Sarah Sorrentino, owner of Foglio Press,
recently gave us the inside scoop on unique and creative ways to incorporate your wedding colors into your stationery. Your stationery is often the first impression your guests will have of your wedding; you might as well give them a little preview of what your big day will look like. Read Sarah’s thoughts on the topic below:
is your chance to make an amazing and unforgettable first impression on your wedding guests – so it goes without saying that it’s a super important part of your wedding design scheme! Your save the dates and invitations should introduce and underscore the style of your wedding celebration in every way, including, of course, your color scheme. While we’ve gotten away from very strict and “matchy-matchy” wedding “theme colors” in modern event planning, it’s still important to create a cohesive and beautiful plan for the use of color throughout your wedding day. And as brides and grooms get more creative and sophisticated in their overall event designs, they’re also moving far away from the very traditional idea of ivory paper and black ink as the only acceptable options for their save the dates and invitations.
Here are a few creative ways to infuse a little color into your wedding stationery and set a beautiful mood for your guests, well before they set foot inside the chapel door!
1. Ink Colors
If you lean a bit towards the traditional, but want to incorporate just a hint of color into your invitation suite, ink color is a great place to do so. Add a pop of color for just the bride and groom’s names, or use a beautiful hue for all of your text for a sophisticated alternative to the usual black. Here, we designed an accent of deep plum ink in a bold calligraphy-inspired font, and balanced it out with a soft, warm grey for the main invitation text.
For a more dramatic presentation, add colorful design elements to your suite – these can be more literal representations of your wedding theme (introducing a beach wedding with shells or starfish, for example) or they can be more modern or abstract like the watercolor wash used in the seaside wedding suite below.
3. Paper layers, Belly Bands and Ribbons
If you like a clean and simple design layout, layering papers and ribbons can be a great way to add a bit of texture as well as color to your suite. You can create a paneled effect with colorful papers, or just bundle all of the pieces in your suite with a gorgeous ribbon to finish things off and keep everything together inside the envelope.
4. Pocket Folders
Speaking of inserts, if you have a lot of them you may want to consider packaging everything neatly inside a pocket folder – this gives your guests an easy place to keep it all together. And, it’s a perfect place to add color – you can go subtle or bold, traditional or modern, solid colors or playful patterns! This springtime invitation suite incorporated a fresh, light Tiffany blue shimmer in the pocket folder, and accented with a classic butter yellow grosgrain ribbon and a wax seal to finish.
5. Edge Painting
This is by far one of my personal favorite ways to add unexpected, modern color to an invitation – paint a thin stripe of bold color along the edges of extra-luxurious, double-thick paper!
6. Colored Paper
For a super traditional bride, this might be considered heresy – but we’re seeing more and more couples opt for colorful papers in their invitation suites, and when done with a bit of restraint, this can be a gorgeous and unexpected twist on a classic look! Here, we printed on a gorgeous, light blush paper with gold foil stamping and warm grey screen printing for a look that was at once sophisticated and whimsical.
7. Envelope Liners
This is one finishing touch that I firmly believe no invitation suite should be without. Lining your envelopes just completes a suite like nothing else. Go for a simple, solid color, add a little bit of shimmer, or use a one-of-a-kind handmade paper for a completely unique twist in an elegant and modern application. Whatever paper you choose, your envelope liners are the perfect place for that final pop of gorgeous, statement-making color!