It’s the greatest love story ever told…yours. A unique tale of romance, love and happily-ever-after. What better way to preface your own personal epic to your closest friends and family than with the perfect invitation! Your stationery is the enticing sleeve, the announcement of the forthcoming bestseller that is to be your wedding. It is the foreword to the very first chapter of your new life together.
But just how do you choose the perfect invitation for your story? Many couples choose a particular style or theme for their wedding such as “Vintage”, “Modern”, “Romantic”, “Hollywood Glamour” or most recently “Miami Chic”. Others just let their own personal story shine through with something sweet, simple and elegant.
Colour can assist in making the decision and will often be incorporated cleverly to add to the mood. The Modern theme uses a palette of soft pastels – lilac and lavender, palest pink and salmon, or the citrus hues of lemon and lime. Warmer shades of mocha are great for a Romantic theme while Vintage is taking advantage of elegant creams and nudes. For the more adventurous Miami Chic stylers, clean, crisp white (and lots of it) is divine when teamed with splashes of vibrant ruby or amethyst.
If a statement colour is not your thing, modern, yet classic, black and white is always appropriate and certainly silver and gold will never be out of date. A great way to use these simple colours but still keep things interesting is with the use of specialty processes like foiling, embossing, cutting and engraving. Laser technology allows you to create an invitation that is simple, different and unique. It opens us a whole new world of possibilities for design and detail that are simply not achievable with printing alone - imagine having a personalised cake topper, bonbonniere box, table numbers or even champagne flutes designed and made to match your stationery.
For the not so creative it is highly recommended to seek the advice and assistance of a professional and reputable stationer. They can design, print and create a stationery set for you that leaves nothing to chance. They should be able to provide all elements that you need including the invitations, RSVP cards, thank you cards, place cards, ceremony booklet covers, table seating plan, gift registry cards, maps, information cards, menus and so forth. Don’t assume that this service will be too expensive either; there is nothing wrong with asking for a written quote and this can help you to decide between making your own stationery or not - sometimes the dollar difference is negligible and worth every cent.
However, if you do relish the thought of designing and collating your own stationery there are many great options available. With so many beautiful patterned, embossed and flocked papers there is bound to be something to suit your taste. A variety of pre-cut invitation covers and pockets makes things easy and helps to give your homemade masterpiece a professional finish. You may even like to consider using the printing and cutting services available at some invitation stores to take more of the workload from you.
Inevitably, every couple’s story is unique and will be told in its own way. It should be personal and beautiful, heartfelt and genuine – the perfect summation of your journey so far and the fairy-tale romance that is still to unfold.