Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wedding Stationery trends for 2014 (pt 4)

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving

Part 4:  Everything else (you are here)

Stationery trends continued

I’ve been hoping to conclude my look at wedding stationery trends for 2014 for a while now but displaying at wedding fairs has filled a lot of my recent time.  So now I have a weekend without one I thought I would take a final look at what might be winging its way off of a cutting board or printing press this year.

(Just have to remember what these were….. )

Lace

Lace is pretty!  You might say enough said.  It’s a flexible theme to as crafty stationers can glue on actual lace.  Stationers with a laser cutter can use it to cut out lace like patterns and it can also be printed.  It plays into vintage and opulent vintage and I dare say is never out of style when it comes to weddings.  Pairs well with pearls to.

Trieste booklet with pearls
Trieste booklet with pearls

See the Trieste collection here

Florals

Sienna - contemporary floral wedding stationery with art deco fonts shown in red as a mounted invitation
Sienna – contemporary floral wedding stationery with art deco fonts shown in red as a mounted invitation

I’m struggling to think when flowers have not been good.  This is weddings we’re talking about after all.  Vintaging them up is good (apparently that’s not a word but it should be).  Though the latest way of bringing flowers into patterns is little mini flowers so rather than seeing a couple on a page you might see hundreds.  Though the space between them means they don’t actually feel over busy.

See our floral wedding stationery here

Navy

You’re in the navy now!  No, it’s actually the colour.  Navy’s not a bad colour, it’s like black but more Daniel Craig in a tux in the last James Bond film.  I think that was navy!  Was definitely blue.  Also bear in mind this is coming from the states and they’re idea of Navy Blue is lighter than the UK.  You normally look at US Navy blue and don’t wonder if it’s black or navy.  Of course navy becomes a very obvious colour to choose if your wedding is near the coast and you don’t want to use pastel sandy colours or pastel blues.

Bari booklet using Blue including Navy Blue
Bari booklet using Blue including Navy Blue

See Bari here – but all our stationery can be produced in any colour required

Damask

Did damask go away?  It must of as I’ve seen it as a tip for 2014.  Damask is a vintage floral pattern that repeats typically in a diamond formation.  You’ve probably seen it on the backdrop of photos, and as feature wall paper.  I have one of these although it can be used in numerous ways.

Brescia Save the Date ticking the Damask, Bright and Navy trends.  The detail in the foreground is repeated as a pattern while the colour twin tangerine with navy blue
Brescia Save the Date ticking the Damask, Bright and Navy trends. The detail in the foreground is repeated as a pattern while the colour twin tangerine with navy blue

See Brescia our Damask inspired collection here

Sequins

They’re very in especially shiny gold ones!  They’re great for table clothes that want to be noticed or at feature tables such as where a wedding cake or sweet bar might reside.  As mentioned in a previous article metallic finishes are in and this ties in with it.

Brights

Apparently we weren’t using brights last year and this year we will!  This is probably more related to a bit of the spring away from faded vintage style and with the economy improving a little less need to feel guilty about wanting to party and have fun.   Interestingly the pantone colour report isn’t that bright (see it here).  I’d go for colours you like but I do like that people should for free to go for fun and vibrant colours not just white and pastels.

Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.
Inside of one of our new illustrated designs with some quite bright colours.

See this fun beach inspired stationery design here

Typography

The last trend to mention has already had a strong 2013.  There are many good designers out there making font after font and these leads stationers to just use their work with very little alteration yet still achieve something that has a strong visual impact and looks really distinctive.  Chalk boards and fonts that can be used with them especially on computer designs made to look like chalk boards are exceedingly popular.  Just go to pinterest and search chalk board to see what I mean.  It doesn’t even have to creep into invitations.  You may see this influence with welcome signs, cocktails menus, seating charts or photo booth backgrounds.

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So I think this covers most of it.  I doubt there’s much stationery is any stationery I’ve not mentioned!  There’s a lot of choice and that’s what I think is great, let’s not be samey people!  See my non samey bespoke stationery here.

Notes

Two of the fonts used in the title are freely available and can be found on fontsquirrel and presumably other sites as well.  The background texture comes from font cafe.

Geometric wedding stationery collection

Geometric design cheque book style invitation

The blogging has been a bit thin on the ground of late as have been on a roller coaster ride of wedding fairs and sample making.  Not to mention starting design work for some great new clients.  That’s really exciting and looking forward to seeing how their stationery turns out.  Today though I thought I’d briefly explain one of the new collections that’s now on the website.  That is the Geometry bespoke wedding stationery collection.

The stationery collection

The Geometry collection is a bit different from most of the other stationery collections.  Most of the collections on the site are based around a singular design.  Bits can be added or taken away but there is essentially that core design.  Eg if you got rid of the pattern band in Capri it really wouldn’t be Capri (click to visit) anymore!

Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.
Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.

Geometry is different though.  You might be gathering from the pictures in this post.  It’s a collection of different ideas around a geometry and maths theme where shapes and pattern is a core part of the design.  All of the ideas shown can be used with any of our great wedding invitation or day stationery types (which you can see here).  Also the stationery photographed is more meant to illustrate the possibilities rather than be a definitive list.  So if you fancy something with more squares or circles for example then get in contact.

This is similar to the approach with the Natale collection.  I’ve taken this approach as at this stage as without developing several full collections, making and then photographing them it’s a way to illustrate what can be done.  Plus it’s a chance to see how popular these types of designs might be.

Time to talk about the stationery in the images shown here!

The Big One!

Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation
Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation

Well the largest of the invitations is a Trifold invitation is a design made with two lines of symmetry – vertical and horizontal.  It goes from one colour to another.  I like it as it feels quite dynamic and depending on quite how you look at the triangles are going in different directions.  Inside the invitation the pattern extends across all three panels outwards from the central panel.

The cheque book looking one

The Cheque book style invitation has lots of triangles at its core.   Then I’ve tried to move from a white corner to a more pastel peach colour while bringing in other complimentary colours.  It’s got quite a modern art feel to it I think.  This type of design would be great where there are a lot of colours to be included or there is not set colour scheme for a wedding or event.  I’ve been showing this item at recent wedding fairs and it does get a lot of attention.

The circular one!

Geometry design with art deco fonts in pink and grey
Geometry design with art deco fonts in pink and grey

The final item shown in this post is a Bifold invitation.  It is a type of invitation that is a smaller version of the trifold having one less part than the trifold but made in the same way.  With an outer part having the cover design and rear on and then square panels glued to the inside with invitation text, more information and a detachable RSVP.  The design itself was based on an idea that occurred to me around New Years eve.  The inspiration being a clock face, like big ben (ok I know that’s the bell but you know what I mean) and fireworks.  This design really works well with the simple style of art deco fonts.  As I said in a previous post I am really excited by it!

I may have gone a bit geometric mad just seeing the title images for several of my last posts!  Will try and talk about something else next time.  But you can find out prices and see the Geometry collection on my main wedding site here stationery: visit Artemis Stationery

Geometric wedding inspiration

Geometry bifold invitation

The final blog post of the week is something I am very excited about.  Followers of the blog may know I’ve got a Geometric wedding stationery collection coming soon.  This collection is a little different from most of the bespoke collections on Artemis Stationery in that it’s more of a collection of ideas that could fall under the banner of geometrically inspired designs.  What I’d like to share today is one of those ideas.  It’s a circular pattern which I think looks very dynamic the way it radiates out from the centre.

Inside of invitation showing invitation text.
Inside of invitation showing invitation text.

The item shown in these photos is a Bifold invitation.  The design could be used for just about any of our types of invitations or day stationery.  I chose to use the Bifold to showcase this idea as it let me replicate the pattern on the inside of the stationery.  As I write this article I’m in the middle of planning my display at a local wedding fair and have my shelves set up with lots of my stationery on it.  I love the design and it makes me smile every time I go by it.  All of my designs do especially when they’re new and I have just made the first sample item.  Some of them though are intricate and best appreciated when they’re in your hands.  After all stationery isn’t massive or maybe my eyes just getting worse for all this time on a computer!  This design though has real stopping power and makes me grin from metres away, the way the colour is lighter in the middle really draws the eye in putting the focus on the Bride and Groom’s names.

Detachable RSVP with menu choices behind
Detachable RSVP with menu choices behind

Geometric Wedding Inspiration

You may have noticed this design first featured as my NYE post and that I then used a this colour version for a wedding fair post.  When I first designed it there was no plan of ever using it in print.  New Year’s Eve just made me think of clocks, circles and fireworks and after two design sessions this pattern emerged.   Many of my designs do take a lot longer to develop, this was one of those rare occasions where the original idea was not too far from the original design.

On this sample design I’ve used two fonts, one that gives me a bit of 50’s feel.  The other which is definitely art deco.  Art deco fonts would work well with this design as while the colours may not be the most obvious for an art deco or 1920’s style but the pattern definitely is.  So the sharp edges and careful curves of art deco fonts tie in really well.  I thought I would put the Bride and Grooms names in a font which contrasts this whilst also not being too fussy.  Anyone ordering this design though is welcome to try out which ever fonts they fancy.  I just try and pick ones which will show the design off well though as with colours there’s rarely a wrong choice with fonts!

Geometry design with art deco fonts in pink and grey
Geometry design with art deco fonts in pink and grey

A bit more about Bifold Invitations

A brief description of the bifold invitation, these invitations are very high quality made on exceptional quality card stock.  We print the outside with the cover and back of the invitation on one piece of card.  The inside panels are then printed on separate square pieces of card which are then carefully fixed with a very strong adhesive to the cover and back piece.  This gives a real quality finish, there is no slouching cards with our bifolds or the larger version the trifold!  The final touch is we fix a detachable rsvp on the information page which perfectly matches the pattern behind.  They come with 2 envelopes, one large one and another for the rsvp.  The RSVP can feature extra information like menu choices, transport options, not just attendance.

Wrap up

When it does become live you’ll be able to find the collection Geometry collection (which 90% likely will be it’s name) from the many wedding stationery collections menu here.  Hopefully it should be in the next two weeks.  Just a few more photos needed.  If you’re in a hurry though do get in touch as just because I don’t have all the photos I need finished doesn’t mean it couldn’t be ordered.  Find the contact page on the stationery site.

Part 3 of wedding stationery trends for 2014

Wedding Stationery trends part 3

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving (you are here)

Part 4:  Everything else

Wedding Stationery Trends Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of Artemis Stationery’s series on wedding stationery trends for 2014.  In the past 2 pieces we’ve discussed the prospects for vintage and the counter point provided by clean and crisp geometry inspired stationery in the first piece (view here).  While in part 2 we looked at the prospects for Art Deco and Scrap booking and how the metallic fabric trend on the catwalks may filter down to bridal wear and stationery.  This was a lot of fun for everyone!

So on with today’s trends:

Ethnic Patterns

Is a trend that has landed on the catwalk, you may think of it as native patterns but I think the net can be cast pretty wide.  You will probably being thinking of patterns based on African or South American designs but I think that you could include influences closer to home such as Fair Island style knitting patterns.  After all if you like them why not?  Plus if you like them but not enough to look to incorporate them on a dress then a jacket, cardigan or bolero would make a lot of sense for anyone marrying outside of summer.  I saw a bride in a lumberjack style patterned bolero in a blog piece and that looked great and just the job for keeping warm.  While Love My Dress featured a styled shoot with some great patterned jackets (see here – goes to pinterest, click again to see full article).  Leading blogs like Green Wedding shoes have featured dresses which fit with this (see here – again on pinterest).  I think the catwalk popularity will mean we’ll see an increase in this popularity this year.  It’s a way to be bold and vibrant but with a different and more traditional feel than geometric style stationery.

Illustration and Engraving

Now this is broad, so very very broad but I’ve lumped it together as I don’t think any of the sub styles will be all conquering like vintage has been, smiting all other styles before it.  OK a little bit of an exaggeration, but it was very popular.

A work in progress design, an attempt at blossom in a water colour  style.
A work in progress design, an attempt at blossom in a water colour style.

I think illustrations done well are very personal and unique.  Water colour style illustrations can be so wistful and romantic.  A cartoon style while not everyone’s cup of tea can be quirky and lots of fun.  Obviously there are other styles of painting to.  Illustrations can also include pencil sketches, graphic pens and engraved style.  I always think engravings look like those fine black ink graphic pens.  Used to love using those!

In the case of engraved pictures these are one tone images.  One of the ways of making these  traditionally would be for a drawing to be engraved into a metal plate by etching through a protective layer of varnish (there are more methods but hopefully this illustrates the point)  The ink would then sit in the engravings allowing for the picture to be printed.  These types of illustrations I always think have a real charm to them and I often associate them with botanical and zoological illustrations or scientific drawings of plants and animals.  These have been popular of late and could rise further as there is much more that could be done with the style than just using scientific drawings or illustrations based on Alice in Wonderland.   They can make great patterns and because you print in a dark colour they can print well onto non-white card.  Like the metallic cards mentioned in the last post.

Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.
Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.  Keep an eye on this blog and the website for it’s unveiling in the coming week or two.

20th century Art

Now  this is an interesting one.  I was looking at the catwalk trends thinking now how the heck will that translate to weddings so was going to ignore to it.  Then realised that I’d already created something on the fringes of this category.

I listen to 6 music a lot while I work and one of the biggest events of last year was the surprise release of a new album by David Bowie.  Because he has such a strong visual element associated with him I’ve always associated him with pop art.   There’s also the Andy Warhol connection.  I’m wondering if fashion designers are to as there’s been a lot of pop art and other 20th century artist inspired designs on the catwalks in the autumn.  I’m curious how this influence might filter through to weddings.

That said while looking at one of the designs that I’d come up with for the Geometric collection which actually although using triangles did go more arty than the other designs, maybe a little reminiscent of geometric abstractionism (did have to google the term to check it was real).  I don’t claim that my design is on a par just that it reminded me a little of it and made me think that there might be possibilities even if currently I can’t see them!

Geometric design cheque book style invitation
Geometric design cheque book style invitation.  Another new collection set to be shown soon!

There’s one more article to come in this series and that’s set for next week.  In the mean time please feel free to visit Artemis Stationery to see my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  If you’re in a hurry though and want to order one of the collections shown on this page before they’re fully available on the site email me at contact@artemisstationery.co.uk.  I’m hoping they’ll both be online within a fortnight, but its a very busy time of year.

Wedding stationery buying advice

One of the first articles I wrote when I started blogging as a wedding stationer was about buying advice for stationery.  It’s been a while and my blog has since moved to wordpress so I thought it was about time to revisit this topic with a shiny new article!

Some things to consider when buying wedding stationery & invitations

Choosing a Wedding Stationer

If you’re looking for a stationer to make your wedding stationery it’s safe to assume you’ve decided not to go the DIY route.  After that there’s two main ways to go.  If you see the invitations as functional then its best you find something that makes your life easier and on budget.    Alternatively you can view the invitations or save the dates as the opening act to your wedding and the day stationery as an integral part.  This probably means looking for a design you like first.  Google image searches can be invaluable either in finding a pre-existing design you like or a stationer whose style you think could bring to life what you’re imagining. Pinterest is another way to see a lot of images of wedding stationery fast.

Artemis Stationery on Pinterest

Inside of Calabria bifold wedding invitation
Inside of Calabria bifold wedding invitation

What does Bespoke mean

Lots of stationers like to use the word bespoke, it sounds good.  But it can be used to cover a variety of differing products and services.

Bespoke means tailoring a product for a client.  Like tailoring a suit or a dress that a client likes to specifically fit them.  That can mean taking a basic design and making it perfect for that client.  Some people call this personalised stationery, though if it’s personalised stationery its likely to mean that there is less tailoring to be done.  The minimum level of personalisation being using the Bride and Grooms name on the cover.

For other stationers they mean starting from scratch and listening to what the client wants.  Although it wil often start from a new client having seen the stationers previous work and wants something similar.  This from scratch stationery can also be known as couture stationery.

At Artemis Stationery we have collections of stationery designs which we call our bespoke collections.  They are able to be highly tailored to each client and offer an affordable alternative to starting from scratch yet achieving something totally unique for each clients.  We do offer a from scratch service and call this our couture service.

Trieste cheque book style invitation in mint with Swarovski crystals
Trieste cheque book style invitation in mint with Swarovski crystals

Save the Dates

If you want your guests to keep your wedding date free but haven’t got everything arranged for the invitations consider sending save the date cards. These let you formally tell your guests when your wedding is and that an invitation will follow. They’re not a wedding essential but can be very useful depending on the circumstances.

Magnet save the date from the bunting collection
Magnet save the date from the bunting collection

Guest Name Printing

Choosing a stationer who prints guest names on your invitations can save a lot of time, effort and money (if you were going to use a calligrapher) and look really good.  It says that each invitation has been made for each guest.  Some stationers will include this in the price, others see it as an extra while some are unable to do this.  We print guest names as standard on invitations and place cards.

Love Birds invitation showing printed guest names (Claire & Harry)
Love Birds invitation showing printed guest names (Claire & Harry)

Error Checking

Have several friends or relatives check any text you send to a stationer. As many will assume any text sent to them is correct and won’t proof read.  We generally review text sent to us but cannot guarantee to pick up errors.  If you have a friend who is a teacher or works in publishing be very nice to them before you need to do your invitations and stationery!

Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation
Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation

Ordering Extra Invitations

It can be wise to order extra of each item.  You may need to dig a little or ask for the minimum order size.  For Artemis Stationery we have a minimum order size but this is based around our design costs.  Our production is in house so we can actually print short orders so when a couple of extra invitations are needed that’s not a problem.  If a stationer is out sourcing production to a printers they will most likely have a minimum or have to charge much more for smaller runs so extra items may not be possible.  If you’re getting names printed on your invitations this means getting extra blank invites.

Sienna - contemporary floral wedding stationery with art deco fonts shown in red as a mounted invitation
Sienna – contemporary floral wedding stationery with art deco fonts shown in red as a mounted invitation

Order of the Day or Programs

What is an order of the day? It’s similar to the order of service as it can include information on a civil ceremony but also includes information about the day. Such as when photos will be taken and where. Times and places for the meal, start of the evening reception, etc. They can be useful as guests know when they free to wander and when they’re not, which can be especially useful if guests are also staying at the venue. This information can be included at the end of a order of service.

Art Deco style wedding program from the Capri collection
Art Deco style wedding program from the Capri collection

Time

When organising a wedding there’s a lot to do and it’s easy for stationery to take a back seat to other arrangements.  But although many stationers can normally get stationery made and despatched very quickly it’s never wise to rely on this.  Things happen, couriers run over packages with forklifts.  Roads flood or get covered in ice and snow.  If at all possible it’s always best to leave enough time for the order to be redone and sent again if the worst happens. 99% of the time everything will be fine but you don’t want to be one of the 1%.

Canvas wedding table plan from the Bologne art deco style collection
Canvas wedding table plan from the Bologne art deco style collection

Budget

Struggling with the budget but don’t want to cut stationery out totally? There is often a cheaper way to do most things without doing it yourself. We do offer some very elaborate invites but why not go for an A6 version or a postcard sized one. Our postcard invites start from around £1, there is also a larger A5 one which can be mounted. Things like menus aren’t necessary but it can be good to let your guests know what they’re about to eat even if they chose it in advance or there is no choice. Menu tents are good way of putting one menu on each table at a cheap price and these can be combined with table numbers to save further. Order of service can be expensive but one between two will often suffice and there are cheaper ways to build them than with an A5 booklet with 12 or 8 pages inside and a card cover.

Brescia - damask pattern styled small card invitation in pink
Brescia – damask pattern styled small card invitation in pink

Thanks for reading!  If you have any questions or any tips yourself I would love to hear them.  You can see all the bespoke stationery collections featured in this article on the Artemis Stationery website.

Ilminster Wedding Fair, 12th Jan 2014

Next Sunday (12th January) Artemis Stationery will be displaying at a wedding fair at the Shrubbery Best Western Hotel in Ilminster Somerset. The wedding fair is organised by Prima Moda bridal boutique which is also based in Ilminster. There is free entry and the day will be raising money for charity which is Action Duchenne. Action Duchenne prioritises the funding of innovative research into a cure and effective medicines for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last years wedding fair raised £169 for the epilepsy society.

If you’re currently thinking about your stationery it’s a great opportunity for those in the Somerset and Dorset to see our stationery in person and discuss your wedding stationery in person. As well as Artemis Stationery there will be 25 other talented wedding vendors and professionals in attendance. From cake makers to photographers, florists, event decorators and many more.

Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation
Geometry inspired trifold wedding invitation

The day starts at 10 and runs to 4 with dance demonstrations through the day. The Shrubbery is on the main road through Ilminster – Station Road. It’s easy to find, there is plenty of parking. Click to see on google maps

For further information about the Weddings and Celebrations Fair please contact Jean on 01460 54600. The address for the wedding fair is, BEST WESTERN Shrubbery Hotel, Station Road, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9AR.

You can visit our bespoke wedding stationery at Artemis Stationery or visit Prima Moda Brides.

Canvas wedding table plan from the Bologne art deco style collection
Canvas wedding table plan from the Bologne art deco style collection

Love birds wedding Invitations & Stationery

Love birds bespoke wedding stationery

New bespoke wedding stationery collection

Today’s blog post is about our newest wedding stationery collection.  There was first look at it before Christmas (see here) but I’m now happy to announce this new collection is fully up on our website Artemis Stationery.  I was pondering what to call it.  Many of our collections have city names, mostly Italian.  It was ranges like Trieste that made this scheme seem a good idea as I don’t know quite how a name could sum it up well and sound elegant.  With our newest collection things are a lot simpler as there are three stars to this collection.  The most obvious being the pair of Love birds, then the heart behind them and the wooden textures.  So the name for the collection is Love Birds, which I figure this name covers the birds and the heart so it’s one of those rare occasions where the name is both appropriate and descriptive.

A5 size invitation with mounting in pastel blue and green
A5 size invitation with mounting in pastel blue and green

As with all our bespoke stationery collections colours and fonts are not set in stone.  What you see in these images are just examples, any colour that can be printed can be used.  Similarly with fonts, we have hundreds to choose from on our website and can always look for more.  See fonts or colour choices on website from the bespoke section of the main menu.

Love Birds place card in purple
Love Birds place card in purple

Rustic, Vintage and Contemporary

This means that Love Birds can fit with numerous styles.  The wood textures I think lend itself to a rustic look.  I think it can have a very modern look or at least uses modern or contemporary styles of design.  Vintage fonts and faded colours could turn that on its head though, maybe for a contemporary take on vintage wedding stationery!

Love bird design using wood and paper textures
Love bird design using wood and paper textures

‘Love Birds’

The birds are not intended to be the actual species of birds that are called Love Birds.  We do have another range though Sassari where these little parrots are the ones used.  You can see Sassari here.  Instead these Love birds are meant to be more typical looking birds to play on the phrase ‘a pair of love birds’.  This is always a classic theme for stationery and weddings and can help if you’re fancying having a vintage bird cage as part of the décor of your wedding.

Actual Love Birds - place card from Sassari collection
Actual Love Birds – place card from Sassari collection

Love Birds is now up on our main bespoke wedding stationery website.  The same images but you can details of prices and suggestions on the types of stationery that it can be made as and find out about getting samples and ordering.

Visit our Love Birds wedding stationery now

Inside of bifold Love Birds invitation shown above
Inside of bifold Love Birds invitation shown above

Wedding stationery trends for 2014 pt 2

Wedding stationery trends part 2

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco (you are here)

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving

Part 4:  Everything else

Wedding Stationery Trends Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of wedding stationery trends for 2014.  We’re looking at trends whether they be new or established.  We’ve already discussed how vintage may evolve this year and trends from last year which will probably continue to be popular as they offer a counter point to vintage.  Click to see the previous wedding stationery trends article.  Today’s article looks at the development of two styles which are already popular and another which is newer.

Textures & Scrap booking

The use of texture in stationery has been popular for a few years now.  It’s been used a lot by designers of scrapbook style printed stationery.  What was maybe fun and more innocent a few years ago is looking more stylish and grown up in newer designs.  The range of materials being used is growing to.  At first people were imitating paper, card and fabric.  All things which would be used if you glued together the invite.  Now though textures like wood and metal are being used and objects that couldn’t be glued onto an invite like pom poms.  The big letters with lights on which are currently very stylish are also popular images to use within this type of stationery design.

Love bird design using wood and paper textures
Love bird design using wood and paper textures

This design is not yet on the main site, but it’s just a matter of days till I finish getting all the photos together so if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page on the main website.

Metals & Metallic finishes

Metallic finishes have been lighting up the catwalks of late.  This is bound to filter down to Bridal designers, many of whom have already been using metallic materials for very luxurious looking dresses.   It can be used in a number of ways from using a fabric which is all metallic looking to varying degrees or using embroidery, sequins, feathers or other elements to add to another colour fabric.  Of course once you have a distinctive dress it makes sense that a lot of other elements of a wedding will compliment it.  Like wedding stationery!

Gold wedding booklet invitation using gold colour print and gold pearlescent card.
Reggio Emilia gold wedding booklet invitation using gold colour print and gold pearlescent card.

This trend can fit in with the scrap book style.  This style normally uses images of materials printed onto stationery rather than the material itself.  The trick will probably be not making them look too cold or harsh.  It can also play a part in the move from vintage shabby chic/make do and mend to more a opulent and luxurious style vintage.  Eg metallic finishes or looks can work brilliantly with Art Deco.  Though tarnished, worn or corroded looking materials can also work with a grunge look, which can always make good use of interesting textures and materials.

Most digital printers can’t print metallic effects though some can, so most would be printed with normal ink rather than anything with a reflective ability.  A way around this would be to print onto a metallic card.  If wanting to use a darker card, you wouldn’t be able to print full colour, just dark colours so this would suit engraving style of designs.   This may well mean foil blocked stationery could rise in popularity as these allow you to use gold or other metallic colours for text and you get a real shine from them.

Stationers who use unprinted card in their work and brides and Grooms making their own invites can easily use metallic or pearlescent card.  A good gold or silver effect card can create a really luxurious look.

View our gold wedding board on pinterest to see examples of this style, ideas and bridal dresses.

Miami art deco table number tent in gold
Miami art deco table number tent in gold

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Art Deco

Art Deco has probably been more popular than its average level for the last two years.  It’s a timeless style managing to look modern and classic simultaneously.  The Great Gatsby remake which may have been responsible for some of its gain in popularity was finally released last year.  Another way to come to Art Deco is as a luxury or opulent twist on the vintage trend.  Art Deco is centred on the 1920’s.  With the economic prospects in some areas beginning to look brighter this opulent branch of vintage will probably remain popular this year.  There is a lot which can be done in an Art Deco style so designers of stationery and other items have plenty of room to innovate and put new twists on the style without repeating themselves helping this style have a little more staying power than some.

Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.
Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.

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Thank you for taking the time read this article.  That’s it for part 2 but you can see more stationery here on our main bespoke wedding stationery site.  Part 3 will be along tomorrow.

Wedding stationery trends for 2014

Wedding Stationery trends

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry (you are here)

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving

Part 4:  Everything else

Wedding Stationery Trends Part 1

The start of a new year seems like a good time to write an article on wedding stationery trends for the coming year or wedding stationery trends for 2014.  After all I make bespoke wedding stationery and invitations!  You can see my stationery at my website – Artemis Stationery.  I am pondering who the main reader of this article maybe, whether more readers are potential clients, eg Brides.  Or are the readers are for more likely to be other stationers and wedding industry folk.

For the Brides I would say that trends I think when it comes to weddings can be a bit of a liability.  Don’t be overly influenced by whether it’s en-trend now.  If reading a trends article something catches your eye that’s good.  But I like to think with weddings we’re looking for something more timeless.  Something you can look back on in the decades to come and will make you smile.  Not something you’d have to explain to your children as ‘well it was trendy at the time’….   Similarly, if you like bunting, you like bunting even if you’ve been to three weddings with it in the last year.  I doubt you’ll remember the other weddings so much when you look at your wedding album in the years to come.

Also and this is probably equally useful to the industry types is that what I’m seeing touted as popular for next year in some cases I hadn’t realised it had gone out from the last time it was hot.  This is another reason for Brides to choose what they like rather than ‘is’ trendy.  Similarly if you have an idea, go with it.  It only takes for one of the big blogs to show a good idea in one of their real weddings for trends to start. Though please don’t have sleepless nights trying to wrack your brain for a new idea to start a trend with.

the actual trends

Vintage

Vintage is here and it has been for a while and it’s never going to die, not so long as people walk this planet and get married.  What I will say is that it’s spreading and getting away from the make do and mend and shabby chic trends that helped it become the overwhelming style influence of the last few years. You can do vintage and still create a luxurious look. I think these will grow in popularity.

Bunting Wedding Place Name with polka dot flags
Bunting Wedding Place Name with polka dot flags

Also just because lots of people have done it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t if you like it.  There are good reasons for it being so all conquering.  Such as bunting is essentially a nice way to decorate a hall or other big space.  Nostalgia is not often a bad thing, and vintage lets you off the hook of having to try and match the colours with every element of your wedding.

Trieste cheque booklet style wedding invitation with Swarovski pearls
Trieste cheque booklet style wedding invitation with Swarovski pearls

As I said it is spreading more away from make do and mend and verging into the glamorous and opulent.  Victoriana and Art Deco could fall into this.  I’m wondering if the Regency period might even get more of a look in as suppliers look for styles which fit under the vintage banner yet are still under exploited from the last few years.

A contrast to Vintage

While vintage and other styles that could be considered fussy trends are popular there is always bound to be a counter point.  These have often been found in Geometric or pattern inspired designs and while chevrons may have been a little over exposed stripes could be a way to go.  I think the main criteria is clean lines and colours.  Whether they be pastel which are rarely wrong for a wedding or brighter tones which are a counter to the faded colours of shabby shic.

I do like designs that have some maths or geometry behind them.  Some people say maths is the language of the universe and I often find a nice pattern as a very beautiful thing.  Artemis Stationery will be launching its own Geometry inspired collection very soon.  I was photographing a really interesting new trifold invitation just a few days ago.

Geometry inspired red and orange trifold invitation
Geometry inspired red and orange trifold invitation

One of the things I like about this style of design is that you can cross it with other styles.  Eg stripes and Ombre could influence your geometric design.

Going back to Chevrons though, I’m not sure when they were first used but I know the ancient Greeks used them, so they’re no flash in the pan!  If you like them, go with them;) Geometric style designs can also work with Art Deco elements. I often pair Geometric inspired designs with Art Deco fonts. It’s a great combination and I mention it as Art Deco will most likely be strong this year, but more on that later.

Example of brightened colours with in ombre take on chevrons
Example of brightened colours with in ombre take on chevrons

Join us tomorrow for part 2 of this journey through wedding stationery in 2014. Or visit the website now to see more bespoke wedding invitations and stationery. If you can’t see something on the website that you’ve seen on this blog or facebook just email us to ask about ordering.

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When to send wedding invitations

When to send wedding invitations

When to send out wedding invitations can be quite a complicated thing. So many weddings are so different these days. Guests can be spread near or far. Sometimes far may mean over a few hundred miles, or thousands of miles. Especially in the US, there friends and family may be distributed from the Atlantic to Pacific. It can even mean across many countries. There are more destination weddings, both in a country or abroad. Things are complicated indeed!

So since its New Year’s day. I’m not sure about the US but in the UK it’s a public holiday, so for most people it’s a day off work and if planning a wedding a chance to start making up for lost time and dive into your wedding planning. So with that in mind planning when to send your wedding invitations if not done already makes a lot of sense.

Bunting Booklet Wedding Invitation - disclaimer: attaching an invitation to a clothes line may not help your invitations reach your guests
Bunting Booklet Wedding Invitation – disclaimer: attaching an invitation to a clothes line may not help your invitations reach your guests

This has been done from the perspective of trying to get as many guests that you want to your wedding as possible. I’ve done this as it’s very easy to fall into the suppliers, services and venues setingt the pace rather than what would ideally suit you and your potential guests. Eg when times have been confirmed or menus agreed. Yet since it is an increasingly complicated world we live in, we need to think about how best to keep informed those people whose presence is really wanted but may have big challenges in making it to watch you walk up the aisle. I didn’t even mention in the preamble that more and more weddings are on days other than Saturdays so holiday and time off work starts becoming more of a factor for most guests! I’ve tried to be cautious so as to give the maximum opportunity to get your guests there. This chart should be quite simple to follow start with the first question and then answer yes or no and follow the chart around.

When to send wedding invitations

When to send your wedding invitations
When to send your wedding invitations

I hope this proves useful but I’ll admit I don’t have all the answers so I doubt this is fool proof. I would definitely appreciate any feedback to improve a second version.

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Card invitation with damask inspired design
Card invitation with damask inspired design

This infographic was first shown on an article I wrote for English Wedding Blog but I wanted to feature it on my own blog as a) it’s useful b) I can show it larger here so it looks better. You can see all the articles I have written English Wedding Blog on Wedding stationery here.