Today’s guest post comes to us from Alex Kelsey of Greenvelope.com, purveyor of chic online invitations. Enjoy!

Whether you are searching for the perfect stationery to match your wedding day, or just looking for style inspiration to help you get started, we’re bringing you the best of 2016’s wedding stationery trends straight from the Colin Cowie wedding collection on Greenvelope.com. Read on to see all the trends, or get started browsing the collection here.

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Delicate and Feminine Details

Softly feminine shades balanced by chic neutrals are the perfect trend for 2016, offering a pretty and delicate palette that doesn’t overwhelm the design. Statement design elements, such as silk ribbon detailing, linen-textured paper, or flourishing scripts, are a perfect complement to a softer and more understated palette.

Extra Shimmer & Shine

Diamond lovers, rejoice. This is the year to add a little extra glamourous shimmer to your wedding stationery. With designs that channel the sparkle and radiance of Swarovski crystals spilled upon luxe paper, this year’s trend is all about the perfect balance of glitter without being gaudy.

Bold Patterned Liners

For a couple looking for a truly unique look, we love a simple invitation accompanied by a statement-making envelope liner. A kaleidoscopic damask-patterned liner adds the perfect pop of vibrancy to this minimalist invitation. With the addition of an embossed damask adornment atop matte textured paper, a singular unity is created to tie the full suite together.

Rustic Re-imagined

While rustic is a trend that has come and gone many times before, the rustic of 2016 will turn heads with an unexpected elegance. Delicate hand-painted details and realistic wood backgrounds make for a softer, more understated rustic style that feels accessible, classic, and clean.

Indian Inspired

Vibrant hues, intricate illustrations, and a touch of shimmer define this bold and beautiful trend. As if the henna-inspired and opulent detailing weren’t enough to make us swoon, the addition of iridescent sheen upon gold detailing can take any gorgeous wedding suite to the next level.

Serene Water Birds

This trend is all about hand-painted details, exotic colors, and geometric accents to create a stylish sense of tranquility. While bird stationery of wedding trends past opted towards playful, the use of rich blues, dimension, and texturing creates a purely sophisticated style.

Symbolic Motifs

In a nod to a significant object, experience, or place in their lives or relationship, many couples are choosing stationery that resonates with them on a personal level through symbolic motifs. Whether representative of family connection, the importance of your roots, a token of religious or philosophical beliefs, or something else, symbols can speak deeply to many meaningful things. A popular symbol for weddings is the tree, which is best complemented by neutral, nature- inspired hues, letterpress and minimalist texturing.

Modern Elegance

In contrast to many of the more splashy and ornate trends, we love the simple style of focusing and improving upon the essentials. Strong typography and layout, rich textured paper, and embossing, foil, or letterpress can give a minimalist design incredible depth and flexibility.

All About Color

Ideal for the bold, adventurous, and true lovers of color, this trend encompasses vibrant, dramatic, and imaginative design. Channeling artistic expressions from Nouveau Realism to abstract art and beyond, this wedding stationery style offers a stunning statement piece for any modern couple.

Hollywood Glamour

With a more subdued take on the art deco of years past, we adore the feeling of timeless glamour found in this trend. With a nod to ‘50s Hollywood glamour and hints of Parisian deco, this super luxe style features stunning architectural details, gilded edges, and artful embossing to add that extra touch of glamour to your special day.

After looking at the wide array of styles and trends for 2016, we can see that more than anything else, 2016 is the year for personal expression. From the basics, like color and theme, to additional customization, like music and photos, set the scene for your big day with missives that truly represent you. Whether you are a lover of minimalist design or vibrant, dynamic color, don’t hesitate to embrace your style for all the details of your big day.

Gorgeous, thanks Alex! For more information about Greenvelope.com, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

What do you think of these stationery trends? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Sarah Chancey

    The crane inspiration is my favorite! Perfect for a destination bride.

    • weddinglovely

      Yes, such a classic and lovely design!

  • Alex

    Thanks for sharing, WeddingLovely! I am just so enamored with the new Colin Cowie collection, I could look at it all day long!

    • weddinglovely

      You’re most welcome, it’s a great collection!