You’ve picked a venue, set the date and decided on your wedding theme – now it’s time to talk wedding stationery ideas. Your wedding stationery is the first chance you get to show your guests what type of wedding you’re planning so read on for 7 of the best, creative wedding invitation ideas for this coming year.
Choosing wedding invitations can be tricky – there’s a lot to consider – from paper, design, format, fonts – the list goes on. Before you begin to plan your wedding stationery and choosing the perfect invitation, you should already have an idea on your overall wedding theme, budget and guest list size. Do you want a traditional, modern or destination wedding invitation? Do you have a particular colour scheme in mind?
These are the factors to think about before you start your search. Of course, a wedding stationer can help you with all of your design decisions, however they’ll need to know the answer to these big 3 questions before they can even get started.
By keeping these factors in mind you can choose wedding invitations that match your style, budget and expectations, and of course impress your guests with a memorable and exciting first impression of your special day and all that’s to come.
On Trend Tips for 2023
Monograms are a classy and elegant way to personalise your wedding stationery and it’s pretty timeless. It fits perfectly into the renaissance trend that inspired so many weddings last year from the Bridgerton fever that was huge on the wedding scene, this romantic trend is here to stay.
A monogram typically consists of the couple’s initials or the first letter of their last name, arranged in a decorative and stylish way. Adding a monogram to your invitations, save-the-dates, or thank-you cards, adds a cohesive look throughout all of your wedding related events and it’s pretty versatile too. You can emboss, print or incorporate a monogram into a wax seal. Moreover, they can be customised to match your wedding colour scheme and font style easily.
Whether you prefer a classic or modern look, incorporating monograms within your wedding stationery adds a sophisticated touch that will ensure your wedding is bang, on trend.
- Romantic Florals and Foliage
Last year the wedding scene saw a huge rise in the popularity of greenery from indoor wedding decor, bouquets and wedding stationery too – and it’s no wonder – weddings filled with lush greenery look so good!
In 2023, the stationery trend we are seeing a lot more romantic foliage included as we take this trend but make it even better. Look out for hand-drawn leaves and vines, gold trims and elegant swirled fonts. Blush pinks always give a feeling of a fairy-tale wedding and will never be out of fashion and pairs well with this trend but similarly this trend works well with deep blues, purples and jewel tones. You’re able to plan this theme in various different styles, from modern romantic to classic elegance it’s versatile and sophisticated and also pairs well with a monogrammed finish for a truly modern stationery choice.
- Hand Drawn Illustrations
Make your wedding invitations even more personal to you with a stylish illustrated design – it’s the perfect way to ensure your wedding stationery is completely unique. Hand drawn images are set to be wildly popular throughout 2023 and we can see why – they are so pretty and makes a beautiful keepsake after the wedding. Beautiful wedding venues look even more beautiful when drawn, painted or printed in foil.
It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your wedding venue and give guests a taste of what’s to come. Illustrated invitations don’t just have to be centred around your wedding venue or location. You could choose a symbol that’s significant to you, include an illustration of your family or maybe your dog – if you’re planning on them being a part of your wedding. Having something that’s special to you both is just as personal as having an illustration of your wedding venue.
Lisa from Pretty As A Picture Stationery based in the Scottish Highlands says “ invitations with a travel theme, passport invitations are increasingly popular this year!” With travel fully opening up and destination weddings firmly back on the map and abroad weddings very much booming why not incorporate some hand drawn elements into your destination wedding stationery too? A gorgeous beach scene, a sneak peek of the stunning location you’ll say your vows – it’s sure to build the excitement for your wedding nice and early.
- Contrasting Colours
Navy and pink paired with gold are set to be popular colour palettes for 2023 but similarly there’s a rise in mixing and matching wedding colours. This trend particularly suits couples who want to make a statement on their wedding day.
There’s lot’s of ways you can incorporate this trend, from florals in bold colours or incorporating colour in fun ways in your wedding day style. Stationery compliments the look too with contrasting, statement colours for invitations, information signs, save-the-dates, menu cards and envelopes too.
Think navy combined with pinks, floral combinations with bright greens and bold flowers or lush grey combined with golds and blacks. You can go bold with blues, oranges, yellows and reds, combine blues and golds or combine red and orange with sage green to add an autumnal vibe to your wedding without being overpowering.
This trend is all about ripping up the rule book and being playful! There’s so many colour combinations that work well together – get creative and take a look at Pinterest for some styled wedding inspiration and to see how good this style can look. And the best thing about this trend is – you can pretty much guarantee it’ll be unique.
“Beautifully embellished invitations have become a lot more popular over the last few months and seems to be a trend running through the next 12 months. Pairing pearls and diamantes with beautiful patterned paper and luxurious coloured ribbons is making each design unique with endless possibilities.” says Vicky, Stationer at Bluesky’s Creation, East Yorkshire.
There’s so much you can do and still be on trend with your stationery style. From tiny ribbons to oversized bows ( a 2022 trend we are still seeing a lot of – especially on the wedding catwalk) pearls, lace, sparkles and more. Whatever your colour scheme or theme there’ll be an easy way you can include embellishments into your wedding day stationery.
- Digital Lavender
We couldn’t do a blog post about 2023 trends without talking about Pantone’s colour of the year for 2023, Digital Lavender. We fully expect this shade to really shine across the coming year. It’s a pretty and surprisingly versatile colour which works well with every element of the wedding from bridesmaids dresses to florals, decor and of course stationery too!
What are your favourite wedding stationery trends for 2023?
Whether you’re planning a romantic wedding day or bold and colourful celebration we’d love to know. Whatever you choose for your wedding invitations remember to keep one as a keepsake for your wedding album – it’ll become a treasured memory, you and your partner can look back on in years to come.
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