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Refined Design: The Lastest in Wedding Invitations

Carefully chosen details create ultra-personalized invitations.

1. Light It Up

Minneapolis’s glittering skyline inspired this invitation suite by Gina Peterson of Ginger P Designs. A gold foil ampersand unites the couple’s names and adds a pop of shine to the slate gray and crimson palette. The textured background inside the tri-fold invitation came from a photograph of the stone masonry at the couple’s wedding venue, while a glittery envelope liner is a celebratory touch. “I love to let each couple’s unique style shine through,” says Peterson. “My goal is always for guests to open their invites and say, ‘Oh, this is so them!’” Ginger P Designs, Janesville, 507.327.7422

2. Festive Fonts

Gretchen Berry of Gretchen Berry Design Co. sought to please both her stylish clients and their traditional parents with a beautiful design. “In order to blend the two, we kept it very simple and classic,” says Berry. The herringbone pattern on the reply card was juxtaposed with an of-the-moment font and clean layout. The design was debossed on thick cotton paper to create an unexpected texture, while gold foil adds a whisper of luxury. Gretchen Berry Design Co., Minneapolis, 952.922.5176


3. Gaming Gone Glam

The classic video game The Legend of Zelda was the inspiration behind these lighthearted invitations. Brian Durk of Dick & Jane Letterpress drew from old-school digital elements to create stationery full of cheeky references for clients who were big fans. The font was borrowed from the original game and the letterpressed pattern embossed on the invitation calls up the pixelated look of early Nintendo games. Durk says they had a lot of fun creating this playful design. “We summoned the basic invitation elements, but all were treated with a twist.” Dick & Jane Letterpress, St. Paul, 651.756.8990

4. Blushing Bride

Floral patterns and washes of watercolor combine on this romantic invitation suite by Kate Panke of Paper Rock Scissor. The watercolor wash on the save-the-date was custom-painted and digitally printed on eco-friendly cotton paper. Each invitation was wrapped with gold and white baker’s twine, and the envelopes were lined with a floral patterned paper. “Our couples are mailing our invitations to the most important people in the world to them,” says Panke. “It’s such a gift to be able to help them share all that is wonderful and exciting about their day with their guests.” Paper Rock Scissor, Minneapolis, 612.436.0750

5. Peek-A-Boo

Valerie Carlson of Spark Letterpress says many of her clients seek to blend modern and feminine elements in their wedding-day details, and these invitations manage to do exactly that. The invitation itself was letterpress-printed in gray with a mint-green border and die-cut to create a decorative edge. A laser-cut wrap looks like bridal lace, and includes the couple’s initials. “We created something structured but soft,” says Carlson. “The calligraphy and touches of lace give it that feminine appeal, and the overall color palette works well for a spring or summer wedding.” Spark Letterpress, Minneapolis, 612.294.9554