Insider Secrets: How to Create Unforgettable Wedding Invitations

By Christina Koot - Design & Letterpress

Your save-the-date or wedding invitation presents the first hint of your wedding style. This small yet vitally important item will be your very first contact with your guests, giving them a feel of what to expect on your big day. It should be just as amazing and special as the day itself! Christina from Christina Koot Design & Letterpress has partnered with us to share some insider inspiration on the benefits of creating beautiful, bespoke invitations for your wedding.

It’s important that your wedding stationery is custom-designed to fit exactly what you want. Including information such as who, where and when, and details on what to expect when the day arrives, these special pieces of card will set the tone for your wedding and communicate all the necessary particulars to your guests. Will your wedding be rustic, modern or classic? A bespoke design finished off with beautiful letterpress printing will express the theme perfectly. From the moment your guests open the hand-calligraphied address envelopes they won’t want to miss your day for the world! After all, what would a wedding day be without family and friends to celebrate alongside you and your loved one?

Modern with a Casual Twist

This particular couple wanted a hand drawn, relaxed, and modern look for their wedding stationery. We started the process by choosing appropriate fonts and colour. They loved the idea of integrating hand drawn fonts in varying sizes and layout with small design elements such as ribbons and dashes. We designed their information card to double as an RSVP card for their guests to cut off themselves and return to the sender. Finally, the wedding invitation and information cards were sent out in matching pearl-coloured envelopes.

Nautical Theme

Beks and Josh both work on super yachts and had chosen Mapua Wharf in Nelson for their wedding venue, so their decision to have a nautical theme for their stationery was quite fitting. From the start, they had a clear idea about what they wanted, from the anchor ampersand on the front to the co-ordinates and compass on the back. On the invitation, we combined 3 different fonts, rope detail and a calendar image to mark their wedding day. This nautical-themed stationery fit perfectly with navy blue ink. We paired it with an offset printed gift registry card, RSVP card and an envelope liner tucked neatly inside a crisp, white envelope to send.

Chalkboard & Crisp Lettering

Samantha and Luke were winners of our competition that featured on Truly & Madly. Samantha won a $200 voucher to use towards the design and letterpress printing for her wedding stationery. On their wedding day, they planned to use chalkboards for table numbers, signage and decorating detail. It made sense to incorporate this chalkboard design into their wedding stationery in order to give the guests a taste of what was to come. To make create this effect, we hot-foil-stamped the invitations with white foil onto thick, black stock. We achieved the letterpress impression they wanted with a crisp, white font. Altogether, their wedding stationery consisted of the chalkboard-style invitation with a digitally printed information card, RSVP and map.

Classic Floral Design

Emma and Andrew’s wedding stationery was a classic design with a modern twist. Peonies were Emma’s flower of choice for the big day and so she wanted to incorporate them into the wedding stationary.  They are such a beautiful flower and worked really well to create an elegant design. For the invite, we blind embossed a pattern of peonies in behind the text – this means an impression into the paper with no ink. The text was printed in a soft charcoal to fit in nicely with the delicateness of the peony. We accompanied the invite with an information card, again using the peonies and charcoal, and then finished the set off with a peony patterned envelope liner which tied all of the pieces together beautifully.



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