Expert Stationery Picks: Bri Emery of Designlovefest Blog
Bri Emery of lifestyle blog designlovefest never ceases to inspire us with her fresh style and sharp eye for typography. So we've asked her to share her favorite wedding stationery ideas. Check out her awesome picks, from larger-than-life invitation posters to calligraphed dinner menus, and everything in between.
"I am a huge fan of weddings with unexpected, non-traditional details; whether that's a save-the-date with bold typography or invitations with a witty concept. Being quite nostalgic myself, I love when couples showcase their unique stories within their wedding suites. Naturally, I am always attracted to bright colors, hand-drawn type and interesting graphic shapes."
Confetti Ceremony Programs
Cheeky Menu Card
These whimsical menus, which boasted a pretty floral pattern and custom monogram, matched swizzle sticks that featured a cute illustration of the couple's matchmaker.
Screenprinted menu napkins doubled as fun keepsakes for the guests at this wedding.
Upcycled Seating Chart
This crafty bride transformed an old window she found in her parents' basement into a unique escort card display, using a white paint pen to write guests' names and table numbers.
Watercolor Seating Cards
Jewel-Inspired Escort Cards
This vibrant display of gem shapes cut from clear Lucite is a unique way to show guests where they are seated. Cover them with calligraphed photography gels cut to fit, then hang with fishing line from a rod near your reception space.
This bright, mod-inspired "Maximus" suite feels right out of Mad Men. The stationers at MaeMae Paperie used the wedding location of balmy Palm springs, California, as a starting point for creating icons such as pineapples, palm trees, and beach umbrellas. They then adorned invites, R.S.V.P. cards, and even reception coasters with these motifs using flat printing, a method that's less expensive than engraving and letterpressing and offers a less formal look.
To fit the theme of their France-inspired wedding celebration, these newlyweds listed the evening's fare on calligraphed menus written in French.
Whimsical illustrations accompanied the courses listed on this couple's menu.
Table Number Alternative
Instead of numbers, this couple chose their favorite seed packets to grace tables at their farm-fresh wedding.
Bold red numbers on tags hung from oversized balloons at this pair's Manhattan nuptials.
Labels for Cocktails
Send guests home with a personalized night cap: A mini bottle of bourbon wrapped in a custom label, along with a few other cocktail essentials.
If you're having a photo booth at your wedding reception, consider this guest book idea: Attach self-adhesive photo corners to its pages of a book in advance so guests can slip their pictures into place next to their notes.
Extra Large Invite
Magnify your news with a "Say It Out Loud" poster by Fig. 2 Design Studio. Its large-scale font can be screen-printed onto 15 3/4-by-22 1/2-inch paper of your choosing. Fold it down to envelope height and width and simply secure it with a sticker label featuring your return address. Then, pop it in the mail—no envelope necessary. Thanks to the miracle of e-mail, you won't need a reply card either, making this maximalist design minimalist, too.
Guests will be starry-eyed after discovering this artful save-the-date in their mailboxes. This "Over the Moon" design lets everyone know how many moons will pass before your wedding.
Stationery, Simplesong Design.
This album-inspired save-the-date is the perfect introduction to an eclectic wedding.
Floral Flower-Girl Card
Stripe & Field's "Kent" letterpress set incorporates the vibrant colors and organic shapes found on an Indian caftan. The trifold "Cornwall" program offers attendees a teaser of the adventures that await them, as well as the couple's suggestions for exploring their best-loved spots near the venue.
Bri Emery is an art director and the Los Angeles-based founder and editor of designlovefest, a lifestyle blog with an eye for design in style, DIY, food, travel, entertaining and more. She has been featured in publications such as Elle Décor, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Lucky Magazine, The Los Angeles times and more, and travels the world teaching photoshop to bloggers with her BLOGSHOP brand, founded in 2011.