15 Invitation Trends You'll Love
Make your Names Big
Don’t be shy. Make your name the focal point of the invitation and make it BIG! You can make an even bigger splash by opting to use only your first names (at least for the display font).
Let Bright Colors Shine
If you’ve seen the Birdhaus color palette, you know we love bright colors. If it fits your theme, go bright! It’s not only refreshing, but it will make your invitations something you and your guests won’t soon forget.
Mute your Hues
Don’t get us wrong – we love a soft color palette almost as much as bright. Each have their own place, and we bet you think muted hues are perfect for your wedding. So tone down the saturation if you’re thinking romantic or vintage.
Say Yes to Textured Papers
We can’t stress enough the importance of high-quality paper stock. Many vendors offer the option to upgrade your papers – if you have some wiggle room in your budget, a nice paper will surely take your invitations to the next level. We believe this so much that our base paper stock is a nice, thick, textured one – no need to spend extra on an upgrade.
Minimize the Frills
We think the days of 5-piece, fancy folded, lace-glued invitations are over. Simplicity is our middle name. Keep it simple. Keep it classy. And minimal frills means minimal cost.
Mix & Match Envelope Colors
With the plethora of delightful envelope colors out there, why pick just one? If you’re using two envelopes in your suite, try using complementary colors. It adds visual interest and an element of surprise for your invitees.
Skip the Inner Envelope
Better yet, ditch the inner envelope all together and include a reply postcard. In the Birdhaus Collection, this our standard. It costs less and just as nice as a regular reply card. And did we mention we like keeping it simple?
At Birdhaus we have standards – size standards, that is. All of our invitations are 5x7 inches (A7) and our reply postcards and reception cards are 3.5x5 inches. Why? They’re simple to mail, easy to assemble and look great on display so your guests don't forget your big day! This is our norm, but that doesn't mean you can't mix it up a bit. Our custom invites encourage you to think outside of the box!
Mix fun with formal
Fun wording and formal design? Or formal design with a fun tone? Mix and match to let your invites speak to your personality as a couple.
Calligraphy never goes out of style
The perfect combination of beautiful artwork with writing, calligraphy is an age old tradition that will never go out of style. With so many variations and one of kind looks, calligraphy will take your invitations to the next level while giving your guests that personal touch and beauty all invitations should have.
Stamp it out
The Birdhaus Survey says the worst part about wedding invitations is addressing them. A fun tool to add to your wedding arsenal is a personalized return address stamp showing off your new name and perhaps a new address. The best part of the stamp is you can use it for years to come!
Many brides-to-be are taking a DIY approach to invitations, especially on Save the Dates. Consider creating your design to be a rubber stamp– each stamp creates a unique look and feel to the invitation and offers a more casual approach that looks fantastic paired with different paper types and colors.
Line them Up
Really want a wow factor for your big day...two words, envelope liners. There is no reason your envelope should be boring, it is just as much a part of your invitations as the pieces sealed inside. Liners are a perfect way to tie in a little extra bit of color, textures, and patterns without over- doing it. The perfect little surprise and take your invites to a whole new level your guests will love!
You probably saw gold foil take over in 2014, but rose gold is making a big appearance in wedding trends across the board, and we’re here to tell you it’s going to make a splash in the invitation world as well, including the popular foil technique.
Wrap it Up
Tying it all together is one of the most rewarding parts of the invitation process! Don’t forget to spend some time thinking about how you’d like to package your pieces. Traditional twine? Baker’s twine? Ribbon? Paper band with a monogram sticker? All great possibilities.
It Doesn’t End There
Invitations are not the only printed material you’ll need to celebrate! From programs to table numbers, menus to party favors there are other little details that so easily get pushed off till the very last minute. By thinking ahead, not only will you there will be no last minute trips to the party store, but you can rest assured every detail will create a beautiful cohesive design of your dreams.