Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wedding Invitation Tips: Incorporating meaningful details

As a custom invitation designer, I am always on the lookout for creative ways to incorporate meaningful details and a certain level of storytelling into all of the designs that I create for my clients. It’s one thing to have a gorgeous wedding invitation, it’s an even better thing for it to have personal significance to you, your fiancĂ© and to your family and friends! Let’s face it, your invitations are one of the few things along with your dress and album which will stand the test of time and survive for decades beyond the big day! So why not commemorate it with something that has as much meaning and symbolism as the vows you will exchange? So with that said, I’m thrilled to share with you some easy tips and ideas for how to infuse some of those personal touches into your own wedding invites!

A very fun thing to incorporate into your invitations is a meaningful symbol or landmark. Now landmarks are not to be confused with city scapes or destinations which can also lend a thematic feel to the design. What I mean by symbols is a place or element in your lives that may have a personal meaning to you both. I once had a couple who’s nicknames for each other was ‘Bumblebee’ so we put a small bumblebee on the bottom of the invitation. You can incorporate a symbol or a small icon as an unexpected and personal element on the invitation. The invitation below was designed for a couple who just purchased a new home and were getting married in Montana. Their new home overlooked a magnificent mountain peak so we decided it would be wonderful to commemorate this milestone with an invitation that shared the beautiful view from their home with their guests. All details are tailor made to reflect the area of Montana and their new neighborhood!

This second tip may seem a little obvious to some but I frequently encounter couples who are led to believe that they need to word their invitations according to a certain norm and standard format. While tradition is certainly nice, I personally believe that a combination of factors should influence the wording: Location is an important one, formality of the event as well as the couple’s personality for example should all play a factor into the wording. This doesn’t mean that you need to throw away all formality and etiquette.. A few details or words of you own can transform your invitation wording from standard to special!  Take a look at the invitation below to see a lovely example of a simple and meaningful way to word an invitation. You can also take a look at websites like Verse It or Offbeat Bride for some more creative and unique examples.

Papers and textures can speak volumes to your personal sense of style or even to your wedding aesthetic or venue! Whether it’s an accent or an integral part of the invitation, the types of papers, ribbons or even fabrics can make a huge difference in the overall presentation of the package. If you're having your wedding in a charming country barn, you may want to weave in textures like woodgrain or linen whereas if you're having an old world glam New York City wedding you may prefer for an ultra sleek suede or damask fabric instead. I love incorporating accessories like textured bellybands or fancy liners to bring an unexpected and personal touch to a wedding invitation suite.Take a look at some examples below which used elements like marbled paper, dyed silk ribbon and embossed finishes to reflect each couples special day!


So there you have it. A couple of ways to make your invitations personal and uniquely YOU.
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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Those wedding invitations are really beautiful and unique. I love it! Thanks for sharing this post to us.