In the era of email, printed correspondence is a throwback in the best way. These suites take inspiration from artists and the movements they created. Set the tone for your celebration based on your favorite, whether it's Cartier and Art Deco or Frank Lloyd Wright and Midcentury Modern.
Fit for a queen, Victorian design is known for its attention to details: filigree, intricate botanical prints, and flourished serif fonts, to name a few. This sweet, rustic suite by Austin Press also embodies the period's love of the natural world, from seed-packet favors to crickets on the thank-you cards. For an artisanal touch, each piece is letterpressed, a process that thrived in the late-19th century, and kraft-paper envelopes keep the mood fun, not fussy.
From $1,900 for 100 invitations, envelopes, and reply cards,austinpress.com.
Charming meets bohemian in Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence's "Bernhardt" suite, which evokes the era that gave us Gustav Klimt's The Kiss as well as the undulating Metro signs that add to Paris's street chic. Warm, dusty colors and curving lines characterize this turn-of-last-century style and transform every letterpressed piece into a masterpiece. The invite sets a cosmopolitan mood for a destination wedding or any otherworldly affair.
$1,998 for 100 invitations, envelopes, and reply cards, and $355 for 100 menus, lucky-luxe.com.
Puttin' on the ritz with a black-tie affair? Take a look at this swanky engraved invitation suite from Cartier, modeled on two bracelets from its 1929 and 1936 collections. The bejeweled motifs and geometric-gone-glam monogram are an homage to the interwar period that produced the 1929 song—not to mention flappers, the Empire state building, and some seriously great literature.
Modern architecture—think Philip Johnson's Glass House and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater—provided a foundation for Bliss & Bone's letterpressed suite of invitations with clean lines, strong shapes, blind-embossed monograms, and envelopes that celebrate natural materials like wood and marble. Combined, they create an overall effect that's understated and smooth but with some bite, much like an aged scotch you'd sip while flying out of Idlewild's Eero Saarinen-designed TWA flight center.
Sunny, splashy, and anything but traditional, these Warhol-esque paper goods by And Here We Are will definitely put a smile on recipients' faces. We're not sure which makes us happier: the bright colors, the celebratory motifs, or the fact that they're digitally printed, rendering them as affordable as they are adorable. One thing's for certain—invites this bold are bound to enjoy more than 15 minutes of fame.