Stationery Trends & Tips

by D Weddings

Must I send out save the dates?

Our stationers recommend sending a save the date, especially if you’re expecting out-of-town guests or throwing a destination wedding.

So, How much for all those curlicues?

The average cost per word is approximately $7. Envelope addressing averages $.35 per word. For poems that are more than 100 words, the average cost per word is $2.

Photography by Chris PlavidalBiggest mistake brides make when it comes to choosing stationery?

Choosing what they think other people will like versus what truly fits their taste. –Alyssa Reeves, Paradise Design Co.

The biggest mistakes are waiting too long to begin the stationery design process, and, later, not having the guest list ready. This can result in delays and extra expense. There is no such thing as too early—so get started!Annie Roche, 5 by 7 Designs

We see some of our brides compromising on what they really want in order to please the mother or soon-to-be mother-in-law. Traditional invitations can still be interesting and different. Incorporating color isn’t scary and doesn’t sacrifice formality. Your invitation is the first look into your wedding and what a fun event it will be.–Rhonda Warren, Color Box Design & Letterpress

Your invitation’s main purpose is to provide information. Choosing a script for the text that is too hard to read is one of the biggest mistakes we see. While the design should be beautiful, your guests shouldn’t have to struggle to read it. –Chelsea Carpenter, Southern Fried Paper

Being too trendy. I think there is a way to portray the bride and groom’s style and wedding theme while still achieving a timeless look. I have a go-to rule: Will you like this in five years? Will you like this in 10 years, 25 years? –Melissa Wayte, Paper Affair

Go for Precious Metals

Metallics can work for a variety of levels of formality. I did a silver metallic foil on kraft paper recently. It had a high-low feel and great visual interest. –Alyssa Reeves, Paradise Design Co.

We are using materials like marble and copper in stationery and day-of items. It’s so unexpected for a guest to receive an invitation printed on something special like marbled acrylic or real metal.–Chelsea Carpenter, Southern Fried Paper

Rose gold foil is still  popular. It has an elegant, sophisticated look. –Krishna Parmar, Needle in a Haystack