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Our resident stationery pros, Gus & Ruby Letterpress, are back at it with another guest post on how to set the tone of your wedding using stationery! Excited for all the info they are bringing us today! Take it away, Gus & Ruby!

Wedding stationery can help you set the tone for your big day by introducing color palettes, themes and the overall vibe of the party to come. The goal of the invitation, aside from the obvious one of actually inviting guests and eliciting a reply, is to get your guests excited for the event and to give them a taste of what they can expect in terms of decor and tone.

It would be confusing for a guest to receive a gold engraved invitation only to show up to a backyard hoe-down wedding; so, using the right language, colors and formalities can all help give guests a sense of what’s to come.  We always remind clients to remember that cohesion between all the elements of your wedding design is often the goal, but that no-one will have the invitation help up at your wedding comparing exact colors, motifs or fonts. Instead, the hope is that they’ll see how the overall feeling of the day was hinted at through your beautiful stationery.

Below are some examples of how invitation suites can set the tone using a variety of different techniques.

Anneke & Austin
A classic, preppy palette of navy and fuschia, use of inspired nautical motifs and a hand-sewn sailcloth belly band introduced guests to the seaside elegance of this York, Maine summer fete.

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Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Invitation photos by Brea McDonald Photography
Wedding photos by Eric Laurits

 

Meghan & Chris
Sweet hand-illustrated maps, nature-inspired motifs and fun, personal language gave guests insight into all that was to come during the weekend-long wedding event held at the groom’s family farm.

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Invitation photos by
Brea McDonald Photography
Wedding photos by
Ned Jackson Photography

Reagan & Marcus
Elegant hand calligraphy paired with contemporary blocked fonts and a cool, monochromatic palette hinted at the chic, hip-meets-old-world-industrial event held at an old marine loft on the wharf in Portland, Maine.

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Invitation & wedding photos by
Brea McDonald Photography

Daisy & James
Flowing calligraphy, a soft feminine palette and gorgeous floral graphics all alluded to the classic, romantic tone of this garden party summer soiree.

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Wedding Blog SETTING TONE USING STATIONERY

Invitation photos by
Brea McDonald Photography
Wedding photos by
Geneve Hoffman Photography

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As you stylish brides of ours know, the save-the-date and wedding invite is like the glue that pulls together the style of your big day. We absolutely adore the emerging garden trend, and our friends at Invitations by Dawn have some seriously gorgeous designs. From Garden Wedding Invitations stamped with gold or silver foil accents to stunning letterpress designs, these invites look fab paired with the gorg floral motifs! So unexpected.

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Invitations by Dawn offers everything from laser cut and embossed to thermographed and full color digital styles (with a variety of price points, which we love!). They also offer a “Seal & Send” invite, which comes with an attached response card. Just fold, seal, and send; no need for an envelope!

Wedding Blog Invitations by Dawn

Wedding Blog Invitations by Dawn

Wedding Blog Invitations by Dawn

Grey Likes Weddings readers are lucky enough to be offered 25% off (whoa!) your wedding invitations with the code GREY25. This offer includes their premium collections such as Letterpress and Foil-Stamped invitations but does exclude Disney Invitations. Offer valid through 6/30/2014.

*Invitations by Dawn is a sponsor of Grey Likes. All opinions are blogger’s own.

Can we just say OBSESSED? Wedding Paper Divas has just launched a new stationery collaboration with BHLDN and Claire Pettibone for the most perfect spring/summer collection that mixes garden inspired florals, plenty of gold foil, watercolor, and stripey statements (to name a few). We love the incorporation of charming phrases, monograms, and unique tri-fold designs. Everything is so unique and custom-inspired!

I even think mixing and matching some of these collections (like we’ve done for you below) would be super fun! Imagine a floral invite paired with a striped RSVP card? Le sigh. We love!

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Wedding Blog Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Blog Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Blog Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Blog Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Blog Wedding Paper Divas

Our love for stationery knows no bounds. It’s like branding for your big day! Check out the entire Wedding Paper Divas collection here!

We recently spied MaeMae Paperie’s new project for Munster Rose and absolutely adore her stationery suite. Wouldn’t this be perfect inspiration for your wedding invites? I love the idea of custom thank you’s, too! Le sigh. We love MaeMae.

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Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog Stationery Inspiration from MaeMae Paperie

 

Our darling friend, Megan, of MaeMae Paperie is back at it again with some new creations from her studio that we just had to share. First off, if your office looked like this, I think it would be hard to resist feeling creative urges all day long:
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One of their recent suites was used in the “Sweet Corn Sweethearts” feature in Southern Weddings‘ sixth issue. Photos by KT Merry.
Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

They’ve also teamed up with Sam + Whitney and the rest of the Gus & Ruby team for some letterpress goodies that we love!
Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Christine and David were married in Maine at the beautiful Migis Lodge Resort and created a custom map for the liner since the area is so cool and topographically so graphic with all of that amazing water. They decided to go with the Marlowe suite from the MaeMae Paperie collection and (in true Gus & Ruby fashion) brought it to the next level with a touch of rose gold foiling on the formal invitation. The illustrations on the itinerary card are my favorite elements from this suite.
Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

Wedding Blog MaeMae Paperie

For Ashlee and Sean’s invitations we used the Roxy suite as the foundation and combined punchy colors and tropical illustrations for a suite that hinted at both sophistication AND laid-back vacation. The full color letterpress is so vibrant and has a really cool hand touched feeling.
Love it all so much! What are your plans for your wedding invites, darlings?
Images shot by Wing Ta of Canary Grey.