2011 Wedding Invitation Trends : Envelopes, Details, & Postcards

This week is 2011 wedding invitation trends week at Invitation Crush! I have a few trends posts with my predictions and opinions for what will be hot in wedding invitations in 2011 to finish out the year, and this first post is all about details.

Wedding Invitation Trends Envelopes

Shown above: Courtney + Brian’s Hot Pink + Navy Calligraphed Envelopes by Primele; Gracie Lee + Andrew’s Modern NYC Themed Invitations by We Heart Paper; Graham Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bennett Schneider / Smock Paper; Skinny Wrap Address Labels from the Cocktail Hour Wedding Suite by Ariel Rutland at Minted

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that more couples are focusing on creating wedding suites that closely represent who they are as individuals and as a couple, and as a result, we’re seeing more unique, amazing designs than ever. In the past year, I’ve seen a growing trend in carrying this personalization through to envelopes, which, in the past, have literally been throwaway items. However, both designers and couples are increasingly using envelopes as a blank canvas for further personalization and creative expression. Coordinating modern and vintage stamp groupings, amazing custom calligraphy, letterpressed addresses and graphic elements, and bold wraparound address labels are taking wedding suites to a new level of beauty, and I see this trend continuing and being taken even further in the coming year.

Wedding Invitation Suite Details

Shown above: JP + Kiera’s Illustrated Wedding Menu; Custom Letterpress Map from John + Nancy’s Old-Fashioned Hitchin’ Wedding Invites by PTARMAK; Laser Cut Maple Menus from Alice + Fritz’s Art Deco Wedding Suite by A Fine Press (photo by Tina Sargeant); Screen Printed Wedding Invitation Suite by Mike Dornseif

It’s all about the details, and the trend in amazing wedding suite and reception details will continue to grow in 2011. Coordinating reception menus, personalized booklets/programs, cheatsheets/information sheets, and custom maps bring wonderful personality, whimsy, and interest, and they’re yet another example of couples’ increasing desire for personal, creative expression through their wedding invitations.

Save the Date Invitation Postcards

Shown above: Letterpress RSVP Postcards from Colleen + Jeffrey’s Navy Blue + Golden Yellow Wedding Suite by The Aerialist Press; Map Save the Date Cards by Hello Tenfold; Vintage Style Postcard Wedding Invitations by Golden Rectangle Press

Postcards are an economical choice for RSVPs, save the dates and, increasingly, the wedding invitations themselves. As we continue on in bumpy economic times, I see couples increasingly using postcards to save on the budget, and in response to increasing demand, designers will be coming up with more brilliant and clever ways to share details in this smaller medium.

images from their respective owners