How to Define your Wedding Invitation Style

how to determine your wedding invitation style

It is remarkably hard to wade through the sea of paper good options and figure out the best possible invitation for your one wedding day. There's something a bit easier about florals, catering, venue, and wedding dress. Even though there are a ton of options in those categories, you usually have a vision of those pieces from your (possibly life-long) research. Paper is a bit harder. You've never had to send out any invitation in paper form to anyone. How do you navigate the world of paper, finishes, edging, script, and more! 

I'm here to help you get everything defined. Sometimes starting broad and identifying a simple category of invites is helpful to get you on the right track to an invite designer or calligrapher. Once you have your keywords ready, you can let the googling begin! No more stationary confusion.

Images, clockwise: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy Ohia suite; OnceWed, photo by Maria Lamb, cake by Sainte G Cake Company; Charlotte Simpson Bridal; Sally Pinera Photo; Sally Pinera Photo; cord lamp by Form Us With Love for Design House Stockholm

Images, clockwise: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy Ohia suite; OnceWed, photo by Maria Lamb, cake by Sainte G Cake Company; Charlotte Simpson Bridal; Sally Pinera Photo; Sally Pinera Photo; cord lamp by Form Us With Love for Design House Stockholm

Minimal

You might be a minimal bride if you picture _____ for your wedding day:

  • simple decor
  • bright, open spaces
  • relying on the natural landscape or architecture to define your mood
  • a simple wedding dress
  • a focus on love and guests rather than material items
  • timeless black and white photography
  • black tie attire or no dress code at all

Are you thinking of a honeymoon in:

  • Iceland
  • skipping the honeymoon altogether and buying a home instead?

Are you drawn to:

  • clean lines
  • architecture
  • simple living

If so, what kind of invitation suite is right for you? Focus on things like clean typography, relying on textured papers to speak rather than an abundance of details like wax seals or ribbon. Opt for classic black and white or a neutral color palette. Explore having a minimal crest or wedding heraldry defined for you that you can use across your wedding paper goods.

Suites you may be interested in: Ohia; Magnolia; Pastel

Counter clockwise: Austin Gros Photography; Hannah Suh Photography with Roseville Designs and Yong Suk Events; Ashley Rae Photography with Cleo and Clementine wedding dress; Amy Donohue Photography; Jen Huang Photo; Amy Donohue Photography; center: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Counter clockwise: Austin Gros Photography; Hannah Suh Photography with Roseville Designs and Yong Suk Events; Ashley Rae Photography with Cleo and Clementine wedding dress; Amy Donohue Photography; Jen Huang Photo; Amy Donohue Photography; center: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Whimsical

You might be a whimsical bride if you picture _____ for your wedding day:

  • flowers absolutely everywhere (you love flower crowns, wreaths for your pup, boutonnieres)
  • a dessert bar with various treats for your guests
  • fun table numbers like books or figurines
  • a bohemian dress and mismatched bridesmaid dresses
  • fun socks for your groom
  • allowing and encouraging pets at your wedding (especially your own)

Are you thinking of a honeymoon in:

  • absolutely every country you can visit within a month
  • somewhere back-pack-able
  • Mexico (or anywhere super warm and humid)

Are you drawn to:

  • watercolor
  • custom wedding crests
  • illustration

If so, what kind of invitation suite is right for you? Focus on pieces that incorporate a ton of personality and fun into your wedding - think about custom heraldry that symbolizes your romance and pets; personalized details like an invite featuring illustration, watercolor, or non-traditional wording. Think about add-ons like boutonniere tags, envelope liners, pretty envelope calligraphy, and hand-torn paper.

Suites you may be interested in: Aquarelle, Juniper, Petale

Jenna Bechtolt Photography; Susie Saltsman ring; Sam and Kelly wedding invitations as featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper; unknown; Blue Magpie Invitations; Kelsey Malie Calligraphy; Landon Jacob Photography with Reggie's Flower Shoppe; center: unknown

Jenna Bechtolt Photography; Susie Saltsman ring; Sam and Kelly wedding invitations as featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper; unknown; Blue Magpie Invitations; Kelsey Malie Calligraphy; Landon Jacob Photography with Reggie's Flower Shoppe; center: unknown

Classic

You might be a classic bride if you picture _____ for your wedding day:

  • neutrals or black and white or metallics
  • traditional, tighter floral arrangements
  • white flowers
  • an up-do
  • black tie attire
  • formal wording and formal tradition
  • an elegant venue
  • tradition
  • timeless black and white photography

Are you thinking of a honeymoon in:

  • Europe

Are you drawn to:

  • gold foil and letterpress
  • etiquette and tradition
  • luxe paper and customized stationary

If so, what kind of invitation suite is right for you? Focus on luxe details like double-thick paper in classic cream. Think about adding some letterpress or foil detail to your invites to make them match your wedding feel. Nix the handmade papers and torn edges and keep things straight and clean. Work in a venue drawing or a classic monogram.

Suites you may be interested in: Spencer; completely custom design

Kayla Yestal PhotographyO'Malley Photographers with Tiers of Joy cake; Jenni Kupelian Photography; Rebecca Schoneveld dress, photo by Rachel Gomez Photography; Anastasiya Belik Photography

Kayla Yestal PhotographyO'Malley Photographers with Tiers of Joy cake; Jenni Kupelian Photography; Rebecca Schoneveld dress, photo by Rachel Gomez Photography; Anastasiya Belik Photography

Romantic

You might be a romantic bride if you picture _____ for your wedding day:

  • lots and lots and lots of florals
  • pretty, loose blooms like peonies or garden roses
  • lush greenery
  • flower covered cakes
  • lace or floral applique wedding gown
  • soft  bridesmaid dresses or soft tulle or organza gowns
  • readings and emotional moments at your ceremony
  • violin, cello, or live music as you walk down the aisle
  • many details
  • film photography

Are you thinking of a honeymoon in:

  • wine country
  • Hawaii
  • France

Are you drawn to:

  • emotion - quotes, sentiment, honoring loved ones on your wedding day
  • poetry
  • fresh flowers

If so, what kind of invitation suite is right for you? Focus on many little details that'll catch your guests eyes and prepare them for your lovely wedding day. Think: handmade paper or hand-torn edges, beautiful silk ribbon, floral liners or floral illustrations, adding a welcome note or a quote, lots of calligraphy in gold, white, or blush, wax seals with your custom calligraphed monogram.

Suites you may be interested in: Talus, Pacific, Passerine or completely custom design

Emily Riggs gown, 2017, photographed by Corbin Gurkin; Mariel Hannah Photo; Rylee Hitchner with Honey of a Thousand Flowers floral as featured on OnceWed; Rylee Hitchner Photo; Laurie Arons event design, photographed by Jose Villa with Sarah Winward florals and Paula LeDuc catering; Erich McVey as featured on OnceWed

Emily Riggs gown, 2017, photographed by Corbin Gurkin; Mariel Hannah Photo; Rylee Hitchner with Honey of a Thousand Flowers floral as featured on OnceWed; Rylee Hitchner Photo; Laurie Arons event design, photographed by Jose Villa with Sarah Winward florals and Paula LeDuc catering; Erich McVey as featured on OnceWed

Organic

You might be an organic bride if you picture _____ for your wedding day:

  • intimate wedding of under 100 people
  • poetic readings and emotional music
  • a ceremony and reception inspired by nature or your surroundings
  • film photography
  • candle-light
  • focus on foraged florals or lots of greenery
  • handmade details and handmade favors
  • locally designed dress

Are you thinking of a honeymoon in:

  • your own backyard
  • Europe

Are you drawn to:

  • nature
  • simplicity
  • expressions of love

If so, what kind of invitation suite is right for you? Focus on elements that really speak to you and your values. Perhaps that handmade touches like hand-written envelopes and handmade paper. Perhaps it is including a sprig of rosemary in every invitation suite. Perhaps it's dyeing your own ribbon to wrap the invitations in.

Suites you may be interested in: any suite on handmade paper or custom design

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