Utah Bride and Groom

Make History: 5 Timeless Invitation Trends

Every bride craves a classic feel for her big day. If you’re a discerning bride looking to dive headfirst into traditional styles, get ready to kick off your old school and sentimental wedding with historically stylish stationery suites from every era.

Calligraphy

Similar fonts on traditional envelopes and modern elements tie the old to the new with flawless flair.

Taking the usual wedding-day mantra “old, new, borrowed and blue” to heart, Mikyla Marie Manu of Ink & Press, Co. crafts a coordinating suite that is one-of-a-kind. Delicate calligraphy and antique stamps, featuring landmark  buildings and renowned historical figures from Victorian times and beyond. The old styles paired with new trends —set by Manu herself—present a blend of modern and traditional design elements sure to wow every recipient on your guest list. Ultra-modern etched invitation pieces on transparent acrylic slabs make the message crystal clear: Your big day is not a party anyone wants to miss.

Botanicals

Whether it’s Utah’s snow-capped slopes or red rock canyons, the state boasts a long-held reputation as the ultimate outdoors destination for adventure-folk from all corners of the globe. If your wedding is at one of Utah’s many epic destination venues, why not celebrate Utah’s beauty with gorgeous nature-packed stationary?

Thick cards with colorful borders by Smitten by Design at The Write Image deliver a mountain lodge vacation right to your guests’ mailbox. They can ski or ride right into a retro resort postcard from majestic snowy peaks of your ceremony location.

Not a winter wedding? No problem. Lush botanical spreads have local flora of all shapes, sizes and heights sprouting right there on the page, showcasing Utah splendor before guests even arrive.

Hand-Painted

Take a walk on the modern side with artsy hand-painted designs by Ann Elizabeth Print Studio. Today’s artsy brides are about all things locally-sourced and locally-made. Creativity runs wild with layers of whimsical elements.

Watercolor paint pairs with solid metallic gold foil, cursive handwriting meets strong, solid type and bold sweeps of acrylic play with thin, smart fonts. All wrapped up in brightly-colored envelopes with transparent bands. Dainty, hand-painted watercolor ferns on small invites means no two cards you mail will be the same—each will be unique. Just like your wedding.

Monogram

Innovative shapes and cuts of invitation cards catch the eye, even with the simplest designs.

Two names merging as one, a type-set representation of love. Not only does the letter-inspired motif capture the classiness of paper elements, but its subtle addition completes the task that every wedding invite should: It makes the day all about you!  

Tabula Rasa paper suites take all of the swoon-worthy trends of the Golden Age, but with a modern and minimalistic twist. Varied shapes and sizes add just the right amount of dapper, keeping simple suites looking elegant. A healthy pop of color and sparkle spices things up, adding  flair while avoiding the busy appearance of an overkill design. Less is more in this era of wedding style, and these cards prove that simple can be as elegant as ever with the right snazzy design.

Sealed

The perfect contrast: distressed edges add delicate notes to lavish suites.

When it’s your time to shine, there is no reason you shouldn’t pull out all the stops. Make your greetings stand out from the rest with iridescent wax seals and exquisite packaging that exude extravagance and status in the most traditional of displays. Ink + Press Co. goes above and beyond with Old English casings as the memorable and sophisticated trend of customized seals steps back into the modern limelight. And what better way to glam up age-old methods for the modern bride than with a little sparkle? For the romantic and luxurious at heart, glimmering wax, ink and foil take antiqued looks to the next level.

Browse some of our favorite paper vendors in our Vendor Guide! 

Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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