Adding color within your invitation suite is the perfect way to introduce your pretty palette to loved ones. Not to mention, incorporating color in your wedding stationery can not only easily take your invitations from plain and simple to memorable, but adding color throughout all your wedding decor is key to creating a cohesive event. Now, you’ve might have heard me say time and time again that you only have one chance to make a first impression when it comes to your special day. Save the dates and wedding invitations are the first tangible stationery pieces guests will receive. Family and friends will ultimately associate your wedding day solely on the overall style–and formality–of your save the dates and invitations, which is why your stationery is such an important wedding day detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Wedding stationery is also such a great opportunity to introduce and tell your story through color. Whether subtle or bold touches, incorporating your color palette, especially throughout your wedding invitation can make such a big and everlasting impact!
1. Invitation ink colors– Have your invitation printed in colored ink or opt for having your names and headers stand out in your main invitation color. Think about how many colors you’d ideally like to incorporate, as well as the selected print method. While digital flat printing allows you freedom to incorporate endless color options, specialty printing like letterpress will significantly impact the total cost as you’ll need multiple printing plates for each color you want to include. For this reason, I recommend couples pick no more than two colors for letterpress printing.
2. Select colored card stock(s) instead of traditional white or ivory. You can choose to print your main invitation on a colored card stock with white ink, black ink or foil metallic stamping for a bold look or take a more subtle approach by keeping the invitation on traditional white and have your insert card printed on colored card stock instead.
3. Belly bands are a great wedding embellishment that packs a big punch without breaking the bank. This invitation accessory wraps around each invitation suite to help hold the insert cards together in one place. Belly bands come in a variety of colors to easily incorporate your wedding palette and can also be personalized.
4. Not a fan of the paper belly band wraps? Tying ribbon around your invitation suite to hold the insert cards together just might be what you’re looking for. From luxurious velvet and silk to organic torn cotton or modern satin, there’s a ribbon style that can fit within your wedding style.
5. Another favorite embellishment from the Lace and Belle a la carte menu are envelope liners. They not only add more sturdiness to your envelopes for mailing, but are also budget-friendly and add a pop of color whether you choose a solid hue or a fun pattern.
6. Pocket bases have been super popular with Lace and Belle couples and its easy to see why. Pocket folds are booklet-style folios with a single interior panel for an invitation and pocket to neatly hold and keep your insert cards organized. Back pockets offer a modern twist on the traditional pocket fold with your main invitation mounted on the front and the insert cards are neatly tucked into the back pocket when flipped over. You’ll often hear me refer to these beauties (shown below) as all business on the front, but a party in the back! Pocket bases are available in a variety of color options and a great way to include your wedding colors into your invitations.
7. Wax Seals are my absolute personal favorite embellishment for so many reasons. They add dimension with a timeless vignette incorporating your initials, monogram crest, or a motif and an easy way to subtly incorporate color into your invitation suite.
8. Adding colorful patterns in your invitation design can be a playful way to incorporate color. Think watercolor splashes and paisley prints to florals, greenery, stripes, and even moroccan patterns. Just use them in moderation to keep the overall design sophisticated and not too busy.
9. Colored envelopes are the easiest way to have your invitations stand out from the every day mail that lands in your mailbox. Envelopes in a soft hue, vibrant color, or modern black will immediately have your guests excited before they even open it. You can also have your response envelopes in color, too!