February 2, 2014, by Lisa Saville

If you thought all wedding stationery was sugary and floral, think again! Some of the most creative work we have printed lately, has been designed for weddings.  Couples are wowing their guests with unique and personal designs that extend way beyond just an invitation.  They are creating stationery that tells a story, branding their pending new status in hand rendered detail on a variety of media that includes save-the-date cards, fans for the church, bottle labels, gift tags, stickers on party favours, flower cones, popcorn boxes – you name it! We have witnessed the level of creativity and intricate design increase dramatically over the years.  No longer limited to purely 2-dimensional design, the labours of love are poured out in an endless sea of creativity where even the directions to the venue make you swoon in awe.  No more generic swirly patterns and hearts, todays invitations reflect the unique character and personalities of each couple, using typography, personal photo’s and different techniques such as laser cutting and letterpress, to convey the emotions befitting of two peoples lifelong commitment to one another.

Anelle Mostert from Seven Swans has this to say: “I am absolutely loving the more hand made feel that comes to the fore in the calligraphy and watercolour trend we still see, especially when we get to print on lovely thick, textured card stock. We are also still mixing up natural papers to give a more down to earth, relaxed feeling to invitations – so far from the stuffy invitations of the past! Layouts seem to be uncomplicated, simple and clean. In terms of colour we are seeing loads of inky midnight blues, metallics such as gold and copper and plenty of clean whites and offwhites.”

Of course this can all cost a lot of money – but it doesn’t have to!  Truly clever design can achieve all of the above without relying on the excess of a limitless budget to do so.  Take a look at some of the beautiful work our clients have printed recently…

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