How to convey the personality of two people who have decided to join their lives together is a big challenge for a small piece of paper to do, but that’s exactly the job of the wedding invitation and the rest of the wedding stationery ensemble.
The ceremony where two people exchange marriage vows and wedding rings is a marvelous and magical event; expectations run high that a good time will be had by all. Your wedding stationery plays a key role is setting the tone for your wedding day: the theme that you choose along with the colors should be coordinated to your station for the best effect.
Sharing love and happiness with your closest family and friends is what makes a marriage celebration such a special occasion. Printed wedding invitations sent by post continue to be popular even as email has gained wide acceptance: this is the one case where an email alone is simply not enough. The people who are nearest to the couple what a memento of your special day and for many people, the invitation is their top choice.
Many of the wedding traditions surrounding the design of invitations however today, couples have a much broader selection of styles to choose from to reflect their personalities and their lifestyles. In the past, an invitation included only an RSVP card enclosed in a self addressed, stamped envelope. Today, wedding guests may find a location map for the ceremony and reception, along with the website and email address of the couple’s wedding blog and registry. Here are some of the new design trends for 2012:
The big news is the use of the “pocket” style. There are several different variations of this theme which is often called “pocket fold” invitations. This design takes its cue from office folders to keep all of your wedding invitation items together in a neat package. You can choose the elegant slipcase style which opens at the top or the fold-out style which can be either horizontal or vertical.
Cultural and Ethnic Inspirations
Vibrant colors have taken the spotlight as more stationery designers have begun to use symbols and motifs of exotic origin.
Once reserved for thank you notes, more couples are choosing to use photographs as the primary design element for their wedding stationery.
Reminiscent of a Broadway show playbill, this invitation design bring a dramatic flair to the announcement of the day you and your partner will exchange wedding rings.
Stripes and Polka Dots
A modern design that appeals to couples who want a fresh look and contemporary feel that also works well when combined with floral motifs.
Dramatic White on Black
Bold and striking, the use of color is the main element in this design. A black background uses display typography to produce a memorable presentation.
In addition to these styles, most vendors can use your own custom design to create your invitations.