Invitations, Part I
January 30, 2007

update...more lovely invitations pics have been posted today!

Before I dive into the current invitation trends, I wanted to mention something that my good friend, Christine Traulich, at RedBliss said to me recently..."Invitations should reflect personal style rather than the trend-of-the-moment." This is so true. This should be the mantra that you repeat over and over again throughout the entire wedding process. Your wedding is about you and your fiance...not, about what is hot or in fashion.

With that said, it is nice to know what other people are talking about. After all, it's the trends that last, those that are timeless and yet elegant, sophisticated though chic, that help design to really evolve.

I actually planned (and wrote, for that matter) a super long post about trends in invitations and wedding papers. Then, just when I was going to post it, I changed my mind. I guess my thought is that whatever the trends may be, it is so important that your invitations surpass trends...they are just one of those wedding details that should simply be pretty. Invitations, in my opinion, are made to be ooooohed and ahhhhhed over. They should be frame worthy, magazine worth, and something that will always be a tangible reminder of your perfect day. So instead of reporting on trends, this post is all about invitation eye candy!

Engraved Candy...


Top Row: Wren Press (photo from Brides), Claudia Calhoun (photo from Brides) Louella, Center Row: All Louella, Bottom Row: Abby Jean, Kate Spade and Abby Jean again.

The pics above are all of engraved invitations. Colored papers are super hot right now, and chances are, will be for a long time to come. Engraving allows you to print light colors, on dark papers, to acheive that ultra crisp, vibrant look that is needed for so many designs, and to add a level of sophistication and style to your wedding suite. Although engraving is typically a bit more expensive, the end look is unmatched (please note, most of the Abby Jean invitations that I print are engraved:)

Letterpressed Candy...


Top Row: Braun & Brown, Mr. Boddington, Hello Lucky, Center Row: Hello Lucky, Black Pearl Press, Good on Paper, Bottom Row: Seraph, Neah Bay, Ceci NY

Letterpress will forever remind me of walking into Anthropologie...that lovely vintage chic feeling you get, where everything just seems a bit more romantic and girly. Some of the best letterpress designers, like Mr.Boddington, The Charming Gardener, Peculiar Pair and Julie Holcomb, have found the perfect balance between elegance and whimsy...and customers are eating it up!

Belly Bands and Wraps...


all pictures above by Ceci NY

Another hot trend in invitation design is the "wrap." Slightly mismatched invitation pieces (from reception cards and direction cards, to weekend event cards and parking instructions) all held neatly together with some sort of wrap (some call it a belly band) or folder. Despite the fact that I have yet to do these wraps for my own line, I love them. I love being organized and this is just the way to do it. Wraps range from oh-so-luxurious cashmere, to casual paper bands to sweet ribbon ties. Lisa Hoffman, the incredibly talented designer of Ceci NY, has mastered the art of the wrap. She manages to tidy up each invitation with a look that only adds another design dimension to the overall look and feel of the invitation.

That wraps up Part 1 of the Invitation trend...tomorrow, we will focus on budget fabulous invitations!