This week’s stationery roundup features the timeless color trend of black and white. Whether you desire classic, elegant wedding invitations or retro black and white photo inspired save the date cards, this color combo is perfect for any bride to make her own. Carry the theme through with black and white response cards and brunch invitations to keep the sophisticated theme consistent.
Inspired by Pantone Beaujolais, this week’s wedding stationery roundup is all about the rich purple hue. Whether adding depth to save the date cards with strong accents of color, or going bold with full color wedding invitations, Pantone Beaujolais is perfect for a bride who isn’t afraid to try something new. Follow through with matching response cards and wedding programs to keep the theme consistent.
We’re excited to announce a hand-picked wedding stationery collection, chosen exclusively by the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom. Curated by National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman, the trend-forward stationery picks represent the best of new wedding trends.
Not only does Nordstrom offer exceptional service to their brides, they know that design is critical when it comes to planning a wedding. “We love stationery that reflects who they are as a couple—brilliant color, bold fonts, a chic design or a custom monogram,” said Andrea. We couldn’t agree more!
Shop Andrea’s Picks here, or visit one of 18 Wedding Suites to see samples in person. Along with the curated collection, you can visit an in-store Nordstrom Wedding Suite to find inspiration boards, catalogs, and stationery samples.
“Seeing stationery options alongside the wedding attire completes the picture, helping couples achieve a cohesive look and feel for the entire event, from start to finish,” Andrea said. Brides visiting the exquisite Wedding Suites will be able to try on their dream dress, and find shoes, accessories, and more – even looks for the entire wedding party.
In the coming months, we’ll be sharing an in-depth look into the trends and styles, and get insight into the Wedding Suite’s own thoughts on bridal fashion. Make sure to check back on the blog for updates!
Help! With large families on both sides, high school friends, college friends, work friends, and now my fiancé’s graduate school friends, the guest list for our wedding has gotten out of control. I’ve been told there is a certain percent you can expect to not show up – should I send more wedding invitations to guests than our wedding venue can handle?
This question seems to always confuse brides. While it may seem like a science to create the perfect guest list that keeps everyone happy, there is no hard and fast formula for guest attendance. You’ll hear some experts say to invite 10% over your venue limit, while others claim 20%– and I’ve even seen some pretty complicated math problems put forward! (Hint: if your guest list plans start to resemble your eleventh grade calculus homework, you’re making things too difficult).
Remember, you might end up accountable for every person on your guest list. After all, if they are important enough to be on your guest list, you may be (and hopefully are!) important enough to them to warrant the travel. Keeping that in mind, I suggest you create two guest lists. The first will be the definitive list of must-invite guests. The second list will be backup guests, listed in prioritized order (think co-workers, club friends, or friends of parents).
Send invitations out to your first list over eight weeks in advance of your wedding date, and ask for RSVP response cards to be returned within just two weeks. This ensures that you receive responses in a timely manner – allowing you to start inviting those from the second list without cutting it too close to the wedding date.
At the end of the day, you and your fiancé know your friends and family the best. If you know that Great Aunt Mary won’t make the travel to your wedding, but still wants an invite, then by all means, send her an invitation. On the other hand, if you know your groom’s graduate school friends will travel anywhere in the world for a good party, I suggest you make sure you really want them at your wedding.
I hope this helps, Kimberly!
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When choosing wedding invitations for a vineyard wedding, brides have many options open to them. From a cheeky nod to wine barrels for save the date cards, or more subtle accents of water color grapes on response cards, a bride can plan her wedding stationery suite to fit her style.
Which of these vineyard designs is your favorite?
A great way to personalize your wedding is to send map Save the Date cards. From designs that subtly incorporate personalized maps to styles that highlight the location of the wedding venue, these highly unique styles are custom fit to your wedding reception. Perfect for a destination wedding, these Save the Date options add a whimsical touch to the bride’s planning.
What do you think of these styles?
I’ve chosen my Save the Date style, and even my wedding invitations, but I’m not sure what to do now. How many invitations do I need to order? I want to have extra in case of an emergency, but I don’t want to have too many invitations left over.
Great question, Cassidy. It sounds like you are already ahead of the game, since you have your save the date cards and your wedding invitations chosen. Have you also decided on your guest list? If not, that would be the next step.
I recommend ordering ten to fifteen extra invitations, depending on the size of your guest list. You’re bound to have an unforeseen error come your way, whether it is remembering a guest that had been left off the initial head count or a mistake made when addressing the invitation envelope. Having back up wedding invitations keeps you stress-free in these moments! Trust me, you’ll be happy to have the extras.
If you do end up with extra invitations after your wedding day, there are several great ways to use them. Including a copy of your invitation in a wedding photo book will create a keepsake that will last for years to come. I love these DIY projects that incorporate a wedding invitation into an ornament or a canvas print.
I hope this helps, Cassidy!
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I loved the chalkboard detail on this invitation, and how beautifully the flowers popped on the card. I originally made a chalkboard tag, but it just got lost in the invitation. So, I cut little leaves from green paper and wrote “grow in love” using a white gel pen, hole punched them, and tied the leaves to the invitation using orange and white bakers twine. I also added an orange envelope and sealed the back using white wax and a fleur di lis seal. Lastly, just for fun, I made a fabric flower using a packet of fabric pink rose petals (found at most wedding stores), a link to my tutorial is here: DIY Fabric Flowers. The flowers would be a lovely idea for escort cards; just write the guests name on the first leaf, and the table number on the second leaf.
The warm vintage feel of this invitation lent itself to some fun additions. I added a vintage key to the invitation using brown and white striped bakers twine. And printed out a tag that read “TO MY HEART,” backed it in a little piece of french linen, and attached that to the key. Then I filled a kraft mailer box with kraft paper shreds, closed the box, and wrote the guests address on the top of the box using a white gel pen. Don’t forget to seal the sides of the box; I recommend circle sticker labels from any office supply store. And always weigh your package at the post office to make sure you use the correct postage.
I loved the bright orange and blue used for the bride and grooms names, so I added an orange envelope. I then took some white paper and spray painted it with an aqua blue spray paint (you can always just look for a blue color paper you like instead), let that dry for about 20 minutes, used a tape roller to add a blue triangle piece to the envelope, and wrote the guests address using a white gel pen. For the invitation, I cut a tag, wrote “TO HAVE & TO HOLD” in white gel pen, hole punched it, and tied it onto the card using orange and white bakers twine.
This invitation is so beautiful and simple, there were so many ways we could go with it. I chose the formal approach. I dressed this invitation up using a metallic silver folder envelope, navy blue satin ribbon, and a piece of silver glitter card stock.
- First I cut a piece of the silver glitter card stock a little bigger than the invitation, and used glue dots to stick the two together.
- Then I printed out the bride and groom’s initials in navy type from my computer and backed those in silver card stock using double-sided tape.
- Then I cut two long slits at the top of each letter and using an X-ACTO knife, and threaded the navy satin ribbon through.
- Next, I hole punched the sides of the envelope pocket and tied the initial banner onto the pocket.
- To seal the envelope, I used a tape roller on the back side of the ribbon navy satin ribbon and taped it to the center of the envelope all the way around. Make sure to leave tape off of a long end of ribbon at the beginning and end, so you can tie that in a bow.
- Then, I cut a little “bow tie” out of silver glitter card stock, hole punched the center on either side, and tied a bow through the “bow tie.”
I recommend to use a bigger envelope to put this invitation in (I recommend a navy blue one), when mailing it, or you can glue dot the envelope closed (underneath the bow tie), and place a white sticker label on the front (opposite side of the bow tie) for the guests address. And don’t forget to weigh the invitation, and talk to your local post office to make sure you get the correct postage. These invitations would need to be hand stamped at the post office, because the envelope is so thick that it wouldn’t be able to run through the machine they have. You can simply ask your local post office, and they can hand stamp your invitations (it looks prettier anyway, so we recommend you do this regardless).
We are so excited to share two brand new styles available for wedding invitations. With so many different and unique wedding celebrations out there, we are happy to be able to provide designs that really capture the essence of the bride and her wedding day.
Jewish Wedding Invitations
Featuring styles that are perfect for both the traditional and the modern Jewish bride, our new designs range from subtle incorporation of the Jewish faith to bold wedding invitations that use the Hebrew alphabet and the Star of David.
The designs highlight two traditional Jewish wedding quotes:
“Where you go, I will go.” Book of Ruth
“I am my Beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Song of Solomon
Asian Wedding Invitations
Bold brushstrokes and cherry blossom wedding invitations are perfect for Asian weddings.