Modern Purple Invitations by Julie Hanan Design

Modern Purple Wedding Invitations Julie Hanan

This modern wedding invitation suite by Julie Hanan Design immediately caught my eye. I love the way that Julie has used different shades of purple – everything from the deepest royal purple to lavendar to magenta – to create a suite that’s both modern and eyecatching. Metallic invitation and response card envelopes in a coordinating magenta shade add a touch of sparkle and shine.

Modern Purple Wedding Invitations

Julie Hanan Design Wedding Invitations

Modern Magenta Wedding Invites

And if purple’s not your thing, then have no fear! The colors, as well as the fonts and accents, in this invitation suite can be customized to your needs.

image source: Julie Hanan Design

Modern Wood Veneer Invitations by Ditto Paper

I was working my way through the Winter 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings over the holiday break when I was stopped in my page flipping tracks.  There, on page 324, was an ultra chic, minimalist modern wedding invitation suite by Ditto Paper that took my breath away. The main pieces of the suite are printed in white and orange ink (awesome!) on wood veneer (double awesome!), and the result is ultra modern perfection.

Modern Wood Veneer Wedding Invitations Ditto Paper

A glance at the other custom invitation designs in Ditto Paper’s portfolio tells me that this creative duo is already a force to be reckoned with in the invitation design world. I can’t wait to see what they’ll create next!

Ditto Paper BBQ and French Inspired Wedding Invitations

photos by: Sarah Maingot (wood veneer), Johnny Miller (bbq wedding, bottom left), and Raymond Hom (french-inspired, bottom right)

2011 Wedding Invitation Trends : Style and Inspiration

This is my last post before the holiday break, and I’d like to thank all of you who have visited Invitation Crush during the first few months since it launched. I’m excited about what’s to come in 2011, and I’ll see you back in January, when I’ll be sharing many more awesome invites! Happy Holidays, and here’s to a happy, healthy 2011!

Several style trends started to come to the forefront as 2010 went along, and I think that their influence will only grow throughout 2011. A few of these styles have threads connecting them. For example, I think that patterns will explode in popularity in 2011, at least in part, as a result of the trend in designs influenced by both early 20th century and mid-century style. And I believe that the majority of the predictions that I’ll be sharing represent an overall trend in revisiting the past and getting back to more personal, meaningful ways of creative expression.

Vintage Ephemera Inspired Wedding Invitations

Vintage Ephemera Inspired

This was a HOT trend in 2010, and I think it will continue through 2011. Airmail, old school playbills, telegrams, late 19th and early 20th century ephemera, and posters from the Old West served as the inspiration for some of the most beautiful, original wedding invites of 2010, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2011. I think that we’ll also start to see designers taking more inspiration from the typography, layout, and illustration in vintage books.

Shown above (left to right): Old-Fashioned Hitchin’ letterpress wedding invites by PTARMAK; Train-Themed letterpress wedding invitations by Lunalux; Vintage Love Letter / Airmail Inspired letterpress wedding invitations by Lucky Luxe; Erin + Jeremy’s vintage ephemera-inspired invitations by Hello! Lucky; Lone Star save the dates by Jennifer James of Two Paperdolls; Carolina letterpress wedding invitations from Curious & Co.’s Claremont Collection

Mid Century Modern Wedding Invitations

Mid-Century Modern

This is one of my personal favorites, and I’ve already seen signs in design competitions and 2011 line previews that lead me to believe that mid-century-inspired designs are going to explode in 2011. Flags + banners, burst medallions, great typography, and whimsical illustrations will be well represented.

Shown above (left to right): Herald letterpress wedding invitations by Ben Whitla for Bella Figura; Preppie wedding invitations from Dizzy Wizzy; Emily + Dan’s Retro Teal and Red invitations by Erin Jang; Album Cover Invitations by Alyssa Zukas and Joshua Korwin; Mid-Century Modern Typographic wedding invitations, designed by Drew Hodgson and printed by Studio on Fire; Parisian Grammar School wedding invitations by J. Bartyn Design for Minted

Ultra Modern Wedding Invitations

Ultra Clean and Modern

One and two color designs with sleek typography and understated patterns and emblems are a perfect match for the art of letterpress, which offers additional dimension through luxe papers and its trademark tactile appeal. But clean, modern designs will gain popularity in the non-letterpress arena, too, as couples search for options that are both beautiful and subtle.

Shown above (left to right): Parallel invitations by Elum; ultra modern invitations from Beyond Beyond’s Made Collection; Charleston Stitch letterpress invitations from Delphine Press; Cocktail Hour wedding invitations by Ariel Rutland for Minted; Beautiful Blue Patterned letterpress invitations, designed by Curious & Co. and printed by Cleanwash Letterpress; Grey + White letterpress wedding invitations, designed by Chris Hannah and printed by Blush Publishing

Pattern Wedding Invitations


I’ve already touched on pattern’s increasing popularity, particularly in talking about the trend in patterned envelope liner designs, but we’ll be seeing pattern in all shapes and forms in 2011 – herringbone, diagonal stripes, plaid, houndstooth, chevron, used as everything from the main graphic element to the embellishment for the cover of storybook style invitations to the decoration on the reverse of the main invitation.

Shown above (left to right): Labyrinth wedding invitations by Elum; Modernist letterpress wedding invitations from Anemone Letterpress; Purple Plaid wedding invitations by Kate Miller Events; Aubergine + Fuchsia patterned wedding invitations from Wiley Valentine; Black and White letterpress wedding invites by Bespoke Press; Winter Wedding invitations by Paisley Quill (photo by West Park Photography)

Hand Lettered Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy

Hand-lettering and calligraphy can add anything from whimsy to elegance, depending on the style chosen. And more great calligraphy and handwritten fonts are coming out, too, which means that designers who don’t specialize in these disciplines can still create invitations with a hand-lettered or hand calligraphed look. I think that we’ll see a mix of both hand-lettering + calligraphy and calligraphy style typography used as the main visual element that carries throughout wedding invitation suites.

Shown above (left to right): Kevin + Satsuki’s patterned and hand-lettered invites; Ruthie + Dylan’s hand-lettered wedding invitations by Anna Bond/Rifle Paper; Balsam Calligraphy letterpress invitations by Patricia Mumau for Bella Figura; Hand-Lettered wedding invitations, designed by Anchalee Chambundabongse and printed by Studio on Fire; JP + Kiera’s dreamy pink + gold typographic wedding invitations; Whimsical Hand-lettered invitations by Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer

Storybook Wedding Invitations

Booklet and Storybook Invitations

Guidebooks, storybooks, booklets, passports – storybook style wedding invitations allow the couple to tell their story and/or give guests information, usually in a clever and often funny way. It’s like designing a little book that you can fill with whatever you’d like, and I can understand the appeal of these types of invites, which I think we’ll be seeing more of in 2011.

Shown above (left to right): Jordana + David’s modern storybook invitations, designed by Love the Card; Stitched Booklet wedding invitations, designed by BBDO New York and printed by Studio on FireBollywood Meets French Canadian booklet invitations by Blank; Modern Stripe storybook wedding invitations by Seamless Creative; Vintage Guidebook wedding invitations by Urban Influence; Raquel + Gerry’s passport wedding invitations by Lion in the Sun

images from their respective owners

2011 Wedding Invitation Trends : Color

Today is 2011 wedding invitation color trends day, and let me tell you, I had so much fun putting this together. I’ve organized my picks into separate palettes, keeping in line with the style trend predictions that I’ll be sharing tomorrow, so if you see a couple of the same colors repeated it’s because I felt that they worked well in multiple trend palettes.

I have to thank wedding color trend guru Michelle Mospens, who put together two fantastic wedding color trend boards for 2011. I’ve incorporated several of her color predictions into my trends ideas, and I’ve definitely made use of Pantone’s top 10 fashion + home 2011 spring color trends, too.

Bright Tropical 2011 Wedding Invitation Color Trends

Honeysuckle + Tropical Hues

Pantone recently announced that honeysuckle, a warm pink, is their 2011 color of the year, and as someone who loves many shades of pink, I give it a big thumbs up. I’m so excited that honeysuckle is such a versatile color, too, pairing wonderfully with tropical hues like blue curacao, coral rose, chartreuse, and beeswax for tropical/destination, spring, and summer wedding invitations, and equally as well with neutrals like light charcoal and midnight for classic, upscale invites.

Gray Wedding Invitation Color Trends 2011

Gaga for Gray

Gray will continue to be a powerhouse neutral in 2011, and more taupe-y grays and grays with hints of brown will show up in ultra upscale, one and two-color letterpress wedding invitations. The growing trend in minimalist modern invitation designs will see shades of gray paired with muted shades in every color of the rainbow, from soft, barely there peachy pinks to bold colors like papaya. I have to admit that, though I’m a big fan of honeysuckle, it was love at first sight when I spotted the silver cloud/silver peony combo in Pantone’s 2011 spring palette.

Purple Pink 2011 Wedding Color Trends

Berry Lovely

Do purples and pinks really ever go out of style? Purple is the color of royalty, and with the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I see many couples to be being drawn to the rich hue in 2011. Soft lavender and thistle look beautiful in one-color letterpress designs, and bolder shades are attention getting on their own or paired with the aforementioned gray, as well as navy blue.  Pinks will also be in full force in 2011, and I see a trend toward peachy pinks like hibiscus, peacherine, deep peony, and the previously mentioned silver peony.

Vintage Wedding Invitation 2011 Color Trends


The early 20th century (Art Nouveau and Art Deco) and mid-century will continue to be inspirational eras in 2011, and along with the growing style trends, we’ll see lots of muted palettes inspired by these eras. Minty teal and poppy is always a great choice for mid-century modern designs with a bit of whimsy, and muted navy, khaki gray, and poppy are wonderful for the growing trend in airmail-inspired designs. Black on white or cream makes a bold statement for vintage ephemera-inspired suites, while khaki gray and light leaf look wonderful in natural, Art Nouveau designs.

Nautical Marine Blue 2011 Wedding Invite Color

Nautical and Marine

2010 was the year of the nautical-inspired wedding invitation, and the trend will continue in a more subtle way in 2011, which means that we’ll be seeing a lot of “something blue”. Midnight and muted navy will stand on their own, particularly in letterpress designs, paired with a white or cream stock. Kelly green, moccasin, and khaki gray provide a lovely contrast and represent the earth, the sand, and the sun in beach and nautical-inspired designs.

Don’t Forget Metallics

Metallics were HUGE in all things stationery during the latter part of 2010, and I think that we’ll be seeing even more of them in 2011. Silver, gold, and warm copper will be showing up in both classic and unexpected ways, and shimmery shades will be incorporated in cardstock and envelopes, as well.

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

Persimmon & Plum Fall Wedding Invitations

Persimmon & Plum Fall Inspired Wedding Invitations

These fall/Thanksgiving-inspired wedding invitations were created by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations for an inspiration shoot that was recently featured on Hostess with the Mostess, and I’m actually feeling a little giddy because I’m so completely taken with the persimmon and plum palette.

This invitation design is a real attention getter, with it’s unique, modern colors and ornate pattern and medallion graphics, which remind me of Middle Eastern or Indian architecture and pattern. And the ribbons connecting the different panels of the invite, as well as the green glass details, add a lovely, handmade touch.

Persimmon & Plum Wedding Invitations

Persimmon Plum Alchemy Events Invitations

Fall Inspired Modern Wedding Invitations

Coordinating paper elements, like menus and tags, weave their way through this striking and inspirational photoshoot, and you can see many more details over at Hostess with the Mostess. The rich, plum fabric used for the tablerunner is divine!

Persimmon Plum Wedding Menu

photos by Katie Neal

invitations and stationery by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Vintage Inspired Save the Dates by Hello Tenfold

Vintage Inspired Save the Date Cards

I featured these lovely, vintage-inspired save the date cards from Hello Tenfold over on Paper Crave yesterday, but I’d be remiss in my duties as a hopelessly crushing invitation addict if I didn’t add them to my collection over here.

Ellie from Hello Tenfold was inspired by Art Nouveau designs and classic, vintage wedding style to create these soft and beautiful save the dates, which feature many gorgeous details, including a fantastic mix of vintage style fonts and a floral-embellished frame. This design is available in the Hello Tenfold shop as postcards or with envelopes and can be customized with your own colors and information. You can see the beautiful inspiration board for this lovely project over at Paper Crave.

Hello Tenfold Vintage Save the Dates

Hello Tenfold Vintage Save the Date Postcard

Art Nouveau Vintage Save the Dates

image source: Hello Tenfold

Elegant Blue + Celadon Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Elegant Blue Lettepress Wedding Invitations

One word about these invitations: texture. Oh, and elegant. And gorgeous. I guess that’s more than one word, huh? These custom letterpress wedding invitations for Hallie and Jonathan from Lucky Luxe are simply stunning, and the texture, wow, the texture. The letterpress printed florals on the invitation feature details so fine that I immediately thought of fingerprints, and the vintage blue and celadon color palette is so refined and elegant. I’m also gaga over the mix of traditional type with kraft paper on the letterpressed envelopes.

Drool …. gorgeous texture:

Letterpress Wedding Invitations Blue Celadon

Lucky Luxe Letterpress Wedding Invitations

image source: Lucky Luxe

Elegant Grey & White Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Grey White Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I spotted these gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations a little while back on the Flickr photostream of Chris Hannah, the groom and designer of the ultra modern, elegant invites, and it was crush at first sight. While I love bright, bold color in invitations, I’ve also discovered that I have a weakness for monochromatic designs, especially when they’re as well done as this. The white/grey duplex paper, the symbols that thread throughout the suite, the sophisticated script font – everything about these invitations is simply lovely. Letterpress printing was done by Blush, a fantastic UK based letterpress printing studio.

Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Grey White Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Letterpress Wedding Invites

Blush Publishing Letterpress Invitations

You can see more details in Chris’ Flickr photostream.

image source: Blush Publishing (top) and Chris Hannah

New Year’s Eve Party Invitations

New Year’s Eve party invitations tend to be a bit trickier to find, especially in the independent invitation design shops, but I did some searching around and put together a stylish little collection of bubbly invites that would all be great choices for one of the most celebrated nights of the year.

New Year's Party Invitations

Above, clockwise from top left: Countdown Invitations from Meri Meri at Fine Stationery; Epic New Year Invitations and New Year’s Bash Invitations at Invitation Consultants; Bygone Baby Invitations by Sarah Hawkins Designs for Tiny Prints; New Year Invitations from Jumping Jack Designs; Starry Night Invitations from Wit & Whistle; Colorful Year Invitations by Little Oranges for Tiny Prints

image source: respective shops