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.