East-West Wedding Stationery That Will Wow Your Guests
There are plenty of things to consider when designing your wedding invitations. For one, you want to make sure they adequately capture your theme, color palette, and overall vibe of your big day. While it may seem easy to do all three, it can be quite tricky to do so in a way that stands out. That's why we think you should bookmark east-west stationery.
What is east-west stationery? These suites have an elongated horizontal orientation that's different from your standard vertical, rectangular invitation, which is what makes it such an unexpected format. Although you may believe that these notes' narrowness might make it more difficult to fit all of your wedding-day details onto the paper, that's not the case at all. In fact, you'll soon find that east-west stationery allows for more creativity. And while this stationery type may seem like a contemporary trend, it can also suit your vintage wedding. Don't just take our word for it—just look to these Ceci New York invitations. The pros used distressed paper along with scrawling calligraphy to evoke an Old-World vibe.
Ahead, you'll see how couples made their horizontal suites work for them. Not only can you get creative with this invitation type's font and color, you can also experiment with different shapes. And don't forget about on-theme accents: Cut out leaves for your tropical ceremony or mountains for your Colorado wedding. Whether it's using a folding piece of cardstock to display a map of your venue or taking advantage of your invitation's length to write a message to your future attendees, there's really no wrong way to execute this one-of-a-kind invitation style. The only thing to note? Postage may be more expensive because of their unique shape, so it's important to weigh your samples before you commit.
If you're throwing a weekend-long event, chances are you'll need to let guests know the itinerary for the celebration. The easiest way to do that? A fold-out card, like this graphic one from Julie Song Ink. East-west stationery is well-suited for this type of display.
Your stationery's elongated orientation can also speak to your wedding locale. Yonder Design referenced this Oregon event's surroundings by cutting out "mountains" for the suite's detail cards.
Another way to inform guests of your wedding's location? Add a map to your horizontal invitations' negative space. The one on this monochromatic Fresh Ink suite felt modern and minimalist.
Gray and Pink
Map out the area around your venue with the help of a horizontal card, as seen in this blue-and-white Hound Dog Press suite.
An east-west stationery's length allows you to get creative with the wording of your invitations. This bride took advantage of the extra space by typing out all of her wedding details. For a pop of color, she also added a small olive branch to the front of the note.
Keeping the elements of your suite minimal emphasizes their unusual shape. Take these Julie Ha Calligraphy paper goods for example: The barely-there text put all the focus on the stationery's horizontal orientation.
Use your paper goods' length in a truly unique way by arranging all elements of your suite onto stiff, horizontal cardstock, à la this Yonder Design creation.
Like traditional invitations, horizontal stationery can easily reference future big-day elements (like your floral arrangements). Atheneum Creative showcased this celebration's Italian garden theme by adding a large flower to the back of their suite.
Horizontal stationery can also feel classic. Just make like By Farr and incorporate gold calligraphy to add to your suite's traditional vibe.
The easiest way to create horizontal stationery? With a tri-fold element, like this Tie That Binds save-the-date; the note starts out compact and then lengthens as it's unfolded.
East-west invitations already have a contemporary vibe, so they're suitable for a modern event. That's why this couple tapped Emily Rose Ink to create this clean suite, complete with two more of-the-moment touches: a black-and-white color palette and a bee motif.
Old and New
If you're looking for a way to incorporate your "how we met" story into your suite, make like Cheree Berry Paper and add your relationship milestones on each section of a fold-out save-the-date.
Although an east-west design is already unique, make it even more unexpected by selecting a suite—this one is by Wedding Paper Divas—with rounded edges.
Need more proof that east-west stationery is perfect for showing off your big-day destination? Just look to these invitations by Typo Boutique—they included a photo of the mountain vista that matched the suite's envelope liner.
A nontraditional east-west suite calls for unexpected text. Instead of the standard information setup, Willow Visuals wrote a message to each guest, including all of the event info in the note.