oriented invitation with a graphic envelope liner to make a bold statement, or else package an ultra-romantic hand painted suite in an equally luxe box mailer. The options are endless! Don't take our word for it, though. Ahead, all the stationery trends you can expect to see in 2019.
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Jenna Miller of Here Comes the Guide predicts watercolor stationery will be incredibly popular in 2019. "Sheer washes of color are prettying up the 2019 wedding stationery scene. From airy florals to handpainted maps and even portraits of the couple, watercolors lend an artistic, custom feel to wedding paper goods," she explains.
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Cara Rank of XOWYO Paper & Press says to expect nontraditional stationery materials in 2019. "You're going to see more brides moving away from traditional stationery and opting to print on anything but typical cardstock. They want to wow their guests with the unexpected, choosing materials like leather, wood, metals, or custom-printed fabric," she says.
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Jordan Kentris of A Good Day Inc. has another unexpected material to put on your radar: Acrylic. "Colored acrylic can add a pop of color in table settings, seating charts, and your invitations," the pro explains. "The possibilities are numerous. Think: Mirrored acrylic, marble, glitter, and deep saturated colors. For a soft touch, clear acrylic can add a level of dimension to all the details."
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Kentris also expects to see lots of deckled-ege paper in 2019. "It adds a level of sophistication to any event," the pro says of stationery suites defined by their old-fashioned torn edges.
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Need inspiration for your invitations? Look to the fashion runways, says Kentris. "Couture details are appearing in invitations and day-of stationery," the pro explains. "Featuring beading, velvet, leather, and more, these finishes brings a custom touch to your paper goods. Every invitation is unique offering your guests a keepsake completely their own."
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Wedding guests will be wowed by boxed invitations in 2019. "They make a huge impact and have your guests remembering the event for months later. Boxes allow for even more personality to come through and tie into your event design," Kentris explains.
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Amanda Mayer of Athena and Aphrodite encourages couples to go for gold. After all, gold foil will be huge again in 2019. "Adding some sparkle to your wedding invitations has been a growing trend that will continue into 2019," she explains. "Gold foil has been very popular, but we're starting to see other metallics like bronze, copper, and rose gold."
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Envelope liners have been on our radar for some time, and Miller says they're on yours, too. "Why let the design goodness stop with the wedding invitation? Get that envelope involved!" she laughs. "Envelope liners are making a statement in the new year. Moody florals and bold colors pack a visual punch and tie the entire invitation suite together."
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Minimalism is another big wedding trend Miller says will be carried over into stationery in 2019. "Whether it's simple hand-lettering that takes center stage or abandoning all inserts in favor of one sleek, all-inclusive design, couples are opting for streamlined and simplified wedding invitations."
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"More and more brides and grooms are bringing the heavens into their weddings," Mayer explains, and says that this trend will still be big in the new year. "We've seen a lot of constellations, starry skies, and lunar invitations."
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According Miller, industrial-chic venues are inspiring wedding stationery, too. "Industrial-chic weddings are having a moment, so naturally we're seeing the urban aesthetic make its way to the stationery," she explains. "Paper goods made to look like concrete or metal evoke the feeling of being factory-made, while materials like clear acrylic up the glam factor."