Four Types of Invitation Styles: Modern, Floral, Flourished, and Steampunk!

by Jenny Bryde 7. November 2010 02:48

The aspect of our wedding that took the longest for me to figure out was our stationery suite.  I wasn't sure what I wanted in a wedding invitation, and when I started to look for examples on the internet, I was floored by the vast array of designs out there.  It was really overwhelming, but being that I had a longish engagement, I had time to narrow down the choices. 

As is often the case on our blog, my long, drawn-out neuroses turn into your shortcuts!  Wahoo!  I thought it would be nice to start featuring some of the major design categories that I encumbered while in the midst of the decision making process.  The next series of posts will feature various designs, print types, and mediums that can be used for wedding invites.  My goal is that this series of post will be helpful for those of you at the beginning of this process.  Most of our local print shops and wedding invitation designers can help you even further narrow down your choices and come up with something that is just right for you taste and budget. 

I'm going to start today with four popular styles of wedding invitations.  There are countless graphics, backgrounds, fonts, etc. that can be used to come up with an overall style for an invitation suite, and here are some major categories...

Minimalistic Modern - Bolt fonts, lots of bare space, and vibrant color palettes make up the characteristics of a modern wedding invitation style.  Modern is often equated with a simple design, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring.  Check out these great examples below:


Floral - Lush and romantic, flowers are a staple symbol of romance around the world.  From the classic rose to peonies to sunflowers to daffodils, an invitation can feature flowers that match your bouquet!


Flourish - Curves, swirls, and intricate penwork dance on the front of many wedding invitations.  With a charm for the hand-written correspondence, many brides love the look of a flourished wedding invitation.

Steampunk - For the slightly adventurous yet old fashioned bride and groom, steampunk wedding invitations have popped up everywhere!  They feature throwbacks to vintage advertisements, arts and crafts, wanted posters, and other iconic typography.


The next post on invitations will feature even more styles for your consideration!  And if you've fallen in love with the examples that I've scrounged up, click on the pictures, and it will take you right to where you can buy them!

Happy paper hunting!  :)

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Three Wedding Themes for your Consideration...

by Jenny Bryde 11. July 2010 02:52

Please bear with me as I grumble through this internet browser has just closed on its own a bunch of different times this morning while I have been in the midst of editing this post...thus I keep losing my work...thus I am getting annoyed with my computer.

But here we go once more...

I had this brilliant opening story about how I used to have to come up with theme days for kids at the camp that I worked at for several years, and the essence of this now lost brilliant story was that if a day didn't have common elements bringing it together, the kids would become bored and disconnected.  The same applies to would not want your guests to be bored or disgruntled, so you need to take a look at all the elements of your wedding and how they will tie together:  the location, invitations, decorations, flowers, cake, attire, etc...

There are MANY wedding themes out there ranging from over the top specific taste (a la circus wedding?) or just a general nod to a feeling or color.  Today, I'm going to feature picture inspiration boards that I made revolving around three very different themes:  Rustic and Woodsy, Modern Streamline, and Romantic Garden.  Take a look how all the elements in each mosaic would tie together and "make sense".  Each piece kind of goes together, and that doesn't mean that everything has to be matchy matchy.  Your theme or look doesn't have to be forced or cheesy...I like to think of our wedding as a design surface where I can develop my ultimate dream place...where would we want to be?  What is most beautiful to us?  For each person it will be different.

I present these inspiration mosaics for your consideration...  :)

First:  Rustic and Woodsy featuring Costello's Old Mill


Next:  Modern and Streamlined featuring The University Club 


And finally, Romantic Garden featuring Lavender Crest Winery 

So which theme appeals to you most?  What other themes do you like?  Beachy?  Great Gatsby?  Breakfast at Tiffany's?  :) 

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