Just a few of my favorite new photo save the date designs from around the web, representing the trend in basic black and white plus touches of bold color and glittery goodness, with your lovely photo holding center stage, of course:
Above, clockwise from top left : Brushed Bold Letters | Maek Paper; Graffiti Heart | Fine Day Press; Sophisticate | Banter & Charm; She Said Yes | Elli; Heartbeat | Love vs. Design; Save the Date Spinner | Paper Snaps
images from their respective sources
Today’s invitation crush comes to us from Oak & Orchid, whose elegant wood veneer wedding invitations pair perfectly with gorgeous, floral illustration-lined envelopes for a look that earthy, sophisticated, and so very romantic. Their beautiful, floral envelope liner designs are also available as digital downloads for those of you who are going the diy route with your wedding invites. Sweet!
image source : Oak & Orchid
What do you get when you cross a longtime love of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a seriously talented, about-to-be-married designer? You get these awesome, nautical and mermaid-themed save the date invites by Angela Navarra, who created these darling invites for her wedding by the sea.
I am loving all of the little details in these fun save the date invites, from the sweet little “hello” tugboat to the “fish bubble” containing the guest’s address to all of the cute fish and crustaceans swimming in the paper sea. Add some super swirly, hand drawn lettering and a return address that’s being carried along the undersea current, and you have a unique and memorable invite turned keepsake for the lucky guests who received these cuties in their mailboxes.
Angela shares about this labor of love:
I wanted to create something that was self-contained and displayed movement, all in paper form. I gave myself a tall order to fill but, since this was for my own wedding, I had to do it!
I love fold and mail stationery, which inspired this concept, and created custom typography and illustrations, which I had a blast doing. I made sure that, when a guest opened their invite, there would be a new portion revealed under each flap that would line up with what they previously saw. It started off as an 8.5 x 4.5 envelope that opened up to a 13 x 11 invite. Finding a paper that would work for this concept was difficult, but Eugene and Molly from Rolling Press were super helpful and provided invaluable advice that made this invite shine.
image source : Angela Navarra
I’m always looking around for unique and interesting invitation designs to feature and have been eyeing up these gorgeous, laser cut invites from Avie Designs for a while now. The intricate, papel picado-inspired designs are little pieces of art and are available in a wide range of styles, from the Art Deco-ish “Geometric” design shown above to sweet botanical and patterned invites for wedding, anniversary, baby, quinceanera, and bar/bat mitzvah. Below are just a few of my faves:
image source : Avie Designs
Paper Source’s 2014 wedding invitation collection shows that they have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot, hot, hot in the world of wedding stationery. The lovely collection features on trend designs that incorporate the hottest colors (mint, coral, black, gold) and styles (Deco-inspired, painterly florals, foil stamped) around right now. Below are a few of my favorites from the collection, and be sure to check out all of the available designs over at Paper Source.
image source: Paper Source
I always look forward to the launch of Bella Figura’s letterpress wedding invitation collections, and this year’s is filled with crush-worthy invites. The beautiful, modern designs in the 2014 collection include the gorgeous, overprinted gingham of Clarus by Ian Koenig (above); the lovely, letterpressed botanicals of Bittersweet by Lindsy Talarico; the organic, modern lettering of Good Show by Patricia Mumau; and the minimalist, typographic beauty of Brevity by Tara Hogan.
Below are several of my favorites from the new collection, and you can see all of the crushtastic designs available right here.
image source: Bella Figura
Smitten on Paper has recently been showcasing their beautiful, new wedding invitation designs, and the elegant Woodland Wreath suite instantly caught my eye. You can customize the colors to coordinate with your wedding, but I have to say that I’m really into the classic (and totally hot right now) black and white palette shown here, paired with the minimalist modern dot envelope liner and line patterned backer, and the swashy and modern calligraphy script, which gives the design an organic edge.
image source : Smitten on Paper
Color Me Carla’s wedding invite designs are a delightful mix of quirky, hand drawn patterns in classic black and white, as seen in The Cricket Collection above, plus hand lettered loveliness, and hand drawn illustrations + custom portraits. If you like quirky and sweet design, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Color Me Carla shop. And colors are customizable, so you can coordinate your wedding stationery palette to match your colors.
image source : Color Me Carla
Romance is in the air this year, and Wedding Paper Divas’ 2014 wedding invitation collection showcases what has been a growing style trend, painterly florals. I’ve said before that florals never really go out of style, but it’s interesting to see how the floral style trends change from year to year. This year, designers seem to be moving away from the more stylized floral designs that have been hugely popular over the past few years and going for a more realistic look that’s evocative and romantic, with deep, rich colors and ultra elegant, understated typographic details.
These invitation designs from Claire Pettibone, BHLDN, and Baumbirdy for Wedding Paper Divas epitomize this year’s florals:
Above, Clockwise from top left : Outstanding Occasion | Baumbirdy; Pure Beauty | Claire Pettibone; Boundless Blossoms | BHLDN; Midnight Bouquet | Claire Pettibone; Work of Love | Claire Pettibone; Graceful Vineyard | Claire Pettibone
image source : Wedding Paper Divas
Today’s clever invitation crush comes to us from Roseville Designs, who created these fun and preppy, golf-themed save the dates for Lyla + Chris’ upcoming country club wedding. Lovin’ that gorgeous, green argyle envelope liner!
Sandy from Roseville Designs shares:
Lyla + Chris are having an elegant and preppy May wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut. They love golf and, since their wedding weekend will be hosted at a country club, they wanted to tie that into their design. I created a custom “monogram” with golf clubs that can be used as a motif throughout their wedding paper story. Here, we incorporated it as part of the return address on the envelope. For the actual save the date, I went for a classic calendar look, which we had flat-printed on textured felt stock. The final touch (and my favorite detail) is the bold argyle envelope liner, which pairs nicely with the elegant look of the actual card.
You can check out more of Roseville Designs’ wedding invitation designs right here.
photo credit : Brooke Allison Photo