Inspiration // Wedding Invitations

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Deciding on the style, design and tone of your wedding invitations can feel like quite a daunting task, especially when you’re big day is looming on the horizon and you have a million and one other things on your to do list. Many brides and groom worry about selecting their invitations because they want to get them completely right, but there’s really no need to get flustered. By the time you are ready to buy and post your invitations you will probably be at the stage where most of your wedding is planned out, your concept is decided upon and your venue and suppliers have been booked. With this in mind you should be well equipped to choose invitations which match and compliment the look and atmosphere of your wedding perfectly. Without giving too much away of course!

If you have a good idea of what you want in terms of colour, type of paper and what you would like to say, but you’re still agonising over the details of exactly what your invitations will look like, consider your budget, the size of your guest list, and the type of people on that list. If you’re having a formal wedding then the invitations must reflect this, if your guest list is large then it’s very important that you use recycled paper and if you’re worried about your budget then it’s prudent to keep things simple and elegant.

Images: Etsy.com // Rifle Paper Co. {via 100 Layer Cake} // Seaside Papery, photographed by John Schnack {via Green Wedding Shoes}

Invitations which have a floral, woodland or garden theme are perhaps my very favourite. Why? Because they just look so beautiful and so romantic not matter how simple or complicated they are. This type of invitation would be ideal for a spring or summer wedding which has an outside element, or an inside wedding where flowers, trees and natural materials will play a big part. 

Images: Heather Hawkins Photography {via Green Wedding Shoes} // Pond Photography {via Trendy Bride} // Paula Bartosiewicz Photography {via Burnetts Boards} // Sweet Paper, photographed by Bethann Greenberg {via Green Wedding Shoes

Bohemian wedding invitations are sure to impress your guests and sweep them off into a hippy dreamland, and all of this before they’ve even attended your wedding! Usually involving the use of feathers, flowers, dream catchers, and pops of colour; boho invitations are little works of art in their own right. If your wedding has a few boho touches then carrying your concept into beautiful bohemian style invitations is quite simply a must!

Images: EPLove {via 100 Layer Cake} // Jessica Burke {via Style Me Pretty} // Pitbulls & Posies {via Martha Stewart Weddings

Bold and bright invitations are great for weddings which will not be following the well-trodden path. If you’re special day is expected to be one big party with balloons, confetti, glitter and fireworks, then your invitations should reflect this. Take inspiration for your invitation from your venue decorations. If you are using gold sequin tablecloths and bold neon shapes, then be sure that both are represented in your invitations in order to maintain some continuity, and to tease your guests about what’s to come.

Images: Jen Fariello Photography {via Style Me Pretty} // Charlie Juliet {via Style Me Pretty} // Southern Fried Paper, photographed by Ben Q Photography {via Green Wedding Shoes}

Pretty pastel wedding invitations are a very popular style as they are usually perfectly in-keeping with the colour scheme of most weddings. Plus pastel shades are just adorable! If you don’t want to give too much away regarding your big day, or if you have a tight budget for your wedding stationary, then pastel invitations are a good way to go as they are readily available and almost always look effortlessly chic.

Images: Behance // Gemma Milly, photographed by Kerry Ann Duffy {via Bridal Musings} // Paige Newton Photography {via Bird Dog Wedding} // Pinterest

Rustic wedding invitations are ideal for barn, castle or hunting lodge weddings. As they tend to be a little simpler and more masculine than the average invitation, they are also tend to be very budget friendly and great for brides and grooms who don’t want anything too frilly and fussy. The most attractive rustic invitations tend to be made from slightly thicker or textured card, feature game animals and may have rough edges and a plain typeface.

Images: Summer Raine Designs, photographed by Mikkel Paige Photography {via Wedding Chicks} // Urban Rose Photography {via Ruffled} // Taylor Lord {via Style Me Pretty}

Watercolour invitations have been enjoying a great deal of popularity recently, and will continue to be a big trend for some time. The watery softness of the colours makes this type of invitation perfect for spring and summer weddings, especially those taking place on the beach or near a river. I adore watercolour invitations, especially those that come in mystical gemstone shades, and they can be an extremely elegant type of invitation when mixed with calligraphy text.

--Lottie ♥