Your invitation is your wedding’s first impression. It sets the tone for what your guests assume your wedding is going to be; Traditional? Colorful? Campy? Whimsical? Invitation suites can be made out of almost anything, wood, fabric, paper, even something natural and organic. The options are endless and full of fun. I pulled some of my favorite invites off Pinterest. No matter what, make sure you invite has a little of your personality in it. This wedding is about you and that’s the defining factor!
Getting a wedding invitation suite in the mail is the equivalent to getting a gorgeously wrapped present sent to my door step. When I get a closer look and see that there is impeccable calligraphy on the outside envelope I know I am in for a real snack for my eyes! This small detail sets a tone for your invitations which in turn sets the stage for your big day. Calligraphy from ancient Greek translates to kallos (beauty) and graphe (beauty), the Greeks couldn’t have gotten it more correct. There are many, many styles of calligraphy and they have all made a huge comeback with signage, lettering and invitations. Some of my favorite types of calligraphy are the more modern and whimsical ones that seem to take up all the space on the envelope and are almost never in a straight line but still so beautiful, effortless and organized. This isn’t just lettering this is straight art, I still have my escort card that was handwritten in calligraphy from a wedding over 2 years ago. So consider your invitation envelope as your wedding’s debut, remember, first impressions are always most important.
Paper is one of the most important parts of a wedding’s design scheme. It can add personality, a splash or color or pattern to your big day. Ruth and Joe’s paper was flawless! The table names by Kristen Henderson Calligraphy was at the top of my favorite parts of this wedding! I love the sentiment behind the numbers and the gorgeous calligraphy that finishes off the look. The Tie That Binds completely hit it out of the party with this clean, modern and fun paper design. It is such a perfect pairing with the bright florals. I always approve of a golden touch, which I adored seeing with the gold band with greek key accents to hold the suite together. Pure design genius!
I am a total paper goods snob and am also obsessed with the design evolution of J.Crew (thank you, Jenna Lyons) so when I heard Sugar Paper and J.Crew were teaming up for a wedding paper line for Spring 2014 I almost fainted. And judging from the gorgeousness of this line, I should have. If you aren’t familiar with Sugar Paper yet you are MISSING OUT, not only do they carry gorgeous paper goods on their website and store in California but also collab with Target. Their collection with J.Crew is playful yet sophisticated. I can’t wait to gift my next friend who gets engaged their wedding planner.