Paper wedding invitations are an incredibly personal way of offering guests a glimpse of the theme, style and colour scheme of the wedding day. The options are endless when it comes to invitations. There are many possibilities for design, colour, font and layout and with so much personalization it’s safe to say that no two invitations are alike! Whatever the choice, wedding invitations are completely customizable, and fun!
Deciding on invitations should be a pleasant experience that lets the bride and groom explore their inner creativity. When making these decisions, it helps to know what the hot trends are for the 2013 spring and summer season. According to M.J. Fontaine of Carte Blanche Design in Toronto, Ontario, “I have had many clients request for invitations and envelopes to be made out of recycled paper. Also, I have found that calligraphy fonts and ink stamps are very popular trends right now,” she says. “The key, however, is not to overdo it. Less is more when it comes to invitations.”
The sky is the limit when choosing colour combinations for invitations. “Most of my clients favour vibrant colours; preferably red, dark blue and gold,” says Serban Cherdi of Wedding Card Boutique in Surrey, British Columbia. “However, colour trends are always changing and it is ultimately a personal decision.”
Pantone is the leader in setting annual colour trends and is a great resource for couples who are interested in seeking out the hottest colours of the season. For those who want to stay on trend, Pantone lists the top three colours for the Spring 2013 season as dusk blue, grayed jade and linen.
Weddings can be a huge expense for young couples. A crafty and creative approach to save money can be to opt for do-it-yourself invitations. “In the past three years I would say more couples have been going the DIY route and I believe more is available to today’s bride when it comes to these types of invitations,” says Fontaine. For instance, Michael’s offers many DIY invitation kits and you can also find wedding-related stationary materials on Etsy.com (an online marketplace for handmade items).
Wedding invitation trends are always changing. Whether or not couples choose to stay on trend, options for design, colour, and layout are ultimately a personal decision. “More and more couples are excited about invitations and appreciate and understand the role they play in their weddings,” says Fontaine. “With so many couples making tasteful and creative choices, it makes my job that much more interesting!”
Sending out paper invitations is still considered proper wedding etiquette, so make them interesting! Remember, planning a wedding is exciting and a chance to try something new. With so many creative options available, it’s easy to create striking invitations that will leave guests excited for the wedding to come!