The invitation card usually gets little attention in planning a wedding. This is a shame because just with the card, you can say so much about the wedding – is it very traditional, formal, or informal; quick or long drawn; close family only or large party? Mostly you’ll just get the maroon with gold embossed in a flowery font and that’s it but increasingly more people are using the invitation card as a unique statement of their personality and the occasion.
Bhavna Luthra Taneja,
from Randomline Studio, a Singapore based invites and stationery
designer outlines the new trends in wedding invitations.
Work to a theme
A lot of couples nowadays are very clear in their minds on what they
want the theme of the wedding to be. For example, if the couple are
planning a Balinese wedding, they will start from the card to achieve
that theme in everything. The card may be a boxed one with the invite on
a bamboo scroll with a scattering of incense sticks and seashells to
achieve the perfect look!
colours and fonts
More people are experimenting outside the traditional colour palette of
maroons, yellows, golds. People are now using both pastels as well as
bold colors with white text. You can see more bright coloured cards with
sleek white type, such as papers in fabulously rich purple hues with
white lettering in sleek rather than traditional flowery fonts. Try
different fonts – there will be that perfect one that you want to use.
I’m not talking about email here. You can experiment with material
outside paper – Vellum, silks, natural – how about an invite stitched in
fabric, burnt on wood or etched on glass? If you want paper, you can try
unique card stock- like rice paper or vellum in combinations with
Monograms and “logos” are starting to become very popular, where you get
the designer to create a modern monogram of logo with your names to mark
this significant event in your life. You can literally “brand” the
entire wedding with your names. The new take is for simple monograms
that revolve around initials.
Dress it up
Fabric flowers, silk bows, beads, fabric cords and swarovski crystals
are just some of the material that are being used now to decorate the
invitations. Ask your designer about printing techniques like spot UV,
Screen prints, embossed papers to make it unconventional. Add extra
things to make it a keepsake for years – a picture of yourselves, or a
CD of ocean theme music.
The bottom line is that
its about making a statement of your individuality.
Bhavna Luthra Taneja can be reached at