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Q. I'm excited about our wedding and want everyone we love to be there. When should we send out invites, and what tips can you share when it comes to a bespoke design?
A. Helen Medhurst says: I recommend sending invitations six to eight months before your wedding, but check with your venue when they need final numbers. Think about sending Save The Dates around 12 to 18 months, too, so everyone can mark the date in their diaries.
Your invitations will be the first impression guests have of your wedding, so you want to set the tone. Think about the theme and style – is it rustic and lace, bold and bling or elegantly understated? Gather ideas on Pinterest so your stationer can get a sense of your style and create something unique. You could even include symbols or themes for personalised stationery, like tiny paw prints on a dog-loving couples' invitations, or ticketstub invites for cinema lovers!
Helen Medhurst, The Little Love Card Company
Q. What styles and designs are set to be popular in 2023 for wedding stationery?
A. Victoria Jamieson says: Next year we'll be seeing richer and brighter colours, along with retro palettes. Darker, deep hues are still popular, such as black, navy, burgundy and emerald, but bright and bold are also edging in. Colour is making a comeback, with fuchsia pinks, bright yellows and turquoise blues. Think statement colours with lots of space, combining minimalism with textures, bold patterns, white ink and of course foil.
Calligraphy and script fonts are starting to move out of the way for bolder, simpler and printed typography. This, along with the stronger shades, are creating cleaner and more simple designs.
Pocket-folds will always be popular, but layering card stocks and textures alongside simple designs like Z-folds are gaining more popularity. To accompany the simpler invites, couples are also upgrading their envelopes with liners and bold contrasting colours and textures.
Victoria Jamieson, Victoria’s Paperie & Design
Your type on paper
Q. What styles and designs are set to be popular in 2022?
A. Sarah Cox says: Sustainability is a major trend throughout wedding planning in 2022, and this includes stationery. Most save-the-date pieces and invitations are made using card, but couples are opting for recycled materials or plantable seed paper as an alternative. Other trends will be the use of vellum paper, which adds a soft and modern touch to stationery and its versatility allows it to be used alone or teamed up with a wax seal or other embellishments.
There are more requests for simple-style stationery with modern calligraphy, fuss-free detailing, extra white space and the use of a single bold colour to make the stationery pop.
Sarah Cox, Sarah Alexis Stationery
Your type on paper
Q. We want stationery to match our garden-themed wedding, what would you suggest?
A. Helen Scott says: To encapsulate your garden-themed wedding, pick stationery with floral illustrations and watercolours while featuring the natural beauty of seasonal blossoms and foliage.
For colour palettes, I would take inspiration from the location and backdrop of your venue and include this across the stationery pieces.
Alternatively, incorporate delicate or lush greenery in different shades into the design for a more subtle but effective way to highlight the theme no matter the season.
Make a personal monogram design by having greenery wreaths around your initials. Then carry on your chosen design, matching on-the-day stationery to create a seamless coordinated theme throughout.
Go that extra mile and name your tables after different flowers or foliage, and print the designs on seeded paper, which complements the theme and is environmentally friendly.
Helen Scott, Helen Scott Design
Q. What are common mistakes that other couples make with their wedding stationery and how can this be avoided?
A. Michael Hall says: Here at Above the Clouds Wedding Stationery, our favourite pieces to work on are bespoke designs that express a couple's personalities and interests while giving a personal touch to the items. Stationery should provide a general feel of the wedding.
Our top tip would be to order more stationery than you need, even if that's just five extra pieces. No matter how many times you go through your guest list, there's always the odd person who needs to be added. Printers also tend to charge more for short runs, so just a few extra could end up costing less than you think.
Most of your guests will be couples, so we generally recommend you half the guest list when figuring out how many invitations to order and add five to ten more for the day and then evening invitations to cover any extra individuals.
Michael Hall, Above the Clouds Wedding Stationery