We always like to keep an eye on current trends in wedding stationery – and as a designer, you need to do the same. So here’s a quick rundown of ideas and trends for wedding stationers with Autumn / Winter 2016 ceremonies on their books.
Handmade and craft themes
Although it’s possible to do the whole thing online these days, it’s not quite the same is it? Let’s face it – do any couple’s parents really want to give pride of place on the mantelpiece to a printout of an email?
Print is still king for wedding invitations and on-the-day stationery, and there’s a trend for drawing attention to materials with letterpress-style printing, kraft paper and clever use of extra features like belly bands, envelope liners and stickers. Check out our Wedding Collection for more ideas.
Autumn has its own fantastic natural palette of rich oranges, earthy browns and warming reds which really suit rustic themed weddings. As for patterns, berries, leaves and even bare trees make great repeating designs or borders and can be as bold or subtle as you like for weddings further into winter.
Dial the colour right down for a white winter theme – snowflake motifs, monochrome invitations (perhaps even white ink on dark grey or black card). If that feels a bit cold for your taste, a splash of silver metallics will stand out even more against a generally classic black and white theme while still keeping it very chic.
Dark greens and burgundies are tried and tested as a hearty, festive combo with a Christmassy nod to fir and holly – particularly if you add a touch of gold here and there. Use baubles, stars, fairy lights and even Christmas tree imagery to really max out the season.
Personalisation is a big theme in stationery- as t’s a great opportunity to get creative with place cards, menus and table names, giving people a souvenir they can take home as a reminder of the day.
Personalisation can also bring in the story of the couple’s relationship – think about significant locations in their life together, for example, and how you might bring that into your designs.
Alongside a rise in popularity for calligraphy and handwriting is a trend towards typographic designs with little or no decoration. A retro display font teamed with kraft paper can give a hipsterish, letterpress feel to stand-up table talkers, menus and place settings.
Check out our updated Wedding Collection for more inspiration, including special sets for invitations and on-the-day stationery.
Read freelance illustrator Jasmine Foster’s great step-by-step guide to designing wedding stationery