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Elements of Style: The Latest in Wedding Invitations from Minnesota Stationers

For an invitation no guest could refuse, showcase your style with unusual materials, hand-drawn illustrations and unique packaging.

1. On the Waterfront In this crisp invitation suite, Amy Steil of Mi Mi Design gave the Mill City Museum a touch of preppy chic. The groom snapped the photo that was letterpress-printed into the design. Foil stamping added texture and dimension, and created a sense of occasion. Blending a couple’s styles is this designer’s special gift. “When you get both perspectives to mesh, you get something even more interesting,” says Steil.

2. Clearly in Love Unconventional materials make a big impression in this suite from Sarah Glad of A Milestone Paper Co. Wood, acrylic and linen card stock combine to beautiful effect. The couple’s fingerprints make a heart, and their laser-cut initials look totally modern. The acrylic reception card showcases the variety of materials and the entire set was packaged neatly in a metal box.

3. Cabin Fever These lake-inspired wedding invitations highlight the pleasures of cabin life. Katie Murphy Stationery captured the essence of summertime in Minnesota with her illustration of a dockside chair and cheery dog, along with a banner emblazoned “Welcome to the Lake.” The unique invitation is letterpress-printed on wood veneer, and bound with a custom-printed cotton twill ribbon.

4. Heavy Metal MaeMae Paperie’s Megan Gonzalez designed this suite to coordinate with the couple’s industrial-chic wedding venue. Picking up on the sleek look of metal, the invitations were printed directly on stainless steel plates with a thick, raised print. The stationery was carefully wrapped in paper and sealed with a bold red sticker and nestled in a dove-gray box with a hand-stamped label, for a luxuriously impeccable presentation.

5. Haute Handiwork Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla specializes in custom-illustrated invitations, incorporating hand-painted floral prints, patterns and even portraits. “Weddings today are less matchy-matchy and more eclectic,” says Fahden. “Patterned stationery is a great way to complement the other elements of your event.” The clean typeface, charming illustrations and simple, kraft-paper envelope feel both thoughtful and engaging.

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