Hello fellow wedding stationery trend hunter. We hope you’re ready for something old, something new, and something borrowed. The blue is optional, depending on the bride’s tastes. After doing our homework, it looks like some of last year’s trends have found their way into 2016, some of them have evolved, some of them come from other walks of design life and some of them are box fresh and brand new. Let’s get to it!
This trend is not only hot in the world of stationery, but also bridal accessories, wedding cakes and table decorations. Foiling, metallic inks or just good old, effective metallic tones look gorgeous when printed up on textured papers, for the ultimate sensory experience. The colour of the moment is rose gold, which we predict will be huge this year.
Watercolour and illustration are already set to be a huge trend in graphic design for 2016, and it looks like some of that handmade romanticism has leaked through into wedding stationery, too. Dreamy, light pastel colour palettes and diluted, soft paint-style imagery are definitely something to brush up on for the coming year.
Another graphic design trend that has crossed over into the realms of bridal is geometric. This can be used as a border around the stationery, as a statement pattern on the reverse of the print, or to bring simple fonts to life. This trend is easily adapted to most colour palettes, making it a very popular, go-to choice.
This stationery style is no stranger to the top trends list; it keeps cropping up everywhere. Not to be mistaken for the stiff, medieval styles of yesteryear, today’s wedding stationery calligraphy is a free-flowing hand-written style that is relaxed, romantic and slightly kooky. Fancy giving it a go? Get tips on how to nail the technique from calligraphy expert Laura Patrick.
As more and more couples take their weddings to exotic overseas locations, travel-inspired stationery has risen to the forefront of the trend setting scene. Use maps, passports, holiday snapshots and airmail stationery as the basis for your designs and you can’t go wrong. Wedding stationer, Shevone, shows you how to do it here.
Last year’s floral has become this year’s botanical. Not just taking inspiration from flowers and natural colour palettes, the botanical trend also draws on more neutral foliage and natural themes. Floral appliqués on wedding dresses are becoming popular, so why not incorporate this into your stationery by adding some paper craft, lace or silk elements to your next suite?
Stock your portfolio and sample sets up with some of these trends and help the happy couples of 2016 find their way to the perfect wedding stationery suite for them. Our gorgeous demo designs are by the fabulous Katy Halford and the lovely Little Paisley Designs.