Style Icons: Pretty and Polished Wedding Invitation Designs from Local Stationers

The interplay of typography, cartography and iconography makes for one-of-a-kind invitations.
From: Fall/Winter 2013 edition

{1} Sarah Glad of A Milestone Paper Co. helped a Wisconsin bride and Minnesota groom celebrate each one’s home state with a tri-fold map printed with their wedding-day details. The simple reply card inside is embellished with a trellis pattern and banner in shades of blue. A die-cut card with a luggage-tag look is printed with state silhouettes, the couple’s names and the wedding date. A humble piece of twine ties everything together, adding a touch of down-to-earth Midwestern charm.

{2} Playing with many design elements made it fun for Brian Durk of Dick and Jane Letterpress to create this invitation. “There was pattern mixing, a ribbon border with a mash-up of type and the chevron pattern,” says Durk. To keep everything unified, the invitation is heat-mounted to a pocket so the pieces can be neatly contained. The chevron liner of the envelope is custom-printed to ensure a perfect match—just like the happy couple.

{3} Inspired by the name of the venue where her clients were getting married (Aria at the Jeune Lune, which means “new moon”), Mi Mi Design’s Amy Steil designed this modern invitation suite with a crescent moon and confetti motif. The interlocking pink and taupe shapes create an ombré effect that extends across the suite. To keep the project within budget, Steil used offset printing, but carefully screenprinted the couple’s names after the initial print to create subtle dimension with a punch of neon pink.

{4} An arboretum wedding was the perfect reason to incorporate natural elements like this bird motif into an invitation suite. Amy Armato of Armato Design & Press liked the idea of combining traditional wording and typography with a fresh and modern color palette of bright white with vivid raspberry. Thick 100 percent cotton paper makes a sumptuous background for letterpress, creating lush simplicity.

{5} Kate Panke of Paper Rock Scissor designed a crisp and clean invitation suite that was perfect for a Minnesota destination wedding on the shores of Lake Superior. The couple planned to tie the knot near a picturesque lighthouse, so Panke scaled a graphic version to fit perfectly between their names. To balance the flourishes of the script, she kept the rest of the type clean and traditional. A vibrant plum cardstock coordinates perfectly with the moss-colored envelope, lined with a custom-printed map of Lake Superior.

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