Invitations from Real Weddings
Invites from Katie and Thomas were DIYed and revealed information as they were pulled out from cellophane bags meticulously covered in lines of white vinyl tape. The card was a red heart with lines of text that matched the spacing of the stripes. The text itself was a quote from the pair’s favorite movie, The Princess Bride. Once fully removed from the sleeve, the folded card opened to reveal enclosure cards with the full details of the day.
Since this couple are both designers, it was only natural for them to take on the design of the invites, deciding on a multi-layered suite that was both casual and simple. Many of the elements -- the typography, trailing vines, and color palette -- were carried through to the day-of paper elements, including the menus at the dessert and wine stations, the escort cards, and the place settings.
Pretty in Pink
This couple custom-designed every piece of their suite. Engraved invites went to guests in foil-letterpressed envelopes, and gold thread held together a pine needle–adorned “Save the Weekend” booklet.
Bright and Cheery
This groom designed the couple's invitations, which were printed on an old press and dressed up with three-dimensional balloons meticulously cut from yellow paper and glued on.
Designed by bride Leoma's friend Lara Ashworth, this stationery suite introduced a loose springtime theme, incorporating light, airy colors, birds, and butterflies. The invitation was a four-piece ensemble strung together with ribbon and showcased the couple’s monogram.
Black and White
Presented as a helpful packet, this stationery suite by Paper-Source features separate cards supplying details about the welcome dinner and transportation options. Touches like the invites' faux-bois borders, Kraft-paper-colored extras, and Wild West-style engraver's font set the scene for the alpine fete.
Location, Location, Location
Between their Southern-style BBQ dinner and guests dressed in festive red, white, and blue, Leanne and Brad brought a modern vision of classic Americana to life with their midsummer wedding. Homemade posters, screen printed by the bride and groom, unfolded to read: "If love ain't cool, then we ain't" with an outline of Ohio in the center.
This art director bride created the invite suite. Each piece had a woodsy scene (the wedding was in Jackson Hole after all) and a pair of animals.
The bride designed their invitation suite, which mixed illustration and typography, to give it a graphic look. Featuring the L.A. skyline, their cat, Luda, greenery reflective of their ceremony site, and a stork, it was completely personalized.
Setting the Tone
A Regal Touch
Made by the Bride
Vanessa designed her wedding stationery suite herself, incorporating the color palette and lighthouse in front of which Mike proposed.
A Little Letterpress
For Liezel and Christopher's invitations, chocolate brown and coral were paired together, with a decorative border that was also incorporated into the dinner menu at the reception.
A Nautical Nod
A Mix of Casual and Formal
Lizzie and Matt's paper goods were designed by some of the area's most well-known stationers. Christine Schmidt at Yellow Owl Workshop designed the whimsical save-the-dates. The fishing lure illustration (behind the crest with their initials and a drawing of their puppy) hinted at the couple's love for fly fishing. The formal invitations were designed by Smythson of Bond Street.
Hearts and Arrows
For these star-crossed lovers, symbols of love merged with clean, hand-drawn type. The centerpiece of the suite, a multi-page invite booklet tied with twine and a vintage charm.
Orange You Glad
A Friendly Collaboration
This Maryland couple worked with a pal on their paper pieces. Deckled edges, linen-textured paper, fabric pouches, brads, recycled paper-bag envelopes, and custom postage were all utilized.
The groom designed the stationery suite and showcased his friend's hand lettering. It was based on a ship itinerary from the early 1900s.
Ice Cream Social took their cues from the couple’s collections and photographs, ultimately designing borders inspired by the floral décor that would appear at their ceremony, and a custom monogram based on a photo of the duo in India holding up peace signs.