One of the things I love most about invitations is that their design is only as limited as your imagination. No matter what the theme of your wedding, invitations can be tailored to fit even the most unusual of themes. I’ve rounded up some of our “non-traditional” invitations to inspire you:

weddinginvitelove invitation designer dogwood blossom stationeryDogwood Blossom Stationery– these invitations combine classic typography with natural 3D elements, giving them dimension and depth.

 

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Something Green Weddings– sometimes a “standard” invitation just won’t do. I love the PB&J card for fun Save the Dates!

 

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Brooke Photography & Design– why not get a little creative? Even if your wedding leans toward the traditional, your invitations can be a bit more “out there” by incorporating fun dimensional accents like this key.

 

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Oslo Press– create true keepsakes that definitely won’t get thrown out by printing your invitations on wood!

 

weddinginvitelove invitation designer rotated designsRotated Designs– have a lot of information but want to conserve paper? These spinner invitations from Rotated Designs let you get a lot of information onto a relatively small space, and look great to boot.

 

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Hoot Invitations– another keepsake invitation, guests can use the keyrings as paperweights, keychains, or even on top of gifts for wedding presents.

 

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Classique Memories– having a destination wedding? Fun passport invitations are great for weddings abroad, or couples with a love of all things travel.

 

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Paperwhites– are the bride and groom big sports fans? This creative invitation included peanuts and crackerjacks, along with a “ticket” including all of the important information.

 

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Lasso’d Moon– another option for the eco-friendly couple, these invitations are not only printed on recycled paper, but they can also be planted! The seeds contained in the invitation will bloom into beautiful wildflowers- a great reminder of your special day.

 

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Uniquely Inviting– sports fans, movie junkies, or anyone with a theatrical bent will enjoy these ticket style invitations.

 

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Marit Hanson Weddings– bold black and white typography meets creative packaging in colored envelopes for a super contemporary and unique look.

This featured invitation is one I’m particularly fond of: Design Recovery | Sarah Wolfsont, a designer, had never designed invitations before. But when it came to her wedding invitations? She jumped right in… and did a great job! Sarah wrote to us, saying:

My (now) husband and I really love the look and feel of letterpress work, but realistically it was out of our budget. I visited our local stationery store, The Envelope Please in Boulder, Colorado, and checked out the products they carried. Since I planned on designing them myself, I was looking for inspiration and materials. After checking out their options, I decided to go with Envelopments, a paper distributor that has a great selection of colors and textures, and can be ordered by the piece. One piece of inspiration in the shop was a finished invitation with a wood-block style print, made on an inkjet printer. Seeing that, I was convinced that I could pull it off by printing at home and using high quality settings. It’s not letterpress, but it’s also not a bad compromise.

Our wedding took place on a working farm in Boulder, so the earthiness was important to us, as was the vintage style I love. Living in Colorado, we also wanted to tie in the mountain theme. Using old topographical maps, I made a background for the actual invite, and used typefaces with a deco feel.

The other point we wanted to communicate was the fun and casual style of the wedding. The jumble of information cards held in the inner envelope provided all the needed information, but in a fun and unstructured way.

Overall, I’m really pleased with how the digital printing worked on the cardstock. I added some darker edges and a bit of a shadow on some of the type to make it look letterpress-y, but it wasn’t really necessary. The design had enough presence on its own.

Also, the postcard RSVPs turned out amazingly! We bought a bunch of vintage cards on eBay and made templates for the RSVP information on the back. It was so much fun to check the mailbox everyday for postcards.

My favorite inspiration pieces are by Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting. She has a huge variety in her work, but my favorite pieces are: Marci + Ben’s Invites (I love the tactile opening of one thing and then another. Also, her use of address wraps was something I took. It made life easier and looked so classy.), and her Handrawn Invites (There’s less connection between these and my final design, but it was a starting point. Amazing how it all transforms.) What it came down to was a challenge of making a classy, casual, and fun to open invite that was still within our budget. I think the full bleeds totally made it.

Thanks, Sarah! If you’d like to check out more of Sarah’s design work, check out her profile on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to her portfolio is here.

 

Our fanciful featured invitation this week comes to us all the way from Australia! Stephanie at Stelloberry Designs writes:

This invitation set is called ‘Cotton Candy’ and was inspired by my love for polka dots and pretty pinks. My aim was to create an invitation suite that was pretty and elegant, but also playful and lots of fun, for couples that wanted wedding invitations that are a little different to the norm.

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When coming up with this design, I wanted to add in something special and symbolic for the soon-to-be married couple, so I included a circular wedding logo with the couple’s names and the date of their big day set on a backdrop of flourishes.

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I used navy as an accent colour to complement the pink shades – this colour combo is one of my absolute favourites at the moment, so it was an easy choice!

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This suite is very easily adaptable and can be made to suit a particular theme with the addition of rhinestones, ribbon, twine and corner features.

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I’m looking forward to working with couples to make this design a unique reflection of their special day!

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Take a look at Stelloberry Designs’ WeddingInviteLove profile or go straight to their website here!

I love these invitations that we’re featuring today: beautiful typography and a nod to classical design! Sarah from Foglio Press shares:

The design was inspired by typography and the simple yet powerful style of magazine layouts.

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I’ve been enamored with magazines and the photography and design therein since I can remember, and I think this invitation is a great ode to classic understated style with just a bit of graphic detail in the striped border.

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I’ve attached some images here, and you can also check out the listing in my shop, along with the listing for a coordinating photo save the date as well. These designs would be gorgeous printed in letterpress, but a budget-friendly flat printing option still does them justice!

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Thanks Sarah!

View Foglio Press’ profile on WeddingInviteLove here or their Etsy store, here!

 

Today’s featured invitation is by the fabulous Preppy Paperie, a Washington D.C. invitation studio with beautiful clean designs on luxe cardstock. Ashley is here to talk about their Chesapeake Bay-inspired save-the-dates!

I just completed a Save the Date that I am particularly proud of and would like featured. I’ve been working with Lisa and Mike since the middle of the summer to create the perfect Save the Date for their Bay-side affair.

Lisa is a avid sailor and Mike is still learning. But Mike knew Lisa’s love for the sport so much that he even proposed to her while sailing (and was so skillful that he didn’t drop the ring in the bay!).

They have a nautical bayside chic feel in mind for the September ’12 nuptials. To gear their many out of town guests up for the big day, Lisa and Mike wanted a antique nautical chart Save the Date. This save the date was a a challenge to create the right mix between nautical prep and antique cartography.

I had to do a bit of research and obtain a few nautical charts of the Chesapeake Bay. From there I hand sketched the land and water masses. I also wanted to incorporate a design aspect that could be carried through in the wedding (which was the hand drawn compass). Lisa even provided me with the coordinates for her wedding location!

To finish it out, I printed on my luxe ecru felt to give an antique texture. Not sure how I am going to follow this up with matching wedding invitations!

Thank you Ashley! For more about Preppy Paperie, see their profile on WeddingInviteLove or head straight to the Preppy Paperie Etsy shop.

This week’s featured invitation comes from the creative duo behind Allison Kate. Not only are their invitations beautifully designed and crafted, but the ladies at Allison Kate also focus on the story behind the invitation, making them true keepsakes for brides-to-be. Katie, half of the duo, is sharing one of their invitations with us today!

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This is Katie, the ‘Kate’ side of Allison Kate.  My uber talented partner, Allison Tosti, designed this ‘Raymond & Katherine’ invitation!

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The colors and class set the tone for the big day and the classic patterns wrapped around the center of the invitation give the event a subtle theme.

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We create custom made wedding invitations, specializing in helping brides set the tone for their day with an outstanding first impression.  As I am on the business side of things, I love watching the creative side!

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When we sit down with a bride, it amazes me how quickly our designer Allison can identify that bride’s specific style.  Because of that ability, she just ‘gets’ what that bride wants and is able to design a unique invitation perfectly suited for the bride.

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Be sure to check out Allison Kate’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or go to their website for more information!

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Hailing from our homebase of the Bay Area, Savor the Date makes beautiful handcrafted invitations that incorporate custom invitations, hand painting and classic calligraphy. Toby Simon tells us more about her company and how she creates these works of art:

Savor The Date was created for the giddy, excited bride who savors the planning process, yet never loses sight of what her wedding is all about.

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Each illustration starts off as a pencil sketch, then is inked with a calligraphy nib and colored with paint or Prisma Color marker. Capturing tiny details is really important to me, which is why I incorporate everything from pets and hobbies to hairstyles, accessories and scenery. It’s what makes the illustration so unique to the bride and receiving the announcement so much fun for her guests.

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I’ve been sketching since early childhood, but it was in high school that I took my first nude figure drawing class and discovered my love of illustrating people. With these portraits I am able to continue capturing human gestures: namely (clothes-wearing) brides, grooms and families. I run Savor The Date out of my home in San Francisco, and when I’m not working in my studio I’m usually shooing my inquisitive toddler, Mona, out of it. Those markers are messy.

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To learn more about Savor the Date and see more examples of their invitations, take a look at their profile on WeddingInviteLove or go directly to their website.

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Today’s featured invitation blends the sophistication of letterpress and calligraphy with clean design and beautiful details. Brooke of Curious & Co. Creative tells us more about their wedding invitation line, the Claremont Collection:

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Hello, readers! My name is Brooke Forry and I co-own Curious & Co. Creative with the wonderfully talented Terry Baker and Maggie Moore. Day in and day out, we create websites, logos, brochures and the like for clients, but we also love to dream up wedding invitations and paper goods for couples everywhere. We created Claremont Collection, a line of customizable letterpress wedding invitations, for the design-minded couples out there looking for something fabulous to set the tone for their big day.

With twelve designs to choose from, customizable with 30+ ink colors and a slew of paper and envelope colors, there is something for everyone in Claremont Collection. One of our newest designs that may appeal to a couple hosting a very formal or black tie wedding is the lovely Isabella.

For the girl who has everything — Isabella is classic, understated elegance at its best. A diagonally striped border paired with sophisticated and formal typography set the stage for a simply beautiful affair. We love it when our customers add an envelope liner for a pop of color; making this one-color design into a two-color piece would also give it a whole new feel.

Thanks Brooke! For more about the Claremont Collection, take a look at their profile on Wedding Invite Love or head straight to their website!

Photos by Trevor Dixon – http://www.dixonphotography.com/

Merrymint Designs makes such beautiful invitations, and today we have more pictures and the story of their Manhattan invitations! I personally love the long invitation and the typefaces. Take it away, Cheryl & Sherie:

Manhattan is one of our newest designs and already a favorite of ours! It is inspired by the classy sophistication of the big city (hence the name) and we were going for a very formal, black tie affair type of look.

We printed the set on our new and quite lovely textured Felt stock because of it’s rich look and feel and slightly off-white tone.

We decided to make the typography the focal point to keep the set clean and elegant!

Thank you Cheryl & Sherie! For more about Merrymint and their beautiful designs, check them out on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their Etsy store.

Today’s featured invitation is by { little toad }, inspired by the Pixar movie “Up” (one of my favorites!) Such darling illustrations and a beautiful finished invitation set — I love that these are so silly yet loving, a really wonderful departure from the typical classic wedding invitation. Michelle, take it away:

Well first off I love all things Disney & all things Pixar but when I saw the movie “UP” I felt a whole different level of respect for these animated films. In the first 15 minutes it managed to beautifully illustrate the full depth of a marriage, needless to say I was balling my eyes out (to the dismay of my boyfriend & my fellow movie goers.) Fast forward a year later and I came upon two engagement shoots inspired by “UP” and I was blown away by the artistry, the creativity & interpretation of the film. I also loved that so many other couples were so moved by the film that it has become a very popular wedding theme. This along with my love for the movie inspired me to create these invitations and Save the Dates.

In creating these my biggest challenge was making sure people would recognize parts of the movie in my illustrations but also making sure to make them my own interpretation & in my own artistic style. I always start with a pencil and my sketch book. This is where I can experiment, screw up (yes it happens) and really work out how they are going to look.Once I have chosen & refined my sketches I scan them in and use Adobe Illustrator to create the final digital artwork. Another challenge is mixing your illustration with all the necessary text that has to be included and leaving enough room for the couple ordering them to feel they can include as much information as they need to without losing any of the design. The couple was modeled after me and my boyfriend but with all my designs they can easily be personalized to look like & match the couple’s individual wedding. Right now I’m in the process of creating “UP” themed thank you cards, table numbers and anniversary cards.

I always love invitations that tell a story and the more you look at them the more you discover in the illustrations. So look closely and you will see the following little “UP” touches:

  • The groom has a grape soda badge.
  • Balloons are present in the Save the Dates & on the RSVP.
  • There are handprints on the mailbox for the RSVP.
  • The groom has a bowtie.
  • The color purple is used throughout (even in the envelopes) to represent grape soda.
  • In the background you can see “My Adventure Book” which was a huge part of the movie but also makes great guest books & couples photo albums.
  • The detail on her dress and on the envelope make a heart pattern.
  • The colors used in the type represents not only the different color of the balloons but also the different flavors of soda pop.

I LOVED how these turned out as much as I LOVED making them. I hope they will be a great addition to a couple’s special day and will mark their lifetime of adventures ahead of them.

Thank you Michelle! For more about { little toad }, check out their profile on WeddingInviteLove, their Etsy store, or their Facebook page for more!